SmartCompany's top 20 business podcasts for 2016

Get listening: 20 business podcasts you should listen to today

With the holiday period fast approaching, many businesses may be preparing to slow down. But the expansion of your business knowledge doesn’t have to take a break.


Startup featured in a SmartCompany list of business podcasts you should be listening to in 2015, and since then, it has continued to pump out high-quality episodes about “what it’s really like to get a business off the ground”.


Journalist Steven J. Dubner hosts this audience favourite, which spawned a book of the same name and challenges the idea that the world of business is boring.

Social Media for Small Business

The Social Media for Small Business podcast is also part of the HerBusiness network. In this series Suzi Dafnis and Cat Matson, chief digital officer for the City of Brisbane, talk to social media experts to break down the specifics of good strategy.

Future Tense

Broadcast on ABC’s Radio National, Future Tense is hosted by Walkley award-winning journalist Antony Funnell and has been running since 2009.

NPR’s TED Radio Hour

If you’re looking to sit down with a glass of wine and do some meaningful thinking about the world, NPR’s TED Radio Hour is the podcast for you.

350 Third

350 Third is a popular long-running podcast detailing the impact of the internet on business. Approaching its 100th episode, hosts Scott Barstow and Anders Brownworth cover topics like bitcoin, the death of Twitter, and the future of software.

Total Retail

Total Retail provides in-depth looks into retailers around the world and what drives the decisions they make. Host Joe Keenan brings on guests from eBay, Patagonia, PayPal, and Steve Madden to chat about “knowledge and insights” on all things retail.

Retail Nightmares

The latest episode of Retail Nightmares sees hosts Alicia Tobin and Jessica Delisle chatting to a guest about a horrific scene involving a clothes retailer, tampons and changing rooms.


Hosted by Suzi Dafnis, chief executive of the HerBusiness network, this show updates fortnightly and features short, friendly chats with entrepreneurs, company founders and experts. The focus is on giving women practical advice for growing their enterprises.


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