Listening to podcasts is one of the best ways to learn on the move but with so many shows available it can be hard to know where to start. Here at The University of Law Business School we have put together a list of our favourite business podcasts that make perfect listening for aspiring business students or anyone with an interest in entrepreneurship. If you’re ready to listen, learn and be inspired, plug in your headphones and subscribe to these top business podcasts.
How I Built This
How I Built This is an American podcast focused on interviewing the creatives behind some of the most innovative business ideas, leading to companies such as Instagram, Vice, Airbnb and Kickstarter.
From product refinement to selling billion dollars companies, this podcast covers it all. One of our favourites is an early episode with Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Kreiger. Their reasoning behind the apps success provides listeners with a great insight into discovering a new market that wasn’t being catered for and creating a product to meet their demands.
Host Guy Raz’s laid back interview style rubs off on his guests and makes for informative an enjoyable listening.
Award-winning author and journalist Stephen Dubner and economist Steven Levitt first teamed up in 2005 to write a book that answered questions such as which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool and how much do parents really matter? This book went on to sell over 4 million copies worldwide.
Freakonomics Radio continues their journey to answer questions big and small. Their back catalogue also includes the series ‘The Secret Life of C.E.Os’ which features interviews with business giants such as Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg. As well as this series, episodes such as ‘Why We Choke Under Pressure (and How Not To)’ and ‘Who Decides How Much a Life is Worth?’ are stuffed full of interesting facts and knowledge that can help you in a business environment. Freakonomics Radio is as intriguing as it is informative.
The Guardian Business Podcast
The Guardian Business podcast concentrates on the series Meet the Mentors throughout most of 2018, including interviews with business trailblazers from household names such as Green & Black’s, Cath Kidston and Cobra Beer. Brand values, aesthetics, entrepreneurial challenges and intuition are all discussed.
Their 2017 backlist concentrates on Confessions of a Startup and Confessions of a Small Business. Successful small business or startup owners discuss the highs and lows of getting going, earning recognition as well as building brand and recognition. If you’re looking to start your own business this is essential listening.
Financial Times Startup Stories
Author and Financial Times journalist Jonathan Moules sits down with entrepreneurs from all walks of life so discuss everything from funding and how to manage family needs to growth and defining your brand. Guests are incredibly honest about the difficulties and mistakes they made on their path to success. If it’s your dream to start your own business then this podcast is packed full of advice to help you avoid the mistakes many others have made.
Ted Talks Business
You may be well aware of Ted Talks but did you know they had a business specific podcast? They come in roughly ten to twenty minute bitesize episodes, this may seem short but the talks are so packed full of thought-provoking information they don’t need to be any longer.
Diversity in the workplace, inclusion, standing up for yourself, innovation, social media and many more topics are included in this varied but always passionate podcast. If you’re looking for an episode to start with try ‘How to get serious about diversity and inclusions in the workplace’ by Janet Stovall, she includes some powerful statistics that help to explain the importance of improving diversity within her university.
Women in Business
The world of business podcasts is heavily male dominated but this podcast from NatWest bank focusses on young female entrepreneurs and their experiences. Fun and friendly hosts June Sarpong and Mary Portas interview business professionals from entrepreneurs only 8 weeks into their business journey to a Natwest Business Growth Enabler. This podcast is the perfect series for students seriously considering starting their own business and wanting inspiration as well as genuine financial advice.