33 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
    • 4.9 • 82 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.

    Kodak: Missing the Moment

    Kodak: Missing the Moment

    Kodak dominated the consumer photography market for over a century and their downfall seems to be obvious in their inability to adapt to the digital age. But when you look closer at the company’s history, you’ll come to see that ironically what made them so successful was what ultimately killed off the Company. John Kotter, best-selling author, and professor at Harvard Business School will help break down how Kodak was a lesson in how a series of mistakes, including the culture at Kodak, could forever damage a once picture-perfect pioneer.

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    • 28 min
    Theranos: A Bloody Mess

    Theranos: A Bloody Mess

    Theranos’ groundbreaking proprietary technology promised to revolutionize healthcare with just a drop of blood from a finger prick. The company, led by its founder Elizabeth Holmes, would raise over $900 million and become a darling in the tech community. That is until a Wall Street Journal exposé revealed a scandal that astounded and paralyzed the entire VC and medical world, unraveling the $9 billion organization. Justin Maxwell, a former employee and one of the lead designers speaks about what makes an organization toxic and why the corporate culture within Theranos was the precise environment that allowed for the cover-up of secrecy, paranoia, and deception.
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    • 31 min
    Border’s Final Chapter

    Border’s Final Chapter

    When Borders was founded in 1971, it was one of the most pioneering companies in the book business quickly becoming one of the most dominant players in the space. For 40 years, it was known as one of the retail behemoths, but then came the digital age…Border’s last CEO Mike Edwards discusses what we all can learn about digital transformation, the evolution of businesses, and lessons from managing a Company on the brink of failure.
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    • 26 min
    McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook gets McFired

    McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook gets McFired

    McDonald’s, the world’s largest restaurant company, made a shocking announcement in late 2019 when it abruptly removed its CEO Steve Easterbrook.
    What would be uncovered would include individual and class-action lawsuits alleging attempted rape, sexual harassment, and blurred lines spurred by the #MeToo movement that would rock the corporate world and dethrone what everyone thought was the golden boy of the golden arches.
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    • 26 min
    GameStop: The Big Short....Squeeze

    GameStop: The Big Short....Squeeze

    In January 2021, the world watched as Reddit traders faced off with Wall Street elites in a trading mania over GameStop shares. Matei Psatta, one of the traders of subreddit WallStreetBets, joins us this week to comment on what this means and why the financial markets may never be the same.
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    • 29 min
    Hertz So Bad

    Hertz So Bad

    Did the 2020 global pandemic kill off Hertz? The Company’s stock price which at one time went as high as $150/share, had fallen to as low as $0.40 cents/share after it declared bankruptcy in May of 2020. At first glance it seemed like the lockdown and impact on travel demand ultimately swallowed up this iconic 102 year-old brand. However, when you peel back the layers and study Hertz’s history, you’d discover that many people over the years were holding shovels and digging the Company’s grave. Check out this week’s Episode 26, Hertz So Bad.
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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

sjane22 ,

Love

This podcast is everything I hoped Spectacular Failures would be! So glad I found it!

erica.hassink ,

Great Fail = Great SUCCESS!

A perfect binge listen - lush production, well researched stories. Host has a great voice and great perspective. Can’t recommend highly enough, and can’t wait to listen to what comes next!

Brian Geery ,

Great listen

Debra is an excellent host, the pace is perfect, the stories are intriguing, and the lessons are invaluable.

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