Podcasts have become the new-age content format for learning and getting deep knowledge about anything. Nowadays, you can see podcasts on almost every other thing, from stories of successful people to startups and businesses to mysteries of yeti and aliens.
The Indian startup ecosystem has seen significant growth in the past few years, and you might have even heard of overnight success stories of some entrepreneurs and startup founders. These stories intrigue people very quickly, but there are also a lot of challenges associated with building a startup into a successful venture.
And what’s better than listening to podcasts to learn the nitty-gritty of entrepreneurship? Here are the Top 10 Business and Startup Podcasts in India to learn the secrets of building a successful startup and inspire others to join the thriving startup ecosystem.
Top 10 Startup Podcasts in India
The BarberShop with Shantanu
The BarberShop with Shantanu is a video podcast on startups and entrepreneurship started in August 2022 by the popular personal care and grooming brand Bombay Shaving Company’s founder, Shantanu Deshpande.
Some notable entrepreneurs in its guest list include Aman Gupta, co-founder and CMO at boAt; Rohit Kapoor, CEO of Swiggy; Ankur Warikoo, content creator and co-founder of Nearbuy.com; Vineeta Singh, founder and CEO of SUGAR Cosmetics; Radhika Gupta, CEO of Edelweiss Mutual Fund, and many other successful startup founders.
SparX by Mukesh Bansal
The SparX podcast is hosted by Mukesh Bansal, founder of Myntra and Cult.fit where he talks about entrepreneurship, fitness and the science of productivity.
Starting in July 2023, Bansal has invited Pawan Chandana of Skyroot Aerospace, Nithin Kamath of Zerodha, Sameer Maheshwari of HealthKart, Kunal Shah of CRED, and even the legendary cricketer and coach Rahul Dravid to his podcast.
WTF is with Nikhil Kamath
“WTF is” is a business podcast hosted by Nikhil Kamath, co-founder of Zerodha where he invites industry experts from a specific field and holds a casual yet intellectual discussion on that industry.
Started in March 2023 with the “WTF is Metaverse?” episode, Nikhil has now hosted this series of podcasts on social media, e-commerce, ed-tech, biotech, electric vehicle (EV), venture capital, content creation and “WTF does it take to build influence today?“.
In Conversation with Shradha Sharma
Shradha Sharma is known for being the founder of YourStory, India’s leading startup media platform which she started in 2008 when traditional media were not covering the stories of startups and new-age entrepreneurs.
She has talked with almost all the top founders and investors of India, and many of the talks are available on YourStory’s YouTube channel. In Conversation with Shradha Sharma is one such video podcast series where she has hosted many entrepreneurs like Nithin Kamath of Zerodha, Deepinder Goyal of Zomato, Falguni Nagar of Nykaa, Bhavish Agarwal of Ola, Mithun Sacheti of Caratlane, Alakh Pandey of PhysicsWallah, and many other successful founders.
The Ranveer Show
The Ranveer Show (TRS) is a very popular podcast hosted by content creator and entrepreneur Ranveer Allahbadia who is known for his YouTube channel, BeerBiceps. TRS is one of the pioneers of podcasting in India and he hosts people from all walks of life, be it entrepreneurs, content creators, actors, celebrities, politicians, army people, and others.
Ranveer has hosted many entrepreneurs on his podcast like Deepinder Goyal of Zomato, Ritesh Agarwal of OYO, Nikhil Kamath of Zerodha, Kunal Shah of CRED, Aman Gupta of boAT, Aditi Shrivastava of Pocket Aces, Ashneer Grover of BharatPe, Harsh Mariwala of Marico, Sandeep Nailwal of Polygon, Carl Pei of Nothing Phone, and many other successful startup founders.
Figuring Out with Raj Shamani
Figuring Out is a podcast hosted by content creator and entrepreneur Raj Shamani where he invites startup founders, celebrities, politicians and even content creators. He hosts a wide range of people on his podcast but most of the episodes are based on startup and entrepreneurship.
Some of the notable entrepreneurs on his podcast include Ritesh Agarwal of OYO; Ashneer Grover of BharatPe; Anupam Mittal of Shaadi.com; Kishore Biyani of BigBazaar, Peyush Bansal of Lenskart; Byju Raveendran of BYJU’S; Amit Jain of CarDekho, Vaibhav Vardhan of Inc42 Media, and many other successful startup founders.
The Neon Show
Earlier known as 100x Entrepreneur, The Neon Show is a podcast on entrepreneurship hosted by Siddharth Ahluwalia who has been an entrepreneur himself from 2012-17 building two products, AddoDoc and Babygogo.
He along with his partner Nansi Mishra started the 100x Entrepreneur podcast after selling his company to SHEROES. After running it for more than 4 years, they renamed it The Neon Show in July 2023.
Some popular guests on their podcast include Mohandas Pai, ex-CFO of Infosys; Sharad Sharma, founder of iSPIRT; Aadit Palicha, co-founder and CEO of Zepto; Sanjeev Bikchandani, founder of Naukri.com, and many other successful entrepreneurs.
Indian Silicon Valley Podcast
Indian Silicon Valley (ISV) podcast is hosted by Jivraj Singh Sachar, founder and General Partner at ISV Capital. Some of the popular entrepreneurs on its guest list include Varun Alagh, co-founder of Mamaearth; Harshil Karia, founder of SCHBANG; Supriya Paul, co-founder and CEO of Josh Talks; Aloke Bajpai, co-founder of ixigo; Prashant Tandon, co-founder and CEO of TATA 1MG, and many other startup founders and investors.
FounderGyaan is a video podcast on startups and entrepreneurship hosted by Arnab Nayak, a content creator and founder of StartupGyaan which is a YouTube channel creating content around startups and business.
Blume Podcast is an interview series of startup founders and entrepreneurs hosted by VC firm Blume Ventures. Earlier, they had a series called X-Unicorns and now co-founder of Blume Ventures, Karthik Reddy hosts a series called ‘Power of Compounding‘ where entrepreneurs like Mithun Sacheti, Radhika Gupta, and Nithin Kamath have shared their stories.