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20 Business and Tech Podcasts to Listen to This Fall

Add them to your rotation for key interviews with leading business minds, honest takes on money, the truth about startup culture and more.


Business and tech podcasts for fall. iStock | jes2ufoto

It’s officially fall, which means your podcast list needs a big refresh. If you’re looking for some work inspiration or meaningful conversation on some of the biggest events in business, these twenty podcasts can help. We combed through the “most popular” lists at platforms like iTunes and Forbes to find the business and tech podcasts worth your time this season.

1. How I Built This

“How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists — and the movements they built.”
Host: Guy Raz
New Episodes: Weekly
Episode Not to Miss:  Lady Gaga & Atom Factory: Troy Carter
This NPR podcast dives into the stories behind the globe’s most well-known companies. With guests from Steve Madden to Lonely Planet guide creators Maureen and Tony Wheeler and Honest Tea Founder Seth Goldman, this Philly business leader approved podcast has an episode for every kind of business interest.

2. WorkLife

You’ll never see your job the same way again.”
Host: Adam Grant
New Episodes: Weekly
Episode Not to Miss: BONUS: #MeToo with Ashley Judd, Ronan Farrow, and Tarana Burke
WorkLife offers weekly insights from industrial psychologist Adam Grant who examines some of America’s most unusual workplaces and dissects the social science behind different office cultures.

3. The Pitch

“We take you behind closed doors to the critical moment when aspiring entrepreneurs put it all on the line.”
Host: Josh Muccio
New Episodes: Weekly
Episode Not to Miss: BONUS: We Answer Your Questions
A favorite of Switchboard Live CEO Rudiger J. Ellis, Gimlet media’s The Pitch takes listeners behind the scenes of business deals. In its weekly episodes, hopeful entrepreneurs pitch investors to try to gain funding for their product. The Pitch doesn’t end after the deal, however. It’s special After the Deal episodes allow listeners to catch up with entrepreneurs to see how far they’ve come.  

4. I Hate My Boss

“Bosses can drive you crazy.”
Host: Liz Dolan and Larry Seal
New Episodes: Monthly
Episode Not to Miss: But I Want to Be the Boss!
Set against the backdrop of the fictional ad agency Penn & Pencil, this show takes listener’s questions and offers advice on everything from how to get a promotion to how to make the most of unclear directions.

5. Borrowed Interest

“We’re your workplace, workbaes with something to say.”
Host: Amalia Nicholson, Shareina Chandler, and Leeya Jackson
New Episodes: Weekly
Episode Not to Miss: A Tale of Two Ad Cities
Hosted by three women of color working in the ad business, Borrowed Interest explores issues of diversity in the business world. The hosts address serious topics including the misrepresentation of people of color in advertisements and maintaining your mental health in the workplace, all while bringing a touch of humor to the tough discussions.

6. The Side Hustle Show

“Because your 9-5 may make you a living, but your 5-9 makes you alive!”
Host: Nick Loper
New Episodes: Weekly
Episode Not to Miss: 27 “Weird” Productivity Hacks You Can Try Today
The tips guests share on The Side Hustle Show aren’t just for entrepreneurs just starting out. With episodes on topics ranging from how to make early retirement a reality and the ways in which good health and fitness can increase productivity, The Side Hustle Show offers advice everyone can incorporate into their routine.

7. Marketplace

“Kai Ryssdal examines what the day in money delivered, through stories, conversations, newsworthy numbers and more.”
Host: Kai Ryssdal
New Episodes: Daily
Episode Not to Miss: Fax me, Beep me, If You Wanna Reach Me
Host Kai Ryssdal breaks down current economic issues in this daily podcast, which ranks among iTunes’ most popular business podcasts. The original Marketplace was so popular it grew into a brand with spinoffs covering topics, such as technology, wealth and poverty, and culture.

8. Honest Money Conversations

“A podcast for people who want to change their relationship with money.”
Host: Cait Flanders and Carrie Smith
New Episodes: Weekly
Episode Not to Miss: Getting Creative with Money
Listed as one of the ten podcasts entrepreneurs need to hear by Forbes, Honest Money Conversations, formerly known as Budgets and Cents, discusses ways to repay debt, work for yourself, and offers advice on big financial decisions.

9. The Tai Lopez Show

The best business education straight from the world’s top entrepreneurs.”
Host: Tai Lopez
New Episodes: Weekly
Episode Not to Miss: The 3 Biggest Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make
Listed as one of iTunes’ most popular business podcasts, The Tai Lopez show follows business advisor and host Tai Lopez as he interviews entrepreneurs and gives tips on how to manage money.

10. Girlboss Radio

“On each episode of the Girlboss Radio, Sophia interviews boundary-pushing women who’ve made their mark.”
Host: Sophia Amoruso
New Episodes: Weekly
Episode Not to Miss: Tamara Mellon: Founder of Jimmy Choo and Tamara Mellon
Listen to Girlboss radio for in-depth interviews and career insights from female entrepreneurs, authors, activists, and more. With co-hosts ranging from poet Rupi Kaur to Burton Snowboards CEO Donna Carpenter, this podcast has something for all different types of entrepreneurs and creators.  

11. StartUp

“A show about what it’s really like to start a business.”
Host: Lisa Chow
New Episodes: Two to three times a month
Episode Not to Miss: Life After Startup
Another Philly business leader favorite, this podcast digs into what it takes to start a businesses through multi-episode arcs that follow the stories of budding businesses.

12. Masters of Scale

“Reid shows how companies grow from zero to a gazillion, testing his theories with legendary leaders.”
Host: Reid Hoffman
New Episodes: Once or Twice a Month
Episode Not to Miss: The Next Silicon Valley is…? With Endeavor’s Linda Rottenberg
Hosted by LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock investor Reid Hoffman, this podcast favorite of PhillyLiving’s Jake Dreyfuss dives into how giants like Netflix, Facebook, Instagram, and Google got their starts. Their commitment to gender equality in their guests also makes them a must listen.

13. Half Hour Intern

“Every day, someone, somewhere, is doing something awesome.”
Host: Blake Fletcher
New Episodes: Weekly
Episode Not to Miss: Goat Cheese Maker
Listen to Half Hour Intern to learn more about the ways people got started in their careers. From yoga instructors to chemical engineers and opera singers, this podcast explores the passions of each guest to learn why they do what they do.  

14. Blessed and Boss Up

“She initially set out to chronicle her journey of entrepreneurship while still in the building phase of her business. But God had other plans.”
Host: Tatum Harrison
New Episodes: Weekly
Episode Not to Miss: Forbes 60 Richest Self Made Women
Formerly known as Black Girl Boss, this podcast explores the intersection of faith, women, and business. Listen for insights on how to recover from setbacks and keep your small business strong.  

15. We Study Billionaires

“Helping investors, stock professionals, and business owners by providing them with the best investment ideas and teachings by studying billionaires.”
Host: Preston Pysh and Stig Brodersen
New Episodes: Weekly
Episode Not to Miss: NBA Owner Lives with Monks: Jesse Itzler
Hosts Preston Pysh and Stig Brodersen dig into how billionaires got their start in this weekly podcast. Listen for their analysis of business greats from Jeff Bezos to Mark Cuban.

16. This Is Success

“Insightful stories and useful advice about how to get to the top.”
Host: Richard Feloni
New Episodes: Weekly
Episode Not to Miss: Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard: How I went from a PhD in genetics to being called “the happiest man in the world”
Listen to This Is Success for in-depth conversations with leaders from Lebron James to Tinder founder Sean Rad. The guests on This is Success offer advice that you can use to advance in your field.  

17. Small Business War Stories

“Small businesses are the soul of America. This is where they tell their stories.”
Host: Pablo Fuentes
New Episodes: Weekly
Episode Not to Miss: Meraki Roasting Company: How Small Businesses Impact Their Communities
Tune into Small Business War stories for the tales and tricks of some of America’s small businesses. Hosted by the CEO of Proven, a hiring software company, this show takes listeners around the country to hear the stories of business owners working in fields as diverse as a craft soda business in Colorado to a holistic wellness center in Ohio.

18. Confessions of Successful Asian Women

A platform for women to connect, share, and inspire each other.”
Host: Aliya Janjua
New Episodes: Monthly
Episode Not to Miss: Melanie Elturk: CEO of Haute Hijab
This Forbes recommended podcast, profiles asian women as they navigate careers in the tech world, the stand up comedy stage, and much more.

19. Motley Fool Money

“A team of Motley Fool analysts discussing the week’s top business and investing stories, interviews, and an inside look at the stocks on our radar.”

Host: The Motley Fool analyst team
New Episodes: Weekly
Episode Not to Miss: Facebook’s Next Chapter?
Listen as the hosts analyze current events in the business world and discuss the road ahead for some of America’s biggest businesses. Featuring companies from Disney and Comcast to Apple and Facebook, this podcast explores what’s hot in the business scene.

20. Wharton Business Radio Highlights

“Business Radio covers every aspect of business in an informative, entertaining and approachable manner — from the biggest headlines of the day to the nuts and bolts of how to build a business from the ground up.”
Host: Varies
New Episodes: Daily
Episode Not to Miss: How Good People Fight Bias
Wharton Business Radio Highlights brings listeners the best of the Wharton Business Radio programs each day. With advice from Philadelphia business leaders and faculty members at Wharton, Harvard, Stanford, and more this show dives deep into the business news and best advice of the day.

Courtney DuChene is an intern at Philadelphia Magazine. 


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