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My current favorite podcast.

I have a new favorite podcast, and so should you.

The podcast is hosted by Alex Blumberg, who is a seasoned producer and radio host who worked for National Public Radio. He produced one of the most decorated radio programs, This American Life, and cofounded one of my favorite business-economics podcast, Planet Money.

Blumberg’s new podcast is simply and aptly named StartUp. The show follows him as he navigates his way through entrepreneurship and starting a for-profit podcasting company.

Blumberg, with This American Life and Planet Money under his belt, knows how to tell a good story. Now that he tells his own story, he has access to the kind of juicy details he would’ve killed for when he worked for NPR.

Here’s how he put it:

After years of reporting on other people’s businesses, I decided to start my own. This show follows what happens next – my difficult journey from man to businessman. It’s a classic start-up story, but one that’s recorded in real time. I’ve documented disastrous pitches to investors, difficult conversations with my wife, and tense negotiations with my co-founder. The result is an honest, transparent account of something that happens all the time, but that we can rarely listen in on: starting a business.

Throughout the show, Blumberg is honest, transparent, and courageous. He shares his most intimate moments of doubt and jubilee. He dresses nothing up. He just shares his story as it is.

The podcast comes out once every two weeks. I would highly recommend you subscribe on iTunes or subscribe with a podcasting app of your choosing through http://feeds.hearstartup.com/hearstartup.

You can listen to the first episode below.

The virtues of ignorance.

I listened to a podcast today on my walk with Elliot from Stanford University’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders series. It was a talk given by a woman named Liz Wiseman, who is an expert in leadership and the author of the book Multipliers.

In the talk, Wiseman stressed the virtues of not knowing.

According to Wiseman, leaders who have an unassuming, humble approach to work are more likely to bring the best out of their coworkers and employees. Since they do not act as if they know it all, they tend to lean on the talents and knowledge of those around them. These leaders who have embraced the power of not knowing are able to innovate in their work, as they do not solely rely on experience and traditions.

I agree with most of what Wiseman has to say in her lecture. She noted that people should not find jobs in which they are qualified in, which I feel is a bit over the top. However, I agree with her message of the need to challenge ourselves to be in positions in which we may not be comfortable, in order to tap into the power of not knowing.

Nonetheless, it is an interesting lecture, and if you have an hour to spare — you should definitely check it out.

You can see the video here,

or you can download or stream the audio version here.