How and when do you listen to podcasts?
Previously, my default was to listen to music when I went to the gym or walked to the office. I swapped that time completely to listening to podcasts, using the Overcast app (on smart speed setting), and it’s been a good routine for me.
I'm not a huge fan of listening to podcasts while I work, as I can’t concentrate on the content itself.
What podcasts do you listen to?
The Tim Ferris Show - Consistently awesome. Love the format that Tim takes of free-form conversation. They span all sorts of topics, which I prefer.
TED Radio Hour - Also consistently solid. You can confidently listen to each episode knowing it’ll be great.
Revisionist History - If you like Malcolm Gladwell’s books, you’ll enjoy this podcast. Same kind of format and explorations you’ve come to expect from him.
Recode Decode - Kara Swisher is fantastic, and she shines on this podcast. It’s good for technology industry trends and news.
Exponent - I listen to this podcast for the “inside baseball” conversations of Stratechery. Some of the best detailed technology content you can find.
Are there any podcast episodes that have had a big impact on your life, business, or thinking?
I’ll start with two recent Tim Ferris Podcasts:
- #221 Interview with Mr. Money Mustache - Completely changed the way I think about money, the way I spend that money and the life that I want to create, financially. There’s one piece of advice from it that stands out: “Only make purchases that remove a negative in your life”
- #219 Lessons from Warren Buffet, Bobby Fischer, and Others - Just loved the style of Adam. Such a curious mind and spoke from a place of wisdom. Very powerful conversation, one I’ve already referred back to several times.
TED Radio Hour: Maslow’s Human Needs - One of those fascinating conversations on motivation, and how humans are structured and driven.
Andrew Dumont is a serial technologist with a passion for building and growing early-stage companies. Previously, Andrew worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Betaworks, a startup studio that has invested in companies like Tumblr and AirBnB, and has created companies like Bitly, Giphy and Chartbeat. This led him to his most recent role as the Chief Marketing Officer at Bitly.