The Growth Show ★
The Growth Show is an entrepreneur-spirited interview podcast that provides insight from business leaders, executives, start-up veterans, and also those with new wealth: the young, rich millenials who have typically made it big in tech with one great idea.
Per its own site: “The Growth Show is a business podcast for leaders consumed with driving growth — growing a company, growing a movement, growing an idea, growing a team. Each week, HubSpot sits down with someone who has achieved remarkable growth, and together they unpack how.”
The show is hosted by … well, I don’t know, there is really no information on that anywhere, unless you listen closely to the podcast. The website gives almost no information on the podcast itself other than the description above, doesn’t talk about how often it comes on or the guests it has had. Come on, this is an interview show! There are blog post recaps of the content on the hubspot.com page, but given that this page is a sub-page of the “marketing” folder for hubspot.com, it leads me to believe they view the podcast as a marketing tool for the company. It’s too thinly veiled, which makes me even more irritated that I even listened to a handful of episodes – basically for an advertisement.
What should you do to grow a business? Take calculated risks knowing what some of the outcomes could be, do a SWOT analysis, and know your market and competitors. Obviously that is a little basic, but why does there need to be a podcast about this? I haven’t listened to many guests who have something new to say, something the host (whoever he is) admits himself in the episode “Embracing Doubt & Other Leadership Lessons …” published on 10/13/15. He says most of the guests on the show say the key to their success has been a great product or service and a great team.
While I’m not an entrepreneur, I do have a job, multiple degrees, and ambition, and I find it difficult to take advice from Zach Sims (25, Codecademy), Ben Rubin (27, Meerkat), Carly Zakin (28, TheSkimm), Sophia Amoruso (31, NastyGal), or Michelle Miller (30, writer of “The Underwriting”), who all seem so inexperienced to me in how business can work. Sure, they can talk about explosive growth, but there is a downside to quick growth (poor quality, changing workforce culture, lack of organization are common). There are some episodes that address these challenges, but in general I feel like the guests pontificate about their own success – rather millennial. And these barely post-pubescent entrepreneurs have simply not lived enough to be able to give advice. Don’t get me started on the self-promotion of its own “executives” – the podcast actually includes interviews of people who work at Hubspot.
The content of this podcast is repetitive, one-note, monotonous, and dull (is that repetitive enough?). I have a general rule of listening to at least 5 episodes of any podcast before doing a review, because of course there’s a chance I could have listened to the one or two episodes that just didn’t represent the full intent of the show. I have heard a few interesting things on the show, but not enough to keep me motivated to listen any further. If you are an entrepreneur, interested in the idea of startups, or are looking for some basic mentoring on how to grow a business, you might find some wisdom here. But by and large, this one is a miss for me.
Audible Feast Ratings
Educational Value (2 / 5)
Pop Culture Value (2 / 5)
Host Listen-ability (1 / 5)
Don’t have any idea who the host is other than some episodes where Mike Volpe (Hubspot CMO) interviews guests. The interviews are full of awful, boring questions like “Tell me about your website!” or “Tell me more about the problem of … ” followed by comments like “Cool!” Are you 15? To be fair, I know they try to put some people in marketing roles (who are probably part of this podcast production) that have engineering or technical backgrounds, which is often a tough transition. If Hubspot’s HR could do some presentation skills coaching with the hosts, the podcast may be more effective.
Flow (both planned podcast flow and advertisement-impacted) (0 / 5)
I have a bone to pick on the flow of this show – some of the sound quality is just awful. In addition, the shows are full of hubspot.com
thinly not veiled advertisements.
Humor (0 / 5)
Investigation (2 / 5)
I do consider the interviews to be investigative in nature; the hosts intend to bring forth wisdom nuggets from the guests, and once in awhile there are some sparkly gems.
Storytelling (0 / 5)
Makes Me a Better Person (1 / 5)
Overall Audible Feast Rating: (1 / 5)
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