42 episodes

I’m Dan Kirby and I’ve been an entrepreneur 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’ve turned adversity & failure into growth & success. I’m on a mission to help other business owners – like you – avoid my self-inflicted-sabotage.

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Honey, I Blew Up The Business Dan Kirby

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I’m Dan Kirby and I’ve been an entrepreneur 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’ve turned adversity & failure into growth & success. I’m on a mission to help other business owners – 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...

    Running the Marathon Des Sables (with Covid!) with Dan Kirby

    Running the Marathon Des Sables (with Covid!) with Dan Kirby

    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 £14,000 for charity KidsOut with his team.

    The MDS — known as “the toughest foot race in the world” — is a seven-day, 250 kilometre, ultra-marathon across the remote Moroccan Sahara (that’s the equivalent of six marathons). That’s tough - but Dan nearly didn't make the start line because after 18 long months of hardcore trail training, he caught COVID only two weeks out. Somehow he passed the PCR test to fly - but just how do you finish the world’s toughest footrace with a COVID 19-hangover? And what lessons did he learn on this “Sahara Fun Run”? Find out in this special episode - hosted by Joe Pack!

    • 53 min
    Grace Under Pressure with Nicole Yershon

    Grace Under Pressure with Nicole Yershon

    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 innovation hits a period of massive disruption? Listen in and find out!

    In this episode, hear from one of the world’s leading innovation thinkers. Nicole will share how to unlock new ways to change your business - and life - for the better. Discover how leaving with nothing can be the best choice you make. The value of diversity of thinking. Why your emotional intelligence can create better change much faster. And how unexpected levels of freedom can be transformed into a life of purpose.

    • 48 min
    The Power Of Feedback with Anna Hemmings MBE, OLY

    The Power Of Feedback with Anna Hemmings MBE, OLY

    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 this illustrious career nearly never happened. At the age of 24 - after competing in the Olympics and 3x world champion - she was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. No-one knew how to fix her. So how did she turn it around? Find out on the podcast!

    In this episode, you will learn techniques to overcome uncertainty and adversity. and challenges through resilience, hope, and positivity and grow from it. You’ll learn how trust and vulnerability are components of growth and progress. Anna also teaches visualisation as a tool for creative dominance, motivational feedback, and developmental feedback for personal and team growth.

    • 45 min
    Perfecting Your One-Inch Punch with Matt Lerner

    Perfecting Your One-Inch Punch with Matt Lerner

    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 failure - to create rapid growth in business.

    In this episode you’ll learn the importance of focusing on one thing and how you get what you measure. Understand what “mentor whiplash” is, and how to avoid it. How growth is everyone’s job. And the power of the “1-inch punch”. Why learning is a journey that never ends and how a startup is - in effect - a race to learn faster than anyone else. So much good stuff!

    • 39 min
    Picking Your Battles with Jay Bhayani

    Picking Your Battles with Jay Bhayani

    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 name. And saving her industry reputation. This came at a price, a legal wrangle which nearly cost her everything. How did she escape from this tangle? And what did she learn? Listen in and find out!

    In this episode, you will learn about the dark side of human nature, how to navigate bad actors and why to prioritise your battles. Discover how resilience and success are the sweetest revenge. You will hear the importance of empathy, and not losing yourself even in the ugliest circumstances.

    • 44 min
    Slaying The Dragon with Spencer Gallagher

    Slaying The Dragon with Spencer Gallagher

    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 inspiring conversation we learn how this path took him to breaking point - several times - and just how he persevered.

    In this episode, you’ll learn the three lessons that Spencer learnt from sailing close to the edge. The magic of serendipity and reciprocity. How grit, determination, and resilience might be just the miracle to curing your unlucky. Discover how self-awareness - EQ - is the key to your future. Then take “The Spencer Challenge” to accelerate your business growth. This one is packed with great advice!

    • 52 min

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