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Honey, I Blew Up The Business

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.comIf 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).P.S. - Don't forget to 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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S2 E15: Surrender to the Flow with Nikki Trott
In this episode, Dan is joined by Nikki Trott, brand strategist, Founder of Barefoot Ventures and host of the Going Conscious podcast - a top global 2.5% podcast, just like this one. 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:www.linkedin.com/in/nikkitrottwww.nikkitrott.comAlso, check out her podcast Going Conscious: www.goingconscious.com---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
50:52 7/13/23
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? 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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
47:48 7/6/23
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/3DIdUPNSubscribe 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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
48:43 6/29/23
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/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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
48:55 6/22/23
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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
48:44 6/15/23
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 MateThe Body Keeps the Score - Bessel Van Der KolkPrinciples -  Ray Dalio 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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
53:41 6/8/23
S2 E9: Show Me The Money with Natalie Pearce and Alicia Grimes
In this episode of "Honey I Blew Up The Business" Season 2, Dan is joined not by one, but two spectacular guests – Natalie Pearce and Alicia Grimes. Natalie and Alicia are the Co-Founders of The Future Kind Collective, and as Dan likes to call them, the “Beyoncés of Culture.”In this interview, discover why energy is your most important asset. The ultimate taboo for a social purpose startup founder. Their prosecco-fuelled marriage proposal “baby-making” moment. And the power of doing less, but better. We also mention two books that have shaped our approach and processes as entrepreneurs:Essentialism by Greg McKeown10x Is Easier Than 2x by Dan Sullivan & Benjamin HardySubscribe 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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
52:57 6/1/23
S2 E8: The Moral Choice Of Optimism with Olivia Sibony
 In this episode of "Honey I Blew Up The Business" Season 2, Olivia Sibony returns to the show!Olivia is the Co-founder of Impact Amplified and a trailblazing tech-for-good champion. In this deep and wide ranging conversation, Dan and Olivia peel back the layers of optimism and “good energy.” Discover how to  reframe hard times into a more positive worldview. Why it's vital to assess every part of your business and challenge whether it's a force for good. And the reasons why Olivia prefers the power of collaboration to competition.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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
44:03 5/25/23
S2 E7: Converting Fear Into Unlimited Potential with Geoff Thompson
In this episode of "Honey I Blew Up The Business" Season 2, Dan is joined by Geoff Thompson,  a BAFTA-winning writer and film-maker whose life story was brought to the screen with actors like Ray Winstone and Orlando Bloom. He is the author of close to fifty books and has appeared on the Sunday Times Bestseller List several times. A total badass, Black Belt Magazine USA named Geoff "the most influential martial artist in the world since Bruce Lee." He’s also a spiritual teacher who has greatly influenced our host, Dan.In a deep and wide ranging conversation, we get into the toxic impact of false beliefs - how to unpack the misguided conditioning from the culture you grew up in. Geoff shares how a “hench fly” taught him to practise, practise, practise. Why to “find the centre, hold the centre, develop the centre”. The “cosmic post it note.” And how contracting your ego will expand your awareness - making you a better entrepreneur.Connect with Geoff:Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/geoff_thompson_official/Also, check out his TED talk on conquering fear: Conquering Fear | Geoff Thompson | TEDxLeamingtonSpaSubscribe 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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
65:06 5/18/23
S2 E6: How To Practise Focus with Claudine Adeyemi
In this episode of "Honey I Blew Up The Business" Season 2, Dan is joined by Claudine Adeyemi, the CEO of EarlyBird, a voice-centric onboarding software for the employability sector.In this raw and candid conversation, we get a ring-side seat into an entrepreneur’s early stages of growth. Witness Claudine’s journey: from homeless teen to high-flying lawyer, before making not one, but two daring pivots into the world of entrepreneurship.Discover why you should simplify. How having the right mentors can help prevent strategic errors. And the lesson Steve Jobs taught Jony Ive about focus. And if you’re interested in joining Claudine on her journey (whether as an investor or eager spectator), why not connect with her? Linkedin: bit.ly/3MjdANJWebsite: bit.ly/3GeP4tgAlso, check out the juicy details of Claudine's pivot and why she bid her previous startup farewell: bit.ly/3U4SiFD---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
48:23 5/11/23
S2 E5: My Hidden Motivation with Dirk Bischof
In this episode of "Honey I Blew Up The Business" Season 2, Dan is joined by Dirk Bischof, the Founder and CEO of Hatch Enterprise. Hatch has helped over 8000 under-represented entrepreneurs since Dirk launched the business 10 years ago. In the interview, we explore the forces that drove him from communist East Germany to the beating heart of European capitalism: London Town. Discover the unconscious driving force of Dirk’s paternal relationship; and the influence of his “first mentor”, psychoanalyst Carl Jung. Learn about the importance of knowing what you DON’T want to do…and why you should be “insourcing fun into work.”Connect with Dirk:www.linkedin.com/in/dirkbischofwww.hatchenterprise.orgAlso, check out the article on “the shadow” that Dirk wrote on LinkedIn::www.linkedin.com/pulse/meet-my-first-mentor-dirk-bischof-frsa---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
54:02 5/4/23
S2 E4: Crossing The Rubicon with Jason Kingsley OBE
In this episode of "Honey I Blew Up The Business" Season 2, Jason Kingsley OBE returns for a re-match. Jason is the Owner and CEO of Rebellion, as well as the creator of the YouTube channel Modern History TV (over 750k subs), where he dresses up as a mediaeval knight and rides horses!Dan wanted to get Jason back on the show because he owns the cult comic 2000AD (the home of Judge Dredd), which Dan used to collect in the 1980’s! Learn why having a rebellious stance is good - up to a point. Jason explains how he got out of the gig economy and built a body of intellectual property. Discover why “fear of the unknown is greater than the danger of the unknown”...and exactly what you can learn from the Chivalric Code.Connect with Jason:Twitter: https://twitter.com/rebellionjason LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jason-kingsley-obe-8a6080a Check out the Kickstarter for his new book:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/modernknight/leading-the-rebellion-by-jason-kingsley-obe---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
61:19 4/27/23
S2 E3: The Clarifying Moment with Anthony Paine
In this episode of "Honey I Blew Up The Business" Season 2, Dan is joined by Anthony Paine, the CEO and Co-Founder of StashBee and an entrepreneurial educator at Founder Jumpstart.Anthony is a member of our community! A listener to the show, he reached out to Dan on LinkedIn. Now he’s on the show! In this raw candid interview, we get into how he felt “dragged through a hedge backwards” by his entrepreneurial experiences - from sunny lowlands to scary summits. Learn to spot the dark self-talk that can take you down. And why it's important to return to “the basics”. Connect with Anthony (his content is great!) at www.linkedin.com/in/anthonypaine stashbee.comfounderjumpstart.com---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
51:35 4/20/23
S2 E2: Addicted To Success with Margaret Manning OBE
In this episode of "Honey I Blew Up The Business" Season 2, Margaret Manning OBE returns to the podcast. She is a globally experienced digital entrepreneur with a focus on technology and innovation, and since the first interview, she’s become somewhat of a collaborator with our host, Dan.In this episode, we go deep into an under-explored aspect of entrepreneurship. What happens when you actually get what you want. When you win. After the credits roll. We witness how Margaret's move to sunnier climes - after selling her business - led to some very shadowy times. She found herself in "The Valley". This is the story of how success can turn on you, and what to do to pull yourself out of a dip.Why not reach out to Margaret? She’s currently looking for a “purpose component” in her life - maybe you have one?www.linkedin.com/in/margaret-manning-obe/margaret.manning@digitalconversations.com We also dive deep into this book, which has helped me build more purpose in my life: The Second Mountain by David Brooks.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
54:16 4/13/23
S2 E1: Me and My Shadow with Dan Sullivan
The deadly Dan duo is back! After kicking off Season 1, Dan Sullivan returns to kick off Season 2. And this is his most open interview yet.Dan Sullivan is the world's foremost expert on entrepreneurship and has personally coached more successful entrepreneurs than anyone else living. He's the founder and president of The Strategic Coach Inc, the leading entrepreneurial coaching company in the world, which over the past 40+ years has provided teaching and training to more than 30,000 entrepreneurs.Together these “cosmic twins” delve into Dan Sullivan's "shadow side", a time when he was forced to confront his own “horse’s ass” behaviour. Discover why your best self isn’t going to come from discipline and the tools to use so that growing 10x is easier than 2x.Check out Dan Sullivan’s new book at https://10xeasierbook.com/ This new book plus his previous books combine to make a great trilogy for any entrepreneur IMHO:www.whonothow.com www.gapandgainbook.com And check out his entrepreneurial coaching business - it was one of the key reasons my business turned around after our 2017 blow up: www.strategiccoach.com We also mention Joe Polish’s book What’s In It For Them www.whatsinitforthem.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
59:02 4/6/23
Honey I Blew Up The Business: Season 2 Trailer
In this trailer episode, host Dan Kirby gives us a reminder of why this podcast started in the first place, as well as a brief but tantalising glimpse into what lies ahead in the forthcoming season.There are some fantastic guests sharing raw and unfiltered interviews, so stay tuned for something special.Here’s what our listeners say: “Loving the insight, honesty and the raw positive energy that comes out from you and the guests” - Paddy. "Great stuff in every episode. Sincerely, personally transformative for me. Looking forward to Season 2. Keep it up Dan!" - Geoff"Dan is definitely the man, when it comes to blowing things up. Love his energy and honesty. This is a stellar show." - FounderSpace---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
05:53 4/6/23
An Update From Dan...
We are back!In this episode, host Dan Kirby gives us a reminder of how this whole podcast was born and the incredible growth it's experienced since it started.He also dives into the new, exciting plan for Season 2 and talks about how the show is a part of something much, much bigger...------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
27:47 3/15/23
Exploding the Death Star with Nick Bradley
Nick Bradley is a multiple-billion $ dealmaker. And he hosts the Scale Up with Nick Bradley podcast - which used to be the UK’s no1 business podcast until Steven Bartlett turned up >waves fist
47:31 12/28/22
How To Prepare For Crisis with Mike Reid
Mike Reid is founder of a top venture capital firm focused on European tech scale ups “that have a clear net positive impact on society”. But his financial business - Frog Capital - was launched in the financial crisis of 2008! Just how did he navigate this treacherous landscape? The answer included demoting himself. Listen in and find out why!In this episode, discover the tips Mike learnt working with Europe’s top tech startup CEO’s. Why no-one believes only good news. The importance of strategy. And ruthlessness. Understand how partnerships beat hierarchies and why you should invest in relationships to prepare for crisis. We’re now in the top 5% of global podcasts - heard in 44 countries!---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
45:49 12/21/22
Improbable Serendipity with Fred Schmidt MBE
Fred Schmidt - based in Austin, Texas - has been a refugee and the recipient of an MBE (a very rare occurrence for a US citizen). He has a lifetime’s career at the cutting edge of music, games, media, tech and retail - rubbing shoulders with Alice Cooper, Ted Turner and…our host Dan Kirby! Find out how Fred and Dan met (it involved street wrestling in Austin) and the unique perspectives of this “bootstrap kinda guy”. In this episode, you’ll find out how to take advantage of life’s ups and downs. The value of hard work and getting out of your comfort zone. How to listen to fate and let it guide you. How to be ready for when luck comes knocking. And some clear-eyed advice when it comes to taking other people’s money.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
52:09 12/14/22
No Excuses with Justin Breen
Justin Breen is founder and CEO of two global companies. The author of two bestselling books. He lives an Epic Life from his home in Chicago. But the path to entrepreneurship was thrust upon him when - six days after he turned 40 - a 20 year career in journalism abruptly ended. Unable to find another job Justin was in a state of “utter hopelessness and panic". What did he do next? Listen in and find out!In this episode, discover why your family is your most important asset and the cost of success. The power of gratitude. Why you should invest more and more to get into smaller and smaller rooms. Hear Justin’s zero tolerance policy for excuses. And why to avoid spending time with boring, mediocre, time vampires. We’re now in the top 5% of global podcasts - heard in 44 countries!---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
46:40 12/7/22
Long-Term Thinking with Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford is an entrepreneur and investor. An expert in the art of networking. He’s the co-founder of 9others, a network of over 4,500 entrepreneurs in 45 cities around the world. One time he deleted his Linkedin account. Why? Listen in and find out! In this episode, you will learn that insurmountable mountains are those you don’t face. Learn about the power of developing your network and playing long-term games with long-term people. Learn to communicate effectively. Reflect on why you should unplug from social media.Did you know? We’re now in the top 5% of global podcasts - heard in 44 countries!---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
54:15 11/30/22
How To Survive the Creative Industries with Jason Kingsley OBE
Jason Kingsley is the Co-Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Rebellion, one of the world’s most successful independent video games studios. Jason received an OBE in 2012 and has 751k subs on his YouTube channel. But back in the day, life was not straight-forward with suppliers going bust and deals getting undone. How did they survive? Listen in and find out! Tune into this episode to learn why lying to yourself is very dangerous. The value of “shovelling sh*t” at the weekend. How to prepare for the unknown. What entrepreneurs can learn from mediaeval knights. And why you should refuse to work with difficult people. Get these insights and much more from one of UK plc’s brightest creative lights!---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
49:11 11/23/22
Purpose Beyond Profit with Mark Fawcett
Mark Fawcett is Founder & Chief Executive of We Are Futures - previously known as National Schools Partnership - a network of over 100,000 teachers and educational experts. He’s trustee of the British Exploring Society and previously a captain in The British Army. But when Mark started his business venture, failure soon stared him square in the face. How does he survive? Listen in and find out! In this episode, you will hear about purpose, getting up and moving on, and thinking beyond money and profits. Discover over two decades of practical insights from an adventurous entrepreneur. Learn ways to create your perfect company culture, silence your doubts and breathe creativity into your business.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
46:55 11/16/22
Trying Your Luck with Gabriele Musella
Gabriele Musella is the CEO and Co-Founder of Coinrule - a crypto trading startup. In 2021 they attended the legendary tech accelerator Y Combinator. He’s an investor and mentor - at Google Launchpad - and a regular feature in the media. Yet Gabriele’s mission has cost him more than just time and money and sweat. He left a five-year-long relationship to pursue his entrepreneurial aims. What happened next? Tune in and find out! In this episode, you will learn why perseverance is your most important asset. How to push your boundaries and learn - by getting way out of your comfort zone. The value of being a contrarian, and how being scared doesn't help anyone.Did you know? We’re now in the top 5% of global podcasts - heard in 44 countries!---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
45:26 11/2/22
Being Different, Being Better with Tamara Littleton
Tamara Littleton is the CEO & founder of The Social Element, a 20-year-old global social media agency that works with global brands. Yet when she launched her business, social media wasn't even really a thing. And she nearly blew it all up before it started….What happened?! How did she cope?! Listen in and find out! In this episode, discover what an ambivert is. The importance of facing your fears when success is on the other side. The power of self-belief. Why to be vulnerable, in life and business. The value of owning who you are and being different.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
48:57 10/19/22
My Resilience Toolkit with Emily Cummin
Emily Cummin is founder & CEO of Untangle, a tech platform providing support and community for dealing with death and grief. Yet the idea was born from an overwhelming moment. While Emily was building her early corporate career her parents divorced, and her grandpa - with whom she was very close - passed away. This truly tested the “Queen of Coping”. So, just how did she turn this moment of coping into a moment of creation? Listen in and find out! In this episode, you will learn to silence the productivity banshee, learn self-kindness, and have a compassionate inquiry with yourself. You will also learn to develop healthy structures for coping with life’s difficulties. If you’re struggling with grief, you will learn to see the other side of death; you will realise that it gets better.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
41:48 10/5/22
Embrace the Crisis with Paul Archer
Paul Archer is a Guinness World Record holding adventurer, best selling author and serial tech entrepreneur. Taking his swash buckling approach to life into his business career things looked great, until they didn’t as things came crashing down… at the launch party. So how did he dust himself off and continue building his next startup adventure? Listen in and find out. Discover how to take advantage of your uniqueness, selectively listen to self-doubt, understand the hidden risks of innovation, be clear eyed about life getting in bed with big partners…and the power of refocus in moments of crisis.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
46:09 9/21/22
Get Mental Fitness with Jodie Rogers
Jodie Rogers is an expert in mental fitness, the author of Amazon best-seller “The Hidden Edge: Why Mental Fitness is the Only Advantage That Matters in Business”. She’s also an entrepreneur teaching teams from the world’s leading corporations human behaviour, psychology, and communications. But during the pandemic, Jodie had to eat her own pudding. Her mental fitness was put to the test in what she described as “a shit show”. How did she cope? Listen in and find out! This episode is a practical guide to building your mental fitness - and why this matters when running a business. Learn to find clarity in the darkest storms, to confront and conquer your limiting beliefs. Get tips to stop the cycle of stress. And why it’s important to embrace reality…and take action.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
41:35 9/7/22
The Power of Gratitude with Mark White
Mark White is the founder of men’s mental health app MEUS Practice. He also leads Run Grateful - a global running initiative, based on gratitude. His previous community building startup got him into Red Bull’s Amaphiko project, which champions social purpose entrepreneurs. Yet Mark’s drive has emerged from a dark place, of addiction and burnout. Just how has he transformed darkness into light? Listen in and find out!In this episode, you will learn the power of gratitude and ongoing self-awareness. How to overcome bad habits, ignore fear, prioritise your mental health and harness positivity to keep going when things look bleak. Discover your power of choice…and what to do with that power, finding a channel for your entrepreneurial spirit.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▷ Honey I Blew Up The Podcast! We are no longer recording new episodes of this podcast ▷ Host Dan Kirby has sold his shares in The Tech Dept (the business he blew up & turned around) to launch Founders Are Mental - teaching tech founders how to become Zen-like without being a monk... ▷ Show sponsors The Tech Dept are still going strong - helping founders build tech from MVP to Scale
51:48 8/24/22

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