Note: Updated in March 2020
In addition to audio books, I love listening to podcasts. They relate mostly technology, entrepreneurship and mental models.
I use Overcast and listen to most podcasts on around 1.25-1.5x speed without any noticeable sound distortion. Overcast also has a nice feature which dynamically adjusts the speed if ads or ‘intro sequences’ are played so you save some time when listening.
Here are some of my favorites in rough order:
- How I Built This: Guy Raz from NPR interviews entrepreneurs who have built successful companies and they share their stories. I’ve listened to every episode and find it quite inspiring.
- Invest Like the Best: Patrick O’Shaughnessy gets lots of smart investors and finance futurists on his show and I’ve improved as an investor through listening.
- Hidden Brain: Shankar Vedantam from NPR presents well researched episodes about the human behaviour and society.
- Freakonomics: Steven Dubner gets some really excellent guests to talk through a variety of topical issues. I don’t listen to them all, but select the ones that I find interesting.
- Recode Decode: Kara Swisher from VOX interviews folks in the tech community. She’s witty, dry, opinionated and gets really interesting guests on her show.
- The Knowledge Project: Shane Parrish has a wide range of thought leaders across a range of areas. I don’t listen to them all, and pick the guests I find interesting.
- Starting Greatness: Mike Maples (partner of Floodgate) gets some excellent technology investors and entrepreneurs and shares lots of good stories and wisdom.
- Distributed: Matt Mullenweg, CEO of Automattic interviews folks who know a lot about building remote/distributed companies and scaling them.
- Tim Ferris Show: Tim can be polarizing, and his interviews are long. I pick and choose shows with people or topics where I have interest. I found his podcasts with Peter Attia to be particularly good about health and longevity.
- Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders: A Stanford series on the story of mainly technology entrepreneurs. It was the first podcast I listened to regularly and has been running for a long time (10+ years).
- How To Get Rich: This special mention is a 3.5hr podcast from Naval Ravikant with some good principles. I don’t love the title, but the content is excellent.
- A16Z Podcast: This is really tech centric, and I only listen to the episodes with people or topics that I’m interested in learning more about.
- Serial: Sarah Koenig presents, and I really enjoyed Season 1 in particular. A lot of folks in the US who become regular podcast listeners start with Serial.
- Software Engineering Daily: This one is new, but I’ve enjoyed listening to more technical folks talk about designing systems.
- Exponent: Ben and James talk about tech and society and are both really smart, thoughtful guys. James and I are friends from business school, which is an added bonus 🙂
- The China Africa Project: Lots of interesting topics about the intersection of economics, politics and technology between China and Africa – likely a bit niche for most.
- Hodinkee Radio: Another niche podcast about the weird world of horology.