I’m Dan Kirby and I’ve been an entrepreneur since 2001, but in 2017 it all went wrong. I blew up the business. I can laugh about it now but it was no joke at the time, check the trailer. Shame, humiliation, terror. The lot.
My business is back on track but I don’t want to blow it up again. So I’m interviewing top entrepreneurs to discover how they’ve turned adversity & failure into growth & success. I’m on a mission to help other business owners – like you – avoid my self-inflicted-sabotage.
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Managing Ego & Building Resilience with Ian Hambleton, CEO of Maze Theory
June 9, 2021 • 49 MIN
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by Ian Hambleton, one of the UK’s leading creative entrepreneurs. Ian is the CEO of Maze Theory, a Virtual Reality games studio in London which publishes titles for brands like Dr Who and Peaky Blinders. He’s co-founder of carbon reduction startup Ecologi and was also the co-founder of both Studio Output (a top independent design agency) and Glug (which hosts events for creatives in over 35 countries).
Ian draws on his immense experience to share insights about how he learned the value of honesty, vulnerability and resilience. If you enjoyed Ryan Holiday’s book “Ego is the Enemy”, you will enjoy this insightful, warm, and humorous discussion.
Achieving Entrepreneurial Happiness with Charlie Reading, Managing Director at Efficient Portfolio
June 2, 2021 • 58 MIN
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by Charlie Reading, an established entrepreneur, award-winning global speaker, chartered financial planner, published author and podcast host.
Charlie reflects on the fact that entrepreneurs can’t ignore health in their quest for a work-life balance (you should insure yourself just like you insure your house or mobile phone). Charlie also shares that creating systems is more important than simply setting goals and many other strategies that will help entrepreneurs at any stage, create sustained happiness in their lives.
Working With The Beatles, Getting On With It & Chasing Empty Wagons with Geoff Heath OBE
May 26, 2021 • 38 MIN
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, we have a world first! Dan is joined by Geoff Heath OBE - in his inaugural podcast interview - to discuss Geoff's journey from the forefront of the music industry (just how did it feel when Yoko Ono opened the apartment door to meet John Lennon?) to pioneering the video game industry, when it was seen as a crazy new fad.
We discover his top three business principles and why entrepreneurs should get on with it (if it’s working!) and stop chasing empty wagons. Full disclosure: Geoff is the Non-Exec Director - and a shareholder - in Dan’s business, so had a ring side seat as it blew up in 2017…
Fatherly Advice, The Power Of Simplicity & Creating Your Own Future with Scott Morrison, Founder & Bringer Of The Boom!
May 14, 2021 • 52 MIN
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by Scott Morrison, Founder & Bringer Of The Boom! to discuss Scott's journey from the world of big brands to creating his own entrepreneurial future. Scott shares the advice given by his father that heavily influenced this journey, that entrepreneurs must leverage the power of simplicity and why he listened too much to some people and not enough to others.
From £80 To +£10 Million with Tracey Shirtcliff, Founder & CEO at The Virtu Group
May 14, 2021 • 49 MIN
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by Tracey Shirtcliff, Founder & CEO at The Virtu Group to discuss Tracey's journey from a New Zealand "farm girl" to serial tech entrepreneur. Tracey shares the single experience that led her to leave the corporate world, life's only guarantee and the importance of emotional state in entrepreneurship.
Divorce, Bankruptcy & Powerful Wanting with Dan Sullivan, Founder & President at Strategic Coach
May 14, 2021 • 63 MIN
In this launch episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by another Dan - Dan Sullivan, Founder & President & Strategic Coach - known as the world's no1 entrepreneurial coach. They discuss Dan Sullivan's journey from growing up in a blue collar family in Northern Ohio to becoming unemployable. Dan shares 50 years of entrepreneurial wisdom, why entrepreneurs need to have a team and why the day that he got divorced and went bankrupt was the single greatest learning experience of his life.