Top Entrepreneur Funding Podcasts

Top Entrepreneur Podcasts

I’ve spent a lot of time looking for the most popular entrepreneur podcasts, and among those, the most popular entrepreneur funding podcasts. Now you don’t have to!

Of course my interest was surveying the landscape for my own podcast The Funding Coach. I wanted to make sure nobody’s doing exactly what I am.

The news – maybe good, maybe bad – is that nobody else is looking at all funding options while trying to help entrepreneurs. I say “maybe good, maybe bad” because if you are all alone as an innovator, it’s not clear whether that’s because you’re first to an important new market, or because nobody wants your innovation.

I also learned that – as far as I can tell – nobody has an exact measure of podcast popularity. I won’t bore you with the details, but measuring podcast listening is an inexact science.

So my practical entrepreneur (and former market researcher) approach is to use iTunes reviews as a proxy for popularity. Why?

  • iTunes has been the dominant podcast delivery platform, even as other options are proliferating now
  • The number of listeners, and the enthusiasm of those listeners sufficient to write a review, will roughly correlate with the number of reviews.

Top Entrepreneur Podcasts

Here’s what I’ve found so far. The top entrepreneur podcasts are listed below. I include the number of iTunes reviews, the Apple Podcasts link and their web link. If you don’t use Apple Podcasts, the web site should get you to other platforms to listen or subscribe.

Scroll down to see the top entrepreneur funding podcasts for:

  • Venture Capital and Angels
  • Bootstrapping
  • Crowdfunding.

I have not yet found popular podcasts covering business loans and debt, although there are plenty about personal finance that talk about debt! Nor have I found any podcasts covering grants and competitions. (hmmm…. maybe an opportunity?)

And don’t forget to check out The Funding Coach!

How I Built This podcast

1. How I Built This With Guy Raz

12,785 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

Startup Podcast

2. Startup Podcast

6,678 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

StartUp is a documentary series about entrepreneurial life. The show has been downloaded tens of millions of times since its launch in 2014. Its first season has been adapted into an ABC sitcom called Alex, Inc. starring Zach Braff. StartUp has won a Gracie Award and the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.

Entrepreneurs On Fire podcast

3. Entrepreneurs ON FIRE | Interviews with the worlds most inspiring Entrepreneurs

2,924 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

John Lee Dumas is the founder & host of Entrepreneurs On Fire, an award-winning podcast where he interviews inspiring entrepreneurs every Monday and drops value bombs every Thursday! His goal is to deliver the inspiration and strategies you need to FIRE UP your entrepreneurial journey and create the life you’ve always dreamed of. He’s interviewed over 2,000 incredible entrepreneurs, including Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss, and many more.

Masters of Scale podcast

4. Masters of Scale

2,185 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

Masters of Scale is an original podcast hosted by Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and investor at Greylock. In each episode, Reid shows how companies grow from zero to a gazillion, testing his theories with legendary leaders. Masters of Scale is the first American media program to commit to a 50-50 gender balance for guests. It won the 2018 People’s Voice Webby for Best Business Podcast.

Side Hustle School podcast

5. Side Hustle School

2,021 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

A daily show for everyone who works a regular job and wants to start an income-earning project on the side. In each episode, listeners will hear a different story of someone who’s started a side hustle – along with what went well, how that person overcame challenges, and what happened as a result. The show is written and hosted by Chris Guillebeau, the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup, The Happiness of Pursuit, and other books.

Entrepreneurship Stories 4 Inspiration Millionaire Interviews podcast

6. Entrepreneurship Stories 4⃣ Inspiration: Millionaire Interviews

1,358 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

Inspiring Stories to Help Motivate, Build, & Grow Your Successful Business… Millionaire Interviews is actionable advice for the (future & present) Entrepreneur, Solopreneur, and Small Business Owner. The host interviews Business Founders in the Product, Service, Real Estate, and Tech industries so they can teach you from their experience. Guests have been featured on Forbes, Shark Tank, Fox Business, CNBC, & Time Magazine. Each episode details the journey of our guest who shares their life experiences, business lessons learned, how they turned their ideas into success, and much more.

The Pitch podcast

7. The Pitch

888 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

Real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors—for real money. In each episode, we take you behind closed doors to the critical moment when aspiring entrepreneurs put it all on the line. The Pitch delivers on the high-stakes promise of a live pitch without shying away from the nitty gritty details of what happens after everyone shakes hands and walks out of the room. Hosted by Josh Muccio from Gimlet Media.

The My Wife Quit Her Job podcast

8. The My Wife Quit Her Job Podcast

773 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

Yes, the image has a different name. I guess he didn’t like his first choice any more!

“The My Wife Quit Her Job Podcast is an interview based show where I bring in small business entrepreneurs who are killing it online. But there’s a twist. All of the entrepreneurs on my show bootstrapped their businesses and started their own ventures to improve their lifestyle in some way.”

Entrepreneur Success Stories by Join Up Dots podcast

9. Entrepreneur Success Stories By Join Up Dots, Motivation, Leadership, & Business Coaching To Start Your Online Careers

615 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

Are you an entrepreneur who needs the right mindset, motivation and confidence. Hell we all need confidence as its the key to everything in life, and very few entrepreneurs, solopreneurs or just people who are rocking and rolling have this naturally, even though it may seem like a god given gift. Whether you want an amazing online income, entrepreneur success, more money than you could dream off, freedom, love, sex, or even a huge promotion at work confidence will make it happen. And we will show you how to get it – BIGTIME! Having the confidence to go after it, and the mindset to make it happen is demonstrated in every episode of the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots through the startup stories, struggles, honest conversations and training and coaching. Ready to rock your life?

The Side Hustle Show podcast

10. The Side Hustle Show: Passive Income, Online Business, Freelancing, Amazon FBA, Blogging, and More Money Making Ideas

472 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

The Side Hustle Show is the podcast for part-time entrepreneurs who are looking for business ideas, actionable tips to start a business, and killer strategies on how to turn their side hustle dreams into a growing business. We cover all aspects of starting a business and making money (online and offline), including small business marketing, sales, websites, social media marketing, blogging, time management, and more. Our topics include passive income ideas, niche sites, self-publishing, software and app development, coaching and consulting, freelancing, affiliate marketing, Amazon FBA, and much more. Learn how to turn your business idea into your own thriving small business. Starting your own business gives you the freedom and opportunity to quit your job. It doesn’t take a high-flying start-up to make money or create an awesome lifestyle business. Guests include Jon Acuff, Chris Ducker, Brian Clark, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, and many Tim Ferriss and Gary Vaynerchuk proteges. Because your 9 to 5 may make you a living, but your 5-9 makes you alive. Hosted by Nick Loper, Chief Side-Hustler at Side Hustle Nation (.com).

Top Venture Capital & Angel Podcasts

Note: we are only including podcasts that have at least one episode in the last four months.

The Pitch podcast

1. The Pitch

888 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

Yes, we’re repeating this from above just so you can see that this is #1 in this category!

Real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors—for real money. In each episode, we take you behind closed doors to the critical moment when aspiring entrepreneurs put it all on the line. The Pitch delivers on the high-stakes promise of a live pitch without shying away from the nitty gritty details of what happens after everyone shakes hands and walks out of the room. Hosted by Josh Muccio from Gimlet Media.

a16z podcast

2. a16z

274 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

The a16z Podcast discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future — especially as ‘software eats the world’. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world. This podcast is produced by Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”), a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. Multiple episodes are released every week; visit a16z.com for more details and to sign up for our newsletters and other content as well!

The Full Ratchet podcast

3. The Full Ratchet: VC | Venture Capital | Angel Investors | Startup Investing | Fundraising | Crowdfunding | Pitch | Private E

139 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

A podcast dedicated to demystifying Venture Capital. Nick Moran interviews the VC and Angel investor experts on how they find, evaluate and select the next generation of great technology startups.

The Twenty Minute VC podcast

4. The Twenty Minute VC: Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

127 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

The Twenty Minute VC takes you inside the world of Venture Capital, Startup Funding and The Pitch. Join our host, Harry Stebbings and discover how you can attain funding for your business by listening to what the most prominent investors are directly looking for in startups, providing easily actionable tips and tricks that can be put in place to increase your chances of getting funded. Although, you may not want to raise funding for a startup. The Twenty Minute VC also provides an instructional guide as to what it takes to get employed in the Venture Capital industry, with VCs giving specific advice on how to get noticed from the crowd and increasing your chances of employment. If that wasn’t enough our amazing Venture Capitalists also provide their analysis of the current technology market, providing advice and suggestions on the latest investing trends and predictions. Join us so you can see how you can get BIG, powerful improvements, fast. Would you like to see more of The Twenty Minute VC, head on over to www.thetwentyminutevc.com for more information on the podcast, show notes, resources and a more detailed analysis of the technology and Venture Capital industry.

Equity podcast

5. Equity

93 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

Equity is TechCrunch’s weekly podcast focused on all things money when it comes to startups. Massive rounds, notable acquisitions, and interesting IPOs are the fodder for hosts Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley, and Alex Wilhelm. They’ll help everyone understand the dollars behind the hype.

Angel Invest Boston podcast

6. Angel Invest Boston

70 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

Through the Angel Invest Boston Podcast we seek to learn more about the creation of world-changing startups. Boston’s unique concentration of academic talent and entrepreneurial culture offer bountiful opportunities for conversations with people who have funded and built innovative companies. By recounting engaging stories, angels and founders convey lessons they have learned. These narratives illustrate the rewards of helping founders commercialize transformative technologies. We hope you too will find our dialogues entertaining and instructive. I’m Sal Daher, host of the Angel Invest Boston Podcast. After immigrating to Boston as a child and attending Belmont High School, I studied engineering at MIT and Stanford. Decades of work in international finance followed. During that time, I invested in a handful of ventures founded by friends and acquaintances. Now, I’m a member of Walnut Ventures and MIT Angels and spend most of my time as an angel investor taking stakes in about a dozen startups per year.

The Bootstrapped VC podcast

7. The Bootstrapped VC – A Backstage Capital Podcast

63 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

Backstage Capital is venture investment fund that backs underrepresented tech startup founders. Since inception in September 2015, Backstage has deployed nearly $2m into 40+ startups around the U.S. that are led by women, POC, and LGBT founders. This podcast takes you behind the scenes to show you what it’s like to build a fund from scratch and give you deep insights into what investors are REALLY looking for. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You might steal a donut. But that’ll have nothing to do with us. Keep it funky, keep it fresh!

Y Combinator podcast

8. Y Combinator

52 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

We talk with people who are shaping the future. A show about technology in business, research, and art.

Arguably this isn’t about funding per se but we include it here since Y Combinator is the most famous accelerator.

The Successful Pitch with John Livesay podcast

9. The Successful Pitch With John Livesay

51 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

The Successful Pitch interviews successful startups who share their secrets in raising funding, as well as investors who share their criteria, so that you become an insider into the world of getting funded. Join your host, author and funding strategist John Livesay as he provides insights on how to make your pitch compelling, easy to understand and inspiring. You will learn the 5 Cs needed to get funded fast: Confidence, Connection, Commitment, Collaboration and Check List. You can download the FREE PDF ‘3 Mistakes To Avoid When Pitching’ at sellingsecretsforfunding.com

Running Through Walls podcast

10. Running Through Walls

48 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

Running Through Walls is a Venrock podcast featuring candid conversations between investors and entrepreneurs. Each episode, we offer a behind-the-scenes look at the breakthroughs, challenges and nuttiness associated with building and growing companies. Venture capital firm Venrock has been investing in entrepreneurs across technology and healthcare since 1969.

Top Bootstrapping Podcasts

Note that we aren’t including “side hustle” podcasts even though they are all, by definition, bootstrapped. These are more about “full time” bootstrapped businesses.

The My Wife Quit Her Job podcast

1. The My Wife Quit Her Job Podcast

773 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

Yes, this is a repeat of the listing above.

“The My Wife Quit Her Job Podcast is an interview based show where I bring in small business entrepreneurs who are killing it online. But there’s a twist. All of the entrepreneurs on my show bootstrapped their businesses and started their own ventures to improve their lifestyle in some way.”

Dingman Bootstrapped podcast

2. Dingman Bootstrapped

47 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the Robert H. Smith School of Business produces Bootstrapped, a podcast featuring founders, investors and serial entrepreneurs. While the podcast covers many aspects of startup life, the heart of the show focuses on funding from both the founder and investor perspectives, thus the name Bootstrapped. The podcast is hosted by Elana Fine, Managing Director of the Dingman Center, and Joe Bailey, Associate Research Professor at the Smith School. Each episode starts with trend stories from the hosts, moves onto an interview with a special guest then closes with a segment titled, “Kickstarter or Not?” Tune in to hear insights into startup life and venture creation.

Bootstrapped Web podcast

3. Bootstrapped Web

45 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

Bootstrapped Web is for entrepreneurs bootstrapping their startups, who believe that the best way to get to where we’re going is to learn by doing. Conversations, case studies, and interviews with entrepreneurs who are building profitable businesses online. Let’s do this.

Bootstrapped podcast

4. Bootstrapped

24 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

25+ Years of Software Bootstrapping Experience

Top Crowdfunding Podcasts

Crowdfunding CrowdCrux podcast

1. Crowdfunding: Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Ecommerce with CrowdCrux

236 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

Kickstarter and crowdfunding advice from successful campaigns. Salvador Briggman is the founder of CrowdCrux, the most popular blog in the niche with over 20,000 subscribers. He has been cited as an expert by the New York Times, the Wallstreet Journal, and more.

ComixLaunch Crowdfunding podcast

2. ComixLaunch: Crowdfunding for Writers, Artists & Self-Publishers on Kickstarter… and Beyond!

66 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

Kickstarter is the most powerful crowdfunding platform for new and professional creators and creative entrepreneurs alike. Every day, writers, artists, comic creators, and self-publishers are raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring their dream projects to life. Still, nearly two-thirds of projects that launch on Kickstarter fail to fund. But the ComixLaunch podcast is changing that by revealing the mindset, strategies, and tactics you can use to successfully crowdfund your project on the platform. Tyler James, the host, has put all these ideas to practice and raised multiple six-figures in funding on Kickstarter across many successful projects. He is a writer, artist, game designer and the publisher of ComixTribe. He has also been a frequent guest on the #1 crowdfunding podcast Funding the Dream with Richard Bliss. ComixLaunch covers pre-launch strategies (social media, list-building, Facebook, Twitter), crowdfunding platforms (Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Patreon and more), how to design a successful campaign from start to finish, including how to set an achievable goal / funding target, campaign marketing, avoiding the pitfalls of fulfillment, and much more. The objective? To help YOU take your career to the next level by turning the Kickstarter platform into a renewable resource that will bring your creative projects to life again and again. Are you ready to launch?

Crowdfunding Uncut podcast

3. Crowdfunding Uncut | Kickstarter| Indiegogo | Where Entrepreneurs Get Funded

16 Reviews (Apple Podcasts) (web site)

The show consists of Khierstyn Ross’ in the trenches experience raising more than $2MM on Indiegogo and Kickstarter. We interview successful creators that have started from NOTHING and build multi-million dollar companies off the success of their crowdfunding campaigns. This is the real, uncut, show for entrepreneurs that want to launch their product online.

 

Don Gooding

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