The popularity of podcasts is exploding and we expect their popularity to increase in 2021. Because they come in such a range of styles and subjects, you can tune in to keep your mind occupied while doing chores, prepping dinner, or working out or anything in between.
We know we all get way too many podcast suggestions, but we just have to share the ones our team swears by – trust us! Our top podcasts recommendations for 2021 focus on design, creativity, scaling, software development and more. We're sure you'll find your new favourite podcast to listen to here, too – these free audio favourites will get you through a long walk, a tedious cleaning job and more.
Design Matters with Debbie Millman
For over 16 years, Debbie Millman has been talking with designers and other creatives about what they do, how they got to be who they are and what they are thinking about and working on. This award winning program is considered the first and longest running podcast about design.
Millman has interviewed over 250 guests, including Amanda Palmer, Chris Ware, Malcolm Gladwell, and many more. You can learn from a long list of industry-leading graphic designers, educators, authors, change agents, and thinkers.
The show ends with the signature tagline – "And remember: We can talk about making a difference, we can make a difference, or we can do both.
Escape Velocity with Dan Martell
Learn how to scale, grow, and exit with Dan Martell and some of the top SaaS Founders in the business with Escape Velocity. In high energy episodes, Martell features guests like Mike McDerment from Freshbooks, Michael Litt from Vidyard and Natalie Nagele at WildBit.
Listen to this podcast to gain valuable insights on startup funding, the ups and downs as an entrepreneur, and more.
Creative People Podcast
Who are creative people? What makes creative people tick? Where do ideas come from? Why do we need to make stuff? When does inspiration strike?
Creative People Podcast host Ryan Leacock digs into the questions that every type of creative comes across in their work. From photographers, writers, musicians, designers, and even bakers – seriously check out this recent episode with Lenore Johnson, baker and founder of LenJo Bakes, featured not only in this podcast but in our recent blog post on our favourite local bakeries!
What’s your relationship like with your creativity? Get inspired with this local gem of a podcast.
Since there's a major lack of technical podcasts out there, hosts Emma Bostian, Kelly Vaughn, and Ali Spittel – three seasoned software developers working in different sectors decided to start one.
Just kidding – there's already a ton of technical podcasts out there, but not many that amplify women’s voices in the space to share experiences and advice.
Listen and learn from great discussions around how to start coding, the hot technologies right now, how to get your first developer job, and more! The Ladybug Podcast adds women’s voices to the male-dominated tech podcast space.
Untold developer stories by Cult
Ever done something you regret? Made a killer mistake? Embarrassed yourself? The Untold Developer Stories Podcast by .cult creates a home to share real, down to earth stories of the challenges and successes developers face working in the tech world.
Featuring guests like Ali Spittel and Emma Bostain from Ladybug podcast, Taylor Otwell creator of PHP web framework Laravel, and serial start-up CTO Roy Derks, these episodes are a must listen for software developers.
Want more? Cult also shares untold developer stories with original articles, documentaries, in addition to podcasts all in one place! Visit cult.honeypot.io to see more!
How I Built This with Guy Raz
Energetic host Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.
Featuring guests like Drew Houston who came up with the idea for Dropbox, Steve Ells from Chipotle, and Whitney Wolfe Herd of Bumble, Guy talks to guests with pure passion for business.
Listen and learn from the founders that started out with very little and usd their limitations to creatively build multi-billion dollar companies.
We’re living through trying times, but it's important we keep our bodies, spirits and minds engaged. Throughout 2021, we think these podcasts will help us do just that. In addition to entertaining you during mundane tasks, these programs can end up teaching you a thing or two about life, design, art and more.