Laura Roeder

How and when do you listen to podcasts?

I bike to work, so my daily car commute and podcast time is picking my son up from pre-school. It’s about a half hour round trip so I usually get in one a day! My poor toddler has listened to a LOT of business advice!

What podcasts do you listen to?

How I Built This: an incredibly well-done entrepreneur interview show that goes beyond the usual suspects that everyone else is talking to. The stories and backgrounds of the people featured are incredibly diverse, and I find it really inspiring!

Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots: I love this one because it follows the business journey in real time. Instead of doing interviews, the two hosts talk about the current issues in their businesses that week. It’s a rare look at how startups unfold day-to-day instead of just getting the glossy “after” version.

Are there any podcast episodes that have had a big impact on your life, business, or thinking?

I really loved the How I Built This episode with Manoj Bhargava, the founder of Five Hour Energy. He frequently dismissed “expert” advice and thought it was better to look at an industry with fresh eyes.

I think it can be really scary going against your industry’s status quo, but that’s also where you can make the biggest breakthroughs.

about laura

Laura Roeder is the founder of Edgar—a new social media automation tool designed to prevent updates from going to waste. Laura blogs at