Every morning as I board my train to commute into Washington D.C. I pop my headphones in and settle in for the ride with a podcast. If you’re not familiar with them, podcasts are basically a form of talk radio shows that are available for download onto your phone to be listened to at your convenience. You can find podcasts on pretty much every topic around but some pretty well known ones include Freakanomics, This American Life, and The Moth.
This fall, NPR launched a new podcast that every entrepreneur ought to listen to. How I Built This is hosted by Guy Raz and “features innovators, entrepreneurs, idealists and the stories behind the movements they built.”
Raz has interviewed pioneers such as Jane Wurwand the founder of Dermalogica, Joe Gebbia the founder of Airbnb, Sara Blakely the founder of Spanx and more. Each episode features one entrepreneur and tells the story of their journey. The experiences they share and the challenges they overcome are inspiring and fascinating. You get to a peek into the early days at their companies, what went wrong, what went right, and what was sheer luck.
I’ll admit that I am a frequent podcast listener, but no other podcast has roped me in so quickly. The story telling is phenomenal, each episode leaves you inspired and excited. You’ll be sad every time an episode is finished.
Want to give it a try? The first episode I listened to was with Jane Wurwand. Her story takes you from Ireland, to South Africa to LA and is a story of determination, confidence and ingenuity. Give it a listen here:
Find Podcasts on your Phone:
Apple iPhone: The Podcasts app (automatically on every iPhone) for iOS provides easy access to popular and featured podcastsusing the navigation icons at the bottom of the app. To subscribe to a podcast, tap Subscribe on the page for that podcast. To play a podcast, tap on any episode. To download an episode, tap the iCloud icon in the episode list.
Android: Access podcasts through the Google Play Music app. To subscribe to a podcast tap the menu button on the top left of the screen, then tap “podcasts”. Search for the podcast by the title and tap subscribe.