Podcasts are a perfect way to easily learn new information about tech, business, and the Product world. You can listen to them during your commute, when the train is too packed to even hold a book or newspaper. You can even listen to them in the middle of the day (people will see your headphones and assume you want to be left alone, it’s a win-win).
With that in mind, we’d like to recommend the Top 10 podcasts that are useful and insightful for the Product Management community.
You might also be interested in: The 15 Most-Read Books by Top Product Managers
1. Masters of Scale by Reid Hoffman
Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn and investor at Greylock, shows how companies grow from zero to millions. Each episode features a new guest, from will.i.am to Whitney Wolfe Herd. We particularly like ‘How Pirates Become the Navy‘ with Uber CEO, Dara Khostowshahi, and ‘Embrace the Gatekeepers‘ with 23andMe CEO, Anne Wojcicki. Masters of Scale is also the first American media program to commit to gender balance for guests – which is pretty cool!
2. How I Built This with Guy Raz
This one has more of a narrative-style than an interview format. Guy Raz, who has been called ‘one of the most popular podcasters in history’ by The New York Times, tells us about how companies came to be. He describes How I Built This as ‘a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists – and the movements they built.’
3. This Is Product Management
From Alpha, this is a podcast about all things product management. What makes this podcast special is that you can filter the content by Audience (Aspiring PMs, Managers, Execs, etc.), Industry, and Company Size, making sure you only get relevant content.
Get started with ‘Thinking Big is Product Management.’
4. The Product Podcast
The Product Podcast kicks off a new season of interviews with top Product minds, from the Senior PM at Twitch to the VP of Product at Boxed.
Start with episode 1, ‘Unraveling the Psychological Side of Product.’
5. Freakonomics Radio
Knowing what’s going on in the real world is vital if you’re building digital products. From the minds behind Freakonomics comes their own dedicated podcast. While not specifically restricted to business, this show is great for catching up on a general overview of politics, economics, and business. We particularly like ‘How to Make Meetings Less Terrible.’
Host Maggie Crowley, former Olympian turned Harvard MBA turned Director of Product Management at Drift, sits down with the best of the best across product management, design and engineering.
Get the inside scoop on all things product!
7. TED Talks Business
We all love a good TED Talk! And somehow they’re even better when they come in the form of a podcast – making it easier to get inspired wherever you are. This podcast focuses on business, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Particularly interesting are ‘3 ways to measure your adaptability – and how to improve it‘ with venture investor Natalie Fratto, and ‘How to lead a conversation between people who disagree‘ with reporter Eve Pearlman.
8. Better Product
Better Product by Innovatemap aims to bring us insights from industry-leading companies whose products have a soul, a mission, and a vision.
You’ll hear from CEOs, entrepreneurs, and innovators. We recommend ‘Tying Customers Journey and Brand Together‘, with Angie Stocklin, One Click Ventures Co-Founder.
9. Stuff You Should Know
Product Managers are worldly people. The more you know, the easier you can solve problems and find answers.
Whether you need to make interesting small talk at your next networking event, or want to learn more about a certain aspect of tech, SYSK has everything! For PMs, we recommend ‘Augmented Reality: Coming Soon?‘
10. Product Breakfast Club
Hosted by the co-founder of AJ&Smart, and the New York Times bestselling author of ‘Sprint’, this podcast has just reached it’s 105th episode, so you’ve got plenty to get through! Listen to everything from how to be less stressed to the deepest secrets of Silicon Valley.
This is by no means a definitive list. Thanks to technology and the swathes of people willing to share their experiences and knowledge with us for free, there are just too many podcasts to choose from.