52 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.
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    • 4.9 • 108 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.
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    Episode 46: Carrian Group Swim with the Fishes

    Episode 46: Carrian Group Swim with the Fishes

    Carrian Group was a tale made for fiction, running the gamut of corruption, human greed, fraudulent accounting, and false profits that spanned across countries.
    Despite it being almost 4 decades since the collapse of this huge conglomerate, we still don’t know the full story - but what we do know was that behind this catastrophic failure stood some very fascinating characters-The Prime Minister of Malaysia, a charismatic CEO, several government officials, some high-level executives and between them, all aligning to create a labyrinth of business dealings that would blow up into a high-profile investigation, the murder of an auditor, and a mysterious drowning, eventually ending up as one of the largest bankruptcies in Hong Kong history.
    Find out how it went down on Episode 46 of The Great Fail.

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    • 24 min
    Episode 45: How Jawbone went from Wearable to Terrible

    Episode 45: How Jawbone went from Wearable to Terrible

    Many regarded Jawbone as one of the pioneers in wearables. After making its mark as a Bluetooth headset maker, it pivoted to capitalize on the new and highly desirable fitness tracking market. This pivot and expansion into a hot new area allowed Jawbone to attract funding from top-tier Silicon Valley venture capital firms and helped them amass a world-class board that included Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer and Warner Music Group’s COO Robert Wiesenthal. With all the funding in the place and the right team behind it, it seemed like Jawbone would be unstoppable.
    So how did a groundbreaking industry pioneer find itself entangled in corporate espionage, public embarrassment, and a string of unhappy customers? Get the full story on Episode 45 of The Great Fail.
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    • 24 min
    Episode 44: Zillow Offers, From Flip to Flop

    Episode 44: Zillow Offers, From Flip to Flop

    In September 2021, Sean Gotcher, a Nevada-based real-estate agent, released an infamous TikTok video that ignited a tremendous amount of attention and criticism after alluding to a real estate iBuyer that may have been fixing home prices and engaging in market manipulation. Although many claimed this to be outrageous speculation, it would be a few weeks later when Zillow announced that it was shutting down its home-flipping business, Zillow Offers, after losing $381 million. Did Gotcher’s video accelerate the collapse of Zillow’s iBuying division? Find out how it went down in Episode 44 of The Great Fail.
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    • 21 min
    Special Announcement + Encore Episode: MoviePass Roll the Credits

    Special Announcement + Encore Episode: MoviePass Roll the Credits

    Cinephile and film enthusiast, Stacy Spikes sought to reinvent the way people watched movies. His answer was MoviePass, a subscription-based service that allowed people to watch any movie, at any theater, at any time for one monthly fee. It was ground-breaking, well-suiting the Company to disrupt an entire industry. But what occurred next would see MoviePass topple from being a blockbuster hit to a box-office bomb. A special thanks to Stacy Spikes for sharing his experience in founding MoviePass. Get that and more on a special Encore Episode of The Great Fail.

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    • 26 min
    Episode 43: Ayds Gets a Trim Down

    Episode 43: Ayds Gets a Trim Down

    Since the 1930s, Ayds was a popular appetite suppressant touted by Hollywood celebrities and starlets. Despite being a success and household name for over 40 years, Ayds would find itself at the precipice of a PR nightmare, eventually, “crowning” itself as one of the greatest product flops in history. Find out how it all went down in Episode 43 of The Great Fail.

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    • 19 min
    Episode 42: Circuit City: Electronic Retail Giant Short-Circuits

    Episode 42: Circuit City: Electronic Retail Giant Short-Circuits

    The rise and fall of Circuit City is a fascinating tale full of ups and downs, when one Company paved the path and dominated the consumer electronics market only to perish after almost 6 decades.
    From having the largest selections, the best prices, and the brightest talent, Circuit City went from an all-American retail success story to one of the greatest failures in corporate history. Find out how on The Great Fail, Episode 42.

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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

PhillyFratStar ,

Great stories told by a great host

Top notch stories, diligent reporting, and a great presentation voice make this show a must-listen for me!

dinahcodes ,

Love the show

Well-researched, clear prose, and interesting topics. I love learning about business failures and so far this podcast is my favorite one covering the subject. Thank you to the entire team for making such great content.

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Background mix

Stories are interesting but the background noise/muzak is totally obnoxious and so disruptive to listening I couldn’t listen any longer.

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