The world of podcasts is something that most people have heard of, but many people may not understand. I’ve been listening to podcasts for years, and I’ll share some favourites. Of course, mine tend to involve the electronics industry and engineering.
I’ve been listening to The Amp Hour since the beginning. Hosted by Chris Gammell and Dave Jones, I’ll occasionally remember a tip when doing electronics, and realize that the information came from The Amp Hour. I don’t think I’ve learned as much from any other podcast, which is why The Amp Hour will continue to be one of my top picks.
Anyone familiar with startups will have heard of Andreessen Horowitz. A16Z is the podcast produced by the firm, and it always features incredibly smart speakers. The guests tend to be experts in their field, with the hosts asking intelligent questions. No matter the subject, which can vary quite a bit, the discussion will always make you think. And while I don’t usually like short podcasts, the shorter format works well for their guests and discussion topics.
This one’s a new addition to my list, but it’s so good that I went and back-listened to everything once I discovered it a few months ago. As a hardware guy, I really enjoy podcasts by electrical engineers. As compared to The Amp Hour, this show tends to have well defined topics every episode. I think there’s a place for tangents and a place for focused discussion, so they complement each other quite well. I also appreciate show titles that actually describe the episode.
I’ve been a fan of the guys behind the Verge since their days at Engadget, and The Vergecast tends to offer an interesting look behind the scenes of a big media company reporting on consumer gadgets. Not specifically engineering or startup focused, it’s still something that I’ll listen to as soon as new episodes are released.
Another one produced by engineers, Elicia always has very detailed interviews. It’s a very interesting peek into electrical engineering, consulting, and the people who actually design consumer products.
Listening to podcasts just outside of your personal interests can be cool too. In the past, I’ve listened to DIY Drones, which is about drones, one called Solder Smoke (or something like that), which was about HAM radio, among others. Podcasts can offer an interesting look into specific industries, and I think they’re a great way to learn about pretty much anything.