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I’m Dan Kirby and I’ve been a founder since 2001, but in 2017 it all went wrong. I blew up the business. I can laugh about it now but it was no joke at the time, check the trailer. Shame, humiliation, terror. The lot. My business is back on track but I don’t want to blow it up again. So I’m interviewing top entrepreneurs to discover how they turned adversity & failure into growth & success. These stories are like a doctoral degree in applied entrepreneurship, I’m on a mission to help other f ...
 
From large funding rounds, acquisitions, and a constant stream of success stories coming out of startups, it is often hard to see why almost 90% of them fail. The Failory Podcast dives deep on this notion and uncovers the lessons today’s successful founders learned at previous ventures so that you can avoid similar pitfalls and apply winning strategies to your business from the get-go.
 
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Debbie Wosskow OBE is a serial entrepreneur, author, international ass kicker and co-Founder of AllBright, the incredible on-and-off-line career network for women. But after an illustrious career - and global expansion plans - Debbie hit a force even stronger than her: a global lockdown. The pandemic presented her with “by far the worst time in my …
 
Russell Dalgleish is a serial entrepreneur and leading global community builder. He’s the co-founder and chair of Scottish Business Network - comprising over 8000 people in 5 continents - and founder and Managing Partner at Exolta Capital Partner. He’s also a columnist and international speaker, and was listed by the UN as one of the UK's top 100 m…
 
Suki Fuller was named by Financial Times as one of the Top 100 Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic Leaders in UK Tech and by Computer Weekly as one of the Most Influential Women in UK IT. She’s also an entrepreneur, international speaker and expert in strategic and competitive intelligence. Travelling the world growing up, Suki found a unique perspectiv…
 
Jeremy Basset is the CEO of CO:CUBED, a company that helps corporate businesses like Adidas, Vodafone, and Coca-Cola work with startups. Prior to this he was Head of Unilever Foundry - a startup programme he launched - and which saw over 200 startup collaborations. But he only learnt the right way to innovate after learning the hard way - going thr…
 
Beta Lucca is the Co-Founder & Non-Exec Director of Bossa Studios, a BAFTA-winning video game developer. She’s a multi-creative entrepreneur: YouTuber, keynote speaker, startup investor and frequent media-appearer. But back in 2010, after leaving a successful career in her native Rio de Janeiro, she landed in the UK to… culture shock and depression…
 
Steven Hoffman - a.k.a. Captain Hoff - is the Chairman & CEO of Founders Space, a global innovation hub for entrepreneurs, corporations, and investors based in San Francisco. He’s an investor, multiple time author, prolific podcaster and global public speaker. Plus a serial startup founder with a decades-long career from Silicon Valley to Hollywood…
 
When our host Dan Kirby - who’s day job is running The Tech Dept - announced his intention to run in the Marathon Des Sables (MDS), everyone thought he was crazy. Yet, on the 25th March 2022, he undertook this legendary survival race, dodging scorpions in sand dunes with all his food and equipment strapped to his back. And he completed it - raising…
 
Nicole Yershon has been called “the disruptor’s disruptor” having built the pioneering innovation business: Ogilvy Labs. Now founder & CEO of innovation consultancy The NY Collective, she’s a best selling author and named one of the 25 women who shaped the digital industry in the past 25 years. But what happens when your life of disruptive innovati…
 
Anna Hemmings is a two-time Olympian, six-times world champion kayaker with 11 World and European medals - nine of them gold. She’s Britain’s most successful ever female kayaker, and was awarded an MBE for services to sport. Now she’s a leader in the psychology of high performance with a specialist consultancy and motivational speaking career. But …
 
Matt Lerner spent 15 years in Silicon Valley - including a decade leading the growth of PayPal - before becoming a venture capitalist with legendary investors 500 Startups. He’s now CEO of Startup Core Strengths, which helps early-stage startups boost growth. Listen in as we discover how Matt leverages his addiction to learning - from often painful…
 
Jay Bhayani is the founder and Managing Director of a specialist law firm with offices across the UK. In 2021 she was named as one of Britain’s top 10 HR advisers. But her journey has not been straightforward. Having to deal with a malevolent business partner she went through four years of hell - fighting for her name. Literally for the use of her …
 
Spencer Gallagher is an entrepreneur, best-selling author and the UK’s leading creative agency growth expert. Spencer and Dan met five years ago in Austin, Texas - where Dan was wearing a wrestling outfit (listen and find out why!). Spencer has helped boost thousands of the world’s most innovative companies and he walks the walk with them. In this …
 
Nik Govier is the Founder & CEO of Blurred - a fast global management, communication, and creative consultancy. She is a regular feature in PR Week’s Top 10 Power List and in 2021 was named PR Communicator of the Year. But the last 5 years have been a whirlwind of personal challenges and change. From facing leaving a business with nothing (after bu…
 
Guy Remond is a transatlantic entrepreneur, investor, adviser and podcaster. Back in 2017 he met our host Dan over a cup of tea in Toronto. In that same year Dan nearly lost his business while Guy sold his… to Disney. Guy’s team went on to build the backbone for the streaming service Disney+. So, what happened?! Dan wanted to know - so on this podc…
 
Connect with Vikas Shah here: LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/vikasshahlinkedin Twitter: twitter.com/MrVikas Youtube: youtube.com/channel/UCbe517j_nY1MfG44jmlqnjQ Instagram: instagram.com/thisismrshah/?hl=en Website: vikas.work We sum up each episode's 5 top tips every week in an email - sign up at www.HoneyIBlewUpTheBusiness.com Big thanks to my busines…
 
Martyn Ware is an interdisciplinary innovator: musician (with his band Heaven 17), record producer (with Tina Turner, Erasure + many more), 3D soundscape designer, university lecturer and host of the podcast Electronically Yours. Plus he created a sound design business - Sonic ID - with our host Dan! Back in 1978 he founded pioneering electronic ac…
 
Kerstin Robinson is the co-founder of Nix & Kix, which was established in 2014 to “banish the boredom and put some healthy excitement back into the world of soft drinks.” At this year’s Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Kerstin emerged a finalist in the “Scale-Up Entrepreneur of the Year” category. Kerstin pursued her MSc in finance from the Londo…
 
Margaret Manning is an “unashamed geek”, serial international entrepreneur and winner of multiple awards, including an OBE. In the 90s, when Bill Gates - and the rest of the world - thought the internet was a fad, she gave up a sensible accountancy career to set up an internet business. Everything was on the line. If she messed it up she would lose…
 
Helen O’Donnell is the CEO and Director of Partnerships at Children’s University Trust: “the largest university in the UK after the Open University”. A strong, feisty, outspoken woman who has “never gone about things the way that most normal people would go about things”. A midlife crisis prompted an unexpected career change that horrified Helen’s …
 
Katy Howell is CEO of Immediate Future, “one of the UK’s most respected social media agencies”. She was named the fourth most influential social media marketing expert by The Drum, PRovoke’s Innovator 25 EMEA in 2020, and is amongst the Top 100 Asian Tech Entrepreneurs in the UK. After an epic crash during the 2008 financial crisis she experienced …
 
Lisa Leighton is a Joint Managing Partner at BHP, one of the UK’s largest independent Accounting firms and ranked the second-best firm to work for. But Lisa is the opposite of the accountant stereotype - she’s fun, creative and joyful. Coming from solidly working class roots she navigated an early personal trauma which could have hobbled her career…
 
Georgia Kirke is the founder of Write Business Results, author, podcaster, public speaker, and winner of The Ultimate Entrepreneur 2021. While we all had a ‘bump’ in 2020, Georgia got the proper job. In January that year she fell off a rock-climbing wall with her foot stuck in it. Resulting in a gruesome - life changing - injury. Stuck immobile in …
 
Jo Dalton is a coach, mentor and board advisor to Europe’s most exciting tech startups (aka those fabled “unicorns”). Frustrated by industry ethics during her early career as a headhunter, she decided to take the executive search industry “and blow it up a bit”. But she was a single mother with no office and limited resources - early days she descr…
 
Alex Myers is the Founder and CEO of Manifest Group, “the world’s first global small agency”. Manifest has won International Agency Of The Year two years in a row and in 2020 Alex was named Global PR Professional Of The Year. He was a key part of the team that helped Brewdog become a global brand. But one time - at a Simon Sinek talk - Alex bumped …
 
Olivia Sibony was listed in the UK’s Top Ten Women Entrepreneurs in 2019 and has been described as a “trailblazing ethical investment champion”. But blazing a trail has come at a cost. Overcoming severe corporate burnout, she launched a business to change the world. Only to find that her social purpose business began to lose it’s social purpose whe…
 
Richard Jeffrey is a master of growth. Not only for his own business, but in helping other entrepreneurs start and scale on a regional and national level. After some turmoil in his early public-sector career Richard was offered the chance to build a business on behalf of The Growth Company (a 1300-strong social enterprise in Greater Manchester). Th…
 
Mark Stringer aka “Strings” is a London PR scene legend, with a string of successful companies (from PR, to events…to absinthe). But his hot-shot early career hit a rude reality check: one time at a bus stop, he couldn't get any money from the ATM and had to walk home. This ego-busting moment forced him to open up, and has fuelled a career-building…
 
In 2015 Peter Sage was named alongside Elon Musk as one of the world’s greatest leaders and entrepreneurs. But two years later he was locked up in the UK’s most violent prison, even though he hadn't committed a crime. He was there for 6 months. Peter has built multiple 8 figure companies and had multiple #1 best-selling books. He’s a globally renow…
 
Lou Cordwell never wanted to be “an entrepreneur” but ended up with an OBE for services to the creative and digital economy. Over the last two decades she’s led digital design agency magneticNorth to become a globally renowned pioneer. But it wasn't a straight line...only 6 months in she had to confront “what felt like a divorce”. Plus she faced th…
 
An entrepreneur since 21, Joseph Pack rapidly built a social media agency with clients like Adidas and the NHS. The new car, weekend partying, nice clothes, and social media success became too much to handle as he knew that “it was all fake, a lie”. 10 strong coffees every day and a 12 hour workday became a recipe for disaster. At 26, Joe nearly di…
 
Katy Baxter has been a pioneer in financial services for over 30 years, building a substantial family business and international jet-setting career as the former UK Chair of the ‘Million Dollar Round Table’. Yet coming out of lockdown she is starting afresh with a new business. So what prompted this radical change...and how has she handled it all? …
 
An entrepreneur since selling cigarettes at University in the late 90s, Mark Bryant spent 15 years in the energy efficiency industry - owning and managing companies from £1m to £15m. After overcoming a 2012 business meltdown (involving fraud and HMRC investigations) and building back the business he was flying high. Then the real disaster struck: a…
 
Alan has gone from getting bullied in school to becoming a successful bodybuilder, training the athletes that once upon a time... bullied him! In the mid-90s, Alan learnt how hypnotherapy could “make people believe they’re Rocky Balboa” and incorporated this into his training. Alan owns and operates one of the world’s toughest endurance events: “Th…
 
Dr Marilyn Comrie OBE is a pioneer for positive change and a serial social entrepreneur. In 2009, she was honoured by HRH The Queen with an OBE for services to women's enterprise. But in 2013, a bomb blast stopped her relocation from the UK to Kenya, where she was expecting to live the “glorious expat lifestyle”. Embarking on a business mission wit…
 
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by Adah Parris, an entrepreneur and artist. We talk about reinventing our careers...but Adah had to literally reinvent herself. In 1991 she suffered complete memory loss after a super-dramatic car crash in the USA (seriously, it’s like a movie scene). We cover workaholism, saying “no” a…
 
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by Gavin J Gallagher, real estate mogul & executive director at Earlsfort Group. During the 2008 financial crash, Gavin went from owning a multi-million dollar real estate portfolio to €16 million in debt. Now, in his late 40’s with 5 kids and a lifetime of experience, Gavin has an enti…
 
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business Dan is joined by Mike Lander, CEO at Piscari and one of London’s leading dealmakers. He’s negotiated hundreds of deals worth over £400m in aggregate and bootstrapped businesses which he sold for 7 figures. At Piscari, Mike helps smaller companies negotiate better deals with big companies. He co-hosts …
 
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by Paul Mort, Leader Of Men at Unstoppable, UK Mastercoach of the Year (for 2019 AND 2020), International Speaker and author of “F*cking Unstoppable - the modern man’s guide to grabbing life by the balls”. He’s the host of the podcast “Paul Mort Talks Sh*t” (where he’s interviewed Tyson…
 
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by David Braithwaite, Director and Principal Financial Adviser at Citrus Financial Management. David runs a portfolio of businesses under the Citrus brand, specialising in working with people with a media profile. He’s a bit of a media personality himself, hosting his own BBC Radio show…
 
In this episode Dan is joined by Pip Wilson, Co-founder and CEO at Amicable. Pip is a successful serial tech entrepreneur since 2002, building IT consultancy Bluefin Solutions to 300 people in four countries before a 2015 exit. Pip is also the deputy chair of the RSA (Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), is passionate about empowerin…
 
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by Carl Castledine, CEO at Away Resorts. In this episode, Carl shares stories about ways of working which burnt him out, re-discovering your inner artist and cultivating compassion as a leader. Carl shares how the challenges of the pandemic have challenged him to take a step back and ex…
 
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by Ian Hambleton, one of the UK’s leading creative entrepreneurs. Ian is the CEO of Maze Theory, a Virtual Reality games studio in London which publishes titles for brands like Dr Who and Peaky Blinders. He’s co-founder of carbon reduction startup Ecologi and was also the co-founder of …
 
Learn more about Charlie here: www.charliereading.com Connect with Charlie on Linkedin here: www.linkedin.com/in/authorspeakerifa We sum up each episode's 5 top tips every week in an email - sign up at www.HoneyIBlewUpTheBusiness.com Big thanks to my business (the one I blew up) for supporting the podcast www.thetechdept.com Please send any feedbac…
 
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, we have a world first! Dan is joined by Geoff Heath OBE - in his inaugural podcast interview - to discuss Geoff's journey from the forefront of the music industry (just how did it feel when Yoko Ono opened the apartment door to meet John Lennon?) to pioneering the video game industry, when it was see…
 
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by Scott Morrison, Founder & Bringer Of The Boom! to discuss Scott's journey from the world of big brands to creating his own entrepreneurial future. Scott shares the advice given by his father that heavily influenced this journey, that entrepreneurs must leverage the power of simplicit…
 
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by Tracey Shirtcliff, Founder & CEO at The Virtu Group to discuss Tracey's journey from a New Zealand "farm girl" to serial tech entrepreneur. Tracey shares the single experience that led her to leave the corporate world, life's only guarantee and the importance of emotional state in en…
 
In this launch episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by another Dan - Dan Sullivan, Founder & President & Strategic Coach - known as the world's no1 entrepreneurial coach. They discuss Dan Sullivan's journey from growing up in a blue collar family in Northern Ohio to becoming unemployable. Dan shares 50 years of entrepreneurial wis…
 
Nat Eliason (@nateliason) is the founder of Growth Machine, a marketing agency specialized in SEO-first content marketing. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University and taking different marketing jobs, Nat quickly realized that he could achieve success on his own. From launching Tailored Fit and then burning out, to creating different stream…
 
Raman Shalupau (@ksaitor) is the founder of Crypto Jobs List, the #1 community to find and post crypto jobs. Raman’s entrepreneurship and interests in engineering stirred up at the young age of fourteen, which drove him to create a food delivery startup while at University. Soon after, he built and shut down RSVPD, a startup for Singapore people to…
 
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