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The Top 6 Podcasts Emerging Entrepreneurs Should Be Listening To

Kicking things off as an entrepreneur and forging ahead isn’t easy. The trials and tribulations are tough, tiring and lonely, but in the moment when everything clicks, exhilarating. There’s no secret formula or right way to achieve success, but it’s always helpful to learn how other people have done it and learn from their 20/20 hindsight. Here we’ve gathered the top podcasts to help you grow as an entrepreneur. They cover everything from first-hand advice from founders of top companies like Reddit and SoulCycle to tips for recalibrating your mental outlook for success.

1. How I Built This

Featuring various innovators, idealists and entrepreneurs, How I Built This from NPR tells the stories behind powerhouse companies and how they came to be. For example, you’ll learn about how a Buddhist monk and a marketing specialist came together to make Headspace, an app used by millions, or how co-founders with different skill sets teamed up to build Reddit and Method.

2. Recode Decode

Kara Swisher, a leading tech journalist at Vox Media, delves into technology news every Friday in her cutting-edge podcast series. With an emphasis on current events, Recode Decode tackles all the tough topics in technology, from political reach to ethical and social impact, and how they relate to the world.

3. The School of Greatness

On The School of Greatness, New York Times Bestseller Lewis Howes discusses how the mental state is directly related to success in business. The podcast covers what it means to be mentally predisposed for success, as well as tips for recalibrating your daily outlook as a way of becoming a master in your field.

4. Startup School 

Y Combinator, a seed-funding and mentoring company for early-stage ventures, delivers the short and to-the-point Startup School podcast. Each episode offers unique perspectives featuring guest hosts from Yahoo talking culture or co-founders from Pixar and Twitter discussing observations on good startup leadership habits.

5. The Full Ratchet

After becoming an investor and discovering the complexities and confusion surrounding the trade, Nick Moran started The Full Ratchet to demystify the business of startup investments. Learn the ins and outs of investing in startup ventures—and how to attract the notice of a venture capitalist as an entrepreneur—with these podcasts varying in length from quick 10-minute segments to 50-minute deep dives.

6. Hive Life

Okay, so this one is not at all focused on building a company, but it’s an awesome example of how podcasts can help create a sense of community that elevates your brand beyond a physical product. The team here at Factory produces Hive Life in collaboration with our brand partner at Honey Stinger. The bi-weekly show features in-depth conversations between members of the Hive, Honey Stinger’s community of athletes and adventurers, and host David Willey, former editor-in-chief of Runner’s World magazine.