10 Top Innovation Podcasts to Inspire You Today

Innovation Podcasts

If you’re like us, you love podcasts! You look to them for information on trends, emerging technologies, psychology studies, and more.

  1. How I Built This

What It Is: Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies.

Favorite Episode: Instagram: Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger

Why We Like It: You really get a sense of how many different ways there are for an idea to grow. Some companies have success due to collaboration, sometimes it’s due to someone’s singular vision, sometimes it’s because of dogged persistence and sometimes it’s luck. Hear a range of stories from inspiring entrepreneurs.

  1. HBR IdeaCast

What It Is: A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management.

Favorite Episode: Become a Better Listener

Why We Like It: Well, apart from the fact that their name has interstitial capitalization, they also feature big ideas that are flourishing in the workplace.

  1. Hidden Brain

What It Is: Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.

Favorite Episode: Rebel with a Cause

Why We Like It: This type of in-depth psychology gives us ideas for how to better engage the crowd, inspire creativity, and drive innovative thinking.

  1. Stanford Innovation Lab

What It Is: Explores innovation and entrepreneurship concepts being studied at Stanford where Tina Seelig empowers students to be more confident, creative and entrepreneurial in life.

Favorite Episode: Breakthrough Ideas Require Advance Planning

Why We Like It: Tina Seelig is an inspiring personality, but she has some very practical approaches to creative thinking that can be applied by anyone.

  1. A16z

What It Is: A podcast from VC funder, Andreessen Horowitz, which covers business best practices, emerging technology, inspirational entrepreneurs, and more.

Favorite Episode: From Jobs to Flying Cars

Why We Like It: A great podcast if you want to think about the future of technology.

  1. WorkLife

What It Is: Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside some of the world’s most unusual workplaces to discover the keys to better work.

Favorite Episode: The Daily Show’s Secret to Creativity

Why We Like It: We loved Adam Grant’s originals and his approach to presenting psychology concepts with practical case studies makes it seem like you could apply these great ideas anywhere.

  1. Global Innovation Management Institute Game Changers

What It Is: Each Game Changers podcast features a conversation about great innovations and great innovators with the goal of finding out how those innovations got started, how they were achieved, and what made them special.

Favorite Episode: Beyond Luck: Persistence And The Successful Woman Innovator

Why We Like It: Not only do you get insight into some familiar and unfamiliar case studies, but they also look at issues that cut across industries and geographies, like women in innovation or innovation in cities.

  1. 99% Invisible

What It Is: 99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.

Favorite Episode: Biomimicry: How Designers Are Learning from the Natural World

Why We Like It: 99% Invisible unpacks concepts that seem simple or obvious and shows the thought and creativity that went into them. That process can be both inspiring and humbling.

  1. Radiolab

What It Is: Radiolab investigates the tension between the certainty of science and mysteries that inspire wonder.

Favorite Episode: CRISPR

Why We Like It: Radiolab is one of the most popular podcasts out there so it doesn’t need an introduction, but looking at concepts (both new and old) from the peculiar intersection of ethics, science, civics, philosophy definitely encourages complex pondering after every listen.

  1. TED Radio Hour

What It Is: A journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create.

Favorite Episode: The Meaning of Work

Why We Like It: It’s a great way to get a sampling of TED talks around themes that might help you solve problems (new and old).

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