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The best podcasts for Female Startup Founders

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Who am I?

Besides hosting and producing the Women Disrupting Tech podcast, I help medtech and climate tech startups with their content marketing. On the personal front, I love running and staying fit, going to soccer games, and helping out in an art gallery of a friend of mine (also a female founder). I got passionate about diversity in tech as I read about the gross underfunding of female-led startups when compared to male-led startups. At first, I started researching the reasons why but I soon found out that a lack of positive role models leads to a relatively small number of female founders of tech startups. That is where the Women Disrupting Tech podcast started to form. To be clear, I do not consider myself an expert.

My Show

What is my podcast about and/or how does it relate to the playlist topic you chose?

My podcast starts with the 2021 stat that only 2% of VC funding in tech startups is invested in startups with female founders. In the episodes, I interview the women who managed to be successful in tech (as a startup founder or otherwise) to explore the reasons why. And we discuss what needs to be done to change it. On the podcast, I interview guests who are either a woman disrupting tech (startup founder, CxO of a tech company, or who can help women in tech succeed because they have specialist knowledge. And sometimes, we go low-tech or no-tech to promote a female startup founder. Episodes are so far mainly in Dutch (about 5 English episodes live, with another two ready for publication).

What is my podcast playlist about?

It's a list of useful resources for startup founders and startup enthusiasts. I've tried to include podcasts that can either help improve your business or structure your thinking. Hope you like it.

The podcasts I picked and why

1. Freakonomics Radio

Why this podcast?

It's the hidden side of everything. As a result, you learn about how things really work. Whether it is arts, medicine, science, or economics, they can give a topic a spin that you don't expect and make them worthwhile to listen to. It's the podcast that I've been listening to the longest.

Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio

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4.8

Freakonomics co-author Stephen J. Dubner uncovers the hidden side of everything. Why is it safer to fly in an airplane than drive a car? How do we decide whom to marry? Why is the media so full of bad news? Also: things you never knew you wanted to know about wolves, bananas, pollution, search engines, and the quirks of human behavior. Join the Freakonomics Radio Plus membership program for weekly member-only episodes of Freakonomics Radio. You’ll also get every show in our network without ads. To sign up, visit our show page on Apple Podcasts or go to freakonomics.com/plus.

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233 Listeners

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2. Product Thinking

Why this podcast?

Every startup needs product knowledge. And this is the podcast to get it. In addition to themed episodes where Melissa Perri interviews guests, she has a bi-weekly Q&A show with really great tips and tricks that can benefit product people at startups and large corporates. Did I mention you don't get the generic stuff you get on other podcasts?

Product Thinking

Product Thinking

Melissa Perri

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Successful product management isn’t just about training the product managers who work side by side with developers everyday to build better products. It’s about taking a step back, approaching the systems within organizations as a whole, and leveling up product leadership to improve these systems. This is the Product Thinking Podcast, where Melissa Perri will connect with industry leading experts in the product management space, AND answer your most pressing questions about everything product. Join us each week to level up your skillset and invest in yourself as a product leader.

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3. Social Media Marketing Podcast

Why this podcast?

As a startup, you need to understand social media as a marketing tool. The social media marketing podcast helps you find your way in the jungle of algorithms, platforms, and hypes.

Social Media Marketing Podcast

Social Media Marketing Podcast

Michael Stelzner, Social Media Examiner

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4.5

Publishing weekly since 2012, this show helps marketers navigate the ever changing marketing jungle with expert interviews from leading marketing pros. Join Social Media Examiner’s founder Michael Stelzner as he helps you discover new strategies and actionable tips to improve your marketing. Show notes at Socialmediaexaminer.com/podcast/

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4. The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish

Why this podcast?

Where do I start to explain why I picked this? There is so much wisdom and knowledge in one podcast show. And a host who is taking interviewing guests to a whole new level. This is the show that is also my big example of how I want to run Women Disrupting Tech.

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish
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Master the best of what other people have already figured out so you can use their lessons in your life to create an unstoppable advantage. Shane Parrish is an entrepreneur and sought-after speaker. His newsletter (https://fs.blog/podcast) offers timeless insights you can use to change your life. In The Knowledge Project, Shane interviews people at the top of their game. Every episode is packed with hard-earned lessons that you can use in your life. Tune in to create an unstoppable advantage. Sit down and learn from the best. Previous guests include Reid Hoffman, Esther Perel, Daniel Kahneman, Tobi Lutke, Marshall Goldsmith, Kunal Shah, Ander Huberman, David Sinclair, Ret. General Stanley McChrystal, Marc Andreessen, Patrick Collison, Robert Cialdini, Walter Isaacson, Chris Bosh, Kat Cole, Adam Grant, Angela Duckworth, Seth Godin, Matt Mullenweg, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Maria Konnikova, Bill Ackman, Annie Duke, Derek Sivers, Jim Collins, Naval Ravikant, and many others. They reveal hard-earned lessons on leadership, decision-making, hiring and firing, productivity, habits, and more. New episodes are released every second Tuesday. Learn more at https://fs.blog/podcast

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5. This Week in Startups

Why this podcast?

As a startup founder, you want to listen to the lessons from someone who has been investing in startups for a long time. You'll find out how investors look at your company and what basics need to be in order to get great quality investors.

This Week in Startups

This Week in Startups

Jason Calacanis

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Jason Calacanis covers startups, tech, markets, media, and all the hottest topics in business and technology. He also interviews the world’s greatest founders, operators, investors, and innovators.

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