Don Henley was already on the map by the time he released his debut solo album in 1982. Still, it had to have been a boost to the former Eagles drummer that his hit song, Dirty Laundry, made it to the top of the charts and sold over a million copies as a single.
The tune was catchy enough, but the lyrics put the song over the top. Capturing an anger that followed sensationalist media coverage of Henley’s indiscretions, the chorus of Dirty Laundry foreshadowed the sentiments of a future U.S. president toward the Fourth Estate. Henley’s primal “Kick 'em when they're up. Kick 'em when they're down. Kick 'em when they're up. Kick 'em when they're down” might as well be the 2020 RNC battle cry as that of overly-imbibed Reagan-era celebrities.
All of which brings us, oddly enough, to today’s podcast. Jennie Nigrosh’s epic failure on ABC’s “Shark Tank” in 2013 is the stuff of legends. The rising entrepreneur and founder/CEO of eco-friendly laundry-bag maker The Green Garmento got her legs cut out from under her during taping of the ABC reality show. Though she walked away without a penny from “the sharks,” her business took off. The Green Garmento, a multi-use alternative to plastic dry cleaning bags, is used by dry-cleaners and hotels worldwide.
Why Jennie deigned to take the call — much less, suffer through a grueling hour of questioning by the team from Failure - the Podcast — is a mystery. Perhaps, it’s our listenership. The statistics are hard to come by, but good authority has it that all three regular subscribers to Failure - the Podcast frequent dry cleaners. (Mark, can you check that statistic? I think the consultant we hired meant to say that all three of our listeners complained that they had frequently been “taken to the cleaners.”) Jennie’s no dope. She knows that, in the battlefield of business, marketing and sales are the hand-to-hand combat of success. (Hey, Mark, pretty catchy, eh? Adam Smith would be proud.) So be it, if it takes an hour on Zoom with a few knuckleheads to reach another potential customer or three.
But wait, there’s more. To seal the deal, Jennie has offered to YOU, our three loyal listeners, a deal of a lifetime. Click on https://thegreengarmento.com/ and use the coupon code FAILURE to save 30% on your next purchase of Green Garmento bags. Best bags in the business, Jennie tells us. Who are we to judge? And, don’t ever say you didn’t get something from Failure - the Podcast. Perhaps, Jennie’s offer will make up for all the wasted hours and broken marriages. Hey, Failure - the Podcast isn’t the Joe Rogan Experience, but it didn’t cost $100M, either.