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The Bottom Line - Failure

Updated Tuesday, 2nd June 2015

This week on The Bottom Line, Evan Davis and guests ponder business failure and how companies bounce back. 

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Bill Gates rendered in Lego Creative commons image Icon By Dunechaser via Flickr under Creative Commons licence under Creative-Commons license If your business venture doesn't succeed, how can you be sure it's worth trying again before admitting defeat? More than 50% of businesses fail within 5 years, yet for many, failure is a necessary part of success. Even Bill Gates and Steve Jobs didn't get it right first time. Evan Davis's guests discuss the important lessons they've learned from their business mistakes and speak candidly about the personal and financial impact of failing. How do you overcome the stigma of failure and what skills are required to bounce back when your business has bombed?


  • Bill Cullen, Chairman, Bill Cullen Motor Group
  • Katarina Skoberne, Co-founder and former CEO, OpenAd
  • Stuart Miller, Co-founder and CEO, ByBox Group

This edition of The Bottom Line is first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 4th June 2015. For further details, and to listen online where available, please visit the BBC website.

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