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Pod up your life with Mercedes Bankston

Pod up your life with Mercedes Bankston

Stuck in the rat race with no time to reflect more deeply on your work path? Try listening to a podcast on your commute or lunch break. Mercedes Bankston from the Founder Institute shares her top four suggestions

I love the whole methodology of podcasts. With anyone able to make one, it falls nicely into the American ideal that you can be anything you want to be. I’m a big believer that everyone has a piece of knowledge worth sharing and lots can be learned from podcasts.

Mercedes Bankston, Director at the Founder Institute

Mercedes BankstonDirector at the Founder Institute

Being Mercedes

From deconstructing old computers to building clocks as a kid, by the age of 19, Mercedes had launched her own successful coffee start-up that grew to 150 employees in under three years.

Now, the LA-born businesswoman is using her entrepreneurial spirit to help others succeed. She branched out from her first company aged 22, and launched Cisco, NEC and Oracle, initiating new products and divisions. Before long, she was Managing Director for Girls In Tech-Orange County and Experts-in-Residence at the University of California.

Today, she runs the Founder Institute in London, the world’s largest pre-seed accelerator giving entrepreneurs a leg-up from idea to launch.

I’m a big believer that everyone has a piece of knowledge worth sharing and lots can be learned from podcasts

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Here are Mercedes' top four recommendations to keep on your radar.


Gimlet Media, Alex Blumberg and Lisa Chow

This addictive podcast starts with American entrepreneur Alex Blumberg telling his story of raising funds, making mistakes and navigating employee challenges while building Gimlet Media. Each season is filled with candid interviews exposing topics that never surface outside the company and takes a deeper look at outside influences for inspiration. The production gives the feeling of being a fly on the wall and, at the same time, I’m cheering for the entrepreneurs taking on challenges.



Natalie Eckdahl, MBA and BizChix CEO

I’m biased as I met the host Natalie in a women’s entrepreneurship class years ago and we hit it off. As a female with a family, I know male-minded podcasts don’t always resemble the life of a female entrepreneur. BizChix gives a refreshing voice about women taking an idea and turning it into a six-figure income, with stories about managing family matters. Listen to this podcast for inspiration on things like how to simplify your business with the 80/20 rule, tips to combat feeling overwhelmed and how to overcome imposter syndrome. A must for the female entrepreneur with a family.


The Minimalists

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

It’s no secret that I treat my home like a hotel, so The Minimalists is apropos. Digging deeper though, having less stress, spending less money and making time for more memories is something we should all strive for. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus explore how to live a meaningful life with less in this podcast, which has over 50 million downloads and is often the number one health podcast on Apple Podcasts. The hosts are funny, but they also help save money, eat better and find happiness. If those three things are not your goals, then I’m not sure anyone can help you!


The Bugle

John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman

In a world of Trump, Brexit and Kim Jong-un, sometimes the headlines place a dampener on my spirits. The Bugle provides real news with a comedian spin. This weekly satirical news podcast, which has been running since 2007, claims to leave “no hot potato unbuttered”. It’s a way for me to unapologetically laugh out loud on the Tube, stay up-to-date with current events and find humour in the dark world of news.

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