57 episodes

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 founders – like you – avoid my self-inflicted-sabotage.

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Honey, I Blew Up The Business - Top 5% Global Podcast & Listeners in 44 countries!

Honey, I Blew Up The Business Dan Kirby

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 54 Ratings

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 founders – like you – avoid my self-inflicted-sabotage.

Sign up to get each podcast’s best bits emailed to your inbox: honeyiblewupthebusiness.com.

Big up to my business The Tech Dept for sponsoring all of this…

Honey, I Blew Up The Business - Top 5% Global Podcast & Listeners in 44 countries!

    Long-Term Thinking with Matthew Stafford

    Long-Term Thinking with Matthew Stafford

    Matthew Stafford is an entrepreneur and investor. An expert in the art of networking. He’s the co-founder of 9others, a network of over 4,500 entrepreneurs in 45 cities around the world. One time he deleted his Linkedin account. Why? Listen in and find out!

    In this episode, you will learn that insurmountable mountains are those you don’t face. Learn about the power of developing your network and playing long-term games with long-term people. Learn to communicate effectively. Reflect on why you should unplug from social media.

    Did you know? We’re now in the top 5% of global podcasts - heard in 44 countries!

    • 54 min
    How To Survive the Creative Industries with Jason Kingsley OBE

    How To Survive the Creative Industries with Jason Kingsley OBE

    Jason Kingsley is the Co-Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Rebellion, one of the world’s most successful independent video games studios. Jason received an OBE in 2012 and has 751k subs on his YouTube channel. But back in the day, life was not straight-forward with suppliers going bust and deals getting undone. How did they survive? Listen in and find out!

    Tune into this episode to learn why lying to yourself is very dangerous. The value of “shovelling sh*t” at the weekend. How to prepare for the unknown. What entrepreneurs can learn from mediaeval knights. And why you should refuse to work with difficult people. Get these insights and much more from one of UK plc’s brightest creative lights!

    • 49 min
    Purpose Beyond Profit with Mark Fawcett

    Purpose Beyond Profit with Mark Fawcett

    Mark Fawcett is Founder & Chief Executive of We Are Futures - previously known as National Schools Partnership - a network of over 100,000 teachers and educational experts. He’s trustee of the British Exploring Society and previously a captain in The British Army. But when Mark started his business venture, failure soon stared him square in the face. How does he survive? Listen in and find out!

    In this episode, you will hear about purpose, getting up and moving on, and thinking beyond money and profits. Discover over two decades of practical insights from an adventurous entrepreneur. Learn ways to create your perfect company culture, silence your doubts and breathe creativity into your business.

    • 46 min
    Trying Your Luck with Gabriele Musella

    Trying Your Luck with Gabriele Musella

    Gabriele Musella is the CEO and Co-Founder of Coinrule - a crypto trading startup. In 2021 they attended the legendary tech accelerator Y Combinator. He’s an investor and mentor - at Google Launchpad - and a regular feature in the media. Yet Gabriele’s mission has cost him more than just time and money and sweat. He left a five-year-long relationship to pursue his entrepreneurial aims. What happened next? Tune in and find out!

    In this episode, you will learn why perseverance is your most important asset. How to push your boundaries and learn - by getting way out of your comfort zone. The value of being a contrarian, and how being scared doesn't help anyone.

    Did you know? We’re now in the top 5% of global podcasts - heard in 44 countries!

    • 45 min
    Being Different, Being Better with Tamara Littleton

    Being Different, Being Better with Tamara Littleton

    Tamara Littleton is the CEO & founder of The Social Element, a 20-year-old global social media agency that works with global brands. Yet when she launched her business, social media wasn't even really a thing. And she nearly blew it all up before it started….What happened?! How did she cope?! Listen in and find out!

    In this episode, discover what an ambivert is. The importance of facing your fears when success is on the other side. The power of self-belief. Why to be vulnerable, in life and business. The value of owning who you are and being different.

    • 48 min
    My Resilience Toolkit with Emily Cummin

    My Resilience Toolkit with Emily Cummin

    Emily Cummin is founder & CEO of Untangle, a tech platform providing support and community for dealing with death and grief. Yet the idea was born from an overwhelming moment. While Emily was building her early corporate career her parents divorced, and her grandpa - with whom she was very close - passed away. This truly tested the “Queen of Coping”. So, just how did she turn this moment of coping into a moment of creation? Listen in and find out!

    In this episode, you will learn to silence the productivity banshee, learn self-kindness, and have a compassionate inquiry with yourself. You will also learn to develop healthy structures for coping with life’s difficulties. If you’re struggling with grief, you will learn to see the other side of death; you will realise that it gets better.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

Madebymi ,

Inspirational

Great podcast, honest great advice for anyone even if not wanting to start up a business.
Good for anyone who needs a motivational boost - Ians honest tips are worth listening to!!

Temporary Noble ,

Good British business podcast

This is great, some interesting conversations so far, great questions from Dan, nice to have a good U.K. based podcast in this format :)

JoeMalone65 ,

Grounded

I’ve really enjoyed this series from Dan Kirby. Authentic, real and grounded. More please Dan!

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