It is undisputable that humanity’s technological evolution is occurring at an exponential rate, and we all need to be ready for it – especially the business leaders among us.
However, a recent Deloitte survey found that only 17% of senior executives were prepared for AI, despite 42% of organisations expecting it to be widely deployed within five years.
This is just one example of how we can always be doing more to keep up with tech. But fortunately, there are plenty of great resources to keep you educated. Here’s just a few great podcasts that straddle the line between tech and business.
5 great tech/business podcasts:
Masters of Scale
Hosted by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, each episode of Masters of Scale tests Hoffman’s theories, which explain how successful entrepreneurs take their companies “from zero to a gazillion”.
The podcast is presented as an entertaining detective story, unravelling these theories with guests like Mark Zuckerberg.
Ben Thompson, author of business/tech blog Stratechery, talks tech and society along with writer James Allworth in each episode of Exponent.
Recent episodes have included discussion of Spotify’s financial position, Google and ad blockers, and how Apple monetises its user base.
Inside the Hive with Nick Bilton
Hosted by (surprise!) Nick Bilton of Vanity Fair, Inside the Hive presents interviews with leading figures in tech, culture and politics, and examines current events. Some of their featured guests include former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and the Winklevoss twins.
Andreessen Horowitz (also known as a16z) is one of the most influential Silicon Valley venture capital companies. It’s raised well over US$7 billion in investments to date, so you can be sure it knows Silicon Valley well.
The a16z Podcast draws on that industry expertise, and features discussions with a16z partners.
Like the company itself, it’s a fantastic resource for entrepreneurs, and is an extension of the company’s strategy of connecting experts, professionals, investors and entrepreneurs with each other.
Farstuff: The IoT Podcast
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the network of physical devices that use online connectivity and can communicate with each other.
It’s an important concept in today’s world, and Farstuff is your guide to understanding it. In Farstuff, Andreea Borcea and Charles Wiltgen bring you news and analysis from the field, with entrepreneurs and leaders who are driving the IoT.
“I've identified where my best thinking happens and it's in the car.” So Sara Blakely of @Spanx created a daily fake commute for herself. Why is it important to know where you do your best thinking? Find out in this week’s episode: https://t.co/XIZlsgCaVQ pic.twitter.com/c6TsbryxiU
— Masters of Scale (@mastersofscale) March 23, 2018
— Matt Austin (@MAustin_4249) 22 April 2018