Audio-content is growing in the venture capital world. Here are the top 50+ venture capital podcasts (audio-only) that I have subscribed to or listened to in the past. They are in relative alphabetical order.
If you're looking for great content, spend time going through them all. You'll find the information you're looking for, the voice that you enjoy, and the entertainment you desire! If you're looking for a daily show in venture capital, there is only one at the moment that is both [audio] and [video]!
3 reasons why these are these my top 50 venture capital podcasts for 2020:
Full transparency: I do not always listen to each of these podcasts regularly. It's just way too much content to consume. I would suggest giving each podcast a couple of episodes and see whether it's a voice/personality that you connect with. If they bore you, you'll never be able to extract what they are talking about anyway. Find the podcaster who has personality and showmanship!
Please comment and let me know if I've missed any!
a16z Podcast - The a16z Podcast discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future – especially as ‘software eats the world’. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world. This podcast is produced by Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”), a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm.
Accelerating Entrepreneurial Success - Join John Bowen, cofounder of Accelerating Entrepreneurial Success, as he explores the secrets of success of some of the world's leading entrepreneurs. Their sage insights and bold ideas will give you new strategies and inspiration for fast-tracking your own success. If you want to grow your business, build your personal wealth, serve your clients well and improve your quality of life by doing well by all stakeholders, this is the show for you.
Access and Opportunity - On the Access and Opportunity podcast, host Carla Harris, a Vice Chairman at Morgan Stanley, asks the question: How can we connect capital with communities that traditionally have been left behind? One way is by talking to the people who are already doing it. Entrepreneurs, investors, developers and activists join Carla, who taps into her 30 years of experience on Wall Street, to explore why investors are unaware of the above-market returns that exist in investing in multicultural- and women-owned businesses, and how to dispel these misconceptions and exploit this market inefficiency. Together, they show what's possible through the people who are making it possible.
Acquired.fm - Acquired tells the stories behind great companies, diving deep into the events and strategies that brought them to where they are today. The show originally started covering "acquisitions that actually went well", examining the reasons behind the rare successful outcomes to understand how we can apply the learnings to our own organizations. As the show grew, we realized every great company -- whether it got acquired, went public, or is still private -- has incredible stories to be told.
Angel Invest Boston - Through the Angel Invest Boston Podcast we seek to learn more about the creation of world-changing startups. Boston’s unique concentration of academic talent and entrepreneurial culture offer bountiful opportunities for conversations with people who have funded and built innovative companies. By recounting engaging stories, angels and founders convey lessons they have learned. These narratives illustrate the rewards of helping founders commercialize transformative technologies. We hope you too will find our dialogues entertaining and instructive.
Asia VC Cast - ASIA VC CAST explores the minds of the experienced venture capitalists and seasoned entrepreneurs to navigate the sophisticated but exciting world of venture capital. Daniel together with a special guest each week presents a unique perspective and insights to startup investing & fund-raising across different countries in Asia. Currently on episode 50+ it looks like this podcast producer is going strong. We hope to see more of Daniel's work in the future!
Associated Podcast - Broadening access to venture capital, one conversation at a time - from advice about careers to getting your business funded, we’re putting it all out there. Each week we bring you a conversation with one of our friends in the investment industry: associates, interns and a whole host of others. New episodes every Tuesday at 11am GMT! Hosted by: Francesca Baillieu, Lois Ollerenshaw and Petra Müller.
Breaking into Startups - The Breaking Into Startups Podcast is a platform where we feature inspiring stories of people who broke into tech from non-traditional backgrounds. We strive to help millions of people outside of tech to take action toward the different paths in tech that they may or may not be aware of.
Business Casual (Morning Brew) - Morning Brew’s Kinsey Grant will press experts, thought leaders, and intimately involved CEOs to give insight on the causes, effects, and financial state of play surrounding one major trend or change each episode. From the rise of venture capital to the fall of Big Tech, Business Casual is ready to go deep. Are you?
Business Wars - Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet, or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.
Decrypted (Bloomberg) - The global technology industry is a powerful engine of innovation that drives the economy. It's also a collection of insular communities full of hidden projects, quiet rivalries, and uncomfortable truths. Join Bloomberg Technology's Brad Stone each week as he and the team's reporters uncover what actually happens behind closed doors.
Equity Podcast (TechCrunch) - Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Equity is TechCrunch’s venture capital podcast. In each episode, you'll hear the stories behind the money that runs Silicon Valley. TechCrunch reporter Kate Clark and Crunchbase News Editor-in-Chief Alex Wilhelm team up with Connie Loizos, Danny Crichton and the most notable VCs in the industry to analyze who's raising, who's selling out and who's going public.
Exponent Podcast - Exponent is a podcast about tech and society hosted by Ben Thompson and James Allworth. Ben Thompson is the author and founder of Stratechery, a blog about the business and strategy of technology. James Allworth is the co-author with Clay Christensen of How Will You Measure Your Life and a writer for the Harvard Business Review.
Forward Thinking Founders - Forward Thinking Founders is a podcast where Mat interviews high potential founders with early-stage companies. This allows us to see inside the brain of genius founders before the rest of the world knows they even exist. On this show, you'll learn all about how to start a startup, pros and cons of different verticals, and learn the backstory and vision of tomorrow's billion-dollar companies, straight from the
GGV Capital Podcast - Evolving for the Next Billion (new Season 2) is an English-language podcast about tech and entrepreneurship in the fastest-growing markets in the world, hosted by GGV Capital. In Season 1, called 996, we focused on the movers and shakers of China’s tech industry, as well as tech leaders with US-China cross-border perspectives. In the new Season 2, Evolving for the Next Billion, we interview local champions and global giants who are reshaping the lives of the next billion internet users. From Beijing to Bangalore, Sao Paulo to Singapore, you will hear stories about ambition, passion, ingenuity, and resilience.
Greymatter (Greylock Partners) - Greymatter offers perspectives and stories from some of the world’s top technology entrepreneurs and business leaders. The featured company builders share personal and insightful lessons while shedding light on common, relatable challenges in the entrepreneurial journey. Greymatter is produced by Greylock Partners.
Hacker Noon Podcast - How hackers start their afternoons. The weekly tech podcast brought to you by Hacker Noon. These guys talk about anything tech-related, whether it's bitcoin, blockchain, the most recent IPO or development stack. These guys are really the tech nerds of the internet all rolled into one. A fun listen, but all over the place. Take them for a spin and see if they are your style!
How I Built This - Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best-known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built. This podcast is great for any founder or entrepreneur who wants to see how others started their companies and began building their dreams. Not merely tech-related only. You'll be able to find interviews with business-builders from all walks of life!
Inception - Hosted by Social Starts/Joyance Partners Managing Partner Mike Edelhart, Inception is a series of conversations about the beginning of companies, careers, new science, breakthrough technology, and a peek into the future. Each episode features an intimate talk between Mike and a founder or investor in our extensive worldwide network. Together, they explore the grit, determination, and skill required to start a company, the underlying philosophies and psychologies of entrepreneurship, and the secrets of how startups are created, funded, and ultimately, win.
Intangibles Podcast - Intangibles is a podcast about traits, behaviors, and qualities that entrepreneurs can cultivate to help be successful. It is created by the host, Steve Berg. His most recent interviews are focused on grit, leadership, stoicism (big fans here), resilience, storytelling, curiosity, luck, critical thinking, compassion, essentialism, positivity and more. These are all of the traits of successful leaders and it's nice to get a break down from successful founders and entrepreneurs on how they leverage these types of behaviors for success!
Invest Like the Best - Exploring the ideas, methods, and stories of people that will help you better invest your time and money. Welcome to Invest Like the Best. In each episode, I speak with the most interesting people I can find, whose stories will help you better invest your time and your money, and teach you how to play with boundaries in your own life. While many guests are professional investors (portfolio managers, venture capitalists, researchers, authors), I will also speak with many people outside of the investing business whose insight and experience can entertain and inform. My constant goal: find great people who are willing to share what they’ve learned with you.
Kevin Rose Podcast - Join entrepreneur, technology investor, and self-experimenter Kevin Rose as he explores new ways to reach peak personal and professional performance. In this "podcast for the curious," Kevin interviews technologists, scientists, meditators, self-experimenters, and productivity hackers to discover insights that you can incorporate into daily life. Time Magazine calls him one of the "Top 25 Most Influential People on the Web," and Bloomberg lists him as a "Top 25 Angel Investor." Kevin has appeared on the Jimmy Fallon Show, Charlie Rose Show, as well as the covers of Businessweek and Inc. Magazine.
Masters of Scale - The best startup advice from Silicon Valley & beyond. Iconic CEOs — from Nike to Netflix, Starbucks to Slack — share the stories & strategies that helped them grow from startups into global brands. On each episode, host Reid Hoffman — LinkedIn cofounder, Greylock partner and legendary Silicon Valley investor — proves an unconventional theory about how businesses scale, while his guests share the story of how I built this company. Reid and guests talk entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy, management, fundraising. But they also talk about the human journey — with all its failures and setbacks.
Multiplier Mindset - Strategic Coach founder Dan Sullivan shares his wisdom and insights with entrepreneurs who want to multiply their freedom and success. Entrepreneurial expert and champion of big-idea entrepreneurs everywhere, Dan Sullivan operates from a growth mindset that knows no bounds. An exponential thinker to the core, Dan shares his wisdom, insights, and latest thinking on all things “entrepreneur” with business owners who want to multiply their freedom and success—and rediscover the sense of excitement and promise they felt when they first made the decision to become an entrepreneur.
Notion - The Pain of Scale - Notion creates the conditions for extraordinary success, and invests across Europe in enterprise technology founders. We offer guidance and resources to our portfolio and the wider enterprise tech ecosystem on their start-up, grow up, scale up journeys. Hosted by Stephen Millard and Paul Papadimitriou.
Origins Podcast - Origins is a podcast about Limited Partners, the firms and institutions that invest in venture capital funds. Through a series of interviews, we explore what has historically been an opaque corner of the startup ecosystem and learn how the people behind the capital make decisions. This podcast was created by Alex Lines and Nick Chirls, partners at Notation.
Pivot Recode - Every Tuesday and Friday, Recode’s Kara Swisher and NYU Professor Scott Galloway offer sharp, unfiltered insights into the biggest stories in tech, business, and politics. They make bold predictions, pick winners and losers, and bicker and banter like no one else. After all, with great power comes great scrutiny. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.
Product Hunt Radio - Product Hunt Radio (PHR) is for the product geeks. Product Hunt Radio is a weekly podcast with the people creating and exploring the future. Tune in every week with Ryan Hoover and Abadesi Osunsade as they're joined by founders, investors, journalists, and makers to discuss the latest in tech. This podcast has been around long enough to pull in some pretty big hitters that are outside of venture capital and are just successful entrepreneurs. If you love product development, you'll love listening to different perspectives on how products are built!
Pro Rata Podcast (Axios) - Get smarter, faster on the most talked-about topics in tech, business and politics in just 10 minutes. Hosted by Axios' business editor, Dan Primack. Sometimes he goes too much into politics and less into technology and business. It's short and sweet but generally doesn't have enough meat to really go deep in any 1 topic. If you're looking for a less than 10-minute fix, this might be just the right size for you.
Recode Decode - Kara Swisher, Silicon Valley’s most revered journalist, hosts candid interviews with tech execs, politicians, celebrities and more about their big ideas and how they’re changing our world. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network. Kara Swisher is the co-founder and editor-at-large of Recode, producer and host of the Recode Decode and Pivot podcasts and co-executive producer of the Code Conference series. She also has a special series on MSNBC called “Revolution” on the impact of technology on work, society and more and is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times.
Recode Media - What happens when media, entertainment, and technology collide? Peter Kafka, one of the media industry's most acclaimed reporters, talks to business titans, journalists, comedians and podcasters to get their take. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network. Peter Kafka is the executive editor at Recode and co-executive producer of the Code Conference, a premiere series that hosts hard-hitting interviews with the media and tech industry’s leading players. He has been covering media and technology since 1997, when he joined the staff of Forbes magazine. He made the digital leap to Forbes.com in 2005. He may have been the first national business reporter to interview Steve “Stone Cold Steve Austin” Williams. In 2007, Peter became the first hire at Silicon Alley Insider, the predecessor to Business Insider, where he worked as the site’s managing editor. He began writing for AllThingsD.com in 2008. Peter is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives in Brooklyn.
Rework by Basecamp - A podcast by Basecamp about the better way to work and run your business. We bring you stories and unconventional wisdom from Basecamp’s co-founders and other business owners. Being a big fan of Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, this podcast is great for those who want to look beyond the corporate "best practices" that are often worst practices. The Rework podcast is for those who really want to challenge their current working experiences against other business models and how other leaders grow businesses.
Starting Greatness - Host Mike Maples Jr from venture capital firm FLOODGATE offers lessons from the startup super performers—BEFORE they were successful—featuring interviews with some of Silicon Valley’s most legendary entrepreneurs and thought leaders, including Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Nextdoor co-founder Sarah Leary, Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Kreiger, and more.
Techish Podcast - We're techish a podcast about the intersection of tech, pop culture, and life. A podcast by two millennials talking about all things tech, pop culture, and life. Starring tech founders Abadesi Osunsade and Michael Berhane. While I appreciate the background entertainment that these two provide, they certainly show their naivete when it comes to the larger life-issues that most adults have already experienced. The entertainment comes when they discuss things they clearly don't understand.
The Boost VC Podcast - Join Boost VC’s Founder & Managing Director Adam Draper, to learn about emerging technology from leading figures in the industry. Each episode we interview founders and investors to explore topics like startup strategy and venture capital, as well as incredible technology like bitcoin, virtual reality, AI, exoskeletons, drones, space and more.
The Consumer VC - The Consumer VC takes a look into early-stage consumer investing and venture capital. If you are interested in learning about consumer trends, have a b2c business and interested in learning about the fundraising process at the early stage, you have come to the right place. This podcast has great overall experience reports that a b2c founder could use to help build your startup. However, a google search on b2c practices probably would be more effective.
The Full Rachet - After a year of coffee chats with VCs and Angels, it became clear that one could learn the most from conversations with the experts. And why not record the conversations to help others in a similar situation? A few months later The Full Ratchet was created; where Nick Moran interviews the investor experts on everything from “What is an Angel?” to “What ratios and monthly recurring revenue levels are required for a Series A SaaS investment?”
The Future of Everything Podcast (WSJ) - Discover what comes next with this in-depth look at how science and technology are revolutionizing the way we live, work and play. Join our award-winning team of journalists as we crisscross the country to interview the leaders and luminaries reshaping our world. During this ambitiously immersive experience, you’ll hear from leaders representing a range of industries and viewpoints who are breaking new ground—and old rules. Innovations with seismic impact. Intersections that surprise. Insight that lets you see around the corners. It all happens here, and it all happens through the analytical business lens the Journal is known for.
The Pitch Podcast - Listen as real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors—for real money. In each episode, we take you behind closed doors to the critical moment when aspiring entrepreneurs put it all on the line. While it offers a glimpse into the high-stakes world of venture capital, it’s really a show about human relationships: how people sell their ideas, what makes investors tick, and how these initial conversations can bloom into business deals—or die on the vine. Hosted by Josh Muccio.
The Puck: Venture Capital and Beyond - The Puck: Venture Capital & Beyond showcases the innovative forethought that defines the venture capital world. Join us as we follow the puck and explore what this community has to offer. Listen as we have in-depth conversations, gaining insights and lessons from well-established VCs, entrepreneurs, and other leading technology experts. We will learn about their successes, challenges, and how they got to where they are today. Along the way we will discover what investors most look for in who they invest in and what to avoid when making your pitch.
The Startup Chat - Unfiltered insights and actionable advice straight from the trenches of startup and business life. The show hosts, Steli Efti and Hiten Shah, are both serial entrepreneurs who have founded multi-million dollar SaaS startups. Being busy CEOs of fast-growing companies, they know the value of your time and make sure you get the most out of each 22 minute episode. Tune in for new episodes every Tuesday and Friday.
The Syndicate Podcast - Welcome to The Syndicate, the place where investors and startups combine to create crazy businesses and even crazier returns. The Syndicate podcast is a deep dive on the angel investors and VCs behind the big name startups. We interview the best and brightest investors, syndicate leads, GPs, limited partners and startup founders to create an original, off the cuff discussion on startup investing.
This Week in Startups - Jason Calacanis and a rotating group of guest experts bring you this weekly take on the best, worst, most outrageous and interesting stories from the world of entrepreneurship. Calacanis, a podcasting pioneer, gives you an insider’s look at what’s happening in the tech industry with his trademark blunt style and good humor. Looking to start your own company? Need strategies for improving your business of motivating your team? Just want to catch up on what’s happening in Silicon Valley and beyond? Your journey begins here.
This Week in Tech - Your first podcast of the week is the last word in tech. Join the top tech pundits in a roundtable discussion of the latest trends in high tech. This Week in Tech–casually referred to as TWiT, and briefly known as Revenge of the Screen Savers–is the weekly flagship podcast and namesake of the TWiT.tv network. It is hosted by Leo Laporte and many other former TechTV employees and currently produced by Karsten Bondy. It features round-table discussions and debates surrounding current technology news and reviews, with a particular focus on consumer electronics and the Internet.
The 20 Minute VC - Hi! Harry Stebbings here, Founder and Host of TheTwentyMinuteVC, where I interview today’s most successful and inspiring venture capitalists, delving inside the funding game all in an easily digestible twenty minutes. Our mission is to inspire and guide you, the listener, with the insight and advice, garnered from VCs who have achieved incredible success. T
This is your life in Silicon Valley - Do you love HBO's Silicon Valley? Do you like reading about the latest technology trends? Then you'll love this show. Think of us as the real world/explain-it-how-it-is podcast for anyone with a Silicon Valley fetish. The Bay Area, San Francisco, and California in general are undergoing massive political and social change. We tackle issues like homelessness, the housing crisis, dating in the age of technology, startups, and other things you care about. How will it affect your life? It doesn't matter whether you live in New York, Texas, Arkansas, Bulgaria or Latvia - you will find something applicable to your day-to-day life from this show.
Upfront Ventures - The Upfront Ventures podcast features a variety of guests to discuss startups, venture capital, and current events - providing an insider's view into entrepreneurship and technology. My favorite review of this podcast is the following: Suster is an extremely poor interviewer. Questions are completely uninteresting and this should just stay a Starbucks conversation. Suster loves Suster and interviews Suster. And Suster is amazed by how Suster is great. LOL.
Venture Daily Show - Join Peter Saddington on a daily venture capital news show for VCs, founders, technologists, angel investors, and the tech-curious. Watch Peter Saddington for daily news, venture deals, and opinions on the venture capital culture. Venture Daily is proud to be the fastest-growing daily show in venture media in 2019 syndicating to more platforms than any other podcaster in the venture media space!
Venture Stories - Venture Stories by Village Global takes you inside the world of venture capital and technology, featuring enlightening interviews with entrepreneurs, investors, and tech industry leaders. The podcast is hosted by Village Global partner and co-founder Erik Torenberg and produced by Brett Bolkowy.
Women Who Startup - Women Who Startup is a learning community for Entrepreneurs. Women Who Startup Radio is our official podcast, reaching a global audience. Women Who Startup Radio is a podcast production hosted in Denver, Colorado. We celebrate, connect, and empower women who startup, women founders, women who code, women in tech and women entrepreneurs. Women Who Startup provides a network, a platform, multiple sources of collaboration and rapid-learning to female entrepreneurs and innovators who are committed to building successful companies.
Y Combinator Podcast - We talk with people who are shaping the future. A show about technology in business, research, and art. This podcast has been a guiding light as an entrepreneur in technology. The insights Craig and the team are able to pull out of a wide array of founders have helped shape my approach to product development, leadership, and fundraising. This is an essential starting point to get in the right mindset for navigating life as a founder. Every episode offers several pieces of insight, wisdom, advice, counsel, inspiration and/or guidance you couldn't possibly receive unless you were fortunate enough to hang with these leaders all the time. Regardless of where you are in the start-up process, Y Combinator's podcast will leave you smarter, stronger, and more inclined to keep moving forward with clarity and purpose.
Zero to IPO - Most business podcasts follow a similar format: find a successful CEO and have them tell their story. This is not that show. Zero to IPO gets granular: each episode focuses on one particular stage of a company’s growth cycle with perspectives from some of the world's most innovative founders, from Parker Harris of Salesforce.com, to Julia Hartz of Eventbrite and Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz. Every growing company faces similar challenges, but not every company talks about them. Zero to IPO is designed to give entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, and the public at large an unfiltered view into what it really takes to build a successful company — from start to IPO and beyond.
One of the most intriguing things about venture capital podcasts or founder/entrepreneur podcasts is that they're all audio-first. In our new age of the video-first market, I don't quite understand why more aren't doing video. It really is time for venture media to go pro.
There have been tons of podcasts that have come and gone. It's really hard to keep up the discipline of consistent content delivery!
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