The top M&A, entrepreneurship & venture capital podcasts

What’s different about podcasts


Podcast experts, interviewers, interviewees, and presenters tend to be extremely candid in their recording sessions and, as a result, can often provide listeners with valuable and unique insights and examples.

You could argue that radio does a similar job, but radio programmes rarely focus on topics in such detail, as they are aimed at more general audiences. Podcasts have come about in the wake of the popularity of audiobooks, of the upsurge in mobile phone usage, and the demand for people’s requirement for quick and accessible sources of information. They also want the information to be engaging, which of course the best podcasts are.


The world’s top M&A podcasts


M&A Views - Deloitte
https://player.fm/series/ma-views
This podcast gives listeners the chance to hear from the M&A high-flyers at Deloitte as they answer questions about M&A trends. They are happy to share their expertise on some of the most interesting M&A matters such as how technology is influencing the market and what to consider when embarking on a cross-border deal.

Morgan and Westfield - Dealtalk
https://www.morganandwestfield.com/podcast
The Dealtalk podcast is from US-based business brokers Morgan and Westfield. The podcast is designed to help those either looking to sell or buy and provides welcome insights from ‘personalities’ involved in the M&A world who can give insights and expertise to those looking for some guidance. Recent topics have included: ‘How to prepare for the legal aspects of selling your business’, ‘Do you know what prospective buyers think about your business?’ and ‘You don’t need a miracle to sell a business, you just need patience.’

The Tech M&A Podcast
https://www.corumgroup.com/
M&A specialist Corum Group are behind this podcast, which intends to offer a detailed insight into the world of tech M&A. The series includes panel discussions and interviews with major sellers and buyers within the industry, including representatives from giants such as Salesforce and Microsoft.

According to Sources
https://www.accordingtosourcespodcast.com/
An insight into the world of Broome St Capital’s Michael Samuels. He discusses a whole host of M&A issues, as well as providing some great viewpoints on investing in general.

Acquired
https://www.acquired.fm/
For a podcast that is dedicated to taking a detailed look at tech acquisitions. It’s a hugely popular listen within the technology industry, with over a million downloads so far. And although it focuses on very big deals, and some IPOs, there are lessons we can all learn from the expertise and insights on offer.

The Wall Street Lab
https://player.fm/series/the-wall-street-lab
The Wall Street Lab podcast explores the financial world from the perspective of those on the inside.

Building your Multi-million dollar practice
https://player.fm/series/building-your-multi-million-dollar-practice
Mainly aimed at owners of advisory businesses, like management consultants and accountants, this is an informative podcast that also has wider appeal to all businesses in search of growth.

Built to Sell
http://www.builttosell.com/blog/
For inspiration on how to build and sell a business from those who have done so with great success, look no further than this podcast.


The world’s best entrepreneurship podcasts


There’s a whole range of podcasts aimed at those taking the plunge and starting a new business. Podcasting lends itself to this topic, as entrepreneurs are knowledge-hungry, time poor and love nothing more than cramming in all the expertise they can possibly get hold of to help them make a success of their next venture. Here are some of the best:

Youpreneur:
https://youpreneur.com/podcast/

FT Start-Up Stories:
https://www.ft.com/start-up-stories-podcast

Start-up Podcast:
https://gimletmedia.com/shows/startup

The MFCEO:
https://player.fm/series/the-mfceo-project-2394696

Danny in the Valley:
https://play.acast.com/s/dannyinthevalley

Disrupting Japan:
https://www.disruptingjapan.com/

How I Built This:
https://guyraz.com/how-i-built-this/

Office Hours:
https://www.podcastone.com/office-hours-with-spencer-rascoff

The Knowledge Project:
https://fs.blog/the-knowledge-project/

The Reboot:
https://www.reboot.io/podcast/

Entrepreneurs on Fire:
https://www.eofire.com/


The world’s best venture capital podcasts


This week in start-ups
https://thisweekinstartups.com/
One of the most interesting podcasts from the venture capitalists point of view, which is worth a listen for anyone looking for a greater understanding of what VCs are looking for and what to look for if you plan to invest. Promoted as ‘The most interesting, outrageous & illuminating stories from the world of entrepreneurship,’ it’s hard to resist a tagline like that, right?

The Pitch
https://gimletmedia.com/shows/the-pitch
This is a highly addictive podcast featuring start-ups pitching to VCs for investment. Think the Dragons Den of the podcast world.

Greymatter
https://news.greylock.com/podcasts-and-videos/home
From Greylock Partners. Some very interesting interviews including one with Reid Hoffman on blitzscaling massively valuable companies.
https://news.greylock.com/speed-the-most-critical-competitive-advantage-fb89d6f525ca

Start-up Funding
https://player.fm/series/startup-funding-learn-from-venture-capitalists-angel-investors-and-ceos-of-disruptive-companies
Does what it says on the tin - with great insights into how to attract VC funding, as well as other financing when starting or growing a business.

The Twenty Minute VC
http://www.thetwentyminutevc.com/
An epic podcast with episodes you are bound to find relevant to your particular situation.

Asia VC Cast
https://asiavccast.libsyn.com/
An in-depth look at the venture capital business in Asia, with Daniel Song.

Invest Like the Best
http://investorfieldguide.com/podcast/
This podcast offers some interesting and entertaining stories from people who have invested their money and time into various ventures.

Origins
https://notation.vc/#podcast
A specialist VC podcast ‘exploring what has historically been an opaque corner of the startup ecosystem.’


Other Useful Podcasts


Partner On-call
https://partneroncall.com/podcasts-teleseminars/
Not a regular podcast per se, but nevertheless useful audio tips and insight here for buyers and sellers from business buyer ‘advocate’ Ted Leverette.

Rise and Grind
https://art19.com/shows/rise-and-grind
With Daymond John - Shark tank storm, author and entrepreneur feature interviews on interviews on productivity and performance.

The Tim Ferris Show
https://tim.blog/podcast/
Author of the 4 hour work week interviews world-class performers.

Inside LaunchStreeet
https://www.gotolaunchstreet.com/inside-launchstreet-podcast/
Brilliant podcast focusing on innovation

Mixergy
https://mixergy.com/interviews/
Experienced mentors and leaders impart knowledge and skills. Valuable to established businesses and start-ups alike.

Ideacast
https://hbr.org/2018/01/podcast-ideacast
Harvard Business Review editor Sarah Green interviews industry titans. Educational and informative.


These are a list of our favourite podcasts in the space and it’s worth spending some time researching others out there. That includes those podcasts that are specific to your sector of focus. Give any that stand out a real chance, but as your time is valuable don’t hesitate to skip episodes that don’t appeal. Podcasts are all about flexible listening.


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