The best tech podcasts to tune into for knowledge and entertainment

We’re spending more time than ever on the internet, using devices and apps created by tech giants around the world to work, socialise and stay connected.

It’s important to know what is going on behind the scenes of tech and where better to start than a podcast?

From insightful interviews with entrepreneurs on their missions and failures, to the mind-boggling world of internet culture, to the importance of our data and privacy, here are just some of the excellent tech podcasts out there covering the world of tech.

Podcast apps at the ready, these are the shows to subscribe to now.

How I Built This

(NPR)

Guy Raz’s How I Built This has been running for nearly four years now and it’s a favourite for many. The interesting interviews with entrepreneurs – recent episodes include ClassPass’s founder and the creator of smart doorbell Ring – chart the rise and fall of their business careers, from initial idea, to funding and the difficulties of being a start-up founder.

The new How I Built Resilience mini-series is also especially poignant given Covid-19, where founders discuss how they navigate turbulent times.

How I Built This on NPR and Stitcher

IRL by Mozilla

IRL delves into the workings of the internet with a focus on data and privacy. It’s worth going back through the archives to the very first episode, covering ‘free’ online services and how you pay with your data, up to the most recent series which covers topics such as the internet’s carbon footprint and 5G.

IRL on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

It’s Complicated

(It’s Complicated / Time To Log Off)

Feeling like you’re spending too much time online? Tanya Goodin, founder of the Time to Log Off Movement, has the podcast for you in the form of It’s Complicated, a series of chats with experts and famous names about their digital usage and the impact is having on our lives.

It’s not all bleak: for an uplifting episode check out the interview in season three with Shannon Downey, founder of Badass Cross Stitch, who uses social media to promote activism through crafts.

It’s Complicated on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

Reply All

Whether you know all the latest YouTube drama or can’t pronounce the word meme, Reply All’s deep dives into the weird and wonderful world of internet culture will have you laughing out loud and gasping within the space of five minutes.

The show has been running since 2014 and each episode sends ripples through the Twitterverse. First-timers should listen to #158, The Case of the Missing Hit and then find your nearest Reply All fan to discuss.

Reply All on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

Rocket

(Rocket / Relay FM)

Rocket from Relay FM is a joy to tune into. Each week, hosts Christina Warren, Brianna Wu and Simone de Rocherfort discuss the latest news in tech from the launch of Basecamp’s new email app Hey and the relating App Store drama, to deep dives into the social media companies and their responses to Trump’s posts, they’ll keep you informed on everything you need to know.

Rocket on Apple Podcasts and Podbean

Techish

(Techish)

Keep in touch with what the millennials think in tech with Techish. Hosted by Abadesi Osunsade, also founder and CEO of Hustle Crew, and Michael Berhane, founder of POCIT, the duo’s weekly episodes covers the intersection of tech, pop culture and life with the aim of making tech more inclusive.

Whether it’s issues of racism on the Nextdoor app, to the latest start-up fundraising, there’s a lot you can learn on every episode of Techish.

Techish on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher

Tech & Science Daily Bulletin

(Evening Standard)

We’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you about the Evening Standard’s newest podcast which covers the daily tech and science news in a mere seven minutes so you can stay updated in a flash.

From the controversy around Jenna Marbles leaving YouTube to the campaign by K-Pop fans on Tiktok to troll US president Donald Trump, the new bulletin is the easiest way to know what’s going on in the world of tech.

Tech & Science Daily Bulletin on Acast and Apple Podcasts

Women Tech Charge

The Tech & Science Daily is building on the Evening Standard’s original tech podcas, Women Tech Charge, that puts women’s experiences in tech front and centre. It was recently awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ at the National Press Awards as well as nominated for best tech podcast at the Webbys this year.

Hosted by Stemettes founder and CEO Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, each episode sees Imafidon interview a cool woman in STEM on her life, work and the challenges they’ve faced down in the industry.

Women Tech Charge on Acast and Apple Podcasts