The Failure Factor: Stories of Career Perseverance

Megan Bruneau

There’s a myth out there that failure is career-ending and that success is achieved without any bumps in the road. But in reality, it’s surviving rock bottom that gives entrepreneurs the experience, confidence and edge that ultimately causes them to ...Show More
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The Failure Factor Episode 33: Bluemercury Co-founder and CEO Marla Beck On Failing Her Way To Success

34:11 | Feb 17th

In this episode of The Failure Factor, Megan sits down with Bluemercury co-founder and Marla Beck. The CEO of the rapidly-growing luxury beauty retailer shares how the initially Ecommerce company almost ran out of money, sparking the inaugural pivot ...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 32: Schmidt's Naturals Co-founder Michael Cammarata on Entrepreneurial Resilience, Leaving Your Mark Before You Die, and Making His First Million at Thirteen Years Old

34:23 | Feb 7th

In this episode of The Failure Factor, Megan interviews Michael Cammarata: serial entrepreneur, investor, and co-founder and CEO of Schmidt's Naturals – one of the worlds fastest-growing wellness brands. Despite being told he'd "never amount to anyth...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 31: The American Equality Failure With Sari Rosenberg

1:30:44 | Oct 9th, 2018

In this special episode, Megan sits down with her good friend: writer, American History teacher and feminist sociopolitical expert Sari Rosenberg to clarify myths around feminism and how it relates to sexual assault, dating, body image and eating dis...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 30: Lifeway CEO Julie Smolyansky On Leading While Grieving, Navigating A PR Crisis, And Managing Mansplainers

53:28 | Oct 8th, 2018

In this episode of The Failure Factor, Megan talks resilience, sexism, and changing the world with Julie Smolyansky.  Julie became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she took over Lifeway Foods at the age of 27 in 2002 after the tra...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 29: The League Dating App Founder Amanda Bradford on Having Difficult Conversations And Getting Comfortable With Rejection

45:30 | Jul 31st, 2018

Ah, dating - a topic close to Megan's heart. In this episode, she interviews The League founder and CEO Amanda Bradford on the building of the elite dating app. They discuss what it's like to date as an "alpha woman," the parallels between dating and...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 28: Simon "Thor" Damborg on The Danger of the Personal Brand, Dating in a Culture of Toxic Masculinity, and The Only Way Entrepreneurship is Worth It

54:16 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Simon "Thor" Damborg is a former competitive CrossFit athlete, small business consultant, and the owner of Raincity Athletics and the Functional Fitness League in Vancouver, Canada. In this episode, which isn't your typical TFF conversation, Simon op...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 27: Lumion's Amy Briant and Lisa DeLarco Bonoff On Dealing With (and Learning From) a Painful Co-Founder Split

45:38 | Feb 18th, 2018

Amy Briant and Lisa DeLarco Bonoff are the founders of Lumion, a skincare product line revolutionizing skin health technology. In this episode, Amy shares the story of her painful split from a co-founder in her former venture, and what she learned th...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 26: Former Adult Film Star Turned Designer Jessie Andrews On Being Fearless And Not Letting The Past Define You

55:47 | Nov 30th, 2017

At 25 years old, Jessie Andrews is the founder and CEO of four successful businesses. Formerly an adult-film star and international DJ/Producer, she's now also a globally sought-after photographer, in-demand brand builder, and successful model and de...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 25: Mark Sisson on Risk-Taking, Resilience, and the Failure That Cost Him $1m

57:35 | Nov 9th, 2017

Mark Sisson is an serial entrepreneur and ex-endurance athlete turned ancestral health pioneer and New York Times bestselling author. What began as his blog ( has now become one of the top-rated health and fitness websites, and ha...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 24: Ollie Pet Food Co-founder Gabby Slome on Overcoming "Analysis Paralysis" and Considering Both Head and Heart in Decision-Making

50:04 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Gabby Slome is the co-founder of Ollie; an all-natural, human grade dog food delivery service.  In this episode, brought to you by Discover LMS, she shares how she overcame “analysis paralysis" and what she believes is most important in starting a su...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 23: Sarah Merrill of “Big Kid Problems” on Growing & Monetizing Social Media, Overcoming Fear, and Leaving Your 9-5 Responsibly

44:03 | Oct 8th, 2017

It's one thing to leave a job you hate to follow your dreams; but what about leaving that "cushy" job that's not totally terrible?  In this interview, brought to you by Discover LMS, Sarah Merrill of "Big Kid problems" walks Megan through how she tra...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 22: THINX CoFounder and Serial Entrepreneur Miki Agrawal On Bouncing Back From Adversity

41:33 | Jul 29th, 2017

Known for taboo industry innovation, controversial subway ads, and a publicly challenging departure from her role as CEO of THINX Period Underwear, Miki Agrawal is a serial entrepreneur, author, and speaker. The four-time founder sat down with Megan ...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 21: Cassandra Bodzak on Scaling The Conscious Personal Brand – Twice

53:01 | Jul 11th, 2017

Cassandra Bodzak is the founder of the online mind-body-soul support community,,and best-selling author of "Eat With Intention." She's a global meditation and wellness teacher, host of Eat with Intention TV, and former host of ABC’s The ...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 20: 'The Hundreds' CoFounder On Leaving Law To Follow His Dreams, Building A Trustworthy Brand, And Coping With The Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster

1:02:00 | Jun 26th, 2017

Bobby Kim (also known as Bobby Hundreds) is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Hundreds – a massively popular streetwear line worn by celebrities such as Kanye West and Justin Bieber. Hear Bobby's story about the conversation that gave ...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 19: Founder & CEO Megan Driscoll on Building A PR Agency, Using Fear As A Motivator, And Not Wanting Kids

44:42 | Jun 13th, 2017

Megan Driscoll is the founder and CEO of Evolve MKD, a public relations and social media agency in New York City. She's grown her business from one employee (herself) to 19 in two and a half years. But Megan's success came out of a "bad breakup" at h...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 18: Danielle LaPorte On Being Fired From Her Own Company And Dealing With Haters

43:04 | May 30th, 2017

Danielle LaPorte is an internationally renowned speaker, writer, entrepreneur, and blogger. The wise, hilarious, self-proclaimed "seeker" has mastered scaling the personal brand; but prior to Danielle's massive success, she was fired – from her own c...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 17: HigherDOSE Founders On How An Unfulfilling Modeling Career And Near-Death Experience Led To Their Ultimate Success

53:19 | May 15th, 2017

Lauren Berlingeri and Katie Kaps are the founders of HigherDOSE, the infrared sauna experience that's taking over NYC. In this episode, they share with Megan how past career challenges have led to their present success. Berlingeri, previously a fitne...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 16: The Mistake These Women Made When They Launched Their Apparel Brand

44:44 | May 1st, 2017

Christina Carbonell and Galyn Bernard are the founders of, a direct-to-consumer children's clothing company known for its evergreen basics and affordable prices. Tune in to hear them discuss their "failure" – believing they could take car...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 15: Failing Every Day And Being A Successful First-Time Founder

41:48 | Apr 17th, 2017

Lauren Foundos spent a decade on Wall Street before starting Forte, a boutique fitness streaming platform. A first-time founder, Foundos stresses spending wisely, building authentic partnerships, detaching from an expectation of what the company will...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 14: The Whole 30's Melissa Hartwig on Overcoming Addiction, Repairing Business Relationships, and Building a "Fiercely Loyal" Community

51:10 | Oct 4th, 2016

Melissa Hartwig is a Certified Sports Nutritionist, co-author of the New York Times bestsellers The Whole30 and It Starts With Food, and the author of Food Freedom Forever and The Whole30 Cookbook. She's been featured by Dr. Oz, The Today Show, the N...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 13: Gang Member Turned Multimillionaire Hit Rock Bottom Following Bankruptcy

1:05:02 | Sep 20th, 2016

A former gang member, Ryan Blair is now a self-made multimillionaire, New York Times bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and CEO of the global healthy lifestyle company, ViSalus. He appears regularly on CNBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 12: How This Feminist Serial Entrepreneur Found "Beauty" In Failure

54:51 | Sep 6th, 2016

Shalini Vadhera is a serial entrepreneur, bestselling author, beauty expert and internationally recognized TV personality. From jewelry and fashion entrepreneur, to celebrity makeup artist, to Founder of a $21-million beauty brand, to founder and CEO...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 11: Matt Mayberry Ended His Football Career His First Game In The NFL

38:28 | Aug 23rd, 2016

Matt Mayberry realized his dream of becoming a professional football player, then watched it all crumble in a instant. He suffered a career-ending injury in his FIRST game in the NFL. Shattered both physically and emotionally, Matt entered a deep dep...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 10: Joe Cross On How To Cultivate Luck

42:01 | Aug 9th, 2016

Joe Cross is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, filmmaker, and wellness advocate. He's the founder of the socially conscious health and wellness company, Reboot With Joe, as well as the founder of the Reboot Media, which produces educational media...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 9: Terri Cole, Celebrity Psychotherapist on How To Stop Dating People Who Are Bad For Us & Changing Careers After 30

55:03 | Jul 26th, 2016

Terri Cole is a licensed psychotherapist, transformation coach, and a relationship expert. A psychotherapist to the stars, she was the featured therapist on A&E’s Monster In-Laws, The Lisa Oz Show, had a weekly radio show on Hay House Radio, and was ...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 8: Meet The Woman Who Revolutionized The Way We Date--Twice

31:02 | Jul 12th, 2016

Whitney Wolfe is a serial entrepreneur who, by the time she was 25, had already founded 3 companies. The first, a non-profit inspired by the BP oil spill; the second, Tinder, the app that normalized swiping left or right on potential dates; and most ...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 7: Deepak Chopra Once Emptied The Contents Of His Briefcase On His Boss’s Head

53:49 | Jun 28th, 2016

Deepak Chopra MD, FACP is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, he is the founder of The Chopra Foundation, the co-founder of The Chopra Cente...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 6: Daybreaker And Thinx Cofounder On The Challenges Of Being A Woman In The Boardroom

42:26 | Jun 14th, 2016

Radha Agrawal is a serial entrepreneur, advocate, feminist, visionary, and community-building expert. Most recently, Radha is the cofounder of sober early morning dance-party Daybreaker, and cofounder of Thinx period proof Underwear. In this intervie...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 5: CEO of Bleacher Report on Founding With Friends & Big Egos

42:03 | May 31st, 2016

Dave Finocchio launched Bleacher Report in 2008 with three friends from middle school. Self-described 'sports nuts,' the Notre Dame alumni saw an opportunity in filling the 'white space' in the sports media world. Bleacher Report is now the second-la...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 4: Courtney Nichols Gould: "I Used To Lead From Fear"

49:37 | May 17th, 2016

Courtney Nichols Gould is the CoFounder/CEO of SmartyPants Vitamins, a company she launched with her cofounder and husband, Gordon, just over 5 years ago to bring more health to more people every day (in the shape of a really tasty and trustworthy gu...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 3: How Failure Helped Me "Thrive": Gunnar Lovelace of Thrive Market

53:49 | May 3rd, 2016

Gunnar Lovelace is the founder and co-CEO of Thrive Market, the fastest growing health-food e-commerce company in history. In this episode, Gunnar tells the story of a previous "failure," after which he found himself hitting rock bottom. He describes...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 2: Danielle Duboise & Whitney Tingle: Making Your Mess into Your Mission

44:57 | Apr 19th, 2016

Danielle DuBoise and Whitney Tingle are the co-founders of Sakara Life, an organic meal delivery service and wellness lifestyle brand. Danielle and Whitney went from making meals in their SoHo kitchen and delivering them on bicycles, to an 85-person ...Show More
The Failure Factor Episode 1: Wall Street to REAL "Wellth"

29:39 | Apr 12th, 2016

Jason Wachob is the Founder and CEO of mindbodygreen and the author of “WELLTH: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume”. He has been featured in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Goop, and Vogue. It hasn't always been health and "W...Show More