5 business podcasts for people on the go


There are a lot of great podcasts to listen to now about business and entrepreneurship. Many of them feature long, detailed interviews with successful entrepreneurs who offer fantastic insights. One problem though - often I don't have time to listen to long, detailed podcasts, no matter how good the insights are.

Often you want to stay informed and inspired by thought and industry leaders, but in the battle for our attention, it's easy to prioritise other things over an hour plus long podcast.


5 Business Podcasts for Busy People

Thankfully for us there are a number of great business podcasts that are easy listens. I've selected 5 podcasts that meet the following criteria:

  • Can be listened to during lunch or in a commute (around 30 minutes or less)
  • Is educational
  • Features business leaders

These podcasts primarily focus on entrepreneurship, startups, plus cloud and business news. Here's the list!



HBR Ideacast

A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management from Harvard Business Review.

Why you should listen: Short, sweet, and always on topic. Great for those who are interested in research and fact-based insights.

Get started with Ep. 456 Your Brain's Ideal Schedule - 'Being responsive first thing in the morning is really cognitively expensive.'


Startups For The Rest Of Us

This podcast helps developers, designers and entrepreneurs be awesome at launching software products.

Why you should listen: Hosts Mike Taber and Rob Walling have over 20 years’ experience in building and launching their own products. They share the many lessons they've learnt along the way with their listeners.

Get started with Ep. 237: The Biggest Roadblocks to Your Success.


BBC Business Daily

A podcast about the daily drama of work and money.

Why you should listen: BBC = Quality. Easy way to stay up-to-date with international business and money news. Bonus, each episode is only 18 minutes long!

Get started with Cybersecurity: Are We Safe From Hackers?.



A podcast that offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at startups. Season One documents what happens when someone who knows nothing about business starts one. With Alex Blumberg from This American Life and Planet Money.

Why you should listen: Just as the BBC = quality, the same can be said of This American Life. Startup is great if you're into entrepreneurship, real-life advice, and authentic storytelling.

Get started with #1 How to Not Pitch a Billionaire.


Cloud Stories with Heather Smith

Heather Smith interviews some brilliant minds in the Xero ecosystem and beyond.

Why you should listen: Perfect for users of Xero and/or those interested in Xero and cloud technology. This is an independent podcast.

Get started with Ep. 17: Ryan Baker - Timely - 25 Co-founders scheduling the cloud world..

We hope you enjoyed this list! Let us know what you think of these podcasts and any episodes that stood out as 'Must Listens.'


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