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13 Tech Leaders On Their Favorite Informative (And Entertaining) Tech Podcasts

Apr 26, 2022

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For industry leaders, keeping up with the fast-moving, wide-ranging world of tech takes staying in touch with several forms of media. For many of these leaders, podcasts are an optimal choice—they can listen when they have a break or are on the go, and since new episodes are regularly released, they’re a great up-to-the-moment resource.

The best tech podcasts not only cover the latest news and updates but also feature insights and personal stories from industry movers and shakers. Below, 13 members of Forbes Technology Council share their favorite tech podcasts and discuss why each is such a compelling listen.

1. a16z Podcast

Hosted by Andreessen Horowitz, a16z Podcast is a phenomenal podcast that investigates tech investing and tech trends. It helps tech leaders stay up-to-date on where the tech world is headed. - Marc Fischer, Dogtown Media LLC

2. Acquired

I find Acquired to be the most interesting podcast. Hosted by Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal, it delivers the perfect combination of storytelling, strategy and inspiration. Weaving in Hamilton Helmer’s 7 Powers provides a great framework for breaking down a success story. - Fran Quilty, Conjura

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3. The AI Consulting Podcast

I am a big fan of The AI Consulting Podcast . Daniel Faggella does a great job finding top-notch guests and drilling into interesting topics. There’s not much fluff, and I always feel like I leave the podcast having learned something new. - Matt Berseth, NLP Logix

4. B2B Tech Talk

B2B Tech Talk , with Ingram Micro, is one of my favorite tech resources. This podcast offers a wealth of insights for listeners of all levels of expertise, ranging from students to professionals to C-suite executives. B2B Tech Talk also allows listeners to stay up-to-date with emerging technologies—which is essential for continued growth and expansion—by previewing new tech before it goes public. - David Gasparyan, Phonexa

5. Empowered Leaders In Tech

One of my favorite podcasts is Empowered Leaders in Tech , by Sue Parker. I honestly cannot miss an episode. She touches on important topics ranging from imposter syndrome and career balance to productivity, personal branding and climbing the corporate ladder. She covers all the important topics we overlook at times that are now taking center stage in the tech world. - Elaine Montilla, The Graduate Center, CUNY

6. How I Built This

How I Built This , with Guy Raz, is a source of both learning and inspiration. Raz dives into successful ventures, showcasing the journey of building companies through the lens of diverse entrepreneurs and highlighting how great things come from humble beginnings. This is a podcast that often serves as the jumping-off point from which I dive into a new technology use case or strategy. - Luke Jacobs, Encamp

7. Internet of Things

I always look forward to the Internet of Things podcast, by Stacy on IoT, because it offers a great focus on a specific technology ecosystem. Hosts Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel do a great job of covering both the consumer devices we use to power our smart homes and the modern enterprise solutions that see IoT coming into more workplaces. They are always on top of the latest industry news and also feature interviews with a range of different vendors. - Brian Jackson, Info-Tech Research Group

8. Pivot

Pivot , with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway, blends technology and business. If you want to stay up to date on tech and business trends, Pivot is a must. Swisher is a longtime tech reporter, and Galloway is a branding expert with several tech startups behind him. They are entertaining and informative. - David Moise, Decide Consulting

9. Science Friday

I like Science Friday . As the name suggests, it comes out at the end of every week, which is a nice time to reflect on not just the week itself but also on much bigger-topic items, such as the new James Webb telescope, decarbonizing your home, the latest in cyber warfare and more. All of this feeds into and complements your own innovative thoughts and spurs the imagination to think big! - Andrew McCloskey, AVEVA

10. Software Defined Talk

Software Defined Talk is my favorite tech podcast. It covers topics including Kubernetes, DevOps, serverless, security and coding. The podcast spans platforms, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Open-source developers and enthusiasts will also find this podcast interesting and thought-provoking. - Bhagvan Kommadi, Quantica Computacao

11. TED Tech

I personally would recommend TED Tech . This podcast covers numerous topics, from busting tech myths to visions of the future. Episodes feature several of the most interesting niche speakers. - Alexey Shliakhouski, Elinext

12. The Tim Ferriss Show

I am a longtime listener of The Tim Ferriss Show , which offers a peek into some of the world’s brightest minds. Ferriss is an extremely thorough and empathic interviewer, and the extended format allows him time to get deep, often surprising insights out of his guests. The mix of tech, leadership and psychology makes this podcast a must for me. - Gergo Vari, Lensa, Inc.

13. Waveform Podcast

I enjoy Waveform Podcast , which covers current events and tech trends in both hardware and software. It’s produced by tech content creators, not industry executives. Marques Brownlee is a co-host, and outside of Waveform, he runs the largest technology-focused YouTube channel in the world, MKBHD. That level of reach means stellar guests, such as the man behind Wordle, Josh Wardle. - Rashad Nasir, ThinkCode

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