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Dan Andrews and Ian Schoen share the stories of entrepreneurs who are building businesses and are in it for more than bottom line profits. TMBA gets published every Thursday morning. If you have a story you’d like us to cover on our show, contact our...Show More
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Episode 421: TMBA421: The 7 Stages of Entrepreneurship

40:41 | Dec 28th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/7stages/ Dan and Ian are in a reflective mood this week. 2017 has been a hallmark year for the TropicalMBA, and we thought it would be fun to revisit some of our favorite episodes of the year. We'll be sharing some of our...Show More
Episode 412: TMBA412: ‘Never Split The Difference’: A Conversation with Chris Voss

50:23 | Oct 26th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/neversplitthedifference/ A few weeks ago on this podcast, Dan and Ian spoke about a failed negotiation that Ian went through when trying to purchase a car. Ian has said many times that believed he could have closed that de...Show More
TMBA491: Breaking Up is Still Hard to Do

38:02 | May 2nd

Dan and Ian have shared a lot of business success stories on this podcast over the years. We love sharing those stories on this show, but sometimes the tough experiences that entrepreneurs have endured are the ones that we learn from the most. Fre...Show More
TMBA490: The Six-Figure Slump

52:05 | Apr 25th

A few weeks ago, Dan and Ian hosted their annual Dynamite Circle event in Austin, Texas. They met many listeners of this show who traveled from all around the world to attend that event. Those entrepreneurs shared some incredible stories, insights...Show More
TMBA489: Should You Hold a Company Retreat?

53:53 | Apr 18th

Dan and Ian are fresh off of hosting their fourth Dynamite Circle event in Austin, Texas last week. This year, they decided to do something different, by bringing together their entire remote team from all around the world for a two-day team retreat...Show More
TMBA488: The Re-Readables: The War of Art

39:34 | Apr 11th

A few weeks ago, Dan and Ian introduced a new series on this podcast called "The Re-Readables". In that series, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite books with a fresh perspective. This week's book is all about the "Muse", creativity, pr...Show More
TMBA487: “If It Makes Us Money We Shouldn't Be Doing It”

46:52 | Apr 4th

Dan and Ian speak with a lot of entrepreneurs on this show about the difficult decisions that they have to make. Today's guest is currently facing one of the biggest challenges in his business. You may remember Chris Cage from his previous appearan...Show More
TMBA486: The Re-Readables: Getting Things Done

46:12 | Mar 28th

One of our favorite podcasts to listen to lately is The Re-Watchables, a series presented by The Ringer, where the hosts look back on legendary films. They discuss why these movies had such an impact, what parts have aged the best and worst, and oth...Show More
TMBA485: Mastering the Art of Entrepreneurial Kung Fu

38:24 | Mar 21st

Dan and Ian have talked a lot about business strategy on this show, but there are some business techniques that are so powerful, you have to learn them from a true master. Jason Cohen, the founder of WP Engine, recently wrote a piece on his blog ASm...Show More
TMBA484: 5 Things We’ve Learned From Running a New Business for 6 Months

48:06 | Mar 14th

A lot of our listeners have been reaching out to us lately to ask about Dan and Ian's newest business venture, Dynamite Jobs. They have been running the business for the past six months, and it is still very much in the early stages. As the busines...Show More
TMBA483: Search Engine Optimization in 2019 (Plus, The Dark Side of SEO)

54:13 | Mar 7th

Longtime listeners of this show know that Dan and Ian spent the early part of their entrepreneurial career building product businesses online. What you might not know is that Search Engine Optimization, commonly referred to as SEO, was one of the fi...Show More
TMBA482: “I Got There and I Thought It Sucked” - From Digital Dreams to Deals

30:03 | Feb 28th

Dan and Ian have shared many stories on this podcast of people who have escaped from the cubicle in search of location-independence. This week's episode is a little different, as today's guest left his 9-to-5 job in pursuit of entrepreneurial freedo...Show More
TMBA481: Our Favorite Books of the Past 12 Months

37:08 | Feb 21st

On this week's episode, we are continuing one of Dan and Ian's favorite traditions on the podcast. Today we are talking about books, and in particular our favorite books that we have read in the past year. Last year, we invited our good friend and...Show More
TMBA480: Thoughts on Funding Options for Bootstrappers with Rob Walling

55:44 | Feb 14th

A few weeks ago, Dan and Ian had a conversation on this podcast where they shared some of their feelings about venture capital. This is an important topic to a lot of entrepreneurs, and it's one that we plan to cover a lot more throughout 2019. So...Show More
TMBA479: Quitting Social Media - “The ‘Walled Garden’ Experiment Is a Big Failure”

53:35 | Feb 7th

On today's episode, Dan and Ian are delighted to welcome one of their favorite authors back to the show. Cal Newport is a Computer Science professor, who has spent his career writing about the intersection of technology and culture in the contempora...Show More
TMBA478: The Downsides of Success

30:27 | Jan 31st

"Success" isn't always what it's cracked up to be. Dan and Ian know this feeling all too well, as they have dealt with some of their own internal struggles after selling their product business. On today's episode, we are talking about five specific...Show More
TMBA477: China From the Inside

59:01 | Jan 24th

One of Dan and Ian's goals heading into 2019 was to feature more stories about China on the podcast this year. China is the primary location where many of the products that entrepreneurs sell are traditionally manufactured, and it has become a fulcr...Show More
TMBA476: “An Adventure Worth Going On”

38:10 | Jan 17th

http://www.tropicalmba.com/plansfor2019/ Dan and Ian have decided to be a little bit self-indulgent with this week's podcast. On today's show, they are talking about their goals for 2019. In particular, they wanted to talk about what they have plan...Show More
TMBA475: The Messy Marketplace

53:09 | Jan 10th

http://www.tropicalmba.com/brentbeshore2/ One of the things that Dan and Ian love about creating this podcast is that they not only get to talk to some pretty interesting people, but they also get to follow their stories as they build and scale their...Show More
TMBA474: “You’re Not Working With Clients Anymore, You’re Working With Customers”

44:21 | Jan 3rd

http://www.tropicalmba.com/tommyjoiner/ Dan and Ian are back to kick off 2019, and looking forward to another 52 podcasts about how to grow better, more profitable lifestyle businesses. What better way to start the year than by addressing a topic th...Show More
TMBA473: “Which Hill Do You Want to Die On?”

37:16 | Dec 27th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/reflections2018/ Last week, Dan and Ian shared some of their favorite moments from the interviews that they've conducted on this podcast in 2018. This week, we wanted to get a little more abstract. On today's podcast, we ...Show More
TMBA472: Surprises and Delights of the Year

49:47 | Dec 20th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/surprisesanddelights/ As we approach the end of 2018, Dan and Ian have been reflecting on some of their favorite conversations of the year, many of which happened on this podcast. They both feel incredibly fortunate to be ...Show More
TMBA471: The Helsinki Bus Theory

46:19 | Dec 13th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/helsinkibustheory/ Dan and Ian have spent a lot of time in Chiang Mai. One of the traditions that Dan has every time he visits is to touch base with Kevin Graham. You may remember Kevin from a previous episode we released...Show More
TMBA470: The Elephant in the Room

44:47 | Dec 6th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/chinaredux/ Today's episode is about a place that has played a very special part in Dan and Ian's entrepreneurial journey. China has become one of the most important countries in the world for entrepreneurs. Chinese supply...Show More
TMBA469: It’s No Good Having Ideas if They Don’t Bring You Results

50:14 | Nov 29th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/keangraham/ Dan and Ian have said for years on this podcast that the most important thing your business should be doing is solving people's problems. Today's guest has taken that philosophy and ran with it. Kean Graham i...Show More
TMBA468: “Allowing Myself To Dream That Big”

46:32 | Nov 22nd, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/sambrowne/ Dan and Ian have encountered many entrepreneurs in their travels, from all walks of life. They first met today's guest back in April at our annual Dynamite Circle event in Austin, Texas. Sam Browne was the ben...Show More
TMBA467: The Long, Winding Road to 60 Remote Employees…

50:45 | Nov 15th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/empireflippers/ Dan and Ian have been wanting to share the story of this week's episode for quite some time. Justin Cooke is one of the co-founders of Empire Flippers. Empire Flippers is an online marketplace where busines...Show More
TMBA466: The Dos and Don’ts of Hiring Apprentices

33:35 | Nov 8th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/hiringapprentices/ It's no secret that Dan and Ian love hearing from the listeners of this show. This week, we received a question from Ben McAdam. Some of you might remember Ben from his earlier appearances on this podcas...Show More
TMBA465: 5 Internet Business Themes for 2019

39:30 | Nov 1st, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/themesfor2019/ Dan and Ian are still resting up after hosting 350 entrepreneurs at their annual DC BKK event in Bangkok last week. While they were at that event, they had the opportunity to speak to so many entrepreneurs ...Show More
TMBA464: 5 Reasons Your Presentation Might Suck

25:16 | Oct 25th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/presentations/ We are fresh off the heels of DC BKK 2018, our annual conference that we host in Bangkok. It's safe to say that in the many years of running that conference, as well as attending other conferences around th...Show More
TMBA463: The Tao of the Hustle Redux

36:46 | Oct 18th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/hustleredux/ A few years ago, Dan and Ian published an episode of this podcast called The Tao of the Hustle. In the years since we still receive frequent questions and comments about our opinions on hustle and entrepreneur...Show More
TMBA462: A Conversation with Michael Lombardi

41:35 | Oct 11th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/michaellombardi/ Dan and Ian are always looking for new ways to gain insight into entrepreneurship, and sometimes that insight can come from some unexpected places. Michael Lombardi is an American Football executive and an...Show More
TMBA461: The 40% Rule

42:38 | Oct 4th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/40percentrule/ If you've been listening to this podcast for a while, you would know that one of the major motivations for Dan and Ian in life is creating the freedom to live life on your own terms. That freedom can mean a...Show More
TMBA460: Are We Being Honest About the True Cost of Bootstrapping a Business?

1:04:40 | Sep 27th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/costofbootstrapping/ Today we are examining a discussion that Dan and Ian have been having behind the scenes of this podcast for years. These conversations revolve around a question that everyone who is considering an entr...Show More
TMBA459: The State of Bitcoin

40:57 | Sep 20th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/stateofbitcoin/ Dan and Ian have spoken about cryptocurrencies before, and they have certainly been a divisive topic among the listeners of this show. The fact is that cryptocurrencies aren't going away. If you're interest...Show More
TMBA458: Five Reasons You Won’t Be an Entrepreneur Next Year

37:49 | Sep 13th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/fivereasons/ Dan and Ian have been around the block a few times, and in that time they have seen many entrepreneurs come and go. What many don't understand is that the majority of entrepreneurial success stories don't happ...Show More
TMBA457: Why Does Everyone Talk About Revenue and Not Profit?

35:56 | Sep 6th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/tomsawyer/ A few weeks ago, Dan and Ian published an episode of this podcast about The Peter Principle, which is the idea that everyone will more or less rise to the level of their own incompetence. Today, we are talking a...Show More
TMBA456: An Episode For Those Who Need a Business Idea Redux

36:09 | Aug 30th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/businessideasredux/ One of Dan and Ian 's favorite topics to discuss on this show is business ideas. In particular, they love brainstorming new business ideas with the listeners of this podcast. Coming up with a great bus...Show More
TMBA455: The Rise of Audiobooks and a Giveaway

27:25 | Aug 23rd, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/riseaudiobooks/ Every week, for over 450 episodes, Dan and Ian talk on this podcast about business, entrepreneurship, and location independence. They do so because they love creating and consuming audio content. It's no ...Show More
TMBA454: What Does Your City Whisper?

42:59 | Aug 16th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/citywhisper/ Dan and Ian have spent many hours on this show talking about location and in particular the cities that location-independent entrepreneurs choose to live in. A little while ago, Dan read an article called Cit...Show More
TMBA453: What’s The First Step To Becoming an Entrepreneur?

56:28 | Aug 9th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/millennialrevolution/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/millennialrevolution/ Podcast 56:28 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment This week, Dan and Ian are talking about the very first step to creating a lifestyle business. Co...Show More
TMBA452: How to Master a Mastermind

28:40 | Aug 2nd, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/mastermindthoughts/ On today's podcast, Dan and Ian are talking about one of the most critical elements to their own success in business: masterminds. We've talked about the importance of masterminds before on this podcast...Show More
TMBA451: Are You Suffering From Analysis Paralysis?

33:43 | Jul 26th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/analysisparalysis/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/analysisparalysis/ Podcast 33:44 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment Dan and Ian struggled (as many entrepreneurs do) getting on their feet and creating the kind of success...Show More
Episode 450: TMBA450: The Best Remote Business Might Be On Your Doorstep

33:26 | Jul 19th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/remotelocalbusinesses/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/remotelocalbusinesses/ Podcast 33:26 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment Dan and Ian love sharing entrepreneurial origins stories on this show. Today, we are bringing y...Show More
Episode 449: TMBA449: The Peter Principle Revisited

30:14 | Jul 12th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/peterprinciple/ On this week's episode, Dan and Ian are going to explore one of the philosophical concepts that they have been talking about increasingly on this show. The Peter Principle was originally published by Lauren...Show More
Episode 448: TMBA448: The Cult of Early Retirement

42:05 | Jul 4th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/retirementcult/ Dan and Ian share stories of financial freedom every week on this podcast. On this week's episode, they wanted to explore what that freedom actually means. To some, living a life of frugality can allow your...Show More
Episode 447: TMBA447: The Suburban Entrepreneur

51:40 | Jun 28th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/spyguy/ Dan and Ian return this week with another unique entrepreneurial origin story. In fact, today's guest has built a business in the last four years that has revenues in the low seven figures and he now employs five e...Show More
Episode 446: TMBA446: The Tale of 12 Exits

42:32 | Jun 21st, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/tomhannon/ As many of you know, Dan and Ian love hearing from the listeners of this show. A listener named Tom Hannon recently wrote in with a question that we really hadn't addressed on this show before. We've talked a l...Show More
Episode 445: TMBA445: Finding Your Tribe

29:21 | Jun 14th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/maitie/ Today's show is all about seizing opportunities. Last year, Dan and Ian invited Greg Gerber, who is a member of our community The Dynamite Circle, on to the show to talk about how he gifted an up-and-coming entrepr...Show More
Episode 444: TMBA444: When Should I Hire?

55:55 | Jun 7th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/hiringhelp/ Dan and Ian are back this week to respond to another listener-submitted question. Chris Cage from GreenbellyBar.com recently reached out to us with a problem that many listeners of this show have been strugglin...Show More
Episode 443: TMBA443: The Knowledge Gap vs. The Efficiency Gap Revisited

42:20 | May 31st, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/knowedgeversusefficiencyrevisited/ A few weeks ago , Dan and Ian published an episode called The Knowledge Gap vs. The Efficiency Gap. In that episode, they tried to make a distinction between businesses that solve "Knowle...Show More
Episode 442: TMBA442: ‘Til Death Do Us Part? Business Relationships

33:08 | May 24th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/businessrelationships/ Dan and Ian love receiving messages and questions from listeners of this show. A few weeks back, one listener reached out to them about what the ownership structure of a business partnership should l...Show More
Episode 441: TMBA441: The Entrepreneurial Script

34:19 | May 17th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/entrepreneurialscript/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/entrepreneurialscript/ Podcast 34:19| Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment One of Dan and Ian‘s favorite parts about creating this podcast is being able to find real entre...Show More
Episode 440: TMBA440: What’s Your Lifestyle Ladder?

36:16 | May 10th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/lifestyleladder/ Dan and Ian know that today's episode is about a rather sensitive subject. Not many people in American society feel comfortable talking about money. It's quite taboo in some social circles to share how muc...Show More
Episode 439: TMBA439: Five Takeaways From Our Event In Austin

39:12 | May 3rd, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/austintakeaways/ On today's show, Dan and Ian are going to be sharing some of their thoughts about the event that they recently hosted in Austin, Texas. Approximately 100 internet entrepreneurs got together in Austin last ...Show More
Episode 438: TMBA438: The Knowledge Gap vs. The Efficiency Gap

34:07 | Apr 26th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/knowledgevsefficiency/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/knowledgevsefficiency/ Podcast 34:08| Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment On this week’s show, Dan and Ian are revisiting a subject that they haven’t spoken about in four...Show More
Episode 437: TMBA437: The Two Tomato Strategy

23:06 | Apr 19th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/twotomatoes/ Dan and Ian are all too familiar with the difficulties of completing projects. A few weeks ago, they spoke at length about how "resistance" can get in the way of achieving success in your entrepreneurial endea...Show More
Episode 436: TMBA436: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Sh*t Together

34:40 | Apr 12th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/sherrywalling/ Today Dan and Ian are going to talk about something that every entrepreneur has to deal with. That "something" is the anxiety that comes along with the entrepreneurial way of life and the overall challenge t...Show More
Episode 435: TMBA435: The Resistance is Real

30:39 | Apr 5th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/resistance/ Dan and Ian know that one of the most difficult things about running a business is having the right mindset, especially in the early stages. One of the most powerful concepts about how to improve your creative ...Show More
Episode 434: TMBA434: The Lure of Remote Work

24:23 | Mar 29th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/dynamitejobs/ For many years, Dan and Ian have spoken about jobs on this podcast. After all, the TropicalMBA originally started as a job listing on this website. Jobs are an important facet of entrepreneurial life. Remot...Show More
Episode 433: TMBA433: A Conversation With Seth Godin

45:43 | Mar 22nd, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/sethgodin/ Today's guest has been massively influential on Dan and Ian from the very start of their journey. Seth Godin is something of a legend in entrepreneurial circles, and he hardly needs an introduction. His books a...Show More
Episode 432: TMBA432: Finish Big – A Conversation with Bo Burlingham

58:19 | Mar 15th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/finishbig/ Dan and Ian announced on last week's podcast that they are publishing a new book about the things they wished they had considered before they sold their business. In researching the topic, they were shocked to f...Show More
Episode 431: TMBA431: We Wrote a Book

19:38 | Mar 8th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/book/ Dan and Ian have some very exciting news to share on today's podcast. Longtime listeners know that the two of them spent several years growing a business that they eventually sold. They have also spent countless hour...Show More
Episode 430: TMBA430: The Philosophy Of Crypto

45:18 | Mar 1st, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/cryptocurrency/ A few weeks back, Dan and Ian shared an in-depth conversation about cryptocurrency. That podcast featured Greg Gerber, who spoke about the basic things that you need to know about Bitcoin, Ethereum, and oth...Show More
Episode 429: TMBA429: The Problem With Cold Email

36:53 | Feb 22nd, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/marketingmethods/ Dan and Ian know better than anyone how important lead generation is to a business. After all, they used to end every episode of this podcast with the phrase "Go make a cold call." Every business needs t...Show More
Episode 428: TMBA428: A Critique of Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Workweek

34:27 | Feb 15th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/4hourworkweekcritique/ A recent episode of Tim Ferriss' podcast caught the attention of Dan and Ian. The title of that episode was "The 4-Hour Workweek Revisited". For those who are unfamiliar, Tim is the author of The 4...Show More
Episode 428: TMBA427: Dan and Ian’s Consulting Corner

41:51 | Feb 8th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/consultingcorner1/ Dan and Ian receive a lot of emails from listeners of this show. They don't always have time to respond to them, but one recent email caught their attention. The message was from a listener named Jay Cl...Show More
What’s Happening in 2018 at the TMBA?

25:00 | Feb 6th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/2018-news/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/2018-news/ Podcast 25:00| Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment Occasionally we’ll be putting out a ‘Tuesday podcast’ with some news and ways you can get involved beyond the main TMBA ...Show More
Episode 426: TMBA426: Our Favorite Books of the Past Year

40:57 | Feb 1st, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/booksandwriting/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/booksandwriting/ Podcast 40:57| Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment It is no secret that Dan and Ian have an affinity for great books, and they know that the listeners of this ...Show More
Episode 425: TMBA425: Meet The Deal Master

1:12:58 | Jan 25th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/artofthedeal/ A few months back, Dan and Ian shared a conversation on this show about a failed negotiation that Ian was involved in for a used car. The response we received about that episode was pretty overwhelming, and t...Show More
Episode 424: TMBA424: Three Scripts for Entrepreneurship

34:38 | Jan 18th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/threescripts/ Dan and Ian have decided to use today's podcast to talk about a particularly difficult, but common issue in our community.  One of the biggest challenges that entrepreneurs face is adhering to the "life scrip...Show More
Episode 423: TMBA423: It’s a Boy!

40:58 | Jan 11th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/parenting1/ Today's podcast is a very special episode. Dan and Ian are taking some time this week to celebrate the birth of Ian's new son. On this episode, you'll hear all about how Ian is transitioning to his new role a...Show More
Episode 422: TMBA422: Crypto: What’s It All About?

46:54 | Jan 4th, 2018

http://www.tropicalmba.com/crypto/ Happy New Year and welcome back to all of our listeners. We hope that we can help make 2018 your best year in business ever. To kick things off strong, Dan and Ian are going to talk about one of the most popular an...Show More
Episode 420: TMBA420: No Epiphany Required

42:29 | Dec 21st, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/greenbelly2/ In the past, Dan and Ian have spoken on this podcast about specific "epiphanies" that entrepreneurs have had on their journey. You're not going to hear about a lightbulb business idea or an overnight success s...Show More
Episode 419: TMBA419: You Are Who You Meet

38:25 | Dec 14th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/nateginsburg/ Dan and Ian have spent many years on this show discussing the importance of surrounding yourself with supportive people who share your vision. Today's guest can attest to that philosophy. Nate Ginsburg has ...Show More
Episode 418: TMBA418: The Services Problem

28:38 | Dec 7th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/theservicesproblem/ Last week, Dan and Ian spoke to Greg Gerber on this podcast. During that conversation, Greg mentioned that he had recently interacted with many listeners of this show, and that a large portion of them o...Show More
Episode 417: TMBA417: The Gift

35:37 | Nov 30th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/gregsgift/ Dan and Ian have shared many stories on this show about luck, serendipity, and being in the right place at the right time. But what if that luck isn't totally random? Today's episode is about entrepreneurs (and...Show More
Episode 416: TMBA416: Entrepreneurship: Don’t Tell Your Parents

49:50 | Nov 23rd, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/vincent/ The theme of today's show is navigating the social pressures that so many of us feel from friends, family, and colleagues. Dan and Ian are certainly familiar with these feelings, and today's guest is no stranger ...Show More
Episode 415: TMBA415: Insiders Discuss Making Money with Amazon: a Double Edged Sword?

1:01:26 | Nov 16th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/amazon2/ This week's episode represents one of the most promising and immediate opportunities for starting a business on the internet. Dan and Ian have spoken at length about Amazon on this show in the past. Time after tim...Show More
Episode 414: TMBA414: 5 Days in Thailand

41:08 | Nov 9th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/dcbkk2017/ Today Dan and Ian are going to be talking about their biggest weekend of the year. They are fresh off the heels of DCBKK, the annual event that they host in Bangkok for members of The Dynamite Circle. Hundreds ...Show More
Episode 413: TMBA413: So You’ve Built a 7 Figure Company, What’s Next?

45:47 | Nov 2nd, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/municibid/ Dan and Ian have talked to many business owners on this podcast about what it takes to create a highly successful business, but what are we supposed to do once our businesses become successful? Today's guest is ...Show More
Episode 411: TMBA411: The 10 Commandments of Travel Revisited

30:04 | Oct 19th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/tencommandmentsrevisited/ Over the years, Dan and Ian have spent a lot of time on this show talking about travel. One particular episode of this show called The 10 Travel Commandments, has resonated quite a bit with our li...Show More
Episode 410: TMBA410: The Creation of a Brand

58:26 | Oct 12th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/linjer/ Dan and Ian love physical product companies. After all, they started their own entrepreneurial journey by selling physical products. On this week's show, they have chosen to showcase the story of a mid-market luxu...Show More
Episode 409: TMBA409: Amazon And The Elephant In The Room

34:49 | Oct 5th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/amazingseller/ This week, Dan and Ian are going to be talking about one of the most successful platforms for building an online business, and one that has historically been under-represented on this show. That platform is ...Show More
Episode 408: TMBA408: Growing a Business With Your Spouse

53:16 | Sep 28th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/greenbacktaxservices/ For the past several weeks, Dan and Ian have been speaking about what it means to build a culture for your company. One of the most important parts to fostering that culture is managing a team, and al...Show More
Episode 407: TMBA407: How to Close the George Washington Bridge

48:51 | Sep 21st, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/gfny/ Dan and Ian often use this show as a platform to talk about the things that they are most passionate about. This week, we are taking a look at two of Dan's favorite topics: cycling and event-based businesses. Uli Fl...Show More
Special Episode : How to Join the TMBA Team

20:26 | Sep 19th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/seekingapprentice/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/seekingapprentice/ Podcast 20:26| Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment Dan and Ian are currently seeking a Business Development Apprentice to help grow The Dynamite Circle, as...Show More
Episode 406: TMBA406: Shower Thoughts

23:23 | Sep 14th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/showerthoughts/ Dan and Ian have often subscribed to the notion that some of their best ideas come from their most personal moments, and what moment is more personal than taking a shower? This week's episode is a collectio...Show More
Episode 405: TMBA405: A Conversation with Noah Kagan

1:01:04 | Sep 7th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/noahkagan/ Dan and Ian are very fortunate to speak to one of their favorite entrepreneurs this week, and someone whose reputation certainly precedes him. This week's guest is Noah Kagan. Noah is the founder of AppSumo.c...Show More
Episode 404: TMBA404: Dreamlines Revisited

36:53 | Aug 31st, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/dreamline/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/dreamline/ Podcast 36:53| Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment On this week’s episode, Dan and Ian unearth some important documents from 2009. Yes, we are talking about their original...Show More
Episode 403: TMBA403: Why Honesty is the Best Policy When Growing a Team

34:37 | Aug 24th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/convertkit/ On today's show, Dan and Ian are going to talk to an entrepreneur whose business is absolutely on fire right now. Nathan Barry is the founder and CEO of ConvertKit, an email marketing program for bloggers. Conv...Show More
Episode 402: TMBA402: What’s Your Superpower?

50:32 | Aug 17th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/jasoncohen/ Today's guest is one of the smartest business minds that Dan and Ian have encountered in their travels. Jason Cohen is the founder of WP Engine, a very successful company that provides managed Wordpress hosting...Show More
Episode 401: TMBA401: What’s In A Name?

49:52 | Aug 10th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/nameyourbusiness/ This week's episode is about a question that Dan and Ian are struggling to answer right now: What is the best way to go about naming a new business or product? A lot of times you only get one chance to ge...Show More
Episode 400: TMBA400: Back To Our Roots

28:36 | Aug 3rd, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/400thshow/ Dan and Ian have spent a substantial amount of their life making this show, nearly 8 years to be exact. What better way to celebrate the 400th episode of this podcast than to return to one of their favorite epis...Show More
Episode 399: TMBA399: How Smart Drug Smarts Became a Podcast

50:17 | Jul 27th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/curiosity/ Today's show is the product of a dream that Dan and Ian both had, which inspired them to follow up with an old friend. The topic is a rather simple one. What if you could take your curiosity and energy about a t...Show More
Episode 398: TMBA398: Evolve or Die

34:01 | Jul 20th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/adbadger/ Dan and Ian often speak on this podcast about how businesses and entrepreneurs evolve. Today's guest, Michael Erikson, has certainly done that since the last time he spoke on this show. Michael's journey started,...Show More
Episode 397: TMBA397: We Want Your Questions

33:46 | Jul 13th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/questions1/ On today's show, Dan and Ian are once again reaching into the mailbag to answer some questions from the listeners of this show. You'll hear practical answers about a whole slew of topics, including purchasing an...Show More
Episode 396: TMBA396: The Realities of Running a Business in 2017

50:35 | Jul 6th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba2017/ As many of our listeners know, Dan and Ian hosted an event in Austin, TX last week that brought together entrepreneurs from all over the world to talk about their businesses. Today's episode features five of the ...Show More
Episode 395: TMBA395: Should You Quit Full-Time Entrepreneurship?

30:28 | Jun 29th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/quittingentrepreneurship/ One of the dichotomies that Dan and Ian often address on this show is the difference between being an entrepreneur and having a job. Today's podcast is going to cover a rather taboo subject in som...Show More
Episode 394: TMBA394: What Happened to Technorati?

35:01 | Jun 22nd, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/richardjalichandra/ One of the things that Dan and Ian are most passionate about is finding great blogs and podcasts. These days, the internet seems to be getting smaller and smaller. You really need to dig deep to find un...Show More
Episode 393: TMBA393: How to Pitch

41:42 | Jun 15th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/howtopitch/ It's safe to say that Dan and Ian get a lot of pitches in their inbox. These pitches come in a variety of forms, but the people that send these pitches often follow a lot of the same archetypes. In general, the...Show More
The Alchemy of Pitching – What To Consider When Selling Yourself or Your Business via Email

0:00 | Jun 14th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/creating-successful-pitches/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/creating-successful-pitches/ This week’s podcast outlines our thoughts about how to be more successful making pitches, and cutting deals, via email. Ahead of that epis...Show More
Episode 392: TMBA392: Should You Move to Chiang Mai?

39:53 | Jun 8th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/liveinthailand/ This week's episode is another chapter in a long-running series on this podcast, where Dan and Ian have been exploring the locations around the globe that entrepreneurs are moving to. Today, you will hear f...Show More
Business Class in London

0:00 | Jun 6th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/business-class-in-london/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/business-class-in-london/ I’ve said for a while now: it’s better to travel to a more obscure location where you know people than to travel to a world-class destination wh...Show More
Episode 391: TMBA391: Breaking Up is Hard to Do

43:29 | Jun 1st, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/productized5/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/productized5/ Podcast 43:29 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment Just over a year ago, Dan and Ian profiled a productized bookkeeping business called the Bean Ninjas. A lot has h...Show More
Episode 390: TMBA390: How to Get Better at Sales

1:05:55 | May 25th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/salestechniques/ One of the topics that Dan and Ian have repeatedly been asked to talk about on this show is sales. The reality for the majority of the entrepreneurs who listen to this show is that their businesses live or...Show More
Episode 389: TMBA389: TMBA Mailbag: How Can I Get Started on My Own Business?

44:29 | May 18th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/getstartedqanda/ One of the requests that Dan and Ian have received a lot on this show is to do more of an old school episode; the kind of one-on-one conversation that permeated the early days of this podcast. On this week...Show More
The Middle Class Mind

0:00 | May 16th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-middle-class-mind/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-middle-class-mind/ I was in Barcelona to attend a business conference. One evening, a small group of us found our way to a fancy bar with quiet music. We knew each other...Show More
Episode 388: TMBA388: Why We Need Strong Towns

47:09 | May 11th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/strongtowns/ Dan and Ian are always looking for new ways to increase their productivity. In a lot of ways, Dan and Ian have often used this show as a means to explore places, though they have never explored those places in...Show More
Is America Bad at Building Cities?

0:00 | May 9th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/is-america-bad-at-building-cities/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/is-america-bad-at-building-cities/ I was at dinner in Barcelona with two Americans who live in the United States. They wanted to know why I had chosen to live ab...Show More
Episode 387: TMBA387: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

47:07 | May 4th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/stressfreeproductivity/ Dan and Ian are always looking for new ways to increase their productivity. Quite often, there is a mental cost that comes with any kind of productivity boost. Generally speaking, the harder a perso...Show More
Here’s a Problem With Metrics

0:00 | May 2nd, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/heres-a-problem-with-metrics/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/heres-a-problem-with-metrics/ A few weeks back, I was on a call with Ian. We were discussing how to best manage our team. He asked, “What numbers are we tracking? Wha...Show More
Episode 386: TMBA386: Should You Base Yourself in Andorra or Panama?

47:54 | Apr 27th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/andorraandpanama/ One of the things that Dan and Ian discuss pretty frequently on this show are the places in the world that location independent people tend to gravitate toward. In this community a lot of people move aro...Show More
Episode 385: TMBA385: To Headquarter or Not to Headquarter?

32:35 | Apr 20th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/knotel/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/knotel/ Podcast 32:35 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment Generally speaking, Dan and Ian aren’t exactly fans of having a physical office. This is due, in large part, to the complicat...Show More
We’re hosting an event for business owners in Austin, Texas

0:00 | Apr 18th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/austin-event-summer-2017/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/austin-event-summer-2017/ We have been hosting events for entrepreneurs the better part of a decade. Generally, one in the summer, and one in the fall. This year, our sum...Show More
Episode 384: TMBA384: Are You an Imposter?

36:06 | Apr 13th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/imposter/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/imposter/ Podcast 36:06 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment A recent thread in the Dynamite Circle forum really caught Dan and Ian‘s attention, and seemed to resonate with a great n...Show More
What Does Your City Whisper to You?

0:00 | Apr 11th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/what-does-your-city-whisper-to-you/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/what-does-your-city-whisper-to-you/ Every time I am in New York, I think about an article by Paul Graham called “Cities and Ambition.” The idea is that cities s...Show More
Episode 383: TMBA383: Brent Beshore and the 50 Year Private Equity Plan

51:28 | Apr 6th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/brentbeshore/ The toughest nut for Dan and Ian to crack over the last few years has been how to make money with your money. How do you successfully invest in small businesses without having to run them on a day-to-day basi...Show More
Is Etsy the Next Online Gold Rush?

0:00 | Apr 4th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/is-etsy-the-next-online-gold-rush/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/is-etsy-the-next-online-gold-rush/ The barrier to business ownership online is being lowered all the time. Over the last 10 years, marketplaces like Ebay, Amazon...Show More
Episode 382: TMBA382: LAX->MNL->OTP with Family in Tow

29:02 | Mar 30th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/romania/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/romania/ Podcast 29:02 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment Today, Dan and Ian are continuing their miniseries in which they look at the many different locations that people in this c...Show More
Episode 381: TMBA381: A Conversation with Cal Newport

56:04 | Mar 23rd, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/calnewport/ If you are anything like Dan and Ian, then you have likely spent years geeking out on the writings of this week's guest. Cal Newport is a computer science professor, and he has been operating a blog on his webs...Show More
Episode 380: TMBA380: Who Is Tracking You?

28:07 | Mar 16th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/uglymail/ Dan and Ian have talked many times on this podcast about how the best ideas often come from scratching your own itch, or finding problems for solutions that you have experienced. Lately, Dan has had a very specif...Show More
A Mistake Most Interviewers Make

0:00 | Mar 14th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/a-mistake-most-interviewers-make/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/a-mistake-most-interviewers-make/ Interviewing people is hard. But it is also incredibly rewarding when you get it right, or even nearly get it right! While liste...Show More
Episode 379: TMBA379: A Conversation With Jordan Harbinger

47:06 | Mar 9th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/jordanharbinger/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/jordanharbinger/ Podcast 47:06 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment It’s no secret that Dan and Ian are radio enthusiasts. It’s the reason that they started making this podcas...Show More
Episode 378: TMBA378: “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Try Try Again.”

39:10 | Mar 2nd, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/splitly/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/splitly/ Podcast 39:10 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment On today’s show, Dan and Ian have decided to focus on something that has never been done on this podcast. They have intervi...Show More
Stuck in a Rut

0:00 | Feb 28th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/stuck-in-a-rut/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/stuck-in-a-rut/ I don’t remember how it started, probably with Taylor Pearson. In early 2016, we had been working on a long article (booklet?) for a month or so. 1,000s and 1,000s ...Show More
Episode 377: TMBA377: How Does Your Business Feel?

32:36 | Feb 23rd, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/howdoesyourbusinessfeel/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/howdoesyourbusinessfeel/ Podcast 32:36 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment A short while back, Dan and Ian invited Rob Dix and Rob Bence on to the show to share their...Show More
Episode 376: TMBA376: Should You Base Yourself in Eastern Europe?

44:07 | Feb 16th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/hungaryandgeorgia/ A few weeks ago, Dan and Ian published their first episode of a new series on this podcast, where they decided to seek out the answer to a question that every location-independent entrepreneur has struggl...Show More
Set Your Pricing Accordingly

0:00 | Feb 14th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/set-your-pricing-accordingly/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/set-your-pricing-accordingly/ Dave, over at Grav.com, is one of the leading manufactures of glass pipes in the marijuana industry. We first met in Austin, but serendi...Show More
Episode 375: TMBA375: How 100s Of Young Entrepreneurs are Making Generational Wealth in Less Than 5 Years

59:28 | Feb 9th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/makemoneywithamazon/ In the past, Dan and Ian have explored what they like to call the "Amazon Gold Rush" on this podcast. Today's show is inspired by someone that Dan recently spent some time with who is knee deep in tha...Show More
Episode 374: TMBA374: Are You An Entrepreneurial Person?

31:22 | Feb 2nd, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/entrepreneurialpeople/ A few weeks ago, Dan and Ian sent out an email to the listeners of this podcast, in an attempt to get to know the audience a little better. They were excited to find out that many of the listeners of...Show More
Episode 373: TMBA373: Should You Base Yourself in Southern Europe?

36:31 | Jan 26th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/spainandportugal/ This episode is the first in a series in which Dan and Ian attempt to answer one of the fundamental questions that all location-independent entrepreneurs eventually ask themselves: If I can live anywhere, ...Show More
Episode 372: TMBA372: A Conversation with Wait But Why’s Tim Urban

36:40 | Jan 19th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/waitbutwhy/ Today's guest is easily one of Dan and Ian's favorite writers online. Tim Urban is the man behind Wait But Why. He writes long-form, stick figure illustrated blog posts on a variety of topics. Better yet, he h...Show More
Hiring Less to Make More

0:00 | Jan 17th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/hiring-less-to-make-more/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/hiring-less-to-make-more/ Last week I had a call with Andrew Youderian, who I speak with about once a quarter. Since Andrew also runs a community, and we were both in eco...Show More
Episode 371: TMBA371: Should Your Next Employee Be a Mom?

34:01 | Jan 12th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/hiremymom/ Dan and Ian know that all entrepreneurs struggle with hiring, and specifically hiring remote workers. One thing that they have learned over the years, through listeners of this podcast and members of the Dynamit...Show More
Episode 370: TMBA370: The Saturday Morning Side Hustle

45:55 | Jan 5th, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/clickminded/ Dan and Ian have always been fascinated by people who can create ways to generate income quickly. Today's guest not only works for one of the most successful startups in San Francisco, but at the same time he ...Show More
Five Hangovers from 2016

0:00 | Jan 3rd, 2017

http://www.tropicalmba.com/five-hangovers-from-2016/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/five-hangovers-from-2016/ There are a few things in my life, left over from 2016, which I’d like to change in 2017. They are: Lose the extra 15 lbs for good. I’m guessing...Show More
Happy Holidays From the TMBA

0:00 | Dec 27th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/happy-holidays-from-the-tmba/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/happy-holidays-from-the-tmba/ This is one of the few weeks of the year that the entire TMBA team doesn’t come together in our virtual office. But I wanted to sneak in...Show More
Episode 368: TMBA368: The 12 Days of an Entrepreneur’s Christmas

19:28 | Dec 22nd, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/christmas/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/christmas/ Podcast 19:28 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment On this very festive edition of the TropicalMBA Podcast, Dan and Ian have decided to put their own spin on one of their...Show More
Why I Overinvest

0:00 | Dec 20th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/why-i-overinvest/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/why-i-overinvest/ In every company I have owned, I have made the same mistake: I over invested. For most businesses, generally in the first few years, there is a period when you ...Show More
Episode 367: TMBA367: The Business Idea Bonanza with Dan Norris

44:31 | Dec 15th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/businessideas3/ A few weeks ago, Dan and Ian mentioned that they would be inviting their friend Dan Norris back onto the program. Dan Norris is the author of The 7 Day Startup, and for lack of a better term, he is a busine...Show More
Episode 366: TMBA366: A Conversation with Ricardo Semler

41:24 | Dec 8th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/ricardosemler/ On today's show, Dan and Ian are going to be speaking with someone who has inspired them both for a very long time. In fact, he is the author of one of the most cited books on this podcast. Maverick is Rica...Show More
You Are Where You Come From

0:00 | Dec 6th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/you-are-where-you-come-from/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/you-are-where-you-come-from/ A few years ago people (mostly non-entrepreneurs) started asking me the question “Where did you come up with that idea?”, in reference to ...Show More
Episode 365: TMBA365: Estonian E-Residency: Is It For You?

38:05 | Dec 1st, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/estonia/ On today's show, Dan and Ian are taking a look at one specific country. Estonia is a nation that, until this point, our hosts had very little knowledge of. They are a country that has started behaving like a start...Show More
Episode 364: TMBA364: Sometimes the Best Business Idea is the Most Obvious

40:59 | Nov 24th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/sarahk/ Back in 2012, Dan and Ian hosted a two week seminar that was attended by 44 listeners of this show, and Sarah Kornblet was one of those people. Since attending that seminar, Sarah has become a very successful attorn...Show More
Rich Man, Poor Man

0:00 | Nov 22nd, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/rich-man-poor-man/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/rich-man-poor-man/ Last Tuesday I was going through my morning routine, which usually entails eating breakfast and browsing my local Craigslist classifieds. There was a time whe...Show More
Episode 363: TMBA363: The Value of Apprenticeships

39:19 | Nov 17th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/apprentice2/ On this show, Dan and Ian talk a lot about apprenticeships. In doing research about apprenticeships, Ian recently discovered that in many developed countries all over the world, there is a very robust apprenti...Show More
What Advice Do You Have for Students?

0:00 | Nov 15th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/what-advice-do-you-have-for-students/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/what-advice-do-you-have-for-students/ A writer friend was recently invited to speak in front of a group of students. He was asked to share his opinions on how...Show More
Episode 362: TMBA362: You Can Start a Business This Weekend, Here Are Some Ideas

40:14 | Nov 10th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/businessideas2/ On last week's show, Dan and Ian spoke about how many entrepreneurs are finding success with productized service business. One of the reasons for that success is that these businesses can be started quickly ...Show More
Episode 361: TMBA361: Contemplations On Five Years of DCBKK

25:51 | Nov 3rd, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/eventfive/ Dan and Ian are both recovering from their DC BKK event that they host every year in Bangkok. This year marked the fifth anniversary of that event, which has been a topic of conversation on this show every year s...Show More
What I’m Doing Now

0:00 | Nov 1st, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/now/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/now/ This is a now page. I’m writing it because the question I get most from readers, when we meet, is “what are you up to now?” Until a few days ago I would joke that “my brains are scramble...Show More
Episode 360: TMBA360: Clay Collins and The Unraveling Marketing Stack

46:00 | Oct 27th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/claycollins/ Several weeks ago, Dan and Ian spoke with Simon Payne about his experiences as the technical co-founder of LeadPages, the number one landing page software on the web, and his decision to leave that company to p...Show More
Episode 359: TMBA359: Our Favorite Books and Blogs of 2016

37:39 | Oct 20th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/greatbooks/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/greatbooks/ Podcast 37:39 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, when Dan and Ian decided to start a business together, their first seriou...Show More
Our Annual Event, DCBKK, in 25 Photos

0:00 | Oct 18th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/dcbkk-in-25-photos/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/dcbkk-in-25-photos/ Creating business conferences isn’t something I thought I’d be doing 10 years ago. I never liked conferences, why create one? Perhaps we thought we’d do one...Show More
Episode 358: TMBA358: Is All Property an Investment Opportunity?

43:27 | Oct 13th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/propertypodcast/ Recently, Dan and Ian have been exploring the subject of investing in properties, and the many reasons and motivations that different investors have. It has been a few months since Ian purchased his home in...Show More
Have You Ever Considered Traveling With Large Computer Monitors?

0:00 | Oct 11th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/traveling-with-large-monitors/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/traveling-with-large-monitors/ Click around the web and you’ll find estimates, all over the map, about how much ‘screen size’ affects our productivity at work. The r...Show More
Episode 357: TMBA357: A Review of Snowball, a Biography Of Warren Buffett

22:48 | Oct 6th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/buffett/ Recently, Dan and Ian have decided to research someone who is a legend in the world of business. For a very long time, Warren Buffett was the richest person in the world. Dan and Ian both recently read Alice Schro...Show More
A Two Week Travel Itinerary – An Introduction to Asia

0:00 | Oct 4th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/two-weeks-in-asia/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/two-weeks-in-asia/ If you only had two weeks of vacation, and wanted to use them to visit Asia for the first time, where should you go? How should you spend your time? This was ...Show More
Episode 356: TMBA356: How Long Does it Take to Learn a Foreign Language?

35:24 | Sep 29th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/languagelearning/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/languagelearning/ Podcast 35:24 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment Hola! Like many of us, Dan and Ian spend a lot of time in foreign countries. As regular listeners know, D...Show More
Could You Replicate Your Education For Free – PhD or Podcast?

0:00 | Sep 27th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-end-of-jobs/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-end-of-jobs/ It’s been well over a year since Taylor Pearson’s book, The End of Jobs, was published. I thought of it this morning as I was replying to an email from a student ...Show More
Episode 355: TMBA355: (Nate Duncan Interview) – How The Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast Became a Business in Just a Year

45:53 | Sep 22nd, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/basketball/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/basketball/ Podcast 45:54 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment This week’s episode is the final instalment of our three-part series about people who have turned their passions (whi...Show More
Episode 354: TMBA354: Who is Mr. Regular? The Story Behind the Hit YouTube Channel Regular Car Reviews

54:55 | Sep 15th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/rcr/ In the second part of our three-part series, Dan and Ian are talking to people that have turned their own personal obsessions into successful businesses. This week, you'll be hearing from someone that Ian has admired ...Show More
Buying Reliable, Safe Cars with Cash

0:00 | Sep 13th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/my-dream-car/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/my-dream-car/ Last week, Ian wrote over 3,500 words about his new home purchase. But he skimmed over what might have been his greatest motivation for buying a big place– wrenching on...Show More
Episode 353: TMBA353: On the Bike with Patrick Brady

1:01:13 | Sep 8th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/cycling/ In the first part of a new three part series, Dan and Ian are going to be talking about some of their personal obsessions and the people who have turned those obsessions into businesses. This week, you'll hear abo...Show More
The Real Cost of Buying a House

0:00 | Sep 6th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-real-cost-of-buying-a-house/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-real-cost-of-buying-a-house/ Hi, Ian here. After a year or so of obsessing over Redfin and Realtor.com, I finally pulled the trigger and bought a house! My dec...Show More
Episode 352: TMBA352: Symptoms: Sleeplessness, Loneliness, Stress. Possible Diagnosis: Entrepreneurship

38:16 | Sep 1st, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/dccommunity/ Starting a business can be extremely emotionally difficult. Dan and Ian are very familiar with the personal toll that the process can take on an aspiring entrepreneur. A lot of times starting a business means ...Show More
The 9 Then 3 Lifestyle

0:00 | Aug 30th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-9-then-3-lifestyle/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-9-then-3-lifestyle/ One of the most intriguing ideas in The Four Hour Work Week is the concept of ‘mini-retirements.’ The possibility that, if you effectively automate ...Show More
Episode 351: TMBA351: An interview with “CEO Sally.” Find Out Who Bought Our Business

50:20 | Aug 25th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/soldfollowup/ A year ago, Dan and Ian published one of the most-listened to episodes of this podcast, titled 7 Things to Consider When Selling Your Business. In that episode, they detailed all of the ups and downs of the s...Show More
TMBA August News Updates

0:00 | Aug 23rd, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba-august-news-updates/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba-august-news-updates/ For two and a half years we’ve been sending weekly news emails to our subscribers. They included links to our favorite reads of the week, and a ...Show More
Episode 350: TMBA350: A Discussion About The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

39:49 | Aug 18th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/thesubtleart/ Today's guest is one of Dan and Ian's all time favorite writers, Mark Manson. Many of you may know him from his blog at MarkManson.net, where he has written about a wide range of subjects including digital no...Show More
Episode 349: TMBA349: The Technical Origin Story of Leadpages

36:45 | Aug 11th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/convertplayer/ Like all entrepreneurs, Dan and Ian have fantasized about putting their ideas out on the internet and making millions of dollars. Today's guest has actually done that. Simon Payne is the co-founder of Leadpa...Show More
Episode 348: TMBA348: You’ve Got Mail

19:35 | Aug 4th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/emailstrategies/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/emailstrategies/ Podcast 19:35 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment Email has been an all pervading part of entrepreneurial life for the last few decades. These days, Dan and ...Show More
Long Live RSS

0:00 | Aug 2nd, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/long-live-rss/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/long-live-rss/ I was at a cafe in London, reading a gossip newspaper (I enjoyed it). My friend, who tries hard to only read paper books, magazines and newspapers (like The Financial...Show More
Episode 347: TMBA347: Levelling Up Your Podcast

33:40 | Jul 28th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/podcastprocess/ About a year ago, Dan and Ian were working on their annual DC BKK event in Bangkok, and they were finding themselves strapped for time. They weren't putting the kind of resources or time into this show that ...Show More
Episode 346: TMBA346: The Early Story of Bitcoin

33:45 | Jul 21st, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/bitcoin/ Dan and Ian have been talking a lot on the TropicalMBA lately about investments, and those conversations have led them down a lot of interesting paths. Most notably, that curiosity has led them to explore the futu...Show More
Episode 345: TMBA345: You’re a Resident of Where?

32:48 | Jul 14th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/estherjacobs/ One of the recurring themes on this show is freedom. The freedom to make personal choices. The freedom to travel. The freedom to create a business that allows you to live the lifestyle you choose to live. Dan...Show More
Episode 344: TMBA344: 5 Reasons Not to Sell Your Business

20:40 | Jul 7th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/notsell/ It's been almost a year to the date since Dan and Ian sold their business. They don't regret the decision, but in the time since then, the two of them have explored a lot of "what ifs" in their head. A lot of list...Show More
Episode 343: TMBA343: A Look Inside Boutique Japan

46:33 | Jun 30th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/boutiquejapan/ Last week Dan and Ian talked about how they hosted a couple hundred entrepreneurs in Barcelona for the DCBCN conference. A lot of those entrepreneurs shared their stories on stage, which is an intimidating ta...Show More
Episode 342: TMBA342: Come Down From DCBCN – 5 Things We Learned

23:11 | Jun 23rd, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/bcnconference/ Dan and Ian are hot off the heels of the DCBCN conference they hosted this week, where over 200 entrepreneurs gathered in Barcelona to participate in a series of dinners, workshops, parties and even bike ride...Show More
Episode 341: TMBA341: Alex Blumberg on the Power of Podcasting

33:55 | Jun 16th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/gimlet2/ Last week we teased a very special guest for this week's episode. Today, Dan and Ian are very pleased to reveal that guest to be Alex Blumberg, the CEO of Gimlet Media and the host of one of our very favorite podca...Show More
Episode 340: TMBA340: When Being an Entrepreneur is ‘Meh’

30:41 | Jun 9th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/meh/ Being an entrepreneur isn't all wine and roses. Frankly, a lot of it can be described in one word: 'meh'. On this week's episode, Dan and Ian are going to be sharing five of the most tedious and monotonous things to e...Show More
Episode 339: TMBA339: Can You Invest in Property if You Don’t Have Much Money?

33:16 | Jun 2nd, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/property/ On today's episode, Dan and Ian are going to speaking with Paula Pant. Back when Dan was experimenting with renting a place on AirBNB, he stumbled upon Paula's blog at AffordAnything.com. She is incredibly transpa...Show More
Episode 338: TMBA338: What is the World’s Best Diet?

31:55 | May 26th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/diet/ This show has always been about finding success in your business and your lifestyle. We've talked about lifestyle in a lot of different ways, but one portion of our lifestyle that is so important, that we have rarely ...Show More
Episode 337: TMBA337: The Power of the Pickle

45:47 | May 19th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/pickle/ One of the fastest ways to gain freedom from a location or a 9-to-5 job is to sell your skill set and your time as a freelancer. When you do that, you can create problems that might not rear their head for years. O...Show More
Episode 336: TMBA336: Matt Farah on Breaking Through

41:38 | May 12th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/mattfarah/ On today's podcast, Dan and Ian have decided to dig into a topic that isn't usually covered on this show. We are going to be talking about one of Ian's favorite things in the world: cars. If you don't consider yo...Show More
Episode 335: TMBA335: The Long View on Location Independence

40:54 | May 5th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/longview/ Dan and Ian have been speaking about the lifestyle of the Location-Independent entrepreneur on this podcast for over six years. During that time, they've found that people all over the internet tend to glorify thi...Show More
Episode 334: TMBA334: Here’s How We Plan to ‘Manage’ Our Money

32:22 | Apr 28th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/investmentsfollowup/ On one of our recent episodes, Dan and Ian spoke with Joe Wirbick about some of their options for managing their money since they have sold their business. That episode elicited a very passionate respon...Show More
Episode 333: TMBA333: Info Product Talk

33:40 | Apr 21st, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/shayna/ If you have been listening to our show for a while, you will recognize this week's guest from an episode we did about a year and a half ago called "Is It Getting Harder to Grow a Successful Business Selling Info Pro...Show More
Episode 332: TMBA332: A Conversation with Mr. Money Mustache

51:01 | Apr 14th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/mmm/ On this week's show, Dan and Ian had the opportunity to interview one of their all-time favorite bloggers, "Mr. Money Mustache" Peter Adeney. Peter was recently the subject of a profile in The New Yorker, and you'll h...Show More
Episode 331: TMBA331: Productized #4 – The Evolution of a Business Idea

32:34 | Apr 7th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/productized4/ Longtime listeners know that one of our favorite things to do on the show is to ask our guests to donate business ideas to our audience. For the fourth part of our Productized series, Dan and Ian put out a cal...Show More
Episode 330: TMBA330: Getting the Most Out of YouTube

39:12 | Mar 31st, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/youtube/ On this week's episode, Dan and Ian are speaking with Gabby Wallace. Gabby is extremely qualified at teaching English as a second language, and has spent many years doing so in Japan. She got fed up with the tradit...Show More
Episode 329: TMBA329: The Exit

34:09 | Mar 24th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/theexit/ Jeff Giesea recently penned an article for the Harvard Business Review titled "Dealing With the Emotional Fallout of Selling Your Business". Needless to say, this article caught the eye of Dan and Ian, who have rec...Show More
Episode 328: TMBA328: How Do You Manage Your Money?

31:45 | Mar 17th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/investments/ As many longtime listeners know, Dan and Ian have recently sold their business. This has put them in a rather unique and advantageuous situation, and forces them to ask the question: what do you do with your mo...Show More
Episode 327: TMBA327: For Better or For Worse

22:55 | Mar 10th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/dhh2/ Today's episode is the second of a two part series in which Dan and Ian are speaking with the co-founder of Basecamp and creator of Ruby on Rails: David Heinemeier Hannson. This episode is all about business relation...Show More
Episode 326: TMBA326: To VC or Not to VC, That is the Question

34:26 | Mar 3rd, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/dhh/ Today's episode is the first of a two part series where Dan and Ian are speaking with David Heinemeier Hannson. David is the co-founder of Basecamp and the creator of Ruby on Rails. Truth be told, DHH has been a huge i...Show More
Episode 325: TMBA325: A Conversation With Ribbonfarm’s Venkat Rao

1:00:21 | Feb 25th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/ribbonfarm/ On this week's episode, Dan is speaking with Venkatesh Rao, Venkat is the author of RibbonFarm, a philosophy blog about technology and entrepreneurship. He recently launched an essay series called Breaking Smart...Show More
Episode 324: TMBA324: The Amazon Gold Rush

44:21 | Feb 18th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/amazongold/ Throughout the history of the internet, there have been many different entrepreneurial opportunities. People who got in on these opportunities early have historically found an incredible amount of success. What ...Show More
Episode 323: TMBA323: No Office Required

42:50 | Feb 11th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/nooffice/ There is a movement in the internet business world where some companies have decided to start getting rid of offices altogether. It might seem easy for small businesses to pull this off, but lately businesses have...Show More
Episode 322: TMBA322: One For the Writers

32:48 | Feb 4th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/oneforthewriters/ This week's episode is one for the writers, bloggers and creators. Dan and Ian have invited Jodi Ettenberg on to the show this week. Jodi is the author of a blog called LegalNomads.com, and she makes a ful...Show More
Episode 321: TMBA321: Productized #3 – An Expert’s Advice

31:39 | Jan 28th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/productized3/ Several weeks ago, we put out a call for someone who would be willing to start a productized service business on the show. Jeff Pecaro was the man that answered that call. This week, Dan and Jeff will be speak...Show More
Episode 320: TMBA320: How Do You Decide When Enough is Enough?

36:30 | Jan 21st, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/enough/ Being location independent means that you don't have a boss or a corporation telling you what to do, but it also means that you have to make your own decisions on how to spend your time. You have to decide how to ma...Show More
Episode 319: TMBA319: The Mind Game of Making Over $100,000

21:17 | Jan 14th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/michaele/ On this week's show Dan and Ian were originally going to be talking about the three different stages of entrepreneurship, but once Dan started speaking with Michael Erickson, he knew that this conversation was wor...Show More
Episode 318: TMBA318: Mentors – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

37:05 | Jan 7th, 2016

http://www.tropicalmba.com/mentor/ On today's episode Dan and Ian are going to explore the most powerful, and potentially toxic relationship in entrepreneurship; the relationship between a mentor and a mentee. We're doing so by speaking with Tim Conl...Show More
Episode 317: TMBA317: How to Embrace Changing Priorities

31:11 | Dec 31st, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/priorities/ This week we are chatting with Peter Griffin, a member of the Dynamite Circle who relocated to Austin, TX about two years ago. Peter is a prototypical digital nomad. Starting his own business has afforded him th...Show More
Episode 316: TMBA316: How Much Should I Be Meeting With My Team?

32:41 | Dec 24th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/meetings/ In this episode Dan and Ian offer thoughts, suggestions and ideas on the best way to handle meetings as your business – and number of employees - grows. You’ll also get the chance to ‘listen in’ on a Tropical MBA...Show More
Episode 315: TMBA315: Talking Smart Drugs

28:47 | Dec 17th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/smartdrugs/ Many entrepreneurs have dabbled with "smart drugs", also known as "cognitive enhancers" or "nootropics" but few have studied them as closely as Jesse Lawler. In his weekly podcast Smart Drugs Smarts, Jesse talks...Show More
Episode 314: TMBA314: The 3D Revolution

29:09 | Dec 10th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/3dprinting/ In this week’s episode Dan and Ian invite you to share in one of Bossman’s many interests: 3D printing. This technology has been around for a while - mostly used by designers and engineers to conceptualize and ...Show More
Episode 313: TMBA313: Should I Cut Bait On This Business?

27:31 | Dec 3rd, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/cutbait2/ Starting out as an entrepreneur can be scary – but it’s exhilarating and rewarding too. In the first part of series of episodes about the ‘different stages of the entrepreneurial journey’, Dan and Ian revisit some...Show More
Episode 312: TMBA312: Let’s Talk Tax

39:17 | Nov 26th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/tax/ One of the major issues that location independent entrepreneurs, who spend time outside their home country, grapple with is tax. Let’s be honest: we’re all looking for ways to pay less of that! Phil Hodgen is a leading...Show More
Episode 311: TMBA311: Productized Part II : ​​”Putting Yourself Out There Can Hurt”

26:29 | Nov 19th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/productized2/ A few weeks ago we spoke with Jeff Pecaro. Jeff is starting a productized service business and he offered to let us follow along with his journey on the show. This week we are catching up with him to find out ...Show More
Episode 310: TMBA310: A Conversation About Writing Books

26:11 | Nov 12th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/writingabook/ Is it possible to go from being successful blogger to writing a book that tops the Internet charts within the space of a year? In this week’s episode Dan talks to Taylor Pearson, an author who has done exactly...Show More
Episode 309: TMBA309: “Though We’ve Hit Over 100k MRR in Less Than a Year, I Still Feel Like an Outsider”

28:36 | Nov 5th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/laura/ Laura Roeder was one of our keynote speakers at DCBKK a few weeks ago and she really wowed the audience with her talk. Dan and Ian got a chance to sit down with her after the conference to talk about how she has been...Show More
Episode 308: TMBA308: So You’ve Been Asked to Speak at a Conference

35:04 | Oct 29th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/speaking-at-a-conference/ Don't panic. We've got it covered with Dan and Ian's handy guide. It includes: how to handle nerves (yep), slide design, the pros and cons of bullet points and what to do if your Q+A session is gre...Show More
How to Build a Portable Podcast Studio

0:00 | Oct 27th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/portable-podcast-studio/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/portable-podcast-studio/ Over the last few months, I’ve been working on building a portable podcast studio. This process has involved ordering a lot of useless equipment (...Show More
Episode 307: TMBA307: The One Where a Business Starts on the Show

27:45 | Sep 24th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/productized/ Today we are going to be doing something really special. A new business is actually starting on this week's show. We've been having a lot of trouble with email marketing lately. We're on a very basic email mark...Show More
Episode 306: TMBA306: Listener Mailbag: The Aftermath

23:50 | Sep 10th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/mailbagz/ A lot of our Podcast listeners write into us with questions. We've decided on this week's episode to play a round of TMBA Mailbag. Ian and I are going to take some time to answer a slew of questions from our liste...Show More
Episode 305: TMBA305: Building Teams of A Players

33:02 | Aug 28th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/aplayer/ This week we are talking about hiring. If you have a business that has less than 15 employees, every single employee has to be an A Player. You can't afford to have B and C level players working for you. This is sp...Show More
Episode 304: TMBA304: The Power of Under Optimization

23:31 | Aug 20th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/underoptimization/ A few years ago, I was at a mastermind in the Philippines and the people that were involved were a pretty intense group. At that event one entrepreneur stood out that was a little bit different than the r...Show More
Episode 303: TMBA303: 7 Things To Consider When Selling Your Business

49:05 | Aug 13th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/sold/ This is an exciting episode for us. Bossman and I are pleased to announce that we have sold our product business. The sale process was over a year and a half long, and we are going to be telling some pretty interestin...Show More
Tropical MBA is Hiring – Seeking Writer and Producer

0:00 | Aug 11th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/seeking-writer-and-producer/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/seeking-writer-and-producer/ Our podcast is over 6 years old. During that time we’ve produced over 300 episodes. On the whole, I’m proud of the work we’ve done. I’ll b...Show More
Episode 302: TMBA302: Launch Lessons Learned and Details on Our October Event

29:33 | Aug 7th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/productlaunchlessons/ Today I posted our first ever public ticket offering to DCBKK. We've launched so many of these events now, and we've learned from a lot of our mistakes over the years. I wanted to take an episode to so...Show More
Episode 301: TMBA301: 2015 Packing List Updates

17:42 | Jul 30th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/packing/ Ian is on vacation this week in Greece, and I am getting ready to fly back to the United States. I was in the process of packing my bags, when I received a call from a listener named Josh who was curious about what...Show More
Episode 300: TMBA300: Thoughts on Building a Small Business Culture

26:01 | Jul 16th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/culture/ A lot of people have been saying that our recent episodes have been targeted towards beginners. This is because we're fascinated by how people use a business model to go from scratch to building revenue. We thought...Show More
Episode 299: TMBA299: Getting Beyond the Blog and Connecting with Like Minds In Real Life

29:48 | Jul 9th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/bcn/ One of the things that I've always loved about the Tropical MBA is that our listeners have found so many different ways to interact with our show. Today we're going to be talking about how to get out from behind your c...Show More
Episode 298: TMBA298: A 10 True Clients Business Model Case Study

41:42 | Jul 2nd, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/10trueclients/ A common misconception in business today is that you have to build an audience of hundreds or thousands of people in order to sell something successfully. The fact is, when you're getting started, you won't h...Show More
Episode 297: TMBA297: Why You’re Going To Have To Become an Entrepreneur Eventually (So You Might as Well Do It Now)

22:02 | Jun 19th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/endofjobs/ This week longtime friend of the show Taylor Pearson drops by to talk about his new book, The End of Jobs. We don't typically invite guests on to the show to promote their books, but Taylor has had such a huge pa...Show More
Episode 296: TMBA296: What Would Be Your Next Steps if You Owned This Business?

31:35 | Jun 12th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/greenbelly/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/greenbelly/ Podcast 31:36| Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment After taking a brief sabbatical, we return to the show this week with a very unique guest. Chris Cage (Chris@GreenBell...Show More
Episode 295: TMBA295: Our Hobo in Tokyo​ – Living on the Cheap in Japan

25:47 | May 21st, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/tokyo/ This week on the show, I'm talking to Chris Kirkland from the Hobo CEO podcast. His show explores the philosophical side of the digital nomad movement. Chris is a veteran of the location independent scene, having fo...Show More
Episode 294: TMBA294: A Guide to Finding, Winning, and Creating Location Independent Apprenticeships

37:31 | May 14th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/apprentice/ One of the most frustrating parts of the entrepreneurial life script is that when you first hear about it and understand the benefits, you probably aren't ready to start a business. You know the answer is starti...Show More
Episode 293: TMBA293: Start a Business This Weekend Using the Software With a Service (SWaS) Business Model

38:27 | May 7th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/swas/ I recently came across an article on TechCrunch that caught my attention, all about the rise of "Do-It-For-Me" businesses. Big businesses have been doing "Do-It-For-Me" for decades, but small businesses remain a relat...Show More
Episode 292: TMBA292: Are the Days of Having to Be a Starving Artist Over?

26:55 | Apr 30th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/art/ Is it possible to build a business and monetize your art? This is a question we get asked a lot. One of our listeners got in touch with us this week and challenged us to speak about how we would apply some of our entre...Show More
Episode 291: TMBA291: I’ve Got Tons of Student Loan Debt, What Should I Do?

41:20 | Apr 23rd, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/studentloandebt/ Last week I was on vacation in Southeast Asia with my family, and we are all huge Penn State fans. I spent some of my most formative years around State College in Pennsylvania. I was thrilled when one of wh...Show More
Episode 290: TMBA290: A Conversation about Bootstrapping and Drop Shipping with Andrew Youderian

29:33 | Apr 16th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/dropshippinglife/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/dropshippinglife/ Podcast 29:33 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment This week Dan is on vacation in Asia with his family, so I’ve invited Andrew Youderian of eCommerceFuel o...Show More
Episode 289: TMBA289: A Career Opportunity With Our Team + Distributed Teams vs. Offices and Thoughts on Side Projects

38:04 | Apr 9th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/workwithus/ Today we are gonna do a Tropical MBA first, as we've decided to record a podcast about a new job listing. If you're interested in coming to work for our team, we encourage you to listen to this episode. We're al...Show More
Episode 288: Ask Us Anything (Business) : Starting Productized Services, Offshore, Our Future Plans

27:14 | Apr 2nd, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/bizquestions/ We've received a ton of great feedback from last week's Q&A session on relationships and lifestyle. This week we've decided to reach out to our listeners for questions pertaining to business. Ian and I are go...Show More
Episode 287: Ask Us Anything: Relationships, Business, Living Abroad, and More

45:50 | Mar 27th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/behindthescenes/ This episode is a pretty unique one. In this week's newsletter we reached out to our listeners and encouraged them to ask us just about anything that was on their minds. It turns out an overwhelming number ...Show More
Episode 286: TMBA286: An Audio Response to Alex Blumberg and Gimlet Media’s “Startup” Podcast

31:59 | Mar 19th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/gimlet/ Ian, Taylor Pearson and myself can't stop listening to Alex Blumberg's new podcast called Startup. If you haven't heard it yet, stop reading this and go listen to it. If you listen to a lot of podcasts or radio at a...Show More
Episode 285: TMBA285: So You’ve Got Some Time and Location Freedom, What’s Next?

22:00 | Mar 12th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/meaning/ In a nice bit of serendipity, I was in Singapore last week and I ran into my friend John McIntyre. John is The Autoresponder Guy, but today he didn't want to talk about email marketing or autoresponders. We got to ...Show More
Episode 284: TMBA284: Why Entrepreneurs are Flocking to Spain this Summer

37:36 | Mar 5th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/spain/ Not all of us came out of the womb wanting to start a business. Some of us were attracted to the personal agency and the freedom of being an entrepreneur. This week's guests all have a few things in common. They all ...Show More
Episode 283: TMBA283: Ways the Wealthy Do it Differently

25:23 | Feb 26th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/wealthy/ This weekend Ian and I shared the room with 30 high-net worth individuals. We held our first ever wealth event for some of the most successful listeners of this podcast. It's not very often that you get to hang out...Show More
Episode 282: TMBA282: Starting With Productized Services: Learn a Skill, Package It For Sale, Then Scale

39:53 | Feb 19th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/shopifyninjas/ A few weeks ago we did a show called "An Episode For Those Who Need a Business Idea". We got so much great feedback from that episode, and looking back at it, we realized it has become part of a series that w...Show More
Episode 281: TMBA281: An Episode For Those Who Like to Read

23:31 | Feb 12th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/books/ I love books. I love to read and I know that many of you do too. This week we're going to have a simple, fun episode where we talk about our favorite books. I will be sharing five books that I think people might enjo...Show More
Episode 280: TMBA280: How Our Software Startup Died a Slow Quiet Death

22:58 | Feb 5th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/valetup/ In April 2013, Ian and I cut a deal with Jesse Lawler to found ValetUp.com. Nearly two years later we find ourselves on the other side of the looking glass wondering what went wrong. In today's episode, we're going...Show More
Episode 279: TMBA279: Can Your Mastermind Offer Insurance Against Failure?

19:37 | Jan 29th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/nofail/ Today's episode is all about facilitating high level masterminds, and nobody does it better than Taylor Pearson. It can be hard to figure out what it takes to succeed. Masterminds put you in a position to surround y...Show More
Episode 278: TMBA278: An Episode For Those Who Need a Business Idea

31:43 | Jan 22nd, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/businessideas/ Back when Ian and I were working a 9-to-5, we were dreaming up all kinds of ideas to start a business. Over the years, we've discovered what we like to call the Business Idea Paradox; When you need these idea...Show More
Episode 277: TMBA277: How Does Location Independence Affect Relationships and Families?

43:41 | Jan 15th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/family/ I'm in the beautiful South Philippines today and in this very location last year, I met today's guests: Paul and Becky Kortman. The Kortmans are a big family with a unique story. Paul runs his own digital marketing ...Show More
Episode 276: TMBA276: Building Startups When You’ve Got Little Time and No Money

39:04 | Jan 8th, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/7daystartup/ Do you think it is possible to launch a scale-able start-up in just one week's time with no money invested? That might sound too good to be true, but Dan Norris has not only articulated an approach to this in h...Show More
Episode 275: TMBA275: How Should an Entrepreneur Invest $50,000?

21:24 | Jan 1st, 2015

http://www.tropicalmba.com/investing/ Bossman and I have taken the last few weeks off to recharge and prepare for our upcoming Singapore Event. We're back from our short break and ringing in the new year by discussing a question that Marc Cuban asked...Show More
Episode 274: TMBA274: When You’ve Built Yourself a Job Instead of a Business

31:59 | Dec 11th, 2014

http://www.tropicalmba.com/builtajob/ With the help of our friend Taylor Pearson from TaylorPearson.me, we are continuing our 5 part series. The first episode was about making that first $1,000 of income. This episode is all about the next phase of a...Show More
Episode 273: TMBA273: Stories From a Remote CEO

25:27 | Dec 4th, 2014

http://www.tropicalmba.com/remoteceo/ We are talking about what it means to be a remote CEO. This episode is essentially going to be story time with Ian. We discuss what it is like to leave the office for extended periods of time, and some essential ...Show More
Episode 272: TMBA272: Is It Getting Harder to Grow a Successful Business Selling Info Products?

39:56 | Nov 27th, 2014

http://www.tropicalmba.com/espressoenglish/ This week I've invited Shayna from EspressoEnglish.net to share how she was able to build a successful info product business that allows her to live anywhere in the world with just a laptop and $1,500 in ca...Show More
A Brief Guide to Being Bad at Email

0:00 | Nov 25th, 2014

http://www.tropicalmba.com/email-overload/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/email-overload/ I thought about email a lot over the past few weeks. Every morning, I watched messages trickle in and pile up. My replies were sporadic. I scanned the incoming to-d...Show More
Episode 271: TMBA271: Understanding and Optimizing For Multiple Currencies: A Conversation with Patrick McKenzie

1:15:35 | Nov 20th, 2014

http://www.tropicalmba.com/patrick/ Patrick McKenzie from Kalzumeus.com has been one of my favorite bloggers for over half of a decade. Patrick has a storied history of writing long-form pieces about the experiences of starting bootstrap software bus...Show More
10 Business Ideas You Can Launch in 7 Days

0:00 | Nov 18th, 2014

http://www.tropicalmba.com/quick-launch-biz-ideas/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/quick-launch-biz-ideas/ “The ability to learn from real data is why the 7 Day Startup works. You wipe assumptions off the table.” – Dan Norris Episode #183 of Startups For ...Show More
Episode 270: TMBA270: A Roundtable Discussion on Apprentices, Mentoring, and Team Building

26:54 | Nov 13th, 2014

http://www.tropicalmba.com/returntoapprentice/ Our old friend and former team member Taylor Pearson from TaylorPearson.me has come by this week to help us have a broad, round-table conversation about team building. We talk about the ways that Ian and...Show More
How Do You Organize Your Time When You Don’t Have a 9 to 5?

0:00 | Nov 11th, 2014

http://www.tropicalmba.com/9to5/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/9to5/ In 2007, in a beige cubicle in California, I used a spreadsheet to determine that I controlled about 20% of my waking hours. The other 80% were determined by my job and related activit...Show More
Episode 269: TMBA269: Branding is About Relationships Not Recognition

33:10 | Nov 7th, 2014

http://www.tropicalmba.com/focus/ TropicalMBA is a podcast dedicated to the growing movement of location independent entrepreneurs. Every week, location independent entrepreneurs all over the world will leave us questions and comments in our voicemai...Show More
Episode 268: TMBA268: Getting More Out of Conferences – “Breakfast is a Big Deal”

27:35 | Oct 30th, 2014

http://www.tropicalmba.com/dcbkk2014/ Bossman and I are in Tokyo this week following our annual DC BKK Conference in Thailand. We are gonna be recapping how the event went, and reminiscing about some of our favorite speakers. We're also going to be t...Show More
Are You a Sower or a Reaper?

0:00 | Oct 28th, 2014

http://www.tropicalmba.com/sower-or-reaper/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/sower-or-reaper/ Because it’s so easy to cut a crappy partnership deal, I have often quipped that “a partnership is a sinking ship.” An arrangement to be avoided if possible, and ...Show More