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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 newspaper.

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 hassle, we tracked down the very best podcasts for businesses. Here’s our top 5:

1. Household Name | Business Insider

Listen to the podcast here.

“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. The Pitch | Gimlet

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“Where real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors – for real money.” Every week, you will hear aspiring entrepreneurs pitching their ideas to venture capitalists. It can be stressful, but always exciting. Named the ‘best business podcast on startup life’ by Fortune, the show gives you a behind the scenes view of these high-stakes meetings, and what happens after.

3. HBR IdeaCast | Harvard Business Review

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“You have to learn hard truths, make disciplined choices and face harsh realities.” This weekly series features leading thinkers in business and management from Harvard Business Review discussing leadership, change, innovation, strategy, technology, sustainability, jargon, unconventional working and so much more.

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

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“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.” From the award-winning social-first agency, Social Chain, this podcast delivers critical insights alongside 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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