Best business podcasts 2018: For whether you’re starting up or sustaining

Podcasts are everywhere at the minute, and for good reason: They’re informative, they can transform a commute, and most importantly, they’re free! So why not capitalise on that business-savvy acumen and plug into one of our pick of the best business podcasts for 2018. We’ll be updating this page regularly, so be sure to check back in…

Money Box

When you think BBC podcast, it’s difficult not to summon the dulcet tones of Kirsty Young (“Time for some more music…”). But the BBC’s podcast output is far more expansive than just Desert Island Discs. Money Box details the world of personal finance, dispensing advice for those trying to make the most of their money. On everything from student loan overpayments to high-risk trading fraud, Money Box comes heartily recommended by listeners, scoring an average of four and a half stars from nearly 300 individual ratings. With live episodes featuring a range of industry experts, from the Finance and Operations Director at Depop to the Global Head of FinTech at Ernst and Young, Money Box is smart, sharp, informative, and perhaps most importantly, digestible. One to stay on top of, for sure.

FT News

The Financial Times is the titan of business news, and it’s not hard to see why. World-class, in-depth, broadsheet journalism, which deservedly picked up 2018’s Newspaper of the Year Award. It’s certainly worth having the FT News podcast available at the touch of a button, lest you’re caught short in a business meeting or need to brush up on current affairs. In fact, it’s such a robust news source that many universities have a pre-paid for subscription to it; whether you’re a first-year undergrad with a penchant for business or you’re doing your MBA, the FT is a surefire way to stay informed at a high level. Flesh out your essays, reports, or articles with alacrity, thanks to FT News on tap.

The Tim Ferriss Show

Tim Ferriss is a Princeton-educated entrepreneur, dubbed by Newsweek as “the world’s best human guinea pig”. Unlike the above podcast suggestions, Ferriss’s contribution is less empirical and more theoretical; he deconstructs world-class performers from a diverse range of arenas (think chess, investing, professional sports) and tries to glean the tools, tactics and tricks that make these individuals so successful. Listeners are supplied with these theoretical “pots of gold” with which to go forth and prosper. Guests on Ferriss’s show include businesswoman and supermodel Karlie Kloss, founder and CEO of Bumble Whitney Wolfe Herd, actor and former NFL player Terry Crews and venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson. Great for anyone looking for insider insight.

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Side Hustle Show

If you’re a grafter looking to make a bit of extra money on the side, this is the podcast for you. Billed as a “daily show for everyone who works a regular job and wants to start an income-earning project on the side,” Side Hustle Show interviews in individual each week who’s managed to set up and sustain a side hustle. It’s hosted by Chris Guillebeau, the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup, who pores over people’s ventures: What went right, what went wrong, and how individuals overcame challenges. From a purveyor of “Stoner Culture” emojis to a metal detectorist who gets paid for finding lost jewelry – this show will entertain, amuse and inspire you in equal measure.

Outside In

Outside In sits at the crossroads of consumer and business interests. The show explores the ways different businesses keep on top of, and try and interact with, their customers. It’s just as interesting for a business owner who wants to take a leaf from the books of others, as it is for customers who want to know the various devious ways businesses target their audiences. Using case studies, and frequent interview subjects to help illuminate the various narratives, it’s a fascinating show for understanding the way the world of big (and small) businesses work).

The Property Geek Podcast

More of a niche business podcast, but a compelling and necessary one nonetheless. The Property Geek Podcast sees host Robert Dix interview people with expertise in different areas of UK property investment. Given the precarious state of the housing market at the moment, it feels like engaging with this podcast couldn’t really come at a better time. With titles like “How to never run out of cash”, and “Avoiding legal dramas”, anyone who’s ever been embroiled in a skirmish with a private landlord (read: everyone) should be huzzahing at the existence of this ostensibly quite dry, but much-needed source of property-related info.

Exchanges at Goldman Sachs

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If you’re looking to invest, or are interested in investing, this podcast from Goldman Sachs is the audio content you’ve been waiting for. As you can probably imagine, emanating from one of the most prominent and formidable investment banks in the world, it’s not exactly laugh-a-minute. What provides is robust, in-depth, and expertly deployed analysis of the world of investment. Each episode reads like a a PhD thesis: “Small Business in the Big Easy: Powering an Economic Revival”; “Billion Dollar Babies: Virtual Reality and the Shift to Cloud”; “Flux, Friction, and the Next Phase of Globalisation”. Just make sure you have a double espresso (or a Master’s degree in Econometrics) before plugging in, or you’ll almost certainly get left behind.

Business Wars

One of the major tenets of business is about staying on top of competition, and this is the conflict that hit podcast Business Wars explores. The show, from Wondery, depicts major rivalries in the business world, such as Xbox vs PlayStation or Coke vs Pepsi, and the ways each company or product grew and innovated in comparison to the other. At times Business Wars sounds like a history podcast, at others a true crime drama, occasionally even like a war documentary, but it’s a fascinating insight into the way the business world works.

StartUp

StartUp from Gimlet introduces itself as “a show about what it’s really like to start a business”. Well into its seventh season now, the podcast began following Alex Blumberg and his journey in starting Gimlet Media, and has since expanded to document the unwieldy process of business building. It’s got an incredibly rare five star rating on iTunes (even the good ‘uns often find it hard to transcend the 4.5 barrier), and its loyal fan base describes the show as, among other things, “fascinating, raw and rare”. An emotionally charged insight into the reality of starting up.

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