As many small business owners know, there is a difference between a genuine entrepreneur and what some call a want-repreneur. Many entrepreneurs choose self-education in lieu of traditional higher education because much of what one learns in business is through experiencing it, rather than reading about it. Starting, maintaining, and growing a business is catalyzed by many variables of success and failure. With that said, podcasts are a very under-rated tool for entrepreneurs whom educate themselves – learning from those who have been there and done that, is very beneficial to someone who is currently going through the highs and lows of starting a small business.
The following podcasts will shed light on the ups and downs of starting your own business, while providing some insight and encouragement for the self-educating entrepreneur:
Gary Vaynerchuk is a two-time New York Times bestselling author and entrepreneur who at age 12 was making thousands selling baseball cards at his local mall. He then turned his father’s wine company from a $3 million business to $45 million with his online marketing strategies. His podcast is a continuation of his YouTube success, where he interviews celebrities and heavy hitters in the marketing industry about their journey to success.
“Content is King, but Context is God”
– Gary Vaynerchuk
Hosted by Barry Moltz, an entrepreneur with 15 years of successes and failures, this podcast helps get small businesses “unstuck”. Barry knows the formula for taking your small business to the next level, when otherwise things may look intimidating.
“Only experience teaches you: you can’t learn skiing by watches videos. They might help but you still need tot find a place with snow, put your skis on, and thrust yourself down the mountain”
– Barry Moltz
Google Ventures partner and Digg founder Kevin Rose educates small business owners on the rollercoaster ride of being an entrepreneur through high-class interviews with some of the world’s most successful founders. You can expect all-star founders such as Jack Doresey (Twitter/Square), Elon Musk (SpaceX/Tesla), Chad Hurley (YouTube) and Tony Hsieh (Zappos) to name a few. The conversation is very organic, making the listener feel as if they are sitting in on the conversation themselves as they talk about where they grew up, what they were like as a child, and how they got their inspiration and stayed motivated on the road to success.
“If you believe in something, work nights and weekends. It won’t feel like work”
– Kevin Rose
John Lee Dumas is the founder and host of EOFire, podcasting the best stories from entrepreneurs seven days a week. They want to inspire, guide and coach the listener to entrepreneurial success. Failure is a part of every journey, and the first podcast of this series is just that – the biggest failures they have made and the lessons they have learned from it. Featured guests have been incredible entrepreneurs such as Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss, Brian Tracy and over 1,000 others.
“What differentiates successful entrepreneurs from everyone else is their willingness not only to face fear, but also to embrace fear”
– John Lee Dumas
Twice a week Jason Calacanis and a rotating group of experts share the best, worst, and most outrageous and interesting stories from the entrepreneurial world. With an all-star lineup of founders, CEO’s and investors in the tech space, this is a valuable podcast to those looking to start or grow a tech company. This all-star lineup includes exclusive stories from Mark Cuban, Travis Kalanick (Uber), Aaron Levie (Box) and hundreds more.
“Fortunes are built during the down market and collected in the up market”
– Jason Calacanis
Host and founder, Chris Ducker, introduces the listener to some of the top online business minds, discussing everything from monetizing, building, marketing, and growing a personal brand business. He believes that learning how to do business ‘the new way’ is essential to the longevity of your small business.
“Your personal brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room”
– Chris Ducker
A podcast series revealing what it’s like to get a business off the ground and profitable, through the positives and negatives associated with entrepreneurialism. In season 1 and 2 the podcast follows one company over many episodes, but season 3 tells stories about many companies all having something in common: needing to pivot. Taking this leap of faith is at the heart of what drives entrepreneurial spirit, and this podcast embodies that spirit entirely.
"When you're launching a business, you just really want to know somebody deeply to help in how you do it."
- Alex Blumberg