Podcasts, books, blogs and other interesting people to follow

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.

Henry Ford

Here is a list of podcasts, books, media and some other people you might find interesting to follow. Please comment below if you have any to add.

These also have been recommended to me by some of the speakers, the guests and my own friends and family. Enjoy!

Podcasts & Audio

How I Built This with Guy Raz


Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

This is a personal favourite of mine – check out the ones about the founders of Dyson, Slack, Shopify and WeWork if you don’t know where to start.

Masters of Scale


Masters of Scale is an original podcast hosted by Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and investor at Greylock. In each episode, Reid shows how companies grow from zero to a gazillion, testing his theories with legendary leaders. Masters of Scale is the first American media program to commit to gender balance for guests.

Harvard Business Review


HBR’s Podcasts cover a wide range of topics that are relevant to various industries, management functions, and geographic locations. These focus on areas including leadership, organizational change, negotiation, strategy, operations, marketing, finance, and managing people.



Blinks Labs GmbH, commonly known as Blinkist, is a German book-summarizing subscription service based in Berlin, Germany. It was founded in 2012, and has about seven million users.

The service provides summaries of more 2,500 bestselling non-fiction books, 15-to-30-minute reads, otherwise known as blinks or book-in-blinks. Blinkist is available as a web-app and a mobile application and currently has the summaries in English and German languages only.

The basic service is free, and allows users to check out random daily picks. Paid plans allow the user to choose specific books

Without Fail


Any big success requires looking failure in the eye. Without Fail is the new show from Gimlet Media that asks people who have pursued incredible things: What worked? What didn’t? And why?

Each week, Gimlet cofounder Alex Blumberg will interview a person who’s taken a big bet and won or lost. He’ll talk to people who’ve risked everything to try something no one’s ever done before, or to try something they never thought they’d achieve. And he’ll interview people who looked like they had it all, only to fail spectacularly. Alex and his guests will share stories and lessons about what’s it’s like to succeed, what’s it’s like to fail, and how to live with the specter of both.

Guests for season one include Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors, Andrew Mason of Groupon, and Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal and Girlboss, among others.


The Go-Giver Leader

This is a compelling story of a struggling small business and an ambitious young executive charged with leading them to a crucial decision. The powerful message behind The Go-Giver Leader is that great leaders don’t try to act like leaders; instead, they strive to be more human. They focus on the concept “give, and you shall receive.”

The Go-Giver Leader promotes a mindset of being aware of those around you and expands on the idea that your influence is determined by how effectively you place others’ interests first. Leaders who do this will create prosperity for their communities and society, as well as for their companies and employees.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens

How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?

In Sapiens, Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?

Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power … and our future.

Masters of Scale is an original podcast hosted by Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and investor at Greylock. In each episode, Reid shows how companies grow from zero to a gazillion, testing his theories with legendary leaders. Masters of Scale is the first American media program to commit to gender balance for guests.

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

We all fall under someone’s influence, but do we understand why? Read this business classic and you’ll learn the six universal principles of becoming a skilled persuader, which include reciprocity, social proof and authority. Influence brings science to the art of persuasion and explains the psychology of why people say yes.

Readers have said that reading this book is like discovering you have a hidden superpower—it can show you how to use your own untapped resources to persuade others. At the very least, Influence will teach you how to defend yourself when someone is trying to pressure you.


As human beings, we all naturally seek our tribe, where we are connected with others and united by a leader and an idea. Tribes have always been an integral part of human existence, uniting us through religion, politics and even the arts. Today, technology such as the web and social networking allow us to build bigger tribes.

But who is going to lead these groups? Fear of criticism or fear of being wrong keep many would-be leaders from reaching their potential. But there is a deep need for leaders who can rally people, and there are many more tools and ways to make a difference than ever before. Seth Godin shows that being a leader may not be easy, but it’s probably easier than you thought.

People & Blogs

Patrick Collison


Patrick Collison is an Irish entrepreneur from County Tipperary. He is the co-founder and CEO of Stripe, which he started with his younger brother, John, in 2010. He won the 41st Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in 2005 at the age of sixteen.

His blog is well worth a follow and has lots of interesting business stories, links to articles and books around culture, people, business growth and much more.

Casandra Brené Brown


Casandra Brené Brown PhD LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.

She has spent her career studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times best sellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and her latest book, Dare to Lead, which is the culmination of a seven-year study on courage and leadership.

Brown’s TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 35 million views. View it here

She is also the first person to have a filmed talk available on Netflix. The Call to Courage special debuted on the streaming service on April 19, 2019.

Bill Gates


A veteran of the tech world, Bill Gates is an investor, author, philanthropist, and co-founder of Microsoft. Gates has a lot of valuable insights and experiences from his time at Microsoft and ongoing work for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Whether he’s having a chat with Steven Pinker about human happiness or sharing breakthrough research in the clean energy sector, his educational posts on LinkedIn cater to a range of interests.

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