Podcasting has seen significant growth in popularity over the past couple of years, both from listeners and people launching new shows. It's never been easier to start a podcast (with an obligatory newsletter to come with it if you want to be in trend). However, podcast discovery seems to never have caught up: it's harder to find interesting show than it may seem, especially if you want to go beyond the usual suspects like Gimlet, NPR, the BBC, and so on.
This humble podcast directory is an attempt to improve the discoverability of new deserving shows at least in the European tech startup industry. I've been interested in both the tech scene and podcasting for many years, long before I started hosting the Tech.eu Podcast. And yet, I wasn't familiar with at least half of the shows listed in this piece before I started working on it. So, kudos to everyone who recommended their favourite shows on Twitter and LinkedIn; please do keep them coming through this form — I'll update this list regularly to add new shows.
Unsurprisingly, many good shows on the topic come from the UK, which is why I put them all into a separate list down below. There's also a bunch of good podcasts that have been either discontinued or paused — those are also listed separately towards the end. All lists are presented in alphabetical order.
If you'd like to subscribe to all shows featured in this guide, download these OPML files and import them into your podcast app of choice: Mainland Europe and Ireland, The UK. I'll update the OPML files every time I add new shows to this guide.
Latest update: December 2, 2020.
Mainland Europe and Ireland
These are shows coming from mainland Europe or Ireland and/or covering the tech scene of one or more of the regions.
A show put together by the namesake event.
Baltic Startup Mafia
Hosted by Ieva Treija. A podcast focused on tech startup news from the Baltic states: Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. The show started off as a monthly but has been updated more often lately.
cc: Podcast (formerly known as Glocal Podcast)
“cc: covers growth journeys from emerging ecosystems to global markets by Enis Hulli and Rina Onur.”
A fortnightly show by EU-Startups. It's not quite obvious at the time of writing what the show is going to be like, but the first episode featured a curated set of 30 one-minute pitches from European early-stage startups.
Grow with Tech
A show launched by Poland-based Infoshare, one of the biggest conferences in the CEE region, offers to “[l]isten to inspiring stories and learn how businesses can grow with technology,” as well as “[g]et inspired and motivated with the world's leading innovators. ”
Hosted by Tomasz Swieboda. This (very) recently launched show by the VC firm Inovo “will help CEE founders in building global tech companies.”
Irish Tech News Podcast
A show produced by Irish Tech News and hosted by Ronan Leonard. “Irish Tech News are Ireland's number one online tech publication,” the description goes. “We are now aiming to become Ireland's number one tech podcast too.”
Hosted by Remo Kyburz, Leap Takers “is a podcast focused on up-and-coming European entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders. Every episode retraces the journey of a featured guest, with the goal to uncover the origin story of their projects, and to extract advice , resources & tips for (aspiring) entrepreneurs, makers, and anyone that wants to ‘take the leap’ in their life.”
Life on Mars
“A podcast about technology, entrepreneurship and innovation from MarsBased. You will listen to stories of the best founders, investors, experts and celebrities from all around the galaxy every two weeks.”
Made in Ukraine Tech Startup Edition
Mayak Innovatsiy (Innovation Lighthouse)
A rare English-language podcast made in Ukraine, Mayak Innovatsiy is hosted by Dominique Piotet, CEO of the Kyiv-based tech hub UNIT.City, together with Andrei Komarovski and Tatiana Morozova Skydan. The description promises to bring “tech news & tech dudes. From Ukraine to the world.”
Podcast of Things
A podcast launched in the summer of 2020 “for those who are curious about business, startups, technology, and many other similar topics. In each episode, we will be exploring insights with people that have amazing journeys to share.”
Selected - The Sesamers Podcast
Hosted by Dan Taylor, the show touches the topics of “events, art, the tech industry, science, entrepreneurship, music, venture capital, and everything in between. Listener Advisory: Dan's guitar collection may be mentioned more than once or twice.”
Soaked by Slush
“Welcome to the backstage of tech! Soaked by Slush brings you inside startup stories from outsiders of the box. In our first season, speakers from Slush 2019 share their career stories, growth hacks, and future visions with you. Learn the secrets of founders, investors, and beyond!”
Son of a Pitch with Michael Koenka
“[Based in Amsterdam,] Michael Koenka is a pitch advisor and unicorn wrangler for companies and investors. This podcast is a collection of thoughts, musings and conversations on life, the universe and everything. There might be some interesting shop talk in there somewhere, too.”
Startup in Estonia
“Startup in Estonia is a podcast where we discuss different pillars of a successful startup ecosystem by showcasing examples from Estonia. In the third season we are looking into how to build a successful startup.”
“Startup Nightmares is a podcast created to inspire people who work in the startup innovation ecosystem, to do their best work and avoid the pitfalls that others have made. Our guests know that some lessons can only be learned the hard way, yet, they share their real-life experience with the intention to help you dodge the bullets that they couldn't.”
Hosted by Joern Menninger. Good source of news stories from the German startup scene, Startuprad.io has been tracking the German startup scene since 2014. The show airs weekly but also offers monthly news recap episodes. In addition to that, you can subscribe to “sub-podcasts” covering particular topics like security or fintech.
STATION F: The Podcast
Hosted by Roxanne Varza. “With more than 1,000 startups, STATION F is the world's largest startup campus. […] In this bi-monthly podcast, you'll be able to hear from STATION F's best entrepreneurs and guests.”
Talking Tech – The Nordic View
“Talking Tech – The Nordic View welcomes you to the world of technology, venture capital, and startups. Join the hosts – Nordics’ leading VC firms Maki.vc, EQT Ventures and Heartcore Capital – and dive into what went down in the European tech scene in the past quarter and what this means for entrepreneurs and investors looking ahead. In each episode, the three hosts and a guest journalist reveal their analysis on the European technology market and share concrete advice for startups founders, or anyone else, aiming to be at the forefront of change.”
Hosted by Andrii Degeler, this is “a show in which we discuss some of the most interesting stories from the European technology scene and interview leading entrepreneurs and investors from across the region.” We run weekly “normal” shows and usually throw in a couple of special episodes every month.
The Big Tech Show
A podcast by Irish Independent hosted by its tech editor Adrian Weckler. The show's promise is to “analyse the big tech issues, interview industry leaders and review the hottest gadgets” weekly.
The Corporate Innovation Podcast
Presented by Singularity University, the show “goes beyond the ‘disrupt or die’ headlines and explores how world leading innovators truly create transformation, growth and impact.”
The Long Game with Mehdi Yacoubi
“A deep dive into the challenges of our time, and the ideas, technologies, and businesses that will help us overcome them. The purpose of The Long Game Podcast is to catalyze progress and innovation to make our future better.”
The Seedtable Podcast
Hosted by Gonz Sanchez. A recently launched show that tries “to make sense of what's going on in European technology by having fascinating conversations with European founders, investors and operators.”
TOA on Air
Here's another show produced by a tech conference, this time the Berlin-based Tech Open Air. Unlike Soaked, it doesn't consist of conference talks. As per the description, “in this podcast, we will give you context around the latest trends so you can make better decisions moving forward. Subscribe for unquarantined ideas and learnings from leaders across the field.”
Tomorrow with Rovio
The show is expected to launch in December 2020. “What will games look like five years from now? Will the concept of ‘play’ be re-defined and if so, how? If you’re curious (like us) about future trends and wider paradigm shifts in games and entertainment, join Rovio for a series of big, bold discussions with movie directors, academics, games industry veterans and more.”
“An independent English speaking podcast by Tribe Tampere, covering the life of the local startup ecosystem.”
“A series of discussions with the change-makers and rule breakers who have rejected the status quo of a corporate 9-5 and are instead pursuing their own, entrepreneurial paths in life. […] We at Uprise are talking about the challenges, triumphs, and everything in between when it comes to the pursuit of an entrepreneurial career that makes you feel ALIVE.”
There's a whole lot of tech-related English-language podcasts coming from the UK. I've done my best to pick some of the most relevant for the readers of Tech.eu, but if you'd like to drink from the firehose, these three directories are as good a place to start as any.
Hosted by Francesca Baillieu, Lois Ollerenshaw, and Petra Müller. “Broadening access to venture capital, one conversation at a time — from advice about careers to getting your business funded, we’re putting it all out there. Each week we bring you a conversation with one of our friends in the investment industry: associates, interns and a whole host of others.”
BBC Tech Tent
A great show by the BBC World Service presented by Rory Cellan-Jones that focuses on “how the technology business is transforming the way we live and work.” For more tech-related shows from the BBC, check out this page.
Exponential View with Azeem Azhar
“How will the future unfold? What is the impact of technology on business & society? As technology reorders the world in which live, who will be the winners and who will be the losers? Join Azeem Azhar, curator of the Exponential View newsletter, in deep conversation with the world's leading thinkers and practitioners exploring these and other important questions.”
Fintech Insider Podcast by 11:FS
This is a “bi-weekly podcast dedicated to all things fintech, banking, technology and financial services. Hosted by a rotation of 11:FS experts including David Brear, Simon Taylor, Jason Bates, Leda Glyptis and Sarah Kocianski and joined weekly by a range of fantastic guests, they discuss the latest news, developments, and trends within the industry.”
How AI Built This
Hosted by Liam Wilson. “Relaxed, informal conversations with some of the most inspiring people in the world of data analytics and the UK. Trials, tribulations, successes, learns and everything in between.”
Insurtech Insider Podcast by 11:FS
“[A] fortnightly show from 11:FS, hosted by 11:FS' CEO David Brear, and Head of Research, Sarah Kocianski and co-hosted by Deloitte's Nigel Walsh and accompanied by a range of very special guests and experts in the insurtech space. For beginners and experts alike, the team will be taking on the latest news, insights and trends in the industry to bring you right up to date on all things insurtech.”
Le Wagon Live
“Every week, Le Wagon invites a tech entrepreneur to share their story.” Judging by the descriptions of the show's latest episodes, it doesn't limit itself with just entrepreneurs anymore but still sticks to guests from the tech industry.
Hosted by Dan Murray-Serter and Rich Martell, the show “promises a collection of contrasting, irreverent interviews with the high-flying CEOs and forward-thinking founders of some of the most successful businesses in the UK and the US right now, including Martha Lane Fox (Lastminute.com), Anne Boden (Starling Bank), Jed McCaleb (Ripple, Mt.Gox and Stellar) and Jason Calacanis (first Uber investor).”
Hosted by Rob De Feo, startup advocate at AWS, this is a “podcast that goes behind the scenes at startups.” The host “will talk to engineers, CTO’s, and founders that built the technology and products at some of the world's leading startups. Each episode we will learn the inside story of how they overcame their biggest technology challenges. From launch through to achieving mass scale, and all the bumps in between.”
Startups Magazine: The Cereal Entrepreneur
“Grab a bowl & dig into this! Anna Flockett, editor of Startups Magazine interviews the most innovative startups of the moment. She'll stir in some startup lessons & failure fables as well as a sprinkling of inspirational advice.”
Hosted by Harvey Nash. “TechTalks are short podcasts with leading figures in the tech and digital industry today. If you’re in the space, want to be in the space or just interested listen to what these experts say and find out what challenges technologists face in large environments, how to launch a product, or what advice start-ups can pass on!”
“A podcast by two millennials talking about all things tech, pop culture, and life. Starring tech founders Abadesi Osunsade and Michael Berhane.”
The European Startup Show
A weekly show hosted by Anita Moorthy who interviews “startups based in different parts of Europe to find insights beneficial to other entrepreneurs. What were counter-intuitive strategies they found to be successful? Which growth channels worked best and at what stage of the company? What mistakes did they make and what advice would they give to other startups in Europe?”
The Health-Tech Podcast
Hosted by James Somauroo. The show “covers the latest in health and technology through interviews with disruptive health-tech startups and leaders. Whether you’re a patient, founder, investor or simply interested in health-tech, The Health-Tech Podcast has it covered.”
The StartUp to ScaleUp Game Plan
The Twenty Minute VC
One of the industry's more well-known podcast hosted by Harry Stebbings, co-founder of Stride.VC. The show, which usually takes longer than 20 minutes, “takes you inside the world of Venture Capital, Startup Funding and The Pitch. […] Discover how you can attain funding for your business by listening to what the most prominent investors are directly looking for in startups, providing easily actionable tips and tricks that can be put in place to increase your chances of getting funded.”
This Much I Know
A show produced by Seedcamp, Europe’s seed fund, and hosted by its managing partner Carlos Espinal. “Tune in to hear the inside story from startup founders, investors and leading tech voices: the people who’ve built businesses, scaled globally, failed fantastically and learnt massively.”
Unplanned: adventures in venture
“A new series from tech VC firm OMERS Ventures, with host Tara Reeves. Season 1 features interviews with some of the most successful people in their fields. Tara and her guest talk about the critical decision points in their lives and the challenges they’ve overcome to get them where they are today. In life things inevitably go wrong and when people recover, the lessons learned are priceless.”
What Comes Next?
“From all-knowing AI to holidays in space, What Comes Next? is a podcast all about the amazing technologies that will shape your future. Each episode the show's trilogy of technophiles [— Kweku Ackom-Mensah, Amy Dickens, and Rob Kellner —] will be talking to one of the world's most forward-thinking minds. We'll be unboxing their inventions, sharing their secrets, and exploring what the future holds for technology and the human race.”
Wired UK Podcast
“The award-winning WIRED UK Podcast with James Temperton and the rest of the team. Listen every week for an informed and entertaining rundown of the latest technology, science, business and culture news. New episodes every Friday.”
Women Tech Charge
A show produced by the Evening Standard. “Hosted by Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, […] Women Tech Charge is a series of candid, inspiring and often funny conversations with inventors, entrepreneurs and even real-life spies. These are stories of eureka moments, successes and failures, passions and ideas, which will inspire you to take charge – woman or otherwise.”
Finished and paused shows
While looking for podcasts for this guide, I've come across a few shows that seem to be either finished or put on hold — but still worth checking out. Here they are.
“+Katapult gives you fresh insights into impact investing and how we can solve global challenges like poverty and climate. And of course, lots of healthy debates around new technologies. Every fortnight, Aurore Belfrage talks to some of the brilliant minds in technology and impact, in her search for answers to some of our most pressing questions.”
“This podcast is made with love by 50inTech, a worldwide network built for and by Women in Tech, welcoming all allies. A short and practical format to unlock the tech industry and make it move for real! We are talking about women in tech success stories, actionable advice to break through career or business and best practices to improve diversity and inclusion in tech.”
Blockchain Insider Podcast by 11:FS
Hosted by Simon Taylor, this is a “dedicated podcast specialising in Bitcoin, Blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT). Simon and guests break down the week's news with expertise and enthusiasm for the blockchain and digital currency sector.”
byFounders' Situation Room
A show by the VC firm byFounders. Here's the show's promise: “Every Wednesday, we bring aboard with us the most accomplished entrepreneurs from the Nordic and Baltic tech ecosystems to share their experience and hard-earned learnings.”
Chips with Everything
One of my favourite tech podcasts produced by The Guardian and hosted by Jordan Erica Webber. The final episode of the show aired in December 2019.
Early Ones Podcast
The show hasn't aired at all — but it looked promising enough to mention it here, and maybe it will still materialise in the future. According to the description, Early Ones is “the podcast where Bram Kanstein talks with early-stage founders about their journey, their product, the challenges they encounter, and the tactics they use to navigate them.”
FT Tech Tonic
“A weekly conversation that looks at the way technology is changing our economies, societies and daily lives. Hosted by John Thornhill, innovation editor at the Financial Times.” The podcast seems to be on hiatus since December 2019.
Geekout with Matt Navarra
A show in which “Matt Navarra and Martin SFP Bryant explore the world of social media, talking to big names and chewing over the latest news.”
Henry and Simon
Hosted by Simon McDermott and Jindřich Světnica, it's “a podcast interviewing and highlighting independents, creatives and entrepreneurs.” The creators' promise is to “try to capture their spirit and enthusiasm but also get to the truth of how they got to where they are.” The podcast also features weekly news recaps from the Czech Republic and the rest of Europe.
Making Sense of VC
“Ever wanted to understand venture capital? This documentary series is for you. ‘Making Sense of VC’ explains: Why entrepreneurs need to understand investors; what a VC does all day; the venture capital business model; what it takes to be a VC; how tech investment is evolving, and much more.” This podcast by Martin SFP Bryant has only seen one season — but I certainly hope there will be more in the future.
Midweek with Mike Butcher
It's not a podcast in the strict sense of the word, but the new weekly show by TechCrunch's editor at large Mike Butcher is certainly worth attention.
Hosted by Chetan Halai. “SET Impact is a media company covering some of the cutting edge technology innovations across Europe. If you're fascinated by Healthcare innovation, Potential Cancer Cures, Innovative application of AI, AR/VR, Climate tech, you have arrived at the right place.”
A fortnightly show that interviews “accomplished founder[s] or venture capitalist[s] from Europe. We talk about all things startup-related – from identifying an opportunity, finding investors, to growing and scaling a company from three people to an international operation with hundreds of employees.”
A “Webby Award-shortlisted technology podcast from London-based journalist Nate Lanxon (Bloomberg, Wired, CNET). Hear news, insight & nostalgia inspired by the week's UK-focussed technology headlines, presented with heart, humour and irreverent personalities.”
This is it for now — but do bookmark this story and come back later for more. Or, better still, share this guide with your network and encourage people you know to send in more podcast suggestions!