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Are you looking for podcasts to listen to over the weekend, or put on your phone for next week’s commute? Do you also feel like learning from, or commiserating with, entrepreneurs? If so, these three podcasts really stand out.
1. This Week in Startups
This Week in Startups is a bi-weekly podcast by Entrepreneur and Angel Investor Jason Calacanis. Drawing on his extensive network throughout Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, Jason interviews some of the most well-known VCs and startup founders. Standout episodes include those with Chris Sacca, one of the earliest investors in Twitter and Uber, Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup, and Jason Lemkin, the “godfather of SaaS.”
For current and aspiring entrepreneurs, This Week in Startups provides an avenue to hear from some of the brightest minds in the world of tech, entrepreneurship and venture capital. With his deep dive interviews, Jason provides the unfiltered view of a startup’s story from the people who actually lived it. Jason also regularly shares recordings from his startup incubator, and holds news roundtables to discuss the biggest stories unfolding in the industry.
Listen to This Week in Startups if you are interested in learning about:
- The challenges early stage startups face in growing and scaling their business, as well as the raw feedback and advice from Jason himself.
- What it takes for startups to achieve product market fit and why it’s important to fuel the fire once you have it.
- What angel investors and VCs are looking for when they are pitched by founders, how it can often take 10, 20 or 30 meetings to secure investment, and why the number of VCs you pitch before landing investment does not correlate with success.
- Actionable insights from founders and operators who have been in the trenches, built a company and achieved success.
- What the pressing issues are in the industry and why it’s important to stay on top of the news cycle if you are building a career in tech.
2. The Twenty Minute VC
The Twenty Minute VC is the brainchild of Harry Stebbings. Launched when he was in his late teens, Harry really knows how to leverage his network and over the past more than 600 episodes, he has used this to get in front of some of the most well-known and respected VCs in the business, including having Mark Suster (Upfront Ventures), Brad Feld (Foundry Group) and Tomasz Tunguz (Redpoint Ventures) on the program. In addition to the strong focus on the world of VC, Harry also interviews founders and entrepreneurs in the weekly Founder Friday’s series.
For someone looking to break into the world of venture capital, or for the startup founder who wants to understand the thought process of potential investors, The Twenty Minute VC provides an ideal environment to learn about:
- What got VCs started in the industry and how that shapes their investment thesis.
- The characteristics VCs look for in startup founders that they choose to back and why the people matter as much as (if not more than) the product.
- The differences between startup ecosystems (and investment priorities) of VCs in UK and Europe as opposed to the U.S.
- The process many VCs take when evaluating investment opportunities and what makes them say “yes.”
- The challenges entrepreneurs face when starting their business, how they approached the fundraising process and why it never gets easier for the founder and CEO.
3. The Pitch
The Pitch was created by Josh Muccio and Sheel Mohnot (Partner at 500 Startups) and is best described as Shark Tank in podcast format. It is a fast paced and entertaining series that allows you to be a “fly on the wall” as an early stage startup pitches their idea to a panel of investors. At the end of their pitch, the founder leaves the room and the investors are left to discuss what they liked and didn’t like about the product, the founder, or the opportunity.
With its entertaining style, it is clear to see why The Pitch is the number one most upvoted podcast on Product Hunt. But beyond that, it provides real insight into the minds of investors as they are forced to share their raw and immediate thoughts on each startup. Often you can listen and think that a pitch went well, only to have the investors completely tear it apart and proceed to poke holes in a number of the assumptions put forward by the entrepreneur.
No other podcast comes close to proving such a raw insight into what happens after a founder has finished their pitch. Listen to The Pitch if you want to learn about:
- What is really going through an investor’s mind when you are pitching your startup and how to anticipate the questions they may have.
- The importance of overcoming investor concerns with facts and data, not your opinion or gut feel based on limited experience.
- Why not all investors agree on each investment opportunity and why that is a good thing for entrepreneurs chasing unique ideas.
- How small increases in the amount of traction or perceived strength of a team can make a big difference to the outcome of each episode.
- What makes a startup instantly stand out and have investors wanting to say yes.
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