Brian Cu's Top 5 Podcasts and Soundtracks at the Moment


One of the country’s leading entrepreneurs, Brian Cu is the co-founder of Grab Philippines, Zalora Philippines, and GoJek, all of which have proven to be successful. Cu’s latest startup is Byahe Transport, a transport company that aims to push for PUV modernization and jeepney professionalization, which is part of Cu’s greater vision of improving the quality of transportation in the Philippines.

So what does this successful entrepreneur do when he’s off the clock? In the first episode of BPI’s After Six interview series hosted by Jaime Zobel de Ayala, Cu shared the top five things he listens to in his downtime.

“I’m very big into podcasts right now,” shared Cu to JAZA. “It gives us that world-view while we can’t travel.”

From business podcasts to K-drama soundtracks, here are Cu’s top five listens at the moment.

1| Acquired

Acquired is a business podcast that takes deep dives into successful companies and the models and mentalities that make it work. Some of its guests include the founders and CEOs behind Twitter, Electronic Arts, Venmo, and more. Its latest episodes include an analysis of Berkshire Hathaway and a series on cryptocurrencies.

"It goes really deep into the history of a company and what has made that company succeed,” said Cu.

2| Robinhood’s Snacks Daily

This daily podcast covers financial news presented in a way that regular listeners can digest. “Get smarter fast” with these daily episodes that break down the top three business news of the day in just 15 minutes. It’s quick and snappy, courtesy of the two hosts from trading platform Robinhood, who manage to make otherwise boring business news highly entertaining.


“Also interesting is that it gives you a perspective of what’s going on out there that you don’t usually find in the news,” shared Cu.

3| Pandaily’s Tech Buzz China

China is home to some of the biggest tech companies in the world. The big American success stories like Apple and Facebook might get all the press, but let’s not forget that Tencent, Alibaba, and yes, even TikTok, came from Chinese techpreneurs. Pandaily’s Tech Buzz China podcast explores all of this as well as what makes startups tick in China.

“It gives you a better perspective of what’s going on in China because startups in China don’t usually run like startups in the West,” said Cu.

4| Clubhouse

“I’ve been jumping on Clubhouse a lot lately,” admitted Cu to JAZA, who also shared that he’d been invited to join the invitation-only audio app.

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Clubhouse just teamed up with TEd to launch exclusive talks on the social app, which is becoming more diverse in its rooms and topics.

5| K-drama OSTs

It looks like even this entrepreneur is hooked on K-dramas.

“After a long day of work, you just want to unwind and blank off mentally and I think K-drama allows you to do that,” shared Cu, who’s now watching—you guessed it—Start-Up.

“It reminds me a lot of what I’ve gone throughon the startup side, not on the love triangle side,” he joked.


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