14 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, 63 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 12: How Pan Am Vanished Into Thin Air

    Episode 12: How Pan Am Vanished Into Thin Air

    Once the world’s most famous airline, Pan Am was a company that created magic in the sky. The glamour and excitement of flying one of their routes was an experience cultivated by a world-class crew: experienced engineers, sophisticated stewardesses and the dashing former fighter pilots at the controls. For a while, it seemed like Pan Am was doing everything right. So how did it vanish, so abruptly, in December of 1991? Get the behind-the-scenes story on Episode 12 of The Great Fail.

    • 27 min
    Episode 11: The Death of Atari: From Legend to Landfill

    Episode 11: The Death of Atari: From Legend to Landfill

    Atari kick-started the home video game console movement back in the 1970s and 80’s and paved the way for today's gaming industry when it launched the trailblazing Atari 2600, along with several blockbuster games. It was a pop culture icon and a galvanizing force within the industry. So how did it find itself bankrupt and in a New Mexico dumpsite (literally) by 1983? Find out on episode 11 on The Great Fail.

    • 29 min
    Episode 10: Adapt or Die: The Fall of Tower Records

    Episode 10: Adapt or Die: The Fall of Tower Records

    For over 4 decades, Tower Records was a pioneer in the music industry and the bedrock of record store culture. It was run by rebels and outsiders, where founder Russ Solomon was revered and idolized. Tower would become the mecca for music fans creating a generation that lived by their diehard slogan, “No Music, No Life”. For decades, it seemed like the sun would never set on the iconic yellow and red letters that illuminated so many urban cityscapes. But that light would eventually burn out...

    • 28 min
    Episode 9: A Fatal Flop: The U.S. COVID-19 Testing Debacle

    Episode 9: A Fatal Flop: The U.S. COVID-19 Testing Debacle

    On January 10, 2020, Chinese scientists posted the genome of a strange new virus that was beginning to spread worldwide. Within a week, virologists from Berlin quickly developed the first diagnostic test to detect this novel coronavirus and was published by the World Health Organization as the standard method to quickly test people around the world. By February, these test kits were shipped to almost 60 countries. For some reason, the United States was not one of them.

    • 24 min
    Episode 8: Gawker’s Demise: Sex, Pride & Celebrity Porn Tapes

    Episode 8: Gawker’s Demise: Sex, Pride & Celebrity Porn Tapes

    For over 13 years, Gawker was one of the most popular sources for the latest on gossip, news, and entertainment. When it wasn’t breaking news and celebrity exposès, it was breaking its viewership records, seeing over 62 million unique visitors on its site each month. But, a sex tape and a Silicon Valley billionaire would start a bloodbath that would ultimately bring down Gawker’s multi-million dollar media empire. Find out on how Gawker found itself posting its own obituary on Episode 8.

    • 20 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

stwa geeks ,

Rad podcast!

Best podcast ever!

Internetshopaholic ,

Thank goodness!

Debra Chen is an amazing story teller. I love her style and delivery. I feel like i just took a business class at Wharton after listening to her episodes.

dCKV888 ,

True crime and business cases?

Love the concept!

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