A lot of workers commute, and spending several hours a day fighting traffic to and from the office is a time-sink. A lot of professionals have learned to harness this time productively by tuning into podcasts. But as the tech industry has a lot of different podcasts, and a lot of different fields of interest, it can be challenging to ascertain which ones are worth listening to.

The best way to figure out what podcasts make sense for you is by asking the people who are immersed in the industry. To this end, we’ve consulted with 13 leaders from Forbes Technology Council, asking them about the podcasts they listen to in their downtime. Here are the ones they suggested.

1. AI Today Podcast

As organizations are adopting artificial intelligence at a rapid pace, it’s important for leaders to understand AI use cases, best practices and trends. This will help leaders with formulating the right AI strategy and implementations for their company. “AI Today Podcast” covers most of the above topics. – Brian Sathianathan, Iterate.ai

2. Akimbo

I love Seth Godin’s podcast “Akimbo.” The world tends to think of Seth as a marketing expert—and of course, he is. But so much of what he talks about bleeds into leadership and upping your game across the various silos of business. He’s just a dynamite thought leader. – Vern Weitzman, Cira Apps Ltd

3. Artificial Intelligence

My favorite podcast is fairly nerdy. “Artificial Intelligence” by Lex Feideman is an ongoing conversation about state-of-the-art topics in AI. Lex is able to attract many of the biggest minds in technology to provide insight and opinions about what comes next. His guests have included Elon Musk, Ray Dalio and Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman. – Robert McGovern, PreciseTarget, Inc.

4. CISO/Security Vendor Relationship

As a former cybersecurity vendor executive and now a consultant to early-stage cybersecurity companies, I have pointed people to the “CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Podcast.”  It offers a humorous look at both the codependence and friction between buyers and sellers in this ecosystem. There’s a companion podcast that’s more technical in nature too, called “Defense in Depth.” – Steve Pao, Hillwork, LLC

5. The CyberWire

The CyberWire” is a great way for me to keep up-to-date with new cybersecurity threats and issues. It is the perfect mix of being deeply technical as well as high-level enough for someone who cares about security and is ultimately responsible for threats but is not in the weeds day to day. – Shawn Vo, Axle Payments

6. Darknet Diaries

It may be a little on the darker side of topics, but “Darknet Diaries” focuses on technology and cybercrime. It is nice to view security from the bad guys’ point of view to gain a broader perspective on security. The podcasts are not terribly long so you can pop one on between conference calls. – Cody Barnett, US Med-Equip

7. HBR Podcasts

My alma mater, Harvard Business School, has several podcasts that are among my absolute favorites such as: “After Hours,” “Skydeck” and, of course, “HBR IdeaCast.” These podcasts feature a great variety of executives, professionals and other thought leaders that share insightful advice and recommendations. – Jahn Karsybaev, Prosource IT

8. How I Built This

How I Built This” with Guy Raz is a great podcast that features an interview with an entrepreneur of a well-known company each episode. They dive deep into how they created their company, the challenges they had and so on. The podcast has featured companies like Dell, Evite, Headspace, Shopify and many others. – Thomas Griffin, OptinMonster

9. IoT Product Leadership

IoT Product Leadership” by Daniel Elizalde not only addresses IoT hardware and platform-specific issues, but also gives great insight into the successes and failures of many IoT projects and initiatives that help us to make better decisions ourselves when we come across similar situations. – Michael Ham, Pure 365

10. IRL

While there are many great tech-related podcasts, none are as good as “IRL.” This is a podcast that comes from Firefox, and they try to focus on topics related to privacy, working in tech and new and emerging technologies The episodes are long enough to keep listeners engaged (about 30 minutes) and the topics are relevant to everyday people. – Abishek Surana Rajendra, Course Hero

11. Modern CTO

I have been a fan of the “Modern CTO” podcast for a while now. They spend a lot of time discussing things that technology leaders face today, from technical to cultural and/or strategy challenges. – Reid Williams, TravelBank

12. Naval

On his podcast “Naval,” highly successful tech entrepreneur Naval Ravikant talks about lessons learned and his observations about how the world is shaping up. It’s really a discussion of highly practical philosophy. Philosophy, as we normally think of it, is impractical mostly. I love this podcast because his observations are so simple and astute that it changes the way you think. They often last only two or three minutes. – Paroon Chadha, Passageways

13. Y Combinator Startup School

My favorite tech podcast would be “Y Combinator Startup School.” It’s a free online course that’s now a podcast for anyone thinking of creating a company. You learn everything from setting KPIs and goals, to prioritizing time and how to lead. This is a great resource, especially if you want to positively impact the world. It’s a great place to get tangible insights from the top VCs and founders. – Ryan Chan, UpKeep Maintenance Management





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