The Makers Soundscape

Apr 16, 2019 - By Jess Wallace


Podcasts have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years, they exist in a format that uniquely fits into our busy daily lives. My personal love for podcast started almost two years ago - I was struggling personally with anxiety particularly when it came to travelling and I had to drive on a motorway (highway) every day to get to work. I overcame the motorway driving by listening to a podcast on the commute, it gave me a sense of company and not feeling alone. Now whenever I am driving alone, you'll usually hear me listening to a podcast. Occasionally when its hot summer weather, I'll be blasting out tunes with my windows down... but that's for another blog post.

Plus they're super convenient - you can listen whilst you drive, on a flight, your morning commute and heck you might even listen to it in the shower. I thought I would put together a list of my top ten favourite podcasts.

# Syntax -

Open wide dev fans, get ready to stuff your face with the tastiest web development treats out there with your hosts, Wes 'Barracuda' Bos and Scott 'El Toro Loco' Tolinski. If you're a follower of Syntax, you'll know I pulled some lines out of their intro. Hands down, this is my favourite dev podcast! This is the most entertaining dev podcast that I've come across - Scott and Wes both full-stack developers who create courses on Web Development with their main focuses being JavaScript. They are always dropping knowledge bombs around development, freelancing, soft skills, careers and more at least two times a week.

# Indie Hackers -

If you're a part of the Indie Maker scene then you may have come across Indie Hackers. Indie Hackers platform is to help founders learn and connect with others who are starting and growing their own companies. Co-Founder Courtland Allen, talks to founders of profitable internet businesses. He tries to get a sense of how they got to where they are today, how they approach decision making in order to help the community learn from their examples and get a real sense of what it's like to be in their shoes. Courtland usually drops a new episode weekly!

# Full Stack Radio -

Exactly as the title states - it's full stack. This is a podcast dedicated to developers interested in building great software products. If you are part of the Laravel community, you've probably come across Adam Wathan. He's the brilliant mind behind Tailwind CSS, a utility first framework for rapidly developing custom UI. Every two weeks, Adam is joined by a guest to talk about everything from product design right through to user experience, testing and even system administration.

The Dropout -

You don't have to be from the Valley to know the story of Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes. an eight part series following the once-famed biotech startup, and how it imploded after a watershed moment in which John Carreyrou broke the companies fraudluent activity to the public. This series dives into the how Elizabeth Holmes, once the worlds youngest self-made billonaire lost it all in the blink of an eye. This whole podcast series was addicting, and ABC takes us through the journey of the three-year-long investigation. A MUST listen.

# FreeCodeCamp -

Are you just starting your journey into code? Maybe not, you might be an experienced developer. Either way, you probably have come across FreeCodeCamp, a non-profit organisation with an interactive learning platform intended to make learning to code accessible to everyone. Founder of FreeCodeCamp, Quincy Larson interviews developers weekly exploring their background and their journey into becoming a developer.

# Progression Podcast -

This is a podcast that I have come across very recently by a creator I know on Twitter, Jonny Burch. An ex design manager turned solo founder, Jonny is on a mission to help makers have more fulfilling careers. With the help of regular contributors and special guests, he dives into the tough questions around managing vs making, soft skills, training, compensation and how to navigate your next career move.

# Product Hunt Radio -

Product Hunt, the place to go to discover the best new products every day that everyone is talking about. You may have listened to it in the past but Product Hunt Radio is back! Each week, Ryan Hoover or Abadesi Osunsade are joined by founders, investors, journalist and indie makers discussing the latest tech trends, the start up community and whether no-code could be the future.

# Swindled -

Outside the general trend of podcasts that I like to listen to, Swindled is a podcast telling the true stories of white collar criminals, con artists and corporate evil through narrative storytelling, archived audio and immersive soundscapes. Each episode recounts the stories behind deep rooted financial motivated crimes. If true-crime is your thing, you'll like this one.

# Business Schooled -

Alexis Ohanian once tweeted me and I fangirled hard - see GIF below. Anyway... you probably know him as the co-founder of Reddit and Initialized Capital. In this eight part series, Alexis meets the OG generation of entrepreneurs where he learns how they got started, their decision making processes and how they sustain themselves in the new age.

# CodePen Radio -

CodePen - an online community dedicated to helping developers showcase what they can do with HTML, CSS and JavaScript. An online code editor where you can share code, create snippets and showcase your talents to the world. The team behind CodePen have been running their podcast for over 200 episodes where they talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of running a small web software business.

Hopefully this list gives you some new content to listen to - let me know if you enjoy any of the podcasts listed above! If there's any other podcasts you'd like to share, just drop me a message on Twitter!

Until next time, Adios Amigos!