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5 of the best podcasts for business

Podcasts have never been so popular.

Here’s something you might not know; the word ‘podcast’ (a portmanteau of iPod and broadcast) was invented in 2004 by Ben Hammersley, a journalist attempting to pad out an article for The Guardian.

Little did he know, this hastily invented filler would make it into the lexicon. Strangely enough, Apple didn’t even have a platform at the time to support the medium.

Nowadays there are millions of podcasts available for download, often for free, across multiple platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, GooglePlay, SoundCloud, TuneIn and even YouTube. It’s great to have so much choice, but it can be a bit overwhelming. So, to save you the trouble, we tracked down the very best podcasts for businesses. Here’s our top 5:

1. Household Name | Business Insider

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“The show about brands you know, and stories you don’t.” This fascinating series is hosted by Dan Bobkoff. Here you’ll find intriguing and sometimes shocking insights into the pasts of the brands we know and love. There’s accidental success, devastation, love, scandal, conspiracy and the unexpected way that a stuffed crust pizza might have led to Donald Trump’s presidency.

2. World Business Report | BBC World Service

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“Your daily briefing on business and economics from across the globe.” This series delivers punchy bulletins and insightful interviews with business insiders. You will hear from BBC journalists all over the world including the dedicated business teams in London, New York, Dubai, Mumbai, Johannesburg and Singapore.

3. Mind Your Own Business | Lawrence Jones MBE

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“Get insight on the go… everything from the latest news to business tips and advice.” Entrepreneur, CEO, investor, vlogger – Lawrence Jones is a vastly experienced business leader who uses this interesting podcast as a platform for his thoughts, business advice, interviews and more.

4. Social Minds – Social Media Marketing Answered | Social Chain

Listen to the podcast here.

“Join us if you’re ready to face the truth of an always-online world, but be warned – once you know, there’s no going back.” The UK’s first dedicated social media marketing podcast, they deliver a new episode weekly featuring their insights and interviews with successful social media marketers. You’ll hear about trends and pitfalls, ‘social secrets’, clever techniques, engagement and more.

5.The Tim Ferriss Show | Tim Ferriss

Listen to the podcast here.

“I deconstruct world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use.” Often ranked #1 in business on Apple Podcasts, this fascinating series offers tips and tricks you can use in your own life/business. Past guests range from Tony Robbins and Reid Hoffman to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx and Maria Sharapova.

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