9 episodes

The Great Fail is a true crime inspired, business podcast that examines the greatest success stories of the most prominent and prolific companies, brands, and people and what led to their demise. If you love true crime and stories of massive failures, you've come to the right place! Here we take a forensic look at stories that will irk you, shock you, and have you picking your jaw up off the floor, all while learning the oftentimes avoidable, mistakes that have ended the lives of companies and left boardrooms looking like crime scenes.

The Great Fail Debra Chen

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0, 59 Ratings

The Great Fail is a true crime inspired, business podcast that examines the greatest success stories of the most prominent and prolific companies, brands, and people and what led to their demise. If you love true crime and stories of massive failures, you've come to the right place! Here we take a forensic look at stories that will irk you, shock you, and have you picking your jaw up off the floor, all while learning the oftentimes avoidable, mistakes that have ended the lives of companies and left boardrooms looking like crime scenes.

    Episode 7: How Juicero Squeezed Itself Out

    Episode 7: How Juicero Squeezed Itself Out

    Juicero’s $700 juicer took Silicon Valley by storm in 2016. The brainchild of Doug Evans, a raw food enthusiast, was one of the most sought after products, already boasting $120 million in funding. Kobe Bryant was one of its investors, Oprah promoted it on one of her lavish giveaways and it even won over healthy living fanatics like Gwyneth Paltrow and Dr. Oz. Find out how this high-flying juicer got squeezed out of the limelight only a year and a half after its unveiling on Episode 7 of The Great Fail.

    • 21 min
    Episode 6: Special COVID-19 Episode: Whistleblower from Wuhan

    Episode 6: Special COVID-19 Episode: Whistleblower from Wuhan

    We are dedicating this episode to Dr. Li Wenliang, the doctor who was credited as being one of the first to try and warn the public about the outbreak of COVID-19 in the early days. He was quickly reprimanded by the Chinese officials, accused of spreading rumors, and forced to sign a public statement of apology. The Great Fail that prevented Dr. Li’s warnings became a global crisis that led to the coronavirus becoming a pandemic today. Here is this week’s story on the Whistleblower from Wuhan.

    • 23 min
    Minisode #1: Funny Fan Flops

    Minisode #1: Funny Fan Flops

    This week’s minisode includes a failed prophylactics business, fake catering and grasshopper protein powders.

    • 10 min
    Episode 5: Crazy Eddie: The Fall of an Electronics Empire

    Episode 5: Crazy Eddie: The Fall of an Electronics Empire

    Before Best Buy, Target and Fry’s Electronics, there was Crazy Eddie, which created the blueprint for consumer electronic retailers. With their deep discounts and iconic Crazy Eddie ads, they were one of the top performers on Wall Street from 1984 to 1987. But beneath all the success, were internal rivalries, deep jealousy, plots of deceit and betrayal, and a huge family secret that would ultimately unravel this multi-million dollar enterprise.

    • 22 min
    Episode 4: We Didn't Work: Failure of WeWork's IPO

    Episode 4: We Didn't Work: Failure of WeWork's IPO

    WeWork was one of the most highly anticipated IPOs in 2019. It received funding from the biggest investment banks and investment funds. Linked to celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, Hugh Jackman, and Mark Zuckerberg, the charismatic CEO Adam Neumann was on a trajectory to creating a movement for coworking space rentals across the globe. What would follow would be the crumbling of the WeWork brand, the failure of its IPO, the disgraceful exodus of WeWork employees and the ousting of its leader.

    • 21 min
    Episode 3: Bre-X: Fool’s Gold

    Episode 3: Bre-X: Fool’s Gold

    By 1995, Calgary’s Bre-X became a $6 billion dollar company when it declared that it had discovered the world's largest gold mine within the jungles of Indonesia. What followed years later would entail all the elements of a Hollywood story: lies, betrayal, the collapse of an empire, and a badly decomposed body.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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59 Ratings

59 Ratings

hypnotoad11 ,

Informative and fun

Each episode is a delight to listen through and the series so far made a fun binge!

Stephanie (Steph) ,

Compelling

Very compelling concept with unique stories. Glad I listened.

AVP1984 ,

Great storytelling!

I really liked this - episodes went by quickly but I learned a lot! The host has a great sense of storytelling.

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