You probably know Bucharest is constantly ranked in Top 10 most traffic-congested capitals of the world. We spend an enormous amount of time behind the wheel, time that according to science is more valuable than money. For a simple reason: you cannot get more time, but you can get more money (working more, getting an inheritance, stealing, smuggling etc.) . So no, time is not money, is more than that.
Anyway, you have a few options of spending that time in the car, one of which is playing “Fazan” (pheasant, yes, the bird) on Waze. For all of you English-speaking dear readers, this is a game where somebody says a random word and the next player has to use the last two letters of that word in a new word. So if I say “cacti” (plural for cactus), you say “time”. On and on…
I’m digressing here, this post is supposed to be about the best podcasts for people interested in marketing, technology, startups, SaaS, business models, behavioral economics and just living a better life with better decisions:
If you travel from Pipera to Iuliu Maniu
The Knowledge Project - probably the best long-format podcast around, from Shane Parish. Follows diverse topics from mental models, stock investors, writers, teachers, athletes and the like. If you can stand the +1h format and still pay attention, you’ll work that muscle we call brain. And you’ll get from Pipera to wherever in no time. The only downside is that it’s so packed full of knowledge that after listening to it you have to download the transcripts and take notes.
For traveling to pick up kids from school
Choiceology - a great example of branded content from Charles Schwab, a 20-30 min (good for driving to pick up the kids) format about decision making and how we can improve at it. Presumably, we’ll start making better investments after finishing the series.
Feeling hopeful on Kiseleff boulevard, just 3 more traffic lights to go
OV|Build - the podcast from Open View Partners, the expansion stage VC behind Expensify and Calendy. From pricing, product-led growth, team scaling up, sales & marketing spend - all you need to run your startup is here. And for forgetting that you actually don’t live in a “smart city” and the only thing that is getting smarter in Bucharest is you.
When you decide to outsource driving to Uber
a16z - from Andreeseen Horowitz. No need for explaining here - this is a slightly techie podcast discussing things into detail. My favorite episode is the one on blockchain and open source and how blockchain will be the catalyst for making open-source a viable option from a commercial point of view. Lately, they are delving seriously into crypto topics, so, enjoy!
Riding on DN1 on a Monday morning
Rework - from Basecamp and Jason Fried, a collection of counterintuitive business lessons in a format that is more like a staged play with SFX, choruses and whatnot…topics range on the bane of performance reviews and why they don’t work or how to get rid of toxic meetings or even how interruption is not collaboration however much our managers would like to believe.
Ok, over to you now, what podcasts are worth listening to?