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Listen Up! Here’s Your Guide To European Tech And Startup Podcasts In English

By Andrii Degeler, journalist and podcast host based in the Netherlands. Covering all things technology since 2007 for Tech.eu, Engadget, TNW, Ars Technica UK, the Kyiv Post and more.

Podcasting has seen significant growth in popularity over the past couple of years, both from listeners and from people launching new shows. It’s never been easier to start a podcast (with an obligatory newsletter to come with it if you want to be in trend). However, podcast discovery seems to never have caught up: It’s harder to find interesting shows than it may seem, especially if you want to go beyond the usual suspects like Gimlet, NPR, the BBC and so on.

This humble podcast directory is an attempt to improve the discoverability of new deserving shows, at least in the European tech startup industry. I’ve been interested in both the tech scene and podcasting for many years, long before I started hosting the Tech.eu Podcast. And yet, I wasn’t familiar with at least half of the shows listed in this piece before I started working on it. So, kudos to everyone who recommended their favorite shows on Twitter and LinkedIn; please do keep them coming through this form—I’ll update this list regularly to add new shows.

Unsurprisingly, many good shows on the topic come from the U.K., which is why I put them all into a separate list down below. There’s also a bunch of good podcasts that have been either discontinued or paused—those are also listed separately toward the end. All lists are presented in alphabetical order.

If you’d like to subscribe to all shows featured in this guide, download these OPML files and import them into your podcast app of choice: Mainland Europe or The UK. I’ll update the OPML files every time I add new shows to this guide.

Mainland Europe

These are shows coming from mainland Europe and/or covering the tech scene of one or more of the countries it consists of.

50inTech Podcast

“This podcast is made with love by 50inTech, a worldwide network built for and by Women in Tech, welcoming all allies. A short and practical format to unlock the tech industry and make it move for real! We are talking about women in tech success stories, actionable advice to break through career or business and best practices to improve diversity and inclusion in tech.” Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

Baltic Startup Mafia

Hosted by Ieva Treija. A podcast focused on tech startup news from the Baltic states: Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The show started off as a monthly, but has been updated more often lately.
Apple | Spotify

cc: Podcast (formerly known as Glocal Podcast)

“cc: covers growth journeys from emerging ecosystems to global markets by Enis Hulli and Rina Onur.”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

Early Ones Podcast

The show hasn’t aired yet at the time of writing–but it looks promising enough to mention it here, so you can subscribe in advance. According to the description, Early Ones is “the podcast where Bram Kanstein talks with early-stage founders about their journey, their product, the challenges they encounter, and the tactics they use to navigate them.”
Website | RSS

Henry and Simon

Hosted by Simon McDermott and Jindřich Světnica, it’s “a podcast interviewing and highlighting independents, creatives and entrepreneurs.” The creators’ promise is to “try to capture their spirit and enthusiasm but also get to the truth of how they got to where they are.” The podcast also features weekly news recaps from the Czech Republic and the rest of Europe.
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

Inovo Podcast

Hosted by Tomasz Swieboda. This (very) recently launched show by the VC firm Inovo “will help CEE founders in building global tech companies.”
Website | Spotify

Irish Tech News Podcast

A show produced by Irish Tech News and hosted by Ronan Leonard, “Irish Tech News are Ireland’s number one online tech publication,” the description goes. “We are now aiming to become Ireland’s number one tech podcast too.”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

Life on Mars

“A podcast about technology, entrepreneurship and innovation from MarsBased. You will listen to stories of the best founders, investors, experts and celebrities from all around the galaxy every two weeks.”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

Mayak Innovatsiy (Innovation Lighthouse)

A rare English-language podcast made in Ukraine, Mayak Innovatsiy is hosted by Dominique Piotet, CEO of the Kyiv-based tech hub UNIT.City, together with Andrei Komarovski and Tatiana Morozova Skydan. The description promises to bring “tech news & tech dudes. From Ukraine to the world.”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

Soaked by Slush

“Welcome to the backstage of tech! Soaked by Slush brings you inside startup stories from outsiders of the box. In our first season, speakers from Slush 2019 share their career stories, growth hacks, and future visions with you. Learn the secrets of founders, investors, and beyond!”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

Son of a Pitch with Michael Koenka

“[Based in Amsterdam,] Michael Koenka is a pitch advisor and unicorn wrangler for companies and investors. This podcast is a collection of thoughts, musings and conversations on life, the universe and everything. There might be some interesting shop talk in there somewhere, too.”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

Startuprad.io

Hosted by Joern Menninger. A good source of news stories from the German startup scene, Startuprad.io has been tracking the German startup scene since 2014. The show airs weekly but also offers monthly news recap episodes. In addition to that, you can subscribe to “sub-podcasts” covering particular topics like security or fintech.
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

STATION F: The Podcast

Hosted by Roxanne Varza. “With more than 1,000 startups, STATION F is the world’s largest startup campus. […] In this bi-monthly podcast, you’ll be able to hear from STATION F’s best entrepreneurs and guests.”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

Talking Tech–The Nordic View

“Talking Tech–The Nordic View welcomes you to the world of technology, venture capital, and startups. Join the hosts–Nordics’ leading VC firms Maki.vc, EQT Ventures and Heartcore Capital–and dive into what went down in the European tech scene in the past quarter and what this means for entrepreneurs and investors looking ahead. In each episode, the three hosts and a guest journalist reveal their analysis on the European technology market and share concrete advice for startups founders, or anyone else, aiming to be at the forefront of change.”
Apple | Spotify | SoundCloud

Tech.eu Podcast

Hosted by Andrii Degeler, this is “a show in which we discuss some of the most interesting stories from the European technology scene and interview leading entrepreneurs and investors from across the region.” We run weekly “normal” shows and usually throw in a couple of special episodes every month.
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

The Big Tech Show

A podcast by Irish Independent hosted by its tech editor Adrian Weckler. The show’s promise is to “analyse the big tech issues, interview industry leaders and review the hottest gadgets” weekly.
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

The Seedtable Podcast

Hosted by Gonz Sanchez, this is a recently launched show that tries “to make sense of what’s going on in European technology by having fascinating conversations with European founders, investors and operators.”
Website | Apple | Spotify

TOA on Air

Here’s another show produced by a tech conference, this time the Berlin-based Tech Open Air. Unlike Soaked, it doesn’t consist of conference talks. As per the description, “in this podcast, we will give you context around the latest trends so you can make better decisions moving forward. Subscribe for unquarantined ideas and learnings from leaders across the field.”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

Tribecast TRE

“An independent English speaking podcast by Tribe Tampere, covering the life of the local startup ecosystem.”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

The U.K.

There’s a whole lot of tech-related English-language podcasts coming from the U.K. I’ve done my best to pick some of the most relevant for the readers of Tech.eu, but if you’d like to drink from the firehose, these three directories are as good a place to start as any.

Associated

Hosted by Francesca Baillieu, Lois Ollerenshaw and Petra Müller. “Broadening access to venture capital, one conversation at a time—from advice about careers to getting your business funded, we’re putting it all out there. Each week we bring you a conversation with one of our friends in the investment industry: associates, interns and a whole host of others.”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

BBC Tech Tent

A great show by the BBC World Service presented by Rory Cellan-Jones that focuses on “how the technology business is transforming the way we live and work.” For more tech-related shows from the BBC, check out this page.
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

Exponential View with Azeem Azhar

“How will the future unfold? What is the impact of technology on business & society? As technology reorders the world in which we live, who will be the winners and who will be the losers? Join Azeem Azhar, curator of the Exponential View newsletter, in deep conversation with the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners exploring these and other important questions.”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

Geekout with Matt Navarra

A show in which “Matt Navarra and Martin SFP Bryant explore the world of social media, talking to big names and chewing over the latest news.”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

How AI Built This

Hosted by Liam Wilson. “Relaxed, informal conversations with some of the most inspiring people in the world of data analytics and the UK. Trials, tribulations, successes, learns and everything in between.”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

Le Wagon Live

“Every week, Le Wagon invites a tech entrepreneur to share their story.” Judging by the descriptions of the show’s latest episodes, it doesn’t limit itself with just entrepreneurs anymore but still sticks to guests from the tech industry.
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

Midweek with Mike Butcher

It’s not a podcast in the strict sense of the word (at least not yet), but the new weekly show by TechCrunch’s editor at large Mike Butcher is certainly worth attention. I’ll link to the latest episode aired on social networks for now and update the links later when the podcast gets a more permanent home.
LinkedIn | Facebook

Secret Leaders

Hosted by Dan Murray-Serter and  Rich Martell, the show “promises a collection of contrasting, irreverent interviews with the high-flying CEOs and forward-thinking founders of some of the most successful businesses in the UK and the US right now, including Martha Lane Fox (Lastminute.com), Anne Boden (Starling Bank), Jed McCaleb (Ripple, Mt.Gox and Stellar) and Jason Calacanis (first Uber investor).”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

SET Impact

Hosted by Chetan Halai. “SET Impact is a media company covering some of the cutting edge technology innovations across Europe. If you’re fascinated by Healthcare innovation, Potential Cancer Cures, Innovative application of AI, AR/VR, Climate tech, you have arrived at the right place.”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

Startups Magazine: The Cereal Entrepreneur

“Grab a bowl & dig into this! Anna Flockett, editor of Startups Magazine interviews the most innovative startups of the moment. She’ll stir in some startup lessons & failure fables as well as a sprinkling of inspirational advice.”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

Tech Talks

Hosted by Harvey Nash, “TechTalks are short podcasts with leading figures in the tech and digital industry today. If you’re in the space, want to be in the space or just interested, listen to what these experts say and find out what challenges technologists face in large environments, how to launch a product, or what advice start-ups can pass on!”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

Tech’s Message

A “Webby Award-shortlisted technology podcast from London-based journalist Nate Lanxon (Bloomberg, Wired, CNET). Hear news, insight & nostalgia inspired by the week’s UK-focussed technology headlines, presented with heart, humour and irreverent personalities.”Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

Techish

“A podcast by two millennials talking about all things tech, pop culture, and life. Starring tech founders Abadesi Osunsade and Michael Berhane.”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

The Health-Tech Podcast

Hosted by James Somauroo, the show “covers the latest in health and technology through interviews with disruptive health-tech startups and leaders. Whether you’re a patient, founder, investor or simply interested in health-tech, The Health-Tech Podcast has it covered.”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

The Twenty Minute VC

One of the industry’s more well-known podcast hosted by Harry Stebbings, co-founder of Stride.VC. The show, which usually takes longer than 20 minutes, “takes you inside the world of Venture Capital, Startup Funding and The Pitch. […] Discover how you can attain funding for your business by listening to what the most prominent investors are directly looking for in startups, providing easily actionable tips and tricks that can be put in place to increase your chances of getting funded.”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

This Much I Know

A show produced by Seedcamp, Europe’s seed fund, and hosted by its managing partner Carlos Espinal. “Tune in to hear the inside story from startup founders, investors and leading tech voices: the people who’ve built businesses, scaled globally, failed fantastically and learnt massively.”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

What Comes Next?

“From all-knowing AI to holidays in space, What Comes Next? is a podcast all about the amazing technologies that will shape your future. Each episode the show’s trilogy of technophiles [— Kweku Ackom-Mensah, Amy Dickens, and Rob Kellner —] will be talking to one of the world’s most forward-thinking minds. We’ll be unboxing their inventions, sharing their secrets, and exploring what the future holds for technology and the human race.”
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

Wired UK Podcast

“The award-winning WIRED UK Podcast with James Temperton and the rest of the team. Listen every week for an informed and entertaining rundown of the latest technology, science, business and culture news. New episodes every Friday.”
Website Apple | Google | Spotify

Finished and paused shows

While looking for podcasts for this guide, I’ve come across a few shows that seem to be either finished or put on hold—but still worth checking out. Here they are.

+Katapult Podcast

“+Katapult gives you fresh insights into impact investing and how we can solve global challenges like poverty and climate. And of course, lots of healthy debates around new technologies. Every fortnight, Aurore Belfrage talks to some of the brilliant minds in technology and impact, in her search for answers to some of our most pressing questions.”
Website | Apple | Google

Chips with Everything

One of my favorite tech podcasts produced by The Guardian and hosted by Jordan Erica Webber. The final episode of the show aired in December 2019.
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

FT Tech Tonic

“A weekly conversation that looks at the way technology is changing our economies, societies and daily lives. Hosted by John Thornhill, innovation editor at the Financial Times.” The podcast seems to be on hiatus since December 2019.
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

Making Sense of VC

“Ever wanted to understand venture capital? This documentary series is for you. ‘Making Sense of VC’ explains: Why entrepreneurs need to understand investors; what a VC does all day; the venture capital business model; what it takes to be a VC; how tech investment is evolving, and much more.” This podcast by Martin SFP Bryant has only seen one season—but I certainly hope there will be more in the future.
Website | Apple | Google | Spotify

 

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