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If you are wondering, "who is this guy and why should I listen to his podcast?" Read this.

Your host, Dan Kirby, has been an entrepreneur since 2001 and knows what it's like to experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.

In 2004, Dan co-founded The Tech Dept, who built BBC Children in Need's fundraising platform. The BBC even said, "I hope you know we wouldn't have had another record-breaking year without you. Fact."

Now they specialise in helping impact founders build scalable, reliable tech products that deliver the vision.

Dan isn't a typical tech entrepreneur who is all talk and no substance. In 2015, he was number 34 in "The Digerati" (100 most influential people in UK digital), and in 2017, he was in BIMA's "Hot 100" as a Digital Ambassador.

He's raced across deserts (completing The Marathon des Sables - 6 marathons in 7 days in the Sahara - raising £14,000 for the children's charity KidsOut).

Created the 24-hour urban festival Getahead, a not-for-profit helping people "get ahead without burning out".

And even played the lead character in a movie pilot (comedy feature) based on an event series called The Tech Off – "the lovechild of TED talks & WWE".

Oh, and he was named one of the 25 most innovative people in Europe, the Middle East & Asia for 2018 by The Holmes Report.

But in 2017, he f**ked up. Bad.

He can laugh about it now, but it was no joke at the time.

Shame, humiliation, terror. The lot.

Fortunately, Dan turned things around, and he's doing better than ever!

And now, Dan is on a mission: to create the realest entrepreneur podcast in the world! And he's on the right track – Honey I Blew Up The Business is now in the top 2.5% of all global podcasts.

Dan wants to bring people together to talk about what it's really like to be a founder. What it's like to face your demons and come out the other side as a better person and a better entrepreneur.

A tribe of like-minded people who aren't afraid to talk about this shadow side. Who want to do a lot of good in the world. And who want to make a lot of money doing it.

If that sounds like you - Drop Dan a DM on social media and see how you can get involved.

Dan lives with his wife, three teenage daughters, two dogs, and four cats in Bakewell (home of the Bakewell tart).

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Honey, I Blew Up The Business Dan Kirby

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If you are wondering, "who is this guy and why should I listen to his podcast?" Read this.

Your host, Dan Kirby, has been an entrepreneur since 2001 and knows what it's like to experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.

In 2004, Dan co-founded The Tech Dept, who built BBC Children in Need's fundraising platform. The BBC even said, "I hope you know we wouldn't have had another record-breaking year without you. Fact."

Now they specialise in helping impact founders build scalable, reliable tech products that deliver the vision.

Dan isn't a typical tech entrepreneur who is all talk and no substance. In 2015, he was number 34 in "The Digerati" (100 most influential people in UK digital), and in 2017, he was in BIMA's "Hot 100" as a Digital Ambassador.

He's raced across deserts (completing The Marathon des Sables - 6 marathons in 7 days in the Sahara - raising £14,000 for the children's charity KidsOut).

Created the 24-hour urban festival Getahead, a not-for-profit helping people "get ahead without burning out".

And even played the lead character in a movie pilot (comedy feature) based on an event series called The Tech Off – "the lovechild of TED talks & WWE".

Oh, and he was named one of the 25 most innovative people in Europe, the Middle East & Asia for 2018 by The Holmes Report.

But in 2017, he f**ked up. Bad.

He can laugh about it now, but it was no joke at the time.

Shame, humiliation, terror. The lot.

Fortunately, Dan turned things around, and he's doing better than ever!

And now, Dan is on a mission: to create the realest entrepreneur podcast in the world! And he's on the right track – Honey I Blew Up The Business is now in the top 2.5% of all global podcasts.

Dan wants to bring people together to talk about what it's really like to be a founder. What it's like to face your demons and come out the other side as a better person and a better entrepreneur.

A tribe of like-minded people who aren't afraid to talk about this shadow side. Who want to do a lot of good in the world. And who want to make a lot of money doing it.

If that sounds like you - Drop Dan a DM on social media and see how you can get involved.

Dan lives with his wife, three teenage daughters, two dogs, and four cats in Bakewell (home of the Bakewell tart).

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    S2 E15: Surrender to the Flow with Nikki Trott

    S2 E15: Surrender to the Flow with Nikki Trott

     In this episode of "Honey I Blew Up The Business" Season 2, Dan is joined by brand strategist, Founder of Barefoot Ventures and host of the Going Conscious podcast (a top global 2.5% podcast, just like this one) – Nikki Trott. 


    Having built a career in developing fashion brands, Nikki thought she had achieved success. But then, she blew it all up… deliberately.


    In this interview, we delve into Nikki’s journey from a high-flying international fashion career to the world of impact finance. She unpacks what it means to “surrender to the flow.”  How hopping off the tube unlocked a new way of seeing the world. The “power of now.” And why recognising the interconnectedness of life will help you build a more resilient business.


    Connect with Nikki (she’s doing great work!):


    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikkitrott
    Website: https://www.nikkitrott.com/


    Also, check out her podcast - Going Conscious:
     https://www.goingconscious.com/



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    ▷ We’re now in the top 2.5% of global podcasts - heard in 44 countries!


    ▷ Big thanks to The Tech Dept - my business - for sponsoring all of this. We build tech products for impact startups www.thetechdept.com


    ▷ Please reach out to me with a DM on LinkedIn


    ▷ Check out Dan's top three interviews from season 1:


    How To Turn Your Worst Day Into Your Biggest Breakthrough with Dan Sullivan

    From Public Speaker To Prison Cell with Peter Sage

    The Power of F*ck You with Debbie Wosskow, OBE

    • 50 min
    S2 E14: Harnessing Ridicule with Veronique Trang

    S2 E14: Harnessing Ridicule with Veronique Trang

     In this episode of "Honey I Blew Up The Business" Season 2, Dan welcomes fellow podcast aficionado, Véronique Trang. Véronique is the Founder and CEO of Telmi, the world’s first podcasting platform by kids for kids.


    In this raw and candid interview, we explore Véronique’s journey to building a purpose-led business. The truly awkward moments of her career. The lows. And how being stuck in a vicious circle of shame led her to discover her own purpose.


    Learn why you need to focus on your problems first. How failure can lead to your big “aha” moment. And why ridicule is just a small price to pay to get to the next level.


    Why not reach out to Véronique? She’s currently looking for “purpose partners”  – maybe you can help? 


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    ▷ We’re now in the top 2.5% of global podcasts - heard in 44 countries!


    ▷ Big thanks to The Tech Dept - my business - for sponsoring all of this. We build tech products for impact startups www.thetechdept.com


    ▷ Please reach out to me with a DM on LinkedIn


    ▷ Check out Dan's top three interviews from season 1:


    How To Turn Your Worst Day Into Your Biggest Breakthrough with Dan Sullivan

    From Public Speaker To Prison Cell with Peter Sage

    The Power of F*ck You with Debbie Wosskow, OBE

    • 47 min
    S2 E13: Becoming Driven with Dr Doug Brackmann

    S2 E13: Becoming Driven with Dr Doug Brackmann

     In this episode of "Honey I Blew Up The Business" Season 2, Dan is joined by Dr Doug Brackmann. Doug is a psychologist, and the author of Driven: Understanding and Harnessing the Genetic Gifts Shared by Entrepreneurs, Navy SEALs, Pro Athletes, and Maybe YOU.


    In this deep and wide-ranging conversation, Doug delves into his shadow side during a time when his “elephant” took him for a wild ride that he couldn’t get off from. 


    Discover the importance of owning your wolf. The “elephant vs the monkey mind.” Why “leading with heart” makes you a better shepherd. And how to channel your driven energy from self-destruction into building a self-fulfilling life.


    If you are seeking some drive in your life, get this episode in your ears! 👂


    Connect with Doug (his content is great!):


    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/douglasbrackmann/


    Get your copy of Driven here: https://amzn.eu/d/3DIdUPN



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    ▷ We’re now in the top 2.5% of global podcasts - heard in 44 countries!


    ▷ Big thanks to The Tech Dept - my business - for sponsoring all of this. We build tech products for impact startups www.thetechdept.com


    ▷ Please reach out to me with a DM on LinkedIn


    ▷ Check out Dan's top three interviews from season 1:


    How To Turn Your Worst Day Into Your Biggest Breakthrough with Dan Sullivan

    From Public Speaker To Prison Cell with Peter Sage

    The Power of F*ck You with Debbie Wosskow, OBE

    • 48 min
    S2 E12: Embracing Uniqueness with Vimla Appadoo and Dr Marilyn Comrie OBE

    S2 E12: Embracing Uniqueness with Vimla Appadoo and Dr Marilyn Comrie OBE

    In this episode of "Honey I Blew Up The Business" Season 2, Dan welcomes two powerful women from the North of England – Vimla Appadoo and Dr Marilyn Comrie OBE. They both sit on the Board of the Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and see business as a force for good – and positive change. 


    In this interview, we delve into what it’s really like at the coalface of the entrepreneurial journey. Discover the power of saying no. How to embrace your uniqueness in whatever form it takes. And why studying your “red threads” can help you discover your purpose in life. 


    Vimla and Marilyn are currently trying to make a positive impact in the world. Maybe you can join them on this quest?


    Connect with Vimla:
    Vimla’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vimlaappadoo/
    Website: https://www.honeybadgerclan.com/


    Connect with Marilyn: 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marilyncomrie/


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    ▷ We’re now in the top 2.5% of global podcasts - heard in 44 countries!


    ▷ Big thanks to The Tech Dept - my business - for sponsoring all of this. We build tech products for impact startups www.thetechdept.com


    ▷ Please reach out to me with a DM on LinkedIn


    ▷ Check out Dan's top three interviews from season 1:


    How To Turn Your Worst Day Into Your Biggest Breakthrough with Dan Sullivan

    From Public Speaker To Prison Cell with Peter Sage

    The Power of F*ck You with Debbie Wosskow, OBE

    • 48 min
    S2 E11: Fearlessness with Dominic McGregor

    S2 E11: Fearlessness with Dominic McGregor

    In this episode of "Honey I Blew Up The Business" Season 2, Dan features a very special guest - Dominic McGregor, one of the Founders of Social Chain (alongside you-know-who) and now Founder and Partner of Fearless Adventures. Dominic is the poster boy of modern entrepreneurship, but is it all it’s made out to be? 


    At the age of 20, he was on a rocket ship ride to fame but soon found himself in a very dark place... 


    In this raw and candid conversation, we get into Dominic’s journey from starting a hugely successful company and his struggles with his shadow side – addiction, loneliness, and the entire works. 


    This is the story of how adversity can spring upon you, and how to turn it around for good. Discover how to overcome your demons. The flywheel effect – what it is and how it impacts your business. And why taking responsibility for your actions is the ultimate goal in life.


    Subscribe to our newsletter and get first dibs on all the latest updates, insights and lessons from Honey I Blew Up The Business: https://signup.honeyiblewupthebusiness.com


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    ▷ We’re now in the top 2.5% of global podcasts - heard in 44 countries!


    ▷ Big thanks to The Tech Dept - my business - for sponsoring all of this. We build tech products for impact startups www.thetechdept.com


    ▷ Please reach out to me with a DM on LinkedIn


    ▷ Check out Dan's top three interviews from season 1:


    How To Turn Your Worst Day Into Your Biggest Breakthrough with Dan Sullivan

    From Public Speaker To Prison Cell with Peter Sage

    The Power of F*ck You with Debbie Wosskow, OBE

    • 48 min
    S2 E10: The Pursuit Of Excellence with Michael Bourne

    S2 E10: The Pursuit Of Excellence with Michael Bourne

    In this episode of "Honey I Blew Up The Business" Season 2, Dan is joined by Michael Bourne, self-described “book addict” and the performance director of the Lawn Tennis Association. 


    In this deep and wide-ranging conversation, we get a centre-court seat into what drives people to reach elite levels of a discipline. And then what destroys them. Michael peels back the layers of “Trauma with a big T” versus lower-case trauma - and why understanding these differences gives you an additional lens of empathy - to yourself. 


    Discover why self-awareness is crucial for entrepreneurs and elite athletes. And how to jettison your rockets before they pull you back down to earth.  


    We also dive deep into these books (check them out!): 


    The Myth of Normal - Gabor Mate
    The Body Keeps the Score - Bessel Van Der Kolk
    Principles -  Ray Dalio 

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    ▷ We’re now in the top 2.5% of global podcasts - heard in 44 countries!


    ▷ Big thanks to The Tech Dept - my business - for sponsoring all of this. We build tech products for impact startups www.thetechdept.com


    ▷ Please reach out to me with a DM on LinkedIn


    ▷ Check out Dan's top three interviews from season 1:


    How To Turn Your Worst Day Into Your Biggest Breakthrough with Dan Sullivan

    From Public Speaker To Prison Cell with Peter Sage

    The Power of F*ck You with Debbie Wosskow, OBE

    • 53 min

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Transformative content

Great stuff in every episode. Sincerely, personally transformative for me. Looking forward to Season 2. Keep it up Dan!

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Dan is definitely the man, when it comes to blowing things up. Love his energy and honesty. This is a stellar show.

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