At the moment, I love listening to podcast of female entrepreneurs sharing their story. Even though I cannot follow their biography step by step, after listening to a handful of interviews, you connect the dots of the most important ingredients to become a female entrepreneur. In this article, I want to share all interviews I have found yet only partly listened to them myself so far, to be honest. If you have other inspiring podcasts, podcast episodes, or also written interviews, you can share them in the comments below. It would be great to have an extensive list of interviews of successful business women at one place.
Before I start with the podcast interviews and written interviews of successful women in business, I want to share with you my top source to find out more about successful women (and men). It's AMAs! I love AMAs (Ask Me Anything), because not an interviewer is asking the questions, but a community of people. There is a great variety of questions to ask a woman entrepreneur depending on their field of expertise. That's why I love this Ask Me Anything on Reddit. There is no filter for female entrepreneur's AMA, but you may figure it out yourself by sorting the Subreddit by popularity and looking for the names of the people doing the AMA. I love to go through the list myself and finding yet another interesting collection of questions answered by a successful individual.
Indie Hackers shares stories from entrepreneurs bootstrapping their businesses often without venture capital. Everyone has a different story, but you can find repetitive patterns in them. A handful of the interviews are with female entrepreneurs too. Unfortunately, the tech sector is still dominated by men, but more women start their venture with a technical company as well. You can find all Podcasts of Indie Hackers by Courtland Allen on iTunes.
Tracy Osborn with Hello Web Design - How to Win by Refusing to Quit
Rachel Carpenter with Intrinio - Starting a Mission-Driven Company
Laura Roeder with MeetEdgar - Growing Your Social Media Presence and Building an Audience
Christy Laurence with Plann - Bootstrapping to $1 Million in Two Years as a Non-Technical Founder
Christine Spang with Nylas - Pivoting from Hard Times to Profitability
Mathilde Collin with Front - Finding Success as a First-Time Founder
Katie Keith with Barn2 Media - Turning Small Ideas into a $35,000 a Month Business
Dr. Sherry Walling with Zen Founder - The Psychological Challenges of Being a Founder
Saron Yitbarek with CodeNewbie - Wearing All the Hats as a Founder
Claire Lew with Know Your Company - Blazing New Trails with a Small Team
Vicky Hsu of Habitica - Getting Help from the Community to Build a Profitable Game
Katelyn Gleason with Eligible - Creating a New Product Category
Stephanie Hurlburt with Binomial - From Fledgling Founder to 7-Figure Deals
Even though the ratio between (technical) male and female interviews is imbalanced, you can find inspiring written interviews from female entrepreneurs on Indie Hackers too. There are a couple of great filters, for instance, to find people with or without coding skills, for the written interviews. Unfortunately, there is no male/female filter yet. Maybe this little hint reaches Courtland Allen, who is doing a great job with Indie Hackers, well ;)
Danielle Simpson with FeedbackPanda - Turning Frustration into a $35k/mo Product that Helps Teachers Excel
Katie Keith with Barn2 Media - Transitioning from Design Shop to Subscription-Based Plugin Business
Lilia Tovbin with HelpTeaching - Building, Growing, and Selling an Education Technology Business
Julia with Kapwing - Channeling Our Love of Social Media Into a Profitable Business
Tracy with WeddingLovely - Failing to Find a Developer, and Building the Product Myself
Jane Portman with UI Breakfast - Turning My Web Design Knowledge Into a Profitable Book
Sandra Lewis with Worldwide101 - Growing a Consulting Business into a Virtual Assistant Company
Rosie Sherry with Ministry of Testing - How I Built an $80k/mo Business by Listening to My Audience
Sherry Yang with Audio/Video Converter Android - Growing an Audio and Video Conversion App to $3,000/mo
Tim Ferris, who got popular with the The 4-Hour Workweek, of The Tim Ferris Show shares self-help tips, life advices, and success stories on his podcast. You can find interviews with female entrepreneurs on his podcast too. In contrast to Indie Hackers, most women interviewed on this podcast don't have a technical background.
Ann Miura-Ko - The Path from Shyness to World-Class Debater and Investor
Aisha Tyler - How to Use Pain, Comedy, and Practice for Creativity
Liz Lambert - The Art of Hospitality
Whitney Wolfe Herd - Founder and CEO of Bumble
Cindy Eckert - How to Sell Your Company For One Billion Dollars
Katie Couric - Inside Out
Karlie Kloss - Entrepreneur and Supermodel
Catherine Hoke - The Master of Second Chances
Gretchen Rubin - Experiments in Happiness and Creativity
Sharon Salzberg - World-Renowned Meditation Teacher
Arianna Huffington - Media Maven
Esther Perel - Intimacy, Emotional Baggage, Relationship Longevity
Maria Sharapova - Mental Performance, Work-Life Balance, and the Rise to the Top
Marie Kondo - The Japanese Tidying Master
Cheryl Strayed - How to Be Creative Like a Motherf*cker
Caroline Paul - Conquering Fear and Reducing Anxiety
Krista Tippett - Calming Philosophies for Chaotic Times
Kara Swisher - The Most Feared and Well-Liked Journalist in Silicon Valley
Debbie Millman - How to Design a Life
Susan Garrett - Master Dog (and Human) Trainer
Caroline Paul - How to Overcome Fear
Amelia Boone - Beating 99% of Men and Suffering for High Performance
Lisa Randall - Thinking About Extra Dimensions with Physicist
Sophia Amoruso - The Nasty Icon of Retail
Tara Brach - Meditation and Overcoming FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)
Jane McGonigal - Getting More Done with Less Stress and The Health Benefits of Gaming
Whitney Cummings - Turning Pain Into Creativity
Amanda Palmer - How to Fight, Meditate, and Make Good Art
Margaret Cho - Comedy, Bisexuality, and The Slow-Carb Diet
Maria Popova - Writing, Workflow, and Workarounds
The Plant Proof Podcast by Simon Hill is about Plant Based Nutrition & Inspirational Stories. Even though the podcast and the interviews are not centred around entrepreneurship, it features stories from inspiring women (and men) who are entering this field of expertise in their spare time or as entrepreneurs. Every Plant Proof Podcast Episode can be found on iTunes.
Emily Hazell with Serotonin Cafe - How to cultivate happiness
Zanna Van Dijk - Empowering Women & Creating Eco Friendly Business
Fiona Oakes - Running For The Animals
Dr Michelle McMacken - Why a Plant based Diet is healthy
The list of successful women in business wouldn't be complete without mentioning TED talks. There are far too many TED talks out there to list all of them with women. But I have found great ways to filter them to my needs. These are a couple of good links to get you started.
If you haven't enough yet, here are a few more text and audio format interviews of female entrepreneurs. I didn't go through all of them yet, only picked a few episodes and interviews here and there myself. But they seem promising, so I wanted to include them here.
I hope the interviews with female entrepreneurs help you to get inspiration and motivation on your journey like they do it for me. If you have any other inspiring interviews from successful women in business, let me know about them in the comments. What other podcasts, episodes, written interviews or maybe also YouTube channels/episodes can you recommend? I would love to keep the list up to date with recent and quality interviews of female entrepreneurs.