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Own a Business? Listen to These 10 Podcasts for the Best Ideas on Scaling Up

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That stack of business books is not going to read itself, but you can get information just as valuable to your business from podcasts. Here are 10 to help you start or grow your business:

HBR IdeaCast by the Harvard Business Review

HBR IdeaCast is hosted by senior editors at the HBR. The podcast covers as many topics as the print publication by bringing in thought leaders from all areas of business management.

How I Built This with Guy Raz

Guy Raz is an NPR journalist, correspondent and radio host. He has been described by The New York Times as "one of the most popular podcasters in history;" his podcasts have a combined monthly audience of 19.2 million.

How I Built This tells the stories of some of the best-known companies. Even if you never see your business going global, it’s still interesting to hear how the big names got there. Many of their early steps are things you can do as you work towards your own goals.

Masters of Scale, hosted by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman

Reid examines large-growth companies with an emphasis on how they went from tiny ideas to the mega-companies they are today. Each episode features different industry leaders explaining and challenging the theories behind fast growth. 

The Tim Ferriss Show 

Timothy Ferriss is an American entrepreneur, investor, author, podcaster, and lifestyle expert who became known through his "4-Hour" book series. If you’re trying to improve your time management and productivity, this is the podcast for you. The show also covers ways to boost your success in sports and the arts.  

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders from the Stanford Speaker Series

If you missed the days of guest speakers on your campus, this is the place to listen. Stanford brings in entrepreneurs and innovators to tell their stories of how they launched and grew their businesses. 

Startups for the Rest of Us by software developers, for software developers

Building an app or launching a software product? Give a listen to learn from people who did it before you. 

Smart Passive Income

The theme here is doing a little work now to have a regular income stream later with almost no work. If you’re trying to build a side hustle, or would rather spend your time on the golf course, the marketing tips in this podcast with help you get there.


When your company is small, you are the company. This podcast dives into how to build your personal brand and establish yourself as an authority. Once you build credibilitiy, you can take on the industry big boys.

Online Marketing Made Easy 

To launch a business in today’s economy, online marketing is essential. This podcast is an educational series covering the basics, including social media, content marketing and branding. 

As Told by Nomads, hosted by digital marketing specialist Tayo Rockson

Tayo Rockson is the CEO of UYD Management, a leadership and consulting firm that helps businesses improve their bottom line by incorporating diversity, inclusion and social justice strategies. Rockson shares a variety of insights for entrepreneurs looking to leverage digital marketing to really make an impact. If you need creative inspiration and out-of-the-box digital marketing ideas, this podcast is worth a listen. 

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