Podcasts that I learned the most from

A couple of days back I had one of those interesting conversations with a close friend, discussing pretty much everything under the (SaaS) – products, recruiting, founders, etc.

Eventually, we ended up discussing podcasts (no shit, Sherlock xD) and when he asked to send over a few that I liked – that was the trigger for my podcast high brain to go crazy. I ended up sending him more than two dozen listens.

I figured it might be useful for anyone listening to podcasts – so I decided to collate and share this list containing some of my favorite episodes that I enjoyed the most.

The descriptions are short, just enough to figure out if it would interest you.

P.S: The list is in no particular order and just some of my favorites:

Short ones – ( < 25 mins) 

If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?

Disclaimer: If I could, I’d fill my entire list with episodes of Naval Ravikant – he’s one of the smartest persons in the silicon valley – be it startups, investments or philosophy. His profound thinking, ability to put intricate subjects in a simple manner is an absolute treat for anyone who enjoys a little bit of philosophy in their life.

Episode 21: How to start a podcast today? , an episode from TheProdcast

The Prodcast team has an amazing catalog of episodes for the product people – so it is a little weird to put this episode over others; but as someone who didn’t know where to start the podcast journey, this episode was a godsend.

Medium (25 – 60 mins)

UI Breakfast Podcast. Episode 128: Writing Great Product Specs with Janna Bastow

If you’re a product person, Janna Bastow is a must-follow. She’s the co-founder of Mind the Product and ProdPad. In this episode, she shares her learnings as a PM on writing product specs.

INSIGHTS #30 — Ritesh Arora on thinking global and scaling up

Browserstack is an inspiring story for anyone who’s trying to make a mark in tech – in this conversation, Anand Daniel sits with Ritesh for a trip down the memory lane, discussing Browserstack’s pivot, bootstrapping their way to millions and more.

Southwest Airlines: Herb Kelleher from How I Built This with Guy Raz

If there was a Moat 101, Southwest Airlines would definitely be a feature – in this episode Herb talks about his personal pivot from a lawyer to Southwest’s CEO, the airlines’ flying success, it’s culture and more.

Lyft: John Zimmer from How I Built This with Guy Raz

Guy Raz retraces John Zimmer’s college life, that green cities class which set the stone for Uber’s biggest competitor and more.

INSIGHTS #24 — Girish Mathrubootham shares his learnings on building and scaling Freshworks

Singara Chennai’s SaaS Thalaivar.

INSIGHTS#33 Harsh Jain on building Dream11- India’s biggest fantasy sports platform

A frenzy when first launched; now, a culture that is almost synonymous with IPL. In this conversation, Harsh walks through Dream11’s multiple pivots, product market fit, company culture and more.

INSIGHTS #36 Naveen Tewari on building InMobi

Naveen Tiwari, the man behind India’s first unicorn shares his journey – doing business with China, starting a product company at a time when it wasn’t the obvious choice and more.

INSIGHTS #25 — Kunal Shah shares anecdotes from his entrepreneurial journey

Kunal has done everything under the sun – selling music CDs, mehendi, running a SaaS business and even a BPO company to finally find his calling; first with Freecharge later with Cred. This episode is all about his journey.

INSIGHTS #46 — The multi-billion dollar opportunity of building SaaS businesses for the global

In his latest series, Anand Daniel sits with Shekar Kirani and Krish Subramanian to break down SaaS – A to Z. This was one of the episodes I wish would have been available when I was a fresher, struggling to figure out what SaaS is.

P.S: If you have a tough time explaining people (read parents & relatives) about your SaaS job, send over this episode.

Long forms ( > 60 mins)

Naval Ravikant: The Angel Philosopher

From The Knowledge Project, in this conversation Shane Parrish talks to Naval Ravikant on a variety of topics under the sun – including reading, happiness, decision making, habits, and mental models.

INSIGHTS #39 – Hari Menon on scaling Bigbasket and disrupting the grocery industry 

In this episode, BigBasket’s CEO Hari Menon shares his numerous experiences right from his BITS Pilani days to scaling up Big Basket – personally, as someone who had this ignorant notion that BigBasket had just swooped in to capitalize on the startup frenzy to take over the market this episode was really an eye opener.

The Joe Rogan Experience – #1309 – Naval Ravikant

Okay, at this point it’s obvious – I’d get first day tickets to Twilight VI if Naval starred in it – but Joe Rogan just has a way with his guests ( Elon, anyone?) and this is just 120+ mins of golden nuggets of wisdom that makes you really rethink a lot of things.

Joe Rogan Experience #1236 – Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey is arguably one of the, if not the most powerful CEOs on the planet at the moment.

Sure there’s a certain Dr. Evil.

But while the POTUS might use Kindle to get his “reading” done, we sure as hell know which app he uses to threaten wars.

This episode probably wouldn’t have been this popular if Jack Dorsey didn’t pull off a Mayweather the entire time on any question that was remotely inquisitive to Twitter’s “policies”.

Joe Rogan Experience #1258 – Jack Dorsey, Vijaya Gadde & Tim Pool

Here’s the thing – the internet might sulk and move on that the biggest social network doesn’t have well-defined policies. But it is unforgiving when Joe Rogan doesn’t do enough to press the issues when the said CEO is on his show.

After a lot of backlash from fans for his previous conversation with Jack Dorsey, Joe roped in Tim Pool for Round 2 with Jack.

Joe Rogan Experience #1227 – Mike Tyson

It’s easy to love (or hate) Mike Tyson from the insane stories we heard in his prime – perhaps this honest conversation will make it a little easier to understand why the man did what he did.

Spoiler:

It all started when he tried acid for the first time when he was 11 years old.

Joe Rogan Experience #1159 – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Is there a more popular astrophysicist in the world at the moment?

Here’s the deal with Neil – the guy can explain how waiting in line at a post office is boring but somehow make that interesting.

The conversation runs for more than 3 hours, yet leaves wanting for more.

Making Sense Podcast #71 — What is Technology Doing to Us?

If you are reading this post from the internet – please listen to this.

Featuring Tristan Harris – The closest thing in silicon valley to a conscience, according to The Atlantic.

Joe Rogan Experience #1169 – Elon Musk

Need I say more?

Seth Godin Interview (Full Episode) | The Tim Ferriss Show (Podcast)

Seth Godin is an amazing marketer and this episode is just as interesting as his books – with great tips on writing, managing emails and more. Must listen if you are in the content generation business.

Drew Houston Interview | The Tim Ferriss Show (Podcast)

Idea to execution is everything – and there are few better to tell the story than the Dropbox CEO – in this chat with Tim, Drew shares the memorable time in the lead up to creating Dropbox.

INSIGHTS #31 Ashwin Damera of Emeritus

At a time where MOOC is all the rage and Udemy, Coursera, and LinkedIn dominating certifications, Emeritus is taking the road less travelled with SPOC – small, private, online courses. Ashwin Damera takes us through the journey of Emeritus in this insightful talk.

Jason Fried — How to Live Life on Your Own Terms (#329)

Disclaimer: I am a big fan of Jason Fried and Basecamp is one of the companies that our team(s) look up to – their vibrant culture, brilliant product strategy and a lot of other factors make success almost inevitable – and this long, deep conversation with Tim Ferriss was insightful, at times profound and inspiring.

Joe Rogan Experience #1383 – Malcolm Gladwell

In this conversation with Joe, he dives deep into excerpts from his best-seller, talking to strangers – if you haven’t read it, this conversation broadly conveys the essence of the book.

Making Sense Podcast #191 – Early Thoughts on a Pandemic

In this episode, Sam Harris speaks with Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security.

If you feel inundated with the number of #COVID19 related posts and have a hard time separating the wheat from the chaff, this episode really helps.

Amesh answers a lot of important questions like the contagiousness of the virus, its severity, mortality rate and risk factors, vectors of transmission, how long coronavirus can live on surfaces, the importance of social distancing, possible anti-viral treatments, the timeline for a vaccine, the importance of pandemic preparedness, and more.


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