Life Advice

The five best business podcasts you should be listening to this year

Give your business brain a boost with these podcasts covering start-ups, investments and routes to commercial success

In need of some fresh thinking? Seeking inspiration for your start-up’s next move? Get an insight into some of the business world’s finest minds with these five expert-led podcasts, which cover everything from growing your start-up to keeping a healthy work/life balance.

1. FT Start-Up Stories

Building your business from scratch? It’s an age-old business truism that start-ups need all the advice they can get from people who’ve been there before and made it out the other side. This podcast from The Financial Times speaks to a different entrepreneur each week on a raft of start-up focussed subjects; from how to build a successful brand, to securing funding and how to network effectively. If you’ve just launched your company, or are contemplating taking your big idea to the next level, it’s a great place to start.

2. Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss

In the business podcasting world, Tim Ferriss is top dog. His main gig, The Tim Ferriss show, has exceeded 200 million downloads since it began. But, it’s his second short-form podcast, Tribe of Mentors, that’s ideal for a quick listen on the go. A partner to his book of the same name, in Tribe of Mentors Ferriss interviews big names in the business world for their sharpest life advice. At around 30 minutes an episode, it’s an efficient use of your commute.

3. Unshakeable by Tony Robbins

It’s no secret at the business world is a risky one. In this podcast, business strategist and New York Times bestselling author, Tony Robbins, lays his best advice on the table for retaining peace of mind in tough professional environments, as well his guide to gaining financial freedom with canny investments, and profit in times of uncertainty. For both experts and newcomers, this is a chance to learn from one of the business world’s best.

4. Masters of Scale by Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman knows a thing or two about growing a company from scratch. One of LinkedIn’s co-founders, and investor at venture capital firm Greylock. Masters of Scale is his own personal channel for testing theories on how companies grow from nothing to success. Featuring interviews with a series of phenomenally successful business leaders like Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Masters of Scale is your go-to if you’re building your company from the ground up. It’s also one of the first podcasts to commit to a 50-50 gender balance for guests – something we support wholeheartedly.

5. Beyond The To Do List

Do you live to work, or work to live? Erik Fisher’s podcast focusses on the bigger picture when it comes to business. That is, finding the fulfilment that, ultimately, being successful is all about. In Beyond The To Do List, Fisher talks with business people who implement practical strategies to increase the productivity of their professional and personal lives, and concentrates on what it takes to achieve all-round success – and that includes failures, too. Recent episodes have covered juggling a fitness regime with a busy workload, and how to earn more by working less. If you’re looking for balance, this one’s for you.