Podcasts every entrepreneur should listen to

Now is a glorious time for aspiring entrepreneurs to make their way into India’s startup ecosystem, which currently boasts 100 unicorns.

Today, India ranks third in terms of startups worth over $1 billion, after the United States and China. Recently, the Department of Industry Promotion and Internal Trade reported that India registers about 80 startups every day.

So getting started shouldn’t be that hard, right?

Although it is the third largest ecosystem for startups, around 80-90% of startups in the country fail within the first five years of their creation. For every Flipkart, Ola, Oyo, or Paytm, there are 90 failed startups.

While Your story never fails to take the opportunity to be proud of the overachievers in the startup ecosystem, Entrepreneurship 101 applauds the challenges that all founders go through every day in their entrepreneurial journey. And what better way to learn than from the failures and challenges of those who have risen to the top?

With that in mind, Your story curated a list of podcasts every entrepreneur should listen to, learn from, and implement on their journey.

Source: Spotify

How to start a startup

How to start a startup is a series of lectures given at Stanford University in 2014, converted into a podcast. These lectures were given by Samuel H. Altmanpopularly known as Sam Altman, CEO of AI research lab OpenAI.

The series answers important questions, including why start a startup, tips for ambitious 19-year-olds, how to hire, build a product, and finally, what to do once product-market fit is achieved. Additionally, Altman also shares lessons on business strategy, monopoly theory, fundraising, and corporate culture.

Why should we listen to this? In addition to the valuable lessons that can be learned from the sessions, How to start a startup comes from the former president of Y Combinator, a tech startup accelerator that has launched over 3,000 startups, including Airbnb, Coinbase, Dropbox, and Reddit.

Source: Gimlet


Hosted by Josh Muccio, Field is an independent podcast from Gimlet Media. It’s almost like the podcast version of Shark Tank where real entrepreneurs approach investors for funding. The episodes cover everything – from the pitch, to follow-up questions, and investor acceptance or rejection, and reasons for the same.

Field is a great way for budding and existing entrepreneurs to learn how to elevate the presentation to investors, understand what goes into an acceptable presentation, what questions to prepare for, and how investors come to a conclusion. Field releases a new episode every Wednesday.

Source: Wolf Ear

Startup School Radio

Another podcast series from Y Combinator, Startup School Radio is hosted by Aaron Harris, Partner of the startup accelerator. The podcast series focuses on stories from startup founders and investors about starting a business, failures and challenges, lessons on scaling, and more.

Originally, the sessions were broadcast by the Wharton School on Sirius XM commercial radio. Each week, Harris hosts two guests. Some of the interesting guests invited so far include Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham and his partner Yuri Sagalov, Insight Data Science founder Jake Klamka, Comprehend co-founder Rick Morrison, Suhail Doshi of Mixpanel and founder by Docker Solomon Hykes, among others.

Through this podcast, entrepreneurs can learn how to start, scale, and fund early stage startups.

Source: Spotify


venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz– product podcast a16z is the go-to podcast for entrepreneurs to keep up to date with trends in the Indian startup ecosystem. In addition to covering tech news and trending highlights, a16z also discusses technological innovations from technicians, builders, authors and emerging voices in the respective fields.

The series will not only provide tech entrepreneurs with the latest updates, but will also help them prepare for the future world of software.

Some interesting a16z episodes include “The Founder to Investor Journey”, “Tesla and the Nature of Disruption”, “Feedback Loops – Company Culture, Change and DevOps”, “AI, WbRTC, Crypto and Full Stack Startups”, and “Inside Apple Software Design,” among others.

About three to four episodes come out every week.

Source: 100x Entrepreneur

100 contractors

A product of India, 100x Entrepreneur is a series hosted by veteran entrepreneur and venture capitalist Siddhartha Ahluwalia. The startup-focused podcast brings the best of the best from the startup ecosystem to share their journey, mindset, and habits that make them successful.

100x Entrepreneur has hosted over 100 guests so far, including Kunal Bahl (CEO, Snapdeal), Rajan Anandan (Managing Director, Sequoia Capital), Deepak Shenoy (Founder of Capitalmind), Vamsi Krishna (Co-Founder, Vedantu), and Vani Kalo (MD, Kalaari Capital), among others.

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Edited by Affirunisa Kankudti