Whether you’re a first-time founder or someone who has a few start-ups under their belt, we can all agree that there’s always something new to learn. It can be from challenges you encounter in the process of building your company or through the experiences you have once your business takes off.
But you don’t need to experience everything firsthand to learn from it. Here are 5 podcast episodes you should listen to if you’re looking to succeed in entrepreneurship.
How I Built This With Guy Raz
Squarespace: Anthony Casalena
What started as a website-building tool for himself, which he built in his college dorm room when Anthony Casalena was only 21 years old, is now known as Squarespace. It has grown into 800 employees and is valued at $1.7 billion. Quite an achievement for the college guy who used to do everything on his own. Learn about how letting go of control can lead to breakthroughs and how managing people is an important factor in running a business.
Rise With Rachel Hollis
How to Overcome the Fear of Failure
Rachel Hollis is a motivational speaker and the author of Girl, Stop Apologizing. In this episode of her podcast, she talks about what happens when you become so afraid to fail that you don’t even try. She discusses how you can overcome this insecurity and stop being your own hindrance to success.
Why People — and Companies — Need Purpose
When you embark on your entrepreneurial journey, do you stop to think about why you are doing it? Nicholas Pearce, the author of The Purpose Path: A Guide to Pursuing Your Authentic Life’s Work, says that companies that are not just profit-driven are more likely to succeed than those with no strong sense of purpose. In the same way, when people align their business to their life’s work, they become happier and, ultimately, more productive.
Masters of Scale
What Great Founders Do At Night
Hosted by co-founder of LinkedIn Reid Hoffman, Masters of Scale shows the growth of companies and invites industry thought leaders do discuss theories on how these companies achieved success. In this episode, Arianna Huffington, who experienced major burnout after scaling The Huffington Post massively, shares why it’s very important to know when it’s time to step back and recharge. She now runs Thrive Global, a platform that aims to change the way we work and live and to dispel the idea that burnout is a price you need to pay for success.
Gimlet Media’s The Pitch features real-life entrepreneurs who pitch to real investors. In this episode, Stefan Loble of Bluffworks—a company that produces travel business attire—delivers a near-perfect pitch. But is that compelling enough to convince someone to invest in your business? Take notes and learn about what makes your business something valuable to your would-be investors.
What other podcasts are you listening to now?