15 Best Tech Podcasts You Need To Listen To Right Now – Fast Company | Hot Mobile Press

Ever feel like technology is moving in so many different directions so quickly that a human brain can’t possibly keep up?

That’s what podcasts are for.

Whether you work in tech, run a startup, or just love to learn about new technologies and gadgets, podcasts can be a great way to keep up with the top trends in technology. We’ve rounded up 15 of our favorite podcasts that are not only entertaining but can also help increase your knowledge of a sometimes complicated industry. Some of these podcasts cover the general industry news of the day, while others will dive you into more specialized areas like crypto or electric vehicles. Some are short and only hit the highlights, while others run longer and dive deep. But all of these great podcasts give you the opportunity to absorb useful knowledge in a relatively short amount of time – even while your hands are busy with something else.

The best tech news podcasts

Techmeme drive home

tech meme has painstakingly collected and curated some of the best (and fastest) coverage of the most important news in the tech industry every day for years. Techmeme drive home gives you much of the news on the site but in audio form, making it even easier to digest, especially if you’re multitasking. The podcast is hosted by Brian McCullough, who enthusiastically delivers the key facts from Tech Stories du jour with a dash of commentary. The podcasts start at 5pm daily and are usually quite short, around 15 minutes long.

The Hustle Daily Show

This podcast is another short, daily affair (many episodes are under 10 minutes) that gives you a solid summary of what’s going on in tech news, along with some intelligent and often funny commentary. The Hustle Daily Show will be moderated by The Hustle Newsletter contributors Zachary Crockett, Juliet Bennett Rylah, Jacob Cohen and Rob Litterst.

Best Gadget Podcast

waveform

Software may have eaten the world, but hardware and gadgets are still hugely important and that’s the niche waveform podcast fills. It stars Marques Brownlee, who has become known among tech influencers for his YouTube reviews of everything from smartphones to electric cars. Each week, Brownlee and co-host Andrew Manganelli look at all sorts of new gadgets, including gaming gear and virtual reality headsets, electric vehicles, clamshell phones, and pretty much anything consumer tech companies are coming out with. These guys view products with a critical eye, but they love gadgets, which is part of what makes the YouTube cast so entertaining.

The best podcasts about Apple

Mac power user

Many of us love our Macs, but suspect we could get more productivity out of them if we just had a little expert advice. That’s broadly what the weekly paper does Mac power user Podcast is all about. Led by presenters David Sparks and Stephen Hackett and featuring insightful guests from a variety of professions and backgrounds, the show gives listeners new ways to work with their Macs, as well as news and commentary on Apple’s latest hardware, apps and operating systems. The show has been running since 2009 and has just released its 649th episode. The episodes are quite long, but they’re rich in tips, and Sparks and Hackett create a low-key atmosphere that’s pleasant to listen to.

Connected

Connected is an in-depth look at Apple World, with weekly commentary on the company’s latest devices, apps, features, operating systems and services – and how everything in the ecosystem works together. The podcast features MacStories Editor-in-Chief Federico Viticci and Relay FM co-founders Myke Hurley and Stephen Hackett (also of Mac power user); and the three together have a pleasant and polished wit, complete with long-lasting jokes and innuendos. All three are longtime Apple watchers/influencers and intelligently speculating on what Apple might release next.

Best Tech and Pop Culture Podcast

The content mines

The content mines covers the social content side of the tech world, which includes things like the latest TikTok trend, crypto scams, hot tweets, Instagram influencer trends, and pretty much every type of creative output that’s happening on social media site appears. The podcast is a weekly rap session featuring (Fast company Contributor) Ryan Broderick, who also writes the Garbage Day newsletter; and Luke Bailey, who works digitally for inews.co.uk. What makes the show click is the hosts’ hilarious back-and-forth and their apparent knowledge of the hottest online topics of the day.

The best tech startup podcasts

Acquired

Acquired tells the stories of great tech companies, including the hard lessons they learned growing up. The podcast is co-hosted by San Francisco-based angel investor David Rosenthal and Ben Gilbert, co-founder and CEO of Pioneer Square Labs and Seattle-based venture fund PSL Ventures. Rosenthal and Gilbert understand startups and regularly introduce successful founders (like Zoom CEO Eric Yuan) and investors (like a16z’s Katherine Boyle) to talk about the strategies that help great startups become great companies .

cartoon avatars

Logan Bartlett considers podcasting an integral part of his job as a VC, and he does it well. As a Partner at Redpoint Ventures, Bartlett is a good interviewer and has a keen insight into early stage companies. cartoon avatars covers everything from the latest tech news and trends to memes and twitter beefs. Bartlett interviews the founders of key emerging companies, some of them from the crypto world. The show — as does frequent guest presenter Zach Weinberg, co-founder of health-tech company Flatiron Health — takes a skeptical view of blockchain companies and Web3, leading to some interesting discussions. Bartlett often chats with fellow VCs, including figures such as former a16z partner Benedict Evans, who is now an independent analyst.

Best Ecommerce Podcast

The Jason & Scot Show

The e-commerce industry is a world unto itself and deserves its own weekly podcast. Two industry veterans are stepping in to fill the need — Jason Goldberg, chief commerce strategy officer at Publicis Communications; and Scot Wingo, co-founder and CEO of Spiffy and former CEO of ChannelAdvisor. The Jason & Scot Show hosts a variety of guests, often founders of companies in the e-commerce ecosystem, who discuss pretty much every aspect of e-commerce, including supply chains, websites, delivery networks and of course Amazon. Not the most entertaining podcast you’ll ever listen to, but if you’re selling products online, it could be invaluable.

Best Crypto and Web3 Podcasts

stack

If you are crypto investing or crypto curious, Stack, moderated by Luke Martin aims to immerse you in the latest crypto trends, blockchain projects, altcoins, NFTs and more. However, the best part of the show is the guests Martin brings, which typically include institutional investors, hedge fund managers, and others who have delved deep into crypto trading.

No investment advice

If you’re looking for a relaxing podcast, this one probably isn’t for you. No investment advice is a high-energy rap session between influencers Jack Butcher, Bilal Zaidi and Trung Phan about the connection between finance and internet culture. This covers a wide range of topics including news on technology and media companies, acquisitions, investments, Web3 and lots of talk about crypto and NFTs. The podcast works because of the interaction between the cohosts, who seem to enjoy each episode. Sometimes there are celebrity guests as well: in early July, the show welcomed true crypto believer Michael Saylor, whose company MicroStrategy holds 129,699 Bitcoin (currently valued at about $2.9 billion).

Overpriced JPEGs

overpriced jpegs, moderated by Carly Reilly, former Finance Director of Andrew Yang, provides reliable coverage of the latest NFT projects, awards and communities related to Web3 and the Metaverse. The central question of this podcast is whether NFTs have real value or are they really just “overpriced JPEGs”. Many other interesting topics arise from this question, including what constitutes the perception of value in the diverse communities of NFT owners and buyers.

Best Auto Tech Podcast

Autonocast

“The zero-BS podcast about autonomous cars, automated driving and the future of mobility,” it says Autonocast—a weekly podcast covering all aspects of mobility, autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles, co-hosted by Alex Roy, Director of Special Operations at Argo AI; Edward Niedermeyer, author of Ludicrous: The Unvarnished History of Tesla Motors; and Kirsten Korosec, Techcrunch senior traffic reporter and editor. The show features founders of technology companies contributing to the emerging ecosystems of autonomous and electric mobility; and experts discussing a variety of aspects of future mobility, from regulation and security to AI challenges and infrastructure.

Award

prove

Tech VC Kevin Rose, who is listed by Bloomberg as a “Top 25 Angel Investor,” is the host of to prove the, similar to overpriced jpegs, focuses on the strange world of NFTs. Rose interviews a variety of NFT artists, including both well-known names and emerging ones. He and his guests will also discuss NFT games and the Metaverse, as well as people developing new tools for NFT creators and collectors.

Only up

Only up is a crypto podcast hosted by two guys known only as Ledger and Cobie – both well-known influencers within the crypto community, each with hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers. (In fact, it was a tweet from Cobie, who outed one of the CoinBase employees who was recently indicted in the Justice Department’s first bitcoin insider trading tip.) The two bring out the biggest news within the industry, blockchain, of late affected and crypto startups that have failed during the current market downturn. Only up had some notable guests including investor Mark Cuban, Bitcoin investor Michael Saylor and Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin. The only reason this podcast is listed under honorable mention is its slightly erratic release schedule.

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