5 business podcasts for people on the go


Why I can't commit

Personally I'm not a fan of the long form podcast. You know the one - the rambling interviews that last an hour and a half, maybe more. I'm sure the content is great, but usually it will take one of three things to get me to commit:

  1. I know the interviewee or hosts and want to hear from them
  2. You hook me in the first 5 minutes
  3. The topic is too interesting to ignore

Unfortunately finding any of the above three isn't guaranteed. Nice when you find it, painful when you don't.

The biggest barrier for long form podcasts though is time. When you're pushing towards the 2 hour mark, I have to seriously question when anyone has that amount of time to listen to a podcast. Especially business or work related ones. You want to stay informed, but in the battle for our attention, a nice evening on the couch with wine and our significant other might be more appealing.


5 Business Podcasts for Busy People

Thankfully for us (and our significant others) 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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