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If 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).


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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 th...
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 pro...
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...
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 take...
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 fr...
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 ...
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...
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 Ol...
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 ...
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 me...
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 ment...
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. Jas...
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-...
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 ...
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 entrepren...
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, personal...
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An Update From Dan...

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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 podcas...
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<. As a teenager Nick was living the entrepreneurial dream. But he self-sabotaged and escaped his hometown. A high flying private equity career left him literally falling apart. He had to leave the dark side. Just what happened? Listen in and find out! In this episode, Nick discusses the impact of ...
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 str...
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 dow...
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