One of the best ways for business software professionals to find their inspiration today is via media and entertainment—and one of the best forms of entertainment for learning is the podcast. There are countless podcasts produced and released today that can help business software professionals improve their product strategy approach, sharpen their commercial approach, and get new ideas for product and business model innovation.
Here are seven inspirational podcasts that every business software professional should be listening to today.
A podcast about growth, innovation, customer experience and sales, hosted by Tiffani Bova, the Global Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce and writer of the book Growth IQ: Get Smarter About the Choices That will Make or Break Your Business.
Her conversations center around one objective: what’s next for companies and individuals as they look to innovate and grow. Her guest are all thought leaders in their space – for example Steve Blank, Nancy Duarte, Dan Pink, Arianna Huffington and more.
What I value about the What’s Next! podcast is that to keeps you thinking and challenges you to think about What’s Next! It has inspired me with a great number of insights already.
Software Defined Interviews
Sometimes the best way to get insight into your own process is to learn about other people’s experiences. Check out “Software Defined Interviews” for deep discussions about technology, IT, and similar topics. Three software experts host this blog: Cote, Brandon Whichard, and Matt Ray, and on the show, they discuss topics like cloud computing, technology evangelism, evolution of digital marketing, product management, DevOps, Agile, Machine learning, enterprise software and so much more. If a discussion format intrigues you, this is a podcast to subscribe to.
Coffee Break with Game-changers
This podcast I value because it’s dedicated to the big shifts in the business software industry. As the intro tells: Game-changing technologies are transformational, exciting and disruptive for a reason. They shake up your status quo. They get you thinking about new ways to scale, compete and grow. They move you in amazing new directions. The podcast Coffee Break with Game-changers provided me with valuable food for thought, and indeed plenty of inspiration with topics ranging from platform business models, social selling, ERP and the link to purpose, and the impact of predictive technologies, Machine Learning and AI,.
This Week in Startups
Startups are a world all unto their own. Hear the most interesting stories about startups in the tech world by listening to “This Week in Startups.” When you listen to This Week in Startups, hosted by Jason Calacanis with a rotating group of experts, you can hear what’s working for young Silicon Valley companies and what isn’t, and you may just glean some important insight to apply to your own business. One of the best parts of the podcast is Calacanis’ style, since he is blunt, honest and very funny.
The Future of Work Podcast with Jacob Morgan
In “The Future of Work Podcast with Jacob Morgan“, Morgan, a writer/speaker/futurist, talks about what the future of work is going to look like. Morgan has expert guests on the show to discuss where they think various aspects of businesses are heading, like human resources, freelancing, workplace design, the impact of AI and much more. If you want to run a business that’s prepared for the future and ready to change as trends change, this is a good podcast for you to subscribe to. When you tune in, you can regularly hear lessons from famous business leaders who’ve successfully held positions of CEO, CIO, Chief Human Resource Officer, and more at very large, thriving companies.
The Official SaaStr Podcast
If you work in SaaS, then you need to listen to “The Official SaaStr Podcast,” which offers tips and advice from the greatest figures in the SaaS world. Listen to the podcast to hear interviews with investment company operators and experts who offer advice about scaling, sales, hiring, investing, and more, and this will give you quite a bit of inspiration around tactics and strategies you could use to be more successful in the competitive world of SaaS. This weekly podcast has close to 200 episodes, so start listening if you’re ready to build your SaaS business.
The “Value Inspiration” podcast offers stories and insight into inspiring new forms of value creation by sharing compelling ideas and stories about the potential we can unlock when technology and people blend in the right way.
The podcast started as a reaction to the fact that too much focus is put on automating people out of a process i.e. cutting cost, rather than scenarios where the unique strengths of people are augmented with technology to deliver value unimaginable before.
Every week entrepreneurs and thought leaders from around the world are interviewed about the big idea behind their products and how this is / could transform the way we work and create value. Some topics the podcast has covered include: AI’s impact on people’s confidence and quality of life, the ways sales and support experts can exponentially scale the value they deliver, how project success rates can pivot when project managers are augmented with the right insights and advice, etcetera. You should check out the “Value Inspiration” podcast if you like learning about how tech can exponentially improve your job, business and world.