Business Majors Podcasts
- The Tim Ferriss Show
- Planet Money
- HBR Ideacast
Kickstart your career while you are still in school by subscribing to these five industry podcasts for business majors. Whatever your area of interest – entrepreneurship, investing, marketing, etc. – one of these podcasts will surely suit your educational – and professional – needs.
Business Insider calls StartUp “gripping stuff” and “deliciously entrepreneurial listening.” Each season, Alex Blumberg, award-winning radio journalist, former producer for This American Life and the co-founder of NPR’s Planet Money, follows a single startup from idea to inception. Season 1 of this podcast examines Blumberg’s efforts to create a podcast startup. Season 2 follows the beginnings of Dating Ring, “Uber for dating” (NFIB). Season 3 breaks from StartUp’s original format and looks at a different faltering startup each episode. Season 4 focuses on controversial entrepreneur and ousted American Apparel founder, Dov Charney, as he begins a new t-shirt company.
While it is not strictly a business podcast, according to Business Insider, The Tim Ferriss Show will “help you understand the mechanics of success.” Tim Ferriss has perfected the long-form interview and his subjects range from Brené Brown to Tony Robbins. Of particular interest to business students are 17 podcasts regarding investing, 57 regarding entrepreneurship, and 53 regarding marketing. Or have a listen to his 10 most popular podcasts, including interviews with Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Jamie Foxx, Tony Robbins, and Seth Godin.
3. Planet Money
National Public Radio’s Planet Money began as a stand-alone episode of This American Life regarding the financial crash of 2008. Since that time, Planet Money has produced over 700 episodes transforming each topic from a dry financial report to something far more interesting – not unlike a conversation with a fascinating friend who happens to be a finance expert. Some of the more interesting episodes bear titles such as: The Chicken Tax, The chocolate Curse, and Hard Work is Irrelevant. In addition, Planet Money examines higher education in several episodes, including What’s Your Major and The Real Price of College.
In 2011, Dave Ramsey wrote a book outlining the concept of “EntreLeadership.” Ramsey now has a podcast examining the principles of his book, including tips and tricks from such business leaders as Robert Herjavec, David Allen, Seth Godin, and Mark Cuban. Ramsey also discusses management practices to creating and maintaining a prosperous business. EntreLeadership podcasts fall within one of three categories – personal growth, team growth, and profit growth – allowing the listener to navigate 191 episodes. Begin with one of EntreLeadership’s Top 10 Episodes including episodes such as The New Rules of Customer Service, Capitalizing on Your Personal Strengths, and Being Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice.
5. HBR Ideacast
According to Fast Company, “The Harvard Business Review has long been known as a leading resource for business news and reasearch, and this weekly podcast doesn’t disappoint.” Fortune muses “[b]ecause it’s from Harvard, you know the name will pull in major names.” Past guest of HBR Ideacast include Eric Schmidt from Google, and Phil Libin of Evernote. Begin exploring this podcast with episodes Talking About Race at Work, and How to Say No to More Work.
Begin with the first episode of these podcasts for business majors and work your way through them all. Or find the episodes that speak to your interest. Regardless, set aside time during your weekly studies to keep up with the goings-on of the industry.