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TMBA 127 (LBP113) – 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Lifestyle Business Owners

TMBA 127 (LBP113) – 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Lifestyle Business Owners

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/7-habits-highly-effective-lifestyle-business-owners/ It was a bit of a somber moment earlier this week when we learned that Dr. Stephen Covey, the author of 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, had passed away. This week, as a tribute to one of the first business theory books the guys got their hot little hands on, they are putting a bit of a spin on Covey's original 7 Habits. Since Dan & Ian have developed (or haphazardly (accidentally sometimes) created) their own vocabulary around the sites, they decided to see how some of the most popular and important principles of the LBP mindset align.

TMBA360: Clay Collins and The Unraveling Marketing Stack

TMBA360: Clay Collins and The Unraveling Marketing Stack

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 pursue a new venture called ConvertPlayer. A few days after that episode aired, we were contacted by one of the other founders of that company, Clay Collins, who wanted to come onto the show and talk about one of his favorite things in life: marketing technology. We jumped at the chance to talk to Clay about his company's growth, why they decided to seek venture capital, and a whole lot more.

TMBA357: A Review of Snowball, a Biography Of Warren Buffett

TMBA357: A Review of Snowball, a Biography Of Warren Buffett

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Schroeder's fantastic biography of Warren Buffett titled "The Snowball". They decided they wanted to dedicate an episode to that story of Mr. Buffett's life, and the unique business choices that he has made throughout his career.

TMBA366: A Conversation with Ricardo Semler

TMBA366: A Conversation with Ricardo Semler

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Ricardo Semler's account of how he was able to transform his family's traditional manufacturing business into an experiment that introduced the world to his innovative business practices. Even though the book is over 20 years old, today's entrepreneurs are still looking to it for inspiration. Ricardo opens up about what his life has looked like since the book was published, and how he has began to spread those innovations to other aspects of society. Transcript

TMBA282: Starting With Productized Services: Learn a Skill, Package It For Sale, Then Scale

TMBA282: Starting With Productized Services: Learn a Skill, Package It For Sale, Then Scale

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 we have developed about productized services. This episode is the natural progression of that series. The first person that I thought of when I wanted to continue that discussion was Tristan King from ShopifyNinjas.com. Tristan has a lot of thoughts on how you can build productized marketing services and scale them. He will also be sharing his view and advice for getting started from somebody in their third year of a productized services business, and a few of his business ideas that he believes could be winners for the TropicalMBA listeners looking to start a business.

TMBA309: “Though We’ve Hit Over 100k MRR in Less Than a Year, I Still Feel Like an Outsider”

TMBA309: “Though We’ve Hit Over 100k MRR in Less Than a Year, I Still Feel Like an Outsider”

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 able to start Edgar, an extremely successful social media tool, with little to no experience in tech.

TMBA277: How Does Location Independence Affect Relationships and Families?

TMBA277: How Does Location Independence Affect Relationships and Families?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 agency called Connex Social. Last year they sold their house and 90% of their belongings and decided to hit the road. They ended up taking 25 flights and visiting over 30 different locations. We're gonna talk about how location independence effects family, how it effects relationships and how it effects business. We'll also discuss how they rebounded from losing 90% of their revenue, and what the experience was like traveling with a six person family around the world.

TMBA 146 (LBP128) – Manipulating the Success Script

TMBA 146 (LBP128) – Manipulating the Success Script

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/manipulating-the-success-script/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/manipulating-the-success-script/ Dan’s still in Bali grinding out his first book while Ian’s back in San Diego working on taking the product business to the next level. Inspired by a talk Cal Newport gave, Dan and Ian reveal that the script to success, however you define it. While success is something each person decides on, there...

Cheap Flights: Houston to/from San Francisco $136 r/t – American

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

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Exploring historic Santiago, Chile

by marilynjones @ Travel with Marilyn

I wake to rain pelting the windows. My plans for the day are to explore the heart of Santiago and a little — or a lot — of rain isn’t going to stop me. Juggling an umbrella, camera and tote bag, I start out by exploring the quiet streets in a neighborhood just outside downtown. Many of the palatial mansions,

TMBA401: What’s In A Name?

TMBA401: What’s In A Name?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 get people's attention. Choosing the right name could unlock the door to great success, and branding your business incorrectly could prove disastrous. Today's guest knows this challenge better than anyone. Alexandra Watkins is the founder of a company called Eat My Words, which specializes in naming brands and products. She is also the author of a book on the subject called "Hello, My Name is Awesome". This interview originally started out as a discussion about Alexandra's book, but it ended up taking a serious turn about halfway through, when Alexandra went to great lengths to help Dan and Ian find a new name for this podcast.

Democrats Dig In On Immigration, Shutdown Risk Or No

by STEVE PEOPLES / AP @ Houston Public Media

The fight over the fate of the "dreamers" — some 700,000 people who were brought to the U.S. as children and are now here illegally — is increasingly becoming a test of Democrats' progressive mettle

TMBA423: It’s a Boy!

TMBA423: It’s a Boy!

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 as a parent. Ian isn't alone in this adventure, though. Many of our listeners and members of our entrepreneurial community are parents as well. Balancing parenting with entrepreneurship can be quite the challenge, and today's guest understands it as well as anyone. Martijn Reintjes is the CEO of a company called Team Croco, which provides done-for-you split testing services. Martijn and his wife Ryanne have a two-year-old son named Milo, who they have brought along with them to several of our events. Martijn shares a great deal of advice with Ian on today's podcast about what it means to be a parent and an entrepreneur.

TMBA343: A Look Inside Boutique Japan

TMBA343: A Look Inside Boutique Japan

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 task. Andres Zuleta of Boutique Japan was one of those people. Andres started a business that sells boutique travel packages to people who want to visit Japan. He called in to this podcast and left a voicemail not too long ago and today Boutique Japan is on target to make $1.3 million in revenue. We invited him on to the show this week to talk about how telling his story has helped him make sense of the ride that he has been on.

TMBA 237: Thoughts On the Costs and Logistics of Location Independent Living

TMBA 237: Thoughts On the Costs and Logistics of Location Independent Living

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/locationindependent/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/locationindependent/ This week one of our listeners challenged us to explain the detailed costs of the location independent lifestyle. We’ll talk about how to set up your business so you can become location independent and some general principles we’ve learned over the years about the ‘live and work’ anywhere mindset. Listen to this week’s show...

TMBA 173 (TTR29) – How to Get (and Keep) 1000’s of Blog Subscribers

TMBA 173 (TTR29) – How to Get (and Keep) 1000’s of Blog Subscribers

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/get-keep-thousands-blog-subscribers/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/get-keep-thousands-blog-subscribers/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode...

TMBA382: LAX->MNL->OTP with Family in Tow

TMBA382: LAX->MNL->OTP with Family in Tow

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 community have chosen to call ‘home’. In this episode, you’ll hear from someone who hasn’t just settled on a place but is also considering applying...

TMBA 182 (LBP151) – Social Feedback Strategy and Adwords Landing Pages

TMBA 182 (LBP151) – Social Feedback Strategy and Adwords Landing Pages

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-151-social-feedback-strategy-adwords-landing-pages/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-151-social-feedback-strategy-adwords-landing-pages/ Dan and Ian are coming at you from Italy this week with inspiration from the stately statues designed in Ian’s likeness.  The fellas have chiseled out their incredibly effective strategy for testing and launching physical products and will lay out the simple system for you in this episode.  Their method is an upgrade on...

TMBA274: When You’ve Built Yourself a Job Instead of a Business

TMBA274: When You’ve Built Yourself a Job Instead of a Business

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 business, where you are starting to make a living, but you're trying to figure out how to scale that and turn it into a real asset. We'll talk about how we got out of our jobs and built a business, how long we were living broke for and the fundamental difference between building yourself a job and a business.

TMBA 181 (LBP150) – Imperfection and Getting on With It

TMBA 181 (LBP150) – Imperfection and Getting on With It

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/150-imperfection-getting-on-with-it/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/150-imperfection-getting-on-with-it/ Dan and Ian are back this week after an ill advised April fool’s joke earlier this week.  Don’t panic though, according to the fellas, the podcast is the best part of their business so they’re not going anywhere… except Paris where they’re hanging out this week. Rather fitting for this episode, Dan and Ian...

TMBA 248: The “Steak Dinner Problem” and Polyphasic Productivity

TMBA 248: The “Steak Dinner Problem” and Polyphasic Productivity

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/lifestylebusiness/ This week, we're talking about John Reineck's "Steak Dinner Problem", and how we interact with our clients. We had a great discussion with Taylor Pearson about it in the comments of our recent article about The Coconut Cash Conundrum. We're gonna be sharing some advanced level strategies on how to handle this complex situation that entrepreneurs face when their business starts to dictate the orders. We'll also talk about how to identify one thing that benefits your business and maximize your efforts during your most productive hours.

GRASS ROOTS author Emily Dufton interviewed on CNN’s Smerconish

by Connie Capone @ Hachette Book Group

With California the latest to legalize, will the rest of America follow? Not so fast, says the author of a history of the battles over marijuana.

TMBA 237: Thoughts On the Costs and Logistics of Location Independent Living

TMBA 237: Thoughts On the Costs and Logistics of Location Independent Living

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/locationindependent/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/locationindependent/ This week one of our listeners challenged us to explain the detailed costs of the location independent lifestyle. We’ll talk about how to set up your business so you can become location independent and some general principles we’ve learned over the years about the ‘live and work’ anywhere mindset. Listen to this week’s show...

TMBA327: For Better or For Worse

TMBA327: For Better or For Worse

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 relationships. You'll hear about the origins of David's relationship with his business partner Jason Fried, as well as David's many interesting thoughts on business partnerships and how they can evolve over time.

TMBA 159 (LBP136) – A is for Apprentice

TMBA 159 (LBP136) – A is for Apprentice

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/a-apprentice/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/a-apprentice/ While spending a ruckus New Years in Bali with Brendan Tully and Tommy Schultz, Dan and Ian are ringing in the new year with a few beers, yoga and bike rides; though not all at once.  Contrary to popular belief, it’s not all fun and games.  They’ve also been working on putting together some...

TMBA 210: How To Get Rich

TMBA 210: How To Get Rich

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/rich/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/rich/ It’s not hard to see why Michael Covel (here’s my interview on his show) is a mega popular podcaster– he’s a scrappy entrepreneur who made good and isn’t scared to share his opinions. I’ve learned a lot from him through our conversations– about finance, world politics, and trading– but in this episode I really wanted...

TMBA386: Should You Base Yourself in Andorra or Panama?

TMBA386: Should You Base Yourself in Andorra or Panama?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 around for lifestyle and social reasons, but traditionally business owners have moved to places that are offer low tax situations, or otherwise business friendly environments. On today's show, two of our listeners are going to share their experiences of living in a few of these countries; Panama and Andorra. Jase Rodley is a digital marketer for boutique hotels who visited Andorra with his wife Jess about 18 months ago and fell in love with it. Matt Landau owns his own boutique hotel in Panama, and he used his experience in that industry to create his own online business targeted towards vacation rental owners. You'll hear the two of them share their stories about why they chose to live these countries, and what makes them so appealing to digital nomads who are looking for a place to settle down.

TMBA 230: Entrepreneurial Mindset Fundamentals

TMBA 230: Entrepreneurial Mindset Fundamentals

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/fundamentals/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/fundamentals/ *** Are you interested in attending our high level mastermind in April or May? If you can fill out this brief survey, we’ll send you more details shortly. *** In this week’s episode, I’ve been reflecting about how far things have come since I began dreaming about working remotely. Staying true to that, we are...

TMBA399: How Smart Drug Smarts Became a Podcast

TMBA399: How Smart Drug Smarts Became a Podcast

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 topic and turn it into a serious business? In pursuing the answer, they both decided it was a good time to check in with their former business partner Jesse Lawler, who hosts a fantastic podcast called Smart Drug Smarts. Jesse didn't start the podcast with a PhD in medicine, or anything relevant to the medicinal field except a genuine desire to explore these issues, and he has had a tremendous amount of success in doing it. On this show, Jesse shares how was able to turn something that he was passionate about into a full-time business that generates real revenue. We hope this episode will inspire those of you who are passionate and curious to find a way to tell your own story.

TMBA347: Levelling Up Your Podcast

TMBA347: Levelling Up Your Podcast

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 the would have liked to, and they realized that the enjoyment that they were getting out of this podcast had started to wane. It was around that time that they decided they needed to drastically step up the production level of the show. They put out a call for a new producer, which was answered by a former BBC producer named Jane Beresford. This week's episode is the story of what has been going on behind the scenes of the Tropical MBA podcast since then. You'll hear about what led to the decision to increase production, and a step by step instruction on how they were able to take this show to the next level.

TMBA 234: Where Are All the Women in the Digital Nomad Community?

TMBA 234: Where Are All the Women in the Digital Nomad Community?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/heyladies/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/heyladies/ This week, Elisa Doucette joins me to talk about women in the location independent entrepreneurship game. Elisa runs the Dynamite Circle business operations. If you’re a lady sitting in your cubicle in the United States, listen closely. We have a fantastic network of women with similar stories that we hope will inspire you to explore these...

TMBA 236: Thoughts on Getting Your First Product Manufactured in China

TMBA 236: Thoughts on Getting Your First Product Manufactured in China

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/chinasourcing/ This week, one of our listeners challenged us to go more in-depth about Chinese manufacturing and how to get your first product manufactured. We're gonna dive right in and talk about where and how you can learn about outsourcing your product to China, and everything that it entails.

TMBA318: Mentors – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

TMBA318: Mentors – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Conley, a Dynamite Circle member who has quite a bit of experience in these types of relationships. We'll be talking about how to seek out a mentor, what makes a successful mentor, and how these relationships evolve over time,

TMBA300: Thoughts on Building a Small Business Culture

TMBA300: Thoughts on Building a Small Business Culture

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 it would be appropriate to do a 300 level course for our 300th episode. Today we're going to talk about how to create a culture that allows you to manage a multi-million dollar business while you travel. Ian has managed to do this over the last year with just six hours of phone calls a week, and our business is still growing. We're going to be talking about how to build the kind of culture that holds everyone together, and keeps everyone productive, while you are living your rock and roll lifestyle.

TMBA 159 (LBP136) – A is for Apprentice

TMBA 159 (LBP136) – A is for Apprentice

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/a-apprentice/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/a-apprentice/ While spending a ruckus New Years in Bali with Brendan Tully and Tommy Schultz, Dan and Ian are ringing in the new year with a few beers, yoga and bike rides; though not all at once.  Contrary to popular belief, it’s not all fun and games.  They’ve also been working on putting together some...

TMBA308: So You’ve Been Asked to Speak at a Conference

TMBA308: So You’ve Been Asked to Speak at a Conference

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 greeted by a stunned silence (yep).

Ask Us Anything: Relationships, Business, Living Abroad, and More

Ask Us Anything: Relationships, Business, Living Abroad, and More

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 of people wanted to know more about our lifestyles and what goes into the creation of the show. Ian and I are going to take you Behind the Scenes on this week's episode. We'll talk about the difficulties of having relationships on the road, what it's like to live as an expatriate, and we'll even answer a few gossip questions about what we do with our time.

TMBA322: One For the Writers

TMBA322: One For the Writers

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 full time living as a writer. She recently gave the closing address at the TBEX conference, where she talked about what it takes to make a living writing full time. You're going to hear why Jodi feels that strong narratives are so important, along with her views on the balance between making money, keeping your integrity and making great art. You'll also hear her thoughts on how travel writing might develop over the next few years.

TMBA336: Matt Farah on Breaking Through

TMBA336: Matt Farah on Breaking Through

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 yourself a vehicular aficionado, have no fear. This episode is about the journey of Matt Farah, a successful automotive journalist who rose to fame through his YouTube channel, The Smoking Tire. You're going to be hearing a pretty compelling story about how Matt bootstrapped himself into the position that he's in today. And yes, there is a little bit of car talk in there too. Stay tuned until the very end of the episode to hear a bonus lightning round of automotive questions.

TMBA281: An Episode For Those Who Like to Read

TMBA281: An Episode For Those Who Like to Read

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 enjoy reading for inspiration or pleasure and our good friend Taylor Pearson will be sharing five timeless business books that he believes are worth reading more than once. If you are looking for new stuff to read, this is the episode for you.

How to travel for 4+ years and have more money than you started with!

by Chris Gill @ NotDunRoamin – travel blog

People frequently ask us how we can afford to travel all the time, so I thought I would share some of the basics of our experience, so you can see if it will work for you. We are retired, we both worked, we both saved, we have no children.  We lived and worked for 20 … Continue reading How to travel for 4+ years and have more money than you started with!

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TMBA 167 (TTR26) – Offshore Incorporation 101 For Internet Business Owners

TMBA 167 (TTR26) – Offshore Incorporation 101 For Internet Business Owners

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/offshore-incorporation-internet-business/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/offshore-incorporation-internet-business/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in Itunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode Dan has a...

TMBA305: Building Teams of A Players

TMBA305: Building Teams of A Players

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 specifically aimed at everyone out there who should be hiring, or has hired employees. This episode is full of 301 and 401 level material, and you absolutely need to pass this class if you are going to have a successful business. We'll be talking all about how to hire A players and how to purge B and C players from your business.

TMBA404: Dreamlines Revisited

TMBA404: Dreamlines Revisited

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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, old-school Dreamlines, written back when Dan and Ian first met. For those unfamiliar with the term, a Dreamline is a document that asks you to write down what you want to...

TMBA264: The Artisan’s Approach to Podcasting

TMBA264: The Artisan’s Approach to Podcasting

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/semiprocycling/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/semiprocycling/ Podcast 35:04 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment This week, we’re going to talk all about how to find your unique voice in the marketplace, and how to build an entertaining and informative show that can help you generate a location-independent income. Damien Ruse from SemiProCycling.com is doing just that. He is a...

TMBA255: How People Fail at Sustaining the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

TMBA255: How People Fail at Sustaining the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/fail/ Will you succeed or fail as a digital nomad? Becoming a successful location-independent entrepreneur isn't guaranteed. Some of the skills it takes to become a successful digital nomad take years to develop. This week, we are talking about the four major differences we have seen between successful digital nomads and those who have failed.

TMBA400: Back To Our Roots

TMBA400: Back To Our Roots

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 episode formats: the good, old-fashioned Q&A. This week, Dan and Ian are answering more listener questions, and riffing on topics like "Comfy Bed Syndrome" and "The Golden Handcuffs". You'll also hear some retrospective thoughts on 8 years of talking about entrepreneurship.

TMBA289: A Career Opportunity With Our Team + Distributed Teams vs. Offices and Thoughts on Side Projects

TMBA289: A Career Opportunity With Our Team + Distributed Teams vs. Offices and Thoughts on Side Projects

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 also taking this opportunity to talk about team building and the back story of the Tropical MBA. The first blog post that we ever published on this website was a job offering. We're gonna talk about what inspired that and the position that we were in when we made that decision. We're also gonna debate the value of having team members in-person versus a location-independent team and whether or not it's a good idea to support your employee's side projects.

TMBA 134 (LBP117) – Flexing Your Hustle Muscle And Hacking A Job

TMBA 134 (LBP117) – Flexing Your Hustle Muscle And Hacking A Job

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/hustle-muscle-job-hacking/ Dan and Ian spent a fair amount of time (ok...they spent a session) learning Crossfit from Joe Bauer in the Philippines during the recent Tropical MBA session. After they managed to drag themselves back to the microphone, they realized there was some techniques to work out on the LBP. The thing with starting a biznass is that it isn't all rainbows and puppies. There's some heavy lifting that you have to do to get that baby off the ground, and we're not talking reps with a tropical umbrella drink. Sure, everyone wants the 4-Hour Work Week, but you gotta put in the work to make that happen. Wanna Flex Your Hustle Muscle And Hack A Job?

TMBA 202 (LBP166) – LBP Inside Baseball and Why We are Moving the Show to TropicalMBA.com

TMBA 202 (LBP166) – LBP Inside Baseball and Why We are Moving the Show to TropicalMBA.com

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/last-traditional-episode/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/last-traditional-episode/ Just to be clear– we aren’t stopping doing a weekly Thursday morning podcast, we are just going to start (primarily) publishing it at TropicalMBA.com (our main domain). You can discuss this post and subscribe to our primary iTunes feed at these links (the old LBP feed will continue to work for some time):  ...

TMBA376: Should You Base Yourself in Eastern Europe?

TMBA376: Should You Base Yourself in Eastern Europe?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 struggled with at one point in time: If I can live anywhere in the world, where should that be? On this week's episode, they will be focusing on two nations in Eastern Europe: Hungary and Georgia. Clayton Cornell runs his own lead-generation business online, as well as one of Dan and Ian's longtime favorite blogs called Spartan Traveler. On this podcast, Clayton shares his story about what led him to the capitol of Hungary, Budapest. You'll also hear from Dana Lindahl. Dana has chosen the nation of Georgia as his home base, as his wife has recently started a business there. You'll hear about what that process was like, as well as the entrepreneurial climate in this former Soviet country.

TMBA365: Estonian E-Residency: Is It For You?

TMBA365: Estonian E-Residency: Is It For You?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 startup, and has even started offering services specifically designed for location-independent entrepreneurs. In particular, they have developed a solution for our travel woes in the form of something called an "E-Residency". On this episode, you will hear from Estonian E-Resident, Joel Runyon. Joel is the man behind the fitness and mindset blog, The Blog of Impossible Things. You'll also hear from Estonia's Chief Information Officer, Taavi Kotka. The two of them will share their insights on how E-Residency could pave the path to the future of how nations, citizens, and digital nomads interact.

TMBA 242: How 1,000 True Fans Can Work in Practice

TMBA 242: How 1,000 True Fans Can Work in Practice

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/examples/ We got a lot of great feedback from last week's episode, but a lot of people were confused about how the 1,000 True Fans model works in the real world. On this week's episode, we are answering some listener questions about how to build your business to create "passive income" and what the equivalent of the 1,000 True Fans model is in the context of an information product.

TMBA 226: How to Know When to Cut Bait? 5 Signs Your Niche Needs Changed

TMBA 226: How to Know When to Cut Bait? 5 Signs Your Niche Needs Changed

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/cutbait/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/cutbait/ The boss man is back this week after a far too long hiatus and his timing is perfect for a topic we absolutely love. Kiri called in with some concerns about whether it’s time to cut her losses with her current business, or if there’s anything she can do to turn it around. Her...

TMBA 157 (LBP134) – If It Makes You Money, You Shouldn’t Be Doing It (The SOP Episode)

TMBA 157 (LBP134) – If It Makes You Money, You Shouldn’t Be Doing It (The SOP Episode)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/sop-save-our-profits/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/sop-save-our-profits/ Almost back in Bali! Ian’s heading to join Dan in Bali in just a few days for the end of the year. They’re going to take a look back at their businesses in 2012 and look forward at how to grow their businesses in 2013. They’ve realized that in order to continue to scale,...

TMBA 189 (LBP157) – How to “Monetize” a Blog or Podcast

TMBA 189 (LBP157) – How to “Monetize” a Blog or Podcast

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-to-monetize-a-blog-or-podcast/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-to-monetize-a-blog-or-podcast/ Dan and Ian dive into a question that has been asked by millions ever since the advent of blogging and more recently podcasting.  They also address one of the core issues behind the basic question that separates those looking for a quick buck, and those looking to build a cashflow business. Click play above...

TMBA293: Start a Business This Weekend Using the Software With a Service (SWaS) Business Model

TMBA293: Start a Business This Weekend Using the Software With a Service (SWaS) Business Model

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 relatively unconquered frontier. This is essentially about selling time to entrepreneurs, and I don't know anyone who does that better than Mat Newton from The Web Agency Podcast. He recently started what he calls a SWaS, or "Software With a Service" business called Tourism Tiger. Mat is joining us this week to talk about what the SWaS business model is and how it has changed the way that he does business.

TMBA423: It’s a Boy!

TMBA423: It’s a Boy!

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 as a parent. Ian isn't alone in this adventure, though. Many of our listeners and members of our entrepreneurial community are parents as well. Balancing parenting with entrepreneurship can be quite the challenge, and today's guest understands it as well as anyone. Martijn Reintjes is the CEO of a company called Team Croco, which provides done-for-you split testing services. Martijn and his wife Ryanne have a two-year-old son named Milo, who they have brought along with them to several of our events. Martijn shares a great deal of advice with Ian on today's podcast about what it means to be a parent and an entrepreneur.

TMBA 179 (TTR32) – Subtle Social Media Tactics That Could Change How You Generate Leads

TMBA 179 (TTR32) – Subtle Social Media Tactics That Could Change How You Generate Leads

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/subtle-social-media-tactics-change-how-you-generate-leads/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/subtle-social-media-tactics-change-how-you-generate-leads/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week follows up...

TMBA296: What Would Be Your Next Steps if You Owned This Business?

TMBA296: What Would Be Your Next Steps if You Owned This Business?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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@GreenBellyBar.com) is an avid hiker, biker and outdoor enthusiast. Chris started Greenbelly in 2014 and has been creating high-calorie meal replacement bars ever since. He recently crowdfunded $20,000 on...

8 Questions with Senlin Ascends Author, Josiah Bancroft

by Helen Chu @ Hachette Book Group

1. What are you working on now? I’ve been working on The Books of Babel for about six years. I’m just finishing the draft of the third book. The series will conclude with the fourth installment, which will be a bittersweet moment for me. Senlin Ascends, the first book in the series, focuses on the unexpected adventures […]

TMBA278: An Episode For Those Who Need a Business Idea

TMBA278: An Episode For Those Who Need a Business Idea

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 ideas the most, they are the hardest to come by. Ian and I have decided to donate some of our business ideas that we don't have the time or resources to pursue. We've also reached out to our listeners who have donated some of their own business ideas for this episode and shared their thoughts about what kinds of businesses they would really like to see.

TMBA253: A Bootstrapper’s Thoughts on Intellectual Property

TMBA253: A Bootstrapper’s Thoughts on Intellectual Property

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/ip/ We're talking about protecting our intellectual property and business through copyright, trademarks and patents. This stuff can be expensive for entrepreneurs, but it is incredibly important. There are so many reasons a bootstrapping attitude might differ from a more corporate or startup philosophy regarding these issues. We'll also chat about our upcoming event in Austin, T.X. and why we have decided to sell our cat furniture business.

TMBA257: Thoughts On Recruiting Effective Affiliates

TMBA257: Thoughts On Recruiting Effective Affiliates

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/affiliate/ Bossman is back this week and we are talking about affiliate relationships. How do you get others to promote your products? We'll talk about how to "write the religion" and give potential content publishers a reason to tap into your narrative. We also field several listener questions, including what to look for when hiring your first employee, and the ins and outs of establishing business credit.

TMBA 229: Explaining the Entrepreneurial Worldview to Friends and Family

TMBA 229: Explaining the Entrepreneurial Worldview to Friends and Family

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/why/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/why/ Damian Thompson is back after the last episode with him absolutely blew up! Erik Emsley challenged us to help him explain to his family what this lifestyle choice is all about. Listen to this week’s show and learn: The fundamental belief system behind the entrepreneurial lifestyle. How much we value our time above all...

TMBA356: How Long Does it Take to Learn a Foreign Language?

TMBA356: How Long Does it Take to Learn a Foreign Language?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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, Dan has recently moved to Barcelona and he’s starting to get more than a little embarrassed by his limited range lack of Spanish. But he...

TMBA322: One For the Writers

TMBA322: One For the Writers

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 full time living as a writer. She recently gave the closing address at the TBEX conference, where she talked about what it takes to make a living writing full time. You're going to hear why Jodi feels that strong narratives are so important, along with her views on the balance between making money, keeping your integrity and making great art. You'll also hear her thoughts on how travel writing might develop over the next few years.

TMBA302: Launch Lessons Learned and Details on Our October Event

TMBA302: Launch Lessons Learned and Details on Our October Event

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 sort of walk through some of the lessons that we've learned in doing our product launches, and specifically doing event launches. I've invited Damian Thompson from SalesAbility.co on to the show to talk about the evolution of our DCBKK event. We are also going to be taking quite a bit of time to talk about what goes on at DCBKK, the types of people who come to the event, and what sets DCBKK apart from other conferences.

Delightful Delhi!

by Danila Mansfield @ NotDunRoamin – travel blog

We arrived in India on our first visit, in early November 2017. After a fantastic three week tour of southern India, we flew to Delhi for a few days. Delhi is a vibrant city that is worth visiting, but sadly has a horrible pollution problem.  The city is however working to improve the situation.   We … Continue reading Delightful Delhi!

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TMBA 251:  The Entrepreneurial Quest

TMBA 251: The Entrepreneurial Quest

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/quest/ This week, we're talking about the four elements of the "Hero's Quest" that every entrepreneur embarks on. This episode is all about looking back and understanding the first six months of taking off on a new project or a new business, the struggle that it is, and how valuable that can end up being on the narrative of your life. We also answer some listener questions, including one about cold calling a huge corporation to make a sale.

Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City | NotDunRoamin - travel blog

Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City | NotDunRoamin - travel blog


NotDunRoamin - travel blog

Read about Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, see a photo tour here.

TMBA322: One For the Writers

TMBA322: One For the Writers

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 full time living as a writer. She recently gave the closing address at the TBEX conference, where she talked about what it takes to make a living writing full time. You're going to hear why Jodi feels that strong narratives are so important, along with her views on the balance between making money, keeping your integrity and making great art. You'll also hear her thoughts on how travel writing might develop over the next few years.

TMBA 208 – What We’re Reading

TMBA 208 – What We’re Reading

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/readingmaterial/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/readingmaterial/ Ian and I have been wanting to bring an updated reading list to move your journey forward. On this episode, we wax a little philosophical about a variety of the best stuff we’ve been reading. On the show this week: How to choose your way forward like Calvin And Hobbes. The key difference between...

Cheap Flights: Houston to/from Portland, Oregon $156 / San Jose, California $136 r/t – American

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

[01/05/2018 @ 4:45 PM] Fare gone. Removing from deal list.

American Airlines has round-trip flights from Houston (IAH/HOU) to Portland, Oregon (PDX) for $156 or San Jose, California (SJC) for $136 with a connection. Flights January to February on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Note: Fare is "Regular Economy" with bags included.

TMBA306: Listener Mailbag: The Aftermath

TMBA306: Listener Mailbag: The Aftermath

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 listeners including whether we are planning on taking a break after selling our business, how selling your business can affect a marriage-model business partnership, plus a few more thoughts on what it takes to attract A Players to your business.

TMBA 233: Stop, Drop(ship), and Roll in the Profit

TMBA 233: Stop, Drop(ship), and Roll in the Profit

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/flashbar/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/flashbar/ This week, Ian catches up with us from Mexico to talk about the struggles and successes we’ve experienced with our portable bar company over the last nine months. We’ll talk about our experience displaying our new flash bar at a recent trade show and the pros and cons of drop shipping as a business...

TMBA329: The Exit

TMBA329: The Exit

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 recently sold the largest business they have ever created. There are a lot of weird and conflicting thoughts that go through your mind when you go through this process. Dan and Ian invited Jeff on to the show this week to speak about his experience selling his businesses, and the trials and tribulations that entrepreneurs face when they make the exit.

TMBA393: How to Pitch

TMBA393: How to Pitch

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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, there is a whole lot of asking going on. On today's episode, Dan and Ian will be following up on their recent sales episode, and providing some useful, actionable information on how you can pitch people successfully through cold emails. First, they will be sharing some successful pitches they have received, as well as the types of pitches they dread seeing in their inbox. They will also be sharing a three-step formula to creating winning pitches that won't end up being archived or deleted.

TMBA 186 (LBP154) – How Profitable Niche Selection Really Works: Rip Pivot and Jam Redux

TMBA 186 (LBP154) – How Profitable Niche Selection Really Works: Rip Pivot and Jam Redux

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/profitable-niche-selection-rip-pivot-jam-redux/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/profitable-niche-selection-rip-pivot-jam-redux/ This week Dan and Ian are back in Saigon and are pumped to bring you this episode that’s chalked full of actionable methods and business frameworks.  The Rip, Pivot and Jam is one of the fellas’ favorite business concepts so this episode is dedicated to helping you get the most from it. Running a...

TMBA321: Productized #3 – An Expert’s Advice

TMBA321: Productized #3 – An Expert’s Advice

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 speaking with Brian Casel. Brian is an expert in productized services. He has not only found success with his own productized services businesses, but he has also helped other entrepreneurs launch successful productized services businesses as well. Brian will be sharing his expertise about productized services, freelancing, and how his new business has benefited from his experience running his first one.

TMBA281: An Episode For Those Who Like to Read

TMBA281: An Episode For Those Who Like to Read

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 enjoy reading for inspiration or pleasure and our good friend Taylor Pearson will be sharing five timeless business books that he believes are worth reading more than once. If you are looking for new stuff to read, this is the episode for you.

12 Years Of Travel: View From Cortona, Italy

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Famous as the backdrop for the 2003 movie Under The Tuscan Sun, Cortona is a stunning medieval town perched above the surrounding countryside View from Cortona, Italy 11 June 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Despite the vast amount of information about every conceivable travel destination available, I still find myself occasionally stumbling upon places […]

TMBA419: You Are Who You Meet

TMBA419: You Are Who You Meet

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 built a successful Amazon business over the last two years, which he recently sold for just under a million dollars. He didn't do it alone, though. On this week's show, you'll hear how a chance encounter in the rolling hills of Northern Thailand led Nate down an unbelievable entrepreneurial journey. 

TMBA 155 (TTR24) – “If You Cannot Exercise This Kind of Control in Adult Life, You’ll Be Totally Hosed”

TMBA 155 (TTR24) – “If You Cannot Exercise This Kind of Control in Adult Life, You’ll Be Totally Hosed”

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/david-foster-wallace-this-is-water/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/david-foster-wallace-this-is-water/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in Itunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode Dan hands off...

TMBA 211: How Is It Possible To Raise $100,000 In 4 Days Without Giving Away Equity Or Taking A Loan?

TMBA 211: How Is It Possible To Raise $100,000 In 4 Days Without Giving Away Equity Or Taking A Loan?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/crowdsourcing/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/crowdsourcing/ So many people struggle to get a great idea off the ground because they didn’t validate and ask the market to vote with their wallets. Jimmy and Doug from Minaal have completely turned this on its back. Not only were they meticulously calculated about the launch of their killer travel bag designed for location...

10 Recipes from SKINNY LIVER

by Mike Giarratano @ Hachette Book Group

  CRUSTLESS QUICHE CUPS Eggs have gotten a bad rap in recent years, but they are full of protein and essential vitamins and minerals. Whip them up with some veggies for this traditional breakfast favorite. Serves 6 Nonstick cooking spray 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped kale, or 2 cups chopped fresh 2 large eggs, plus […]

TMBA406: Shower Thoughts

TMBA406: Shower Thoughts

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 collection of "shower thoughts" that the hosts of this podcast have been ruminating on for quite some time. You'll hear insights on what it takes to achieve life goals, why debt can be the #1 thing stopping you from reaching your potential, how to avoid the noise of information, and a whole lot more.

TMBA319: The Mind Game of Making Over $100,000

TMBA319: The Mind Game of Making Over $100,000

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 worth devoting an entire episode to. Michael trained hard and loved the career path that he was on initially, but a sudden change in his life-script drove him to become an entrepreneur. Michael's story is ultimately about how difficult circumstances can prompt you to change your life, and how transforming your mindset is the first hurdle to achieving entrepreneurial success.

TMBA280: How Our Software Startup Died a Slow Quiet Death

TMBA280: How Our Software Startup Died a Slow Quiet Death

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 to talk about what we learned from that experience, how we failed, and what we are going to do about it in the future. We're also going to hear from Jesse about his new project, PodcastPop, and how it is going to benefit podcasters who are looking to build a more organic connection with their audience.

TMBA334: Here’s How We Plan to ‘Manage’ Our Money

TMBA334: Here’s How We Plan to ‘Manage’ Our Money

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 response from our listeners. We got a ton of feedback from some really smart people about that episode, so we decided to do a follow up show. On this week's episode, you'll hear some specific feedback from our friend Laura Roeder, as well as Dan and Ian's feelings on managing their own money now that they have heard so many opinions on the subject.

TMBA 217: Selling the Assets of Your Business in a Strategic Sale

TMBA 217: Selling the Assets of Your Business in a Strategic Sale

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/boat/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/boat/ Cam Collins runs a business that helps marinas manage their boat inventory. He recently sold the assets of the company in a strategic merger, and we’re pumped that Cam came by the podcast to share the lessons he learned during the process. Listen to this week’s show and learn: The difference between a strategic...

TMBA 132 (LBP115) – The Most Expensive (But Profitable) Marketing Strategy In Your Arsenal

TMBA 132 (LBP115) – The Most Expensive (But Profitable) Marketing Strategy In Your Arsenal

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/expensive-and-profitable-marketing-strategy/ Marketing is a key piece of the biznass conversation. How do you choose? Some are quick and dirty, some are putting in for some long ball. How do you choose? Dan and Ian went back to their notebooks and online archives (thank you GMail!) and sorted through to find the most profitable marketing strategy they had ever implemented. Only problem? It's also their most expensive. But when you're a serious lifestyle business baller, you realize that sometimes you've gotta make the investment of resources to get the explosion of customers.

TMBA 160 (LBP137) – The Kamikaze Sample and 5 Other Online Marketing Stunts

TMBA 160 (LBP137) – The Kamikaze Sample and 5 Other Online Marketing Stunts

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/kamikaze-online-marketing-stunts/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/kamikaze-online-marketing-stunts/ It’s Dan and Ian coming to you from Bali once again this week.  They’ve been working on some hot projects coming down the pipeline and getting everything ramped up for the DC Berlin meetup.  If you think that’s exciting, wait until you hear what they’ve got in store for you during this week’s episode....

TMBA 248: The “Steak Dinner Problem” and Polyphasic Productivity

TMBA 248: The “Steak Dinner Problem” and Polyphasic Productivity

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/lifestylebusiness/ This week, we're talking about John Reineck's "Steak Dinner Problem", and how we interact with our clients. We had a great discussion with Taylor Pearson about it in the comments of our recent article about The Coconut Cash Conundrum. We're gonna be sharing some advanced level strategies on how to handle this complex situation that entrepreneurs face when their business starts to dictate the orders. We'll also talk about how to identify one thing that benefits your business and maximize your efforts during your most productive hours.

TMBA 246: Should You Be Blogging?

TMBA 246: Should You Be Blogging?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/blogging/ This week, we're digging into the archives and replaying one of our most popular, and controversial episodes. We're going to be talking about the perils of personal blogging and entrepreneurial journey blogging. A lot of people have interpreted this episode as a warning, but we consider it a challenge to bloggers to step up their game.

TMBA402: What’s Your Superpower?

TMBA402: What’s Your Superpower?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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. He is also the author of Dan and Ian's all-time favorite blogs, A Smart Bear. A few years ago, Jason made the difficult decision to step down from his CEO role at WP Engine, at a time when the company was more successful than ever. Jason recently spoke about this decision at our recent Dynamite Circle event in Austin, and we invited him on the show this week to expand on that talk.  On today's episode, you'll hear Jason share his insights about the struggles of growing at the pace of your company, the angst you can feel after you sell a business, and how he has been able to harness his "superpowers".

TMBA276: Building Startups When You’ve Got Little Time and No Money

TMBA276: Building Startups When You’ve Got Little Time and No Money

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 his book, "The 7 Day Startup", he has also used it to grow his own business, WPcurve to close to $25K in monthly recurring revenue it his first year, and nearly 50K in monthly recurring revenue now. On this week's episode, I've invited him on to the show to share his unique insight about being an author, running a services business and how the story of his seven day startup has managed to become so successful.

TMBA253: A Bootstrapper’s Thoughts on Intellectual Property

TMBA253: A Bootstrapper’s Thoughts on Intellectual Property

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/ip/ We're talking about protecting our intellectual property and business through copyright, trademarks and patents. This stuff can be expensive for entrepreneurs, but it is incredibly important. There are so many reasons a bootstrapping attitude might differ from a more corporate or startup philosophy regarding these issues. We'll also chat about our upcoming event in Austin, T.X. and why we have decided to sell our cat furniture business.

TMBA 231: Narrative Fallacy and the New Faces of the Digital Nomad Movement

TMBA 231: Narrative Fallacy and the New Faces of the Digital Nomad Movement

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/roundtable/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/roundtable/ *** Are you interested in attending our high level mastermind in April or May? If you can fill out this brief survey, we’ll send you more details shortly. *** In this week’s episode, we’re decided to do things a little bit differently. I’ve invited several of my friends from the Dynamite Circle on to...

TMBA304: The Power of Under Optimization

TMBA304: The Power of Under Optimization

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 rest of us. For must of us, we are always in the hustle mindset and we will do anything that it takes to grow our business. Mark Brenwall is almost the polar opposite. Lifestyle is very important to Mark and he abides by a strong set of personal rules about what he will and won't do for his business. In the two and a half years since Mark has become an entrepreneur, he has built a business called Wod Nation that currently nets him $20,000 a month in profit, and he did it all without compromising his beliefs. I invited Mark onto the show this week to share both his inspiring story and his unique approach to business.

TMBA 243: The “Knowledge Gap” Fallacy

TMBA 243: The “Knowledge Gap” Fallacy

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/knowledge/ Last week, we put out a challenge for listeners to email us there "1000 True Fans" business plan-- what they are going to be doing for their clients, how they are doing it differently than other providers, what they are delivering, and the prices that they are planning to charge. We got a ton of responses! Some were great, and some were problematic in our view. Among those, we tried to determine the most common mistakes being made. Bossman also predicts the collapse of our business somewhere in there! Hope you enjoy and happy Thursday!

TMBA 231: Narrative Fallacy and the New Faces of the Digital Nomad Movement

TMBA 231: Narrative Fallacy and the New Faces of the Digital Nomad Movement

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/roundtable/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/roundtable/ *** Are you interested in attending our high level mastermind in April or May? If you can fill out this brief survey, we’ll send you more details shortly. *** In this week’s episode, we’re decided to do things a little bit differently. I’ve invited several of my friends from the Dynamite Circle on to...

Cheap Flights: Houston to Amsterdam $436 r/t – American + Oneworld

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

[12/15/2017 @ 3:42 PM] Fare gone. Removing from deal list.

American Airlines and Oneworld partners have round-trip flights from Houston (IAH) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $436 with a connection. Flights February to April. Holiday blackouts apply. 7-day minimum stay required.

TMBA 220: Thoughts on Email Marketing (60% of Our B2B Customers Open Our Emails on Mobile!)

TMBA 220: Thoughts on Email Marketing (60% of Our B2B Customers Open Our Emails on Mobile!)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/email/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/email/ In the process of launching and iterating on Valet Up, our new SaaS app developed for valet companies, Ian and I have been working on refining our email marketing strategies and how we can snag some extra customers and improve our closing average. On top of this, an email came in from Mark from...

TMBA292: Are the Days of Having to Be a Starving Artist Over?

TMBA292: Are the Days of Having to Be a Starving Artist Over?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 entrepreneurial principles to a career in art or music. If you are an artist of any kind, this is the episode for you. We'll be talk about what we believe it means to be an artist, how to support your art through a job or business, and how you can leverage 1,000 true fans to build a career doing what you love.

TMBA410: The Creation of a Brand

TMBA410: The Creation of a Brand

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 luxury brand that has found massive success. Jennifer Chong and Roman Khan are the founders of Linjer. Linjer manufactures and sells beautiful leather handbags and watches, which retail between $200 and $500 USD. On today's episode, Jennifer and Roman speak to us about a wide variety of topics, including researching marketplaces, building teams, and making deals with factory owners. This is not just an episode about people who are passionate about selling great products, though. It's also a unique case study on how to use savvy marketing techniques to grow your business.

Cyber Monday: All Books and Courses Up to 50% Off!

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

This Cyber Monday, all of my books and courses are up to 60% off! If you've ever thought about learning to blog, improving your writing or photography, or wanted to become a travel vlogger then you'll definitely want to check out this sale! There is something for everyone, but the sale won't last so don't wait!

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TMBA278: An Episode For Those Who Need a Business Idea

TMBA278: An Episode For Those Who Need a Business Idea

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 ideas the most, they are the hardest to come by. Ian and I have decided to donate some of our business ideas that we don't have the time or resources to pursue. We've also reached out to our listeners who have donated some of their own business ideas for this episode and shared their thoughts about what kinds of businesses they would really like to see.

TMBA 208 – What We’re Reading

TMBA 208 – What We’re Reading

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/readingmaterial/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/readingmaterial/ Ian and I have been wanting to bring an updated reading list to move your journey forward. On this episode, we wax a little philosophical about a variety of the best stuff we’ve been reading. On the show this week: How to choose your way forward like Calvin And Hobbes. The key difference between...

Cheap Flights: Houston to Rome $410-$442 r/t – Delta / KLM / Air France

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

[01/02/2018 @ 7:24 PM] Fare gone. Removing from deal list.

Delta, KLM, and Air France have round-trip flights from Houston (IAH) to Rome (FCO) for $427-$442 with a connection. Flights in April. Flight may operate as a SkyTeam code-share.

Note: Some small OTAs on Momondo may have this for $410. If you plan on booking there, beware of any site that charges a fee to cancel a ticket within the 24-hour “free” period. Use unknown booking sites at your own risk.

Note: This seems to be an "Air France JOON" fare. Which charges a +$60 fee for checked bags. Carry-on is still free. A "regular" fare with checked bags is about $510-$530.

TMBA263: Building Low-Risk Software Startups

TMBA263: Building Low-Risk Software Startups

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/fatcat/ I'm in Bangkok this week, getting set up for DC BKK and I was very excited to run into our good friend David Hehenberger from WPCast.fm and FatCatApps.com. His products help marketers drive conversions from their Wordpress sites. This is really a full-circle moment for us, as David used to edit the show in the early days of our Podcast. David has since downshifted to focus on building a software company that he felt would be sustainable and generate income on his own terms. We're gonna be talking with David about how he got his company off the ground, how difficult it really is to develop a software product, and the challenges of working within the Wordpress ecosystem.

The New York Times: Trump’s First Year in One Word

by Alyson Forbes @ Hachette Book Group

It’s weird to think that one year ago today Barack Obama was still the president. Michelle Obama was decorating the White House with happy snowmen and gingerbread dogs instead of transforming the East Colonnade into a hell-bound gullet of witch fingers, apparently our new tradition, and the president of the United States somehow made it through the entire week without insulting a single 90-year-old Native American war hero.

TMBA 222: The Full Story Behind Our First Niche

TMBA 222: The Full Story Behind Our First Niche

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/valetparking/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/valetparking/ For a variety of reasons, Ian and I have never spoken openly about the first successful B2B business we ever started– TheValetSpot.com. This week we are going to change all that and go into the details of how that business got started, how we won market share, and what we are doing to grow...

TMBA370: The Saturday Morning Side Hustle

TMBA370: The Saturday Morning Side Hustle

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 has built a successful online side hustle in the form of an SEO training course. Tommy Griffith is the founder of ClickMinded. On this week's episode, you'll hear how he was able to create a successful side business by setting aside his Saturday mornings. Tommy also shares his thoughts about what you need to give up to be an entrepreneur, and why he thinks there could be opportunities for entrepreneurs in the educational space.

TMBA 223: Things We’d Change if We Started Our Product Business Today

TMBA 223: Things We’d Change if We Started Our Product Business Today

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/ecommercemistakes/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/ecommercemistakes/ We’ve been looking back a lot to the beginning of The Valet Spot now that we’ve released the info to the public and realized that although we did a lot right, we screwed up a lot too. We figured with some of the big changes and our growth trajectory coming up, it would be...

TMBA267: The Tao of the Hustle

TMBA267: The Tao of the Hustle

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/hustle/ In the aftermath of DC BKK, The Bossman hopped a plane this week on his way to Tokyo, so we've decided to re-visit one of our favorite episodes of all time. I was a little hesitant about this episode when we first published it three years ago, but since that time, we have received a lot of feedback about how important this episode has been to our listeners. This episode came at a time when we had our first $100,000 month, and we still stand behind these 6 key principles that make up our Tao of the Hustle.

TMBA 188 (LBP156) – George Washington’s Guide to Being The Boss

TMBA 188 (LBP156) – George Washington’s Guide to Being The Boss

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-156george-washington-guide-to-being-boss/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-156george-washington-guide-to-being-boss/ Dan and Ian switch things up a bit this week to present the life principles of an American icon and “The greatest and best of men”, George Washington.  The fellas talk you through his principled and altruistic standards and how they can directly apply to both your personal and professional life. Not only did...

TMBA 163 (LBP140) – The Location Independence Imperative

TMBA 163 (LBP140) – The Location Independence Imperative

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/location-independence-imperative/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/location-independence-imperative/ Dan and Ian are dividing and conquering for the next few weeks but don’t shed a tear, the separation is only temporary.  Ian’s off to Tokyo for sushi while Dan’s swinging through the Philippines to check up on some business and meet up with entrepreneurs.  This shows the beauty of operating location independent businesses...

TMBA319: The Mind Game of Making Over $100,000

TMBA319: The Mind Game of Making Over $100,000

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 worth devoting an entire episode to. Michael trained hard and loved the career path that he was on initially, but a sudden change in his life-script drove him to become an entrepreneur. Michael's story is ultimately about how difficult circumstances can prompt you to change your life, and how transforming your mindset is the first hurdle to achieving entrepreneurial success.

TMBA337: The Power of the Pickle

TMBA337: The Power of the Pickle

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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. On this week's episode, Dan and Ian are speaking to Russ Perry from Design Pickle. He began his entrepreneurial career doing just that, and when we first heard from him in 2014, he was in the process of dissolving his first business and starting from square one. In less than two years, Design Pickle now has 20 full-time employees and just last month, they billed 90k in recurring revenue. On this show, you'll hear all about that journey, as well as a pretty in-depth discussion about our collective affinity for delicious pickles.

TMBA303: 7 Things To Consider When Selling Your Business

TMBA303: 7 Things To Consider When Selling Your Business

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 interesting stories about what happened along the way. We'll also be talking about what we have learned from exiting a business that has been such a big part of our life since 2007. On this episode, we'll be sharing seven things we wish we would have known, that we hope other people will consider when selling their business.

TMBA 155 (TTR24) – “If You Cannot Exercise This Kind of Control in Adult Life, You’ll Be Totally Hosed”

TMBA 155 (TTR24) – “If You Cannot Exercise This Kind of Control in Adult Life, You’ll Be Totally Hosed”

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/david-foster-wallace-this-is-water/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/david-foster-wallace-this-is-water/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in Itunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode Dan hands off...

TMBA 132 (LBP115) – The Most Expensive (But Profitable) Marketing Strategy In Your Arsenal

TMBA 132 (LBP115) – The Most Expensive (But Profitable) Marketing Strategy In Your Arsenal

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/expensive-and-profitable-marketing-strategy/ Marketing is a key piece of the biznass conversation. How do you choose? Some are quick and dirty, some are putting in for some long ball. How do you choose? Dan and Ian went back to their notebooks and online archives (thank you GMail!) and sorted through to find the most profitable marketing strategy they had ever implemented. Only problem? It's also their most expensive. But when you're a serious lifestyle business baller, you realize that sometimes you've gotta make the investment of resources to get the explosion of customers.

TMBA 197 (LBP163) – The Bootstrapper’s Guide to Business Partnerships

TMBA 197 (LBP163) – The Bootstrapper’s Guide to Business Partnerships

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/bootstrappers-guide-business-partnerships/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/bootstrappers-guide-business-partnerships/ Dan and Ian are coming at you today with some insight into what could be the most costly decision you’ll make in your business careers.  Many don’t think about it in terms of cost, but in this episode, Dan and Ian will make it abundantly clear why you should, and how to look at...

TMBA301: 2015 Packing List Updates

TMBA301: 2015 Packing List Updates

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 kind of stuff we have been traveling with recently. I have written about my travel kit many times on the blog, so if you don't want to hear me talk about what I keep in my backpack, this might not be the episode for you. I do know that there are some of us out there who spend a lot of time thinking about this stuff. If you're like me and you want to know more, I'm gonna walk you through some of the things I'm packing tonight and why they are part of my travel kit.

TMBA334: Here’s How We Plan to ‘Manage’ Our Money

TMBA334: Here’s How We Plan to ‘Manage’ Our Money

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 response from our listeners. We got a ton of feedback from some really smart people about that episode, so we decided to do a follow up show. On this week's episode, you'll hear some specific feedback from our friend Laura Roeder, as well as Dan and Ian's feelings on managing their own money now that they have heard so many opinions on the subject.

TMBA 181 (LBP150) – Imperfection and Getting on With It

TMBA 181 (LBP150) – Imperfection and Getting on With It

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/150-imperfection-getting-on-with-it/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/150-imperfection-getting-on-with-it/ Dan and Ian are back this week after an ill advised April fool’s joke earlier this week.  Don’t panic though, according to the fellas, the podcast is the best part of their business so they’re not going anywhere… except Paris where they’re hanging out this week. Rather fitting for this episode, Dan and Ian...

TMBA 182 (LBP151) – Social Feedback Strategy and Adwords Landing Pages

TMBA 182 (LBP151) – Social Feedback Strategy and Adwords Landing Pages

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-151-social-feedback-strategy-adwords-landing-pages/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-151-social-feedback-strategy-adwords-landing-pages/ Dan and Ian are coming at you from Italy this week with inspiration from the stately statues designed in Ian’s likeness.  The fellas have chiseled out their incredibly effective strategy for testing and launching physical products and will lay out the simple system for you in this episode.  Their method is an upgrade on...

TMBA318: Mentors – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

TMBA318: Mentors – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Conley, a Dynamite Circle member who has quite a bit of experience in these types of relationships. We'll be talking about how to seek out a mentor, what makes a successful mentor, and how these relationships evolve over time,

TMBA345: You’re a Resident of Where?

TMBA345: You’re a Resident of Where?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 and Ian have spoken to many people about what that freedom means, but perhaps Esther Jacobs has the most profound story about freedom that has ever been shared on this show. Esther is one of the youngest people in the Netherlands ever to be honored with the distinction of knighthood. Despite that event, Esther has a very unique story to share about how she was disowned by the very same country that named her a knight. Esther has an unbelievable story, and it could carry serious implications for digital nomads all around the world.

TMBA417: The Gift

TMBA417: The Gift

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 specifically listeners of this show) connecting to help each other out on their entrepreneurial journey. It begins with Greg Gerber, who made a post in our private membership forum The Dynamite Circle offering to give one lucky entrepreneur an all-expenses paid trip to our annual conference in Bangkok, DC BKK. The recipient of that gift was Madeleine Lambert. Madeleine started a content marketing business called Content Refined last year. She and Greg have joined us today to share the story of Greg's gift and how Madeline's business has grown to $50,000 in monthly recurring revenue since she received it.

Special Episode : How to Join the TMBA Team

Special Episode : How to Join the TMBA Team

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 well as this very podcast. Over the years, they have hired many people who were listeners to this podcast, or who were referred by listeners of this show. They decided that there...

TMBA 149 (TTR21) – Spotlight Marketing (+ Have We Found the Community Marketer’s Secret Weapon?)

TMBA 149 (TTR21) – Spotlight Marketing (+ Have We Found the Community Marketer’s Secret Weapon?)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/spotlight-marketing/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/spotlight-marketing/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Asia time). Here’s the link to subscribe in Itunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode I respond to a...

TMBA297: Why You’re Going To Have To Become an Entrepreneur Eventually (So You Might as Well Do It Now)

TMBA297: Why You’re Going To Have To Become an Entrepreneur Eventually (So You Might as Well Do It Now)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 part in the growth of our product business. His new book also stemmed in part from some discussions that the two of us had after the Dynamite Circle Conference in Bangkok last October. On this week's episode, we're gonna talk all about why Taylor decided to write this book, the books that are defining this exciting location-independent movement, and why the jobs that were once considered the safest are now being called into question.

TMBA335: The Long View on Location Independence

TMBA335: The Long View on Location Independence

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 this movement, and why wouldn't they? It's exciting to be a part of. On the other hand, there are very few people online who are talking about the challenges of being a digital nomad. Mark Manson and Stacey Herbert have both traveled the world as location independent entrepreneurs and have recently decided to put down roots for the first time in years. On this episode, you'll hear them share their thoughts and experiences on what some of the biggest downsides to the nomadic lifestyle are.

TMBA309: “Though We’ve Hit Over 100k MRR in Less Than a Year, I Still Feel Like an Outsider”

TMBA309: “Though We’ve Hit Over 100k MRR in Less Than a Year, I Still Feel Like an Outsider”

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 able to start Edgar, an extremely successful social media tool, with little to no experience in tech.

The Best of Slovenia in 3 Days

by Hannah Logan @ Eat Sleep Breathe Travel

I first became interested in visiting Slovenia last year when I stumbled upon a photo of Lake Bled, and immediately fell in love. Wanting to see it for myself, I did some research on the country and discovered that there…

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Housing Development At Houston Superfund Site Moving Forward

Housing Development At Houston Superfund Site Moving Forward

by Travis Bubenik @ Houston Public Media

The EPA is putting new resources into encouraging redevelopment of Superfund sites across the U.S.

Ask Us Anything: Relationships, Business, Living Abroad, and More

Ask Us Anything: Relationships, Business, Living Abroad, and More

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 of people wanted to know more about our lifestyles and what goes into the creation of the show. Ian and I are going to take you Behind the Scenes on this week's episode. We'll talk about the difficulties of having relationships on the road, what it's like to live as an expatriate, and we'll even answer a few gossip questions about what we do with our time.

TMBA 133 (LBP116) – How To Choose A Profitable Niche That You Can Love on Summer Marketing Mashup

TMBA 133 (LBP116) – How To Choose A Profitable Niche That You Can Love on Summer Marketing Mashup

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-to-choose-profitable-niche-summer-marketing-mashup/ It's a special podcast here at the LBP. Dan and Ian are joined for a bonus-length episode as they host the Summer Marketing Mashup guys (Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income, Jason Van Orden & Jeremy Frandsen from Internet Business Mastery, and Tim Conley from Foolish Adventure) to talk shop on niche selection. So sit back, grab your beverage of choice and a notebook (or Evernote), and check out the final installment in the Summer Marketing Mashup series.

TMBA306: Listener Mailbag: The Aftermath

TMBA306: Listener Mailbag: The Aftermath

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 listeners including whether we are planning on taking a break after selling our business, how selling your business can affect a marriage-model business partnership, plus a few more thoughts on what it takes to attract A Players to your business.

TMBA299: Getting Beyond the Blog and Connecting with Like Minds In Real Life

TMBA299: Getting Beyond the Blog and Connecting with Like Minds In Real Life

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 computer and connect with people in real life. I've invited Chris Reynolds and Alex McQuade on to the show this week to talk about just that. Alex is the Director of Operations for the Dynamite Circle, and was an integral part of our Barcelona event. Chris is the founder of The One Effect and has recently started kind of an entrepreneurial revolution in Barcelona. There are 22 entrepreneurs who have moved to Barcelona to live in apartments that Chris has set up. We'll be talking about some of the unique ways we have been able to interact with our listeners in the real world, sharing strategies for digital nomads who want to connect with people in real life, and listening to some firsthand testimonials from people who have been living in the DC Barcelona House.

TMBA 185 (LBP153) – 10 Potent Quotables From DC BER Speakers

TMBA 185 (LBP153) – 10 Potent Quotables From DC BER Speakers

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/potent-quotables-dc-ber-speakers/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/potent-quotables-dc-ber-speakers/ Dan and Ian come at you this week from Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, Vietnam with the highlights from the DC Berlin Meetup last week.  There were some absolute rockstar speakers at the event and the energy and excitement were electric. With topics ranging from smart drugs and focus optimization to SEO and...

TMBA 131 (TTR17) – How We Increased Email Subscribers 257% By Making it Harder to Opt-in

TMBA 131 (TTR17) – How We Increased Email Subscribers 257% By Making it Harder to Opt-in

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-to-increase-email-subscribers/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-to-increase-email-subscribers/ How does a lazy blogger increase their email subscription rate by 257% and in the process get an automatic sales machine working for them and generating sales in their sleep? Well– you could hire John McIntyre— but for those of you who have teams or willing to do it yourself, we invited John on the show...

TMBA311: Productized Part II : ​​”Putting Yourself Out There Can Hurt”

TMBA311: Productized Part II : ​​”Putting Yourself Out There Can Hurt”

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 how his business has progressed and he has managed to weather the storm of some tough criticism.

TMBA 228: Getting to the Table With High Achievers

TMBA 228: Getting to the Table With High Achievers

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/table/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/table/ Ian is back on the Tropical MBA Podcast this week to talk about our next big idea, as well as answering some listener questions (thank you to all who’ve called our voicemail: 888-554-8428). Listen to this week’s show and learn: Why having the same amount of “skin the game” can be critical when networking....

TMBA269: Branding is About Relationships Not Recognition

TMBA269: Branding is About Relationships Not Recognition

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 voicemail. This week, we are answering a whole bunch of those voicemails, including questions about why you should be starting or joining a mastermind group, some of the best things about being an expatriate and why branding is really about building relationships with your clients.

TMBA 193 (TTR35) – SEOh No! – Sabotage SEO (What to Do About it) and the Impact of Penguin Updates

TMBA 193 (TTR35) – SEOh No! – Sabotage SEO (What to Do About it) and the Impact of Penguin Updates

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/seo-sabotage-penguin-updates/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/seo-sabotage-penguin-updates/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published Friday afternoons (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week Dan and Ian...

TMBA 170 (LBP144) – The 10 Point Business Diagnostic Test

TMBA 170 (LBP144) – The 10 Point Business Diagnostic Test

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/ten-point-business-diagnostic-test/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/ten-point-business-diagnostic-test/ Dan and Ian break out the microphone from Bali this week to run you through their 10 point business diagnostic test.  Consider this episode like an oil change and engine check to make sure your business is on the right path and won’t break down along the way. The discussion will give you that...

TMBA279: Can Your Mastermind Offer Insurance Against Failure?

TMBA279: Can Your Mastermind Offer Insurance Against Failure?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 yourself with people who have common goals and will not allow you to fail. This is old school block-and-tackle business strategy. We're talking about what is important to consider when structuring a mastermind, success stories from the groups that Taylor has spearheaded and some of the most useful tools for organizing an effective mastermind group.

TMBA328: How Do You Manage Your Money?

TMBA328: How Do You Manage Your Money?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 money once you have made it? Managing your money requires a completely different skill set from building a business, and even savvy entrepreneurs often have to seek the advice of a professional. On this week's episode, you'll hear from Joe Wirbick, the president and co-founder of Sequinox. Joe is sharing some of his best tips on how to evaluate financial professionals and how to identify whether or not they can help you.

TMBA 139 (LBP123) – Getting To Five Years On A Business Trajectory

TMBA 139 (LBP123) – Getting To Five Years On A Business Trajectory

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/getting-five-years-business-trajectory/ Five years ago (October 2nd, 2007 to be exact) Dan and Ian were sitting at brunch when Dan got a notification on his original iPhone that they had gotten paid for their first product sale. Starting that day they set their sights on a business trajectory that has taken them five years, multiple product lines, 10+ employees, world-wide travel destinations, a publishing venture, private mastermind community, and top iTunes podcast into the future.

TMBA376: Should You Base Yourself in Eastern Europe?

TMBA376: Should You Base Yourself in Eastern Europe?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 struggled with at one point in time: If I can live anywhere in the world, where should that be? On this week's episode, they will be focusing on two nations in Eastern Europe: Hungary and Georgia. Clayton Cornell runs his own lead-generation business online, as well as one of Dan and Ian's longtime favorite blogs called Spartan Traveler. On this podcast, Clayton shares his story about what led him to the capitol of Hungary, Budapest. You'll also hear from Dana Lindahl. Dana has chosen the nation of Georgia as his home base, as his wife has recently started a business there. You'll hear about what that process was like, as well as the entrepreneurial climate in this former Soviet country.

The New York Times: Aziz, We Tried to Warn You

by Alyson Forbes @ Hachette Book Group

In 1975, 42 years before the comedian Aziz Ansari reportedly brought a date home to his apartment and repeatedly tried to initiate sex with her after she told him “next time” and “I don’t want to feel forced,” Susan Brownmiller published “Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape.” “All rape is an exercise in power,” Brownmiller wrote in 1975, “but some rapists have an edge that is more than physical. . . ."

Cheap Flights: Houston to/from Aspen $96 r/t – American

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

[01/17/2018 @ 12:43 PM] Fare expired shortly after posting. If it goes back online, we'll send out another post.

American Airlines has "basic economy" round-trip flights from Houston (IAH/HOU) to Aspen, Colorado (ASE) for $96 with a connection. Flights January to June on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

Note: “Basic Economy” fares do not include a free carry-on bag. Only a personal item (like a small-backpack) is free. Checked bags cost +$25 each-way. Seats are randomly assigned prior to boarding. If you have an AAdvantage credit-card you can avoid bag fees.

Note: This was available on a "Regular Economy" fare last week for $140.

TMBA 131 (TTR17) – How We Increased Email Subscribers 257% By Making it Harder to Opt-in

TMBA 131 (TTR17) – How We Increased Email Subscribers 257% By Making it Harder to Opt-in

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-to-increase-email-subscribers/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-to-increase-email-subscribers/ How does a lazy blogger increase their email subscription rate by 257% and in the process get an automatic sales machine working for them and generating sales in their sleep? Well– you could hire John McIntyre— but for those of you who have teams or willing to do it yourself, we invited John on the show...

TMBA402: What’s Your Superpower?

TMBA402: What’s Your Superpower?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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. He is also the author of Dan and Ian's all-time favorite blogs, A Smart Bear. A few years ago, Jason made the difficult decision to step down from his CEO role at WP Engine, at a time when the company was more successful than ever. Jason recently spoke about this decision at our recent Dynamite Circle event in Austin, and we invited him on the show this week to expand on that talk.  On today's episode, you'll hear Jason share his insights about the struggles of growing at the pace of your company, the angst you can feel after you sell a business, and how he has been able to harness his "superpowers".

TMBA270: A Roundtable Discussion on Apprentices, Mentoring, and Team Building

TMBA270: A Roundtable Discussion on Apprentices, Mentoring, and Team Building

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 I have done it, and Taylor shares some insider insight from having been on our team. We also answer a question from a young listener about whether he should be learning a skill set like SEO or diving headfirst into his own business.

TMBA 141 (LBP125) – How to Avoid your Entrepreneurial Blindspots – Dan’s Stick-On Mirror Theory

TMBA 141 (LBP125) – How to Avoid your Entrepreneurial Blindspots – Dan’s Stick-On Mirror Theory

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/ghetto-entrepreneurship-you-are-being-a-wim/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/ghetto-entrepreneurship-you-are-being-a-wim/ After two weeks in Puerto Galera with the October TMBA session, Dan and Ian celebrated Dan’s birthday in style at the classic Filippino restaurant TGIFriday’s and then curled up under a staircase in the Mall of Asia to bring this episode to you. Having done three sessions with various TMBA participants and being asked...

TMBA328: How Do You Manage Your Money?

TMBA328: How Do You Manage Your Money?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 money once you have made it? Managing your money requires a completely different skill set from building a business, and even savvy entrepreneurs often have to seek the advice of a professional. On this week's episode, you'll hear from Joe Wirbick, the president and co-founder of Sequinox. Joe is sharing some of his best tips on how to evaluate financial professionals and how to identify whether or not they can help you.

TMBA 220: Thoughts on Email Marketing (60% of Our B2B Customers Open Our Emails on Mobile!)

TMBA 220: Thoughts on Email Marketing (60% of Our B2B Customers Open Our Emails on Mobile!)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/email/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/email/ In the process of launching and iterating on Valet Up, our new SaaS app developed for valet companies, Ian and I have been working on refining our email marketing strategies and how we can snag some extra customers and improve our closing average. On top of this, an email came in from Mark from...

TMBA412: ‘Never Split The Difference’: A Conversation with Chris Voss

TMBA412: ‘Never Split The Difference’: A Conversation with Chris Voss

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 deal if he just used the right tactics. Today's guest has spent a lifetime working on negotiating tactics, but he has primarily done so in matters of life or death. Chris Voss is a former FBI hostage negotiator and the author of "Never Split the Difference". Since leaving the FBI, Chris has devoted his time to a new business called Black Swan Ltd., which teaches people how to use the skills that he learned during his time as an FBI agent to improve their negotiation skills in business situations. On this week's episode, you'll hear Chris go into great detail about emotional intelligence, how to choose the right language to use while negotiating, and why you should never split the difference. 

TMBA 245: The Tao of the Sale

TMBA 245: The Tao of the Sale

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/sales/ This week, it’s all about making the sale. Bossman and I are exploring twenty random thoughts that we’ve had about sales. We talk about everything from salesmanship, to what that process looks like, what some of the key tactics that we use are, and how you can evolve by using these strategies.

TMBA286: An Audio Response to Alex Blumberg and Gimlet Media’s “Startup” Podcast

TMBA286: An Audio Response to Alex Blumberg and Gimlet Media’s “Startup” Podcast

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 all, you've probably heard Alex's work on shows like This American Life and Planet Money. We decided we wanted to create an episode that would serve as a companion piece to this fantastic series. The three of us are talking about how the show inspired us, what we see as the ironies in the venture capital world, the distinctions between being and artist and an entrepreneur, and what this series represents in the podcasting world.

TMBA332: A Conversation with Mr. Money Mustache

TMBA332: A Conversation with Mr. Money Mustache

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 hear him share his opinions about that piece. You'll also hear how he was able to retire at the age of thirty, why he believes we should be optimizing for our own happiness, as well as his thoughts on achieving freedom through frugality. Stick around after the credits for a little bit of a bonus conversation with Mr. Money Mustache about how the Mustachian community holds events.

TMBA 163 (LBP140) – The Location Independence Imperative

TMBA 163 (LBP140) – The Location Independence Imperative

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/location-independence-imperative/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/location-independence-imperative/ Dan and Ian are dividing and conquering for the next few weeks but don’t shed a tear, the separation is only temporary.  Ian’s off to Tokyo for sushi while Dan’s swinging through the Philippines to check up on some business and meet up with entrepreneurs.  This shows the beauty of operating location independent businesses...

TMBA375: How 100s Of Young Entrepreneurs are Making Generational Wealth in Less Than 5 Years

TMBA375: How 100s Of Young Entrepreneurs are Making Generational Wealth in Less Than 5 Years

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 that movement. Kevin Graham is the founder of Bulk Buy Hosting, but he has also made a considerable amount of money through his own Amazon affiliate business. The Amazon ecosystem is a huge opportunity, and is creating generational wealth for many crafty, young entrepreneurs. Kevin has had this kind of success, and on this episode, we will walk you through every step of how to create one of these businesses and get them ranking in search engines. This is one of the most business-focused episodes we have ever done on this podcast. If you are considering this path in your online business ventures, this is the episode for you.

TMBA362: You Can Start a Business This Weekend, Here Are Some Ideas

TMBA362: You Can Start a Business This Weekend, Here Are Some Ideas

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 and with little to no capital. On today's episode, they have asked their friend and expert idea generator Tristan King of Blackbelt Commerce to return to the show. The last time Tristan was on this program, listeners of this show took the ideas that were donated and turned them into successful businesses. Listen in to hear even more of Dan and Tristan's ideas for productized service businesses that could be started up this weekend.

TMBA394: What Happened to Technorati?

TMBA394: What Happened to Technorati?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 unique content, and a lot of it is being made in the most remote corners of the internet. Once upon a time, though, there was a search engine that highlighted blogs themselves. Richard Jalichandra is the former CEO of Technorati.com, which at one time was considered by many to be the gateway into the blogosphere. During their quest for great blogs, Dan and Ian became curious as to why this company disappeared. On this week's episode, Richard shares the story of Technorati, as well as the details of his long and storied career in the early days of the world wide web.

TMBA337: The Power of the Pickle

TMBA337: The Power of the Pickle

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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. On this week's episode, Dan and Ian are speaking to Russ Perry from Design Pickle. He began his entrepreneurial career doing just that, and when we first heard from him in 2014, he was in the process of dissolving his first business and starting from square one. In less than two years, Design Pickle now has 20 full-time employees and just last month, they billed 90k in recurring revenue. On this show, you'll hear all about that journey, as well as a pretty in-depth discussion about our collective affinity for delicious pickles.

TMBA397: We Want Your Questions

TMBA397: We Want Your Questions

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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"entrepreneurmobile", The 1,000 Day Principle, and what it means to be useful. You'll also hear advice on how you can go to conferences for free, tips for traveling to Southeast Asia with your family and much, much more.

TMBA390: How to Get Better at Sales

TMBA390: How to Get Better at Sales

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 die by their sales funnel. It's also one of the number one things that entrepreneurs struggle to get good at. When Dan and Ian decided to do this episode, they knew there was only one person that they could call to talk about how to really get better at sales. John Logar is an extremely talented and successful salesperson, and he has always been very generous about sharing his advice on sales. On this week's show, John shares some of those insights, including a 4 step daily process that John guarantees will bring you more sales. This isn't going to be a drive by, top ten list type of an episode. This is a deep dive into the type of skills and habits that will help you build a better, more profitable sales funnel for your business.

TMBA292: Are the Days of Having to Be a Starving Artist Over?

TMBA292: Are the Days of Having to Be a Starving Artist Over?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 entrepreneurial principles to a career in art or music. If you are an artist of any kind, this is the episode for you. We'll be talk about what we believe it means to be an artist, how to support your art through a job or business, and how you can leverage 1,000 true fans to build a career doing what you love.

6 (Non-Millennial) Solo Female Travelers Share Their Travel Wisdom

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Solo female travel isn't just for millennials! In this column, Kristin Addis introduces us to some older solo female travelers who are following their dreams to see the world. These women come from all backgrounds and all walks of life, proving it's never too late to start traveling.

The post 6 (Non-Millennial) Solo Female Travelers Share Their Travel Wisdom appeared first on Nomadic Matt's Travel Site.

TMBA277: How Does Location Independence Affect Relationships and Families?

TMBA277: How Does Location Independence Affect Relationships and Families?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 agency called Connex Social. Last year they sold their house and 90% of their belongings and decided to hit the road. They ended up taking 25 flights and visiting over 30 different locations. We're gonna talk about how location independence effects family, how it effects relationships and how it effects business. We'll also discuss how they rebounded from losing 90% of their revenue, and what the experience was like traveling with a six person family around the world.

TMBA 144 (LBP127) – Generating Wealth and Re-Considering Retirement for Entrepreneurs

TMBA 144 (LBP127) – Generating Wealth and Re-Considering Retirement for Entrepreneurs

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/generating-wealth-can-reconsidering-retirement/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/generating-wealth-can-reconsidering-retirement/ Dan and Ian are homeward bound. Ian just got back San Diego and Dan’s headed to Bali for November to write his first book. Both still coming down from the high and energy of DCBKK, they wanted to tackle a tough question on the real meaning of wealth and  entrepreneurship. Everyone knows that society...

TMBA 169 (TTR27) – Use The Recurring Revenue Test to See If Your Product is Dead on Arrival

TMBA 169 (TTR27) – Use The Recurring Revenue Test to See If Your Product is Dead on Arrival

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/recurring-revenue-test-dead-product/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/recurring-revenue-test-dead-product/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode...

TMBA284: Why Entrepreneurs are Flocking to Spain this Summer

TMBA284: Why Entrepreneurs are Flocking to Spain this Summer

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 had this similar dream of the freedom that comes from quitting their jobs and starting their own businesses, and all three of them have chosen Spain as their home for that journey this summer. Barcelona has recently become kind of a hotbed for the entrepreneurial community. I reached out to Chris Reynolds, Cristina Ansbjerg and Robert Brandl to get some insider info about what it's like to live in the city and why they have all fallen in love with it.

TMBA357: A Review of Snowball, a Biography Of Warren Buffett

TMBA357: A Review of Snowball, a Biography Of Warren Buffett

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Schroeder's fantastic biography of Warren Buffett titled "The Snowball". They decided they wanted to dedicate an episode to that story of Mr. Buffett's life, and the unique business choices that he has made throughout his career.

TMBA353: On the Bike with Patrick Brady

TMBA353: On the Bike with Patrick Brady

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 about one particular obsession that Ian introduced into Dan's life: cycling. Patrick Brady of Red Kite Prayer has become one of Dan's favorite bloggers and podcast hosts. Patrick has been able to make a living writing and speaking about cycling. This episode is about more than just riding a bike, though. Patrick shares his attitudes about generating revenue with his blog, writers he is inspired by, and much more. Those of you who are cycling enthusiasts should stay tuned for some bonus content after the credits as well, where Patrick and Dan geek out over some hardcore cycling stuff.

TMBA389: TMBA Mailbag: How Can I Get Started on My Own Business?

TMBA389: TMBA Mailbag: How Can I Get Started on My Own Business?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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's episode, they are doing just that. Dan and Ian are reaching back into the TropicalMBA mailbag and answering questions that listeners have submitted through the mailing list on a variety of topics, including advice for entrepreneurs who don't know where to begin, why being an entrepreneur means that you might lose a lot of friends, and what the two of them have been up to lately.

TMBA 171 (TTR28) – A Method For Outsourcing Your Job and Living in the Developing World

TMBA 171 (TTR28) – A Method For Outsourcing Your Job and Living in the Developing World

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/method-for-outsourcing-your-job-living-in-developing-world/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/method-for-outsourcing-your-job-living-in-developing-world/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode...

TMBA419: You Are Who You Meet

TMBA419: You Are Who You Meet

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 built a successful Amazon business over the last two years, which he recently sold for just under a million dollars. He didn't do it alone, though. On this week's show, you'll hear how a chance encounter in the rolling hills of Northern Thailand led Nate down an unbelievable entrepreneurial journey. 

Texas’ And The Nation’s First Execution Of The Year Is Set For A Houston Serial Killer

by Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune @ Houston Public Media

Texas' "Tourniquet Killer" is set for execution Thursday. It would be the first execution under Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, a Democrat who oversaw the first year without an execution in the county for more than 30 years.

TMBA314: The 3D Revolution

TMBA314: The 3D Revolution

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 test prototypes. But, as 3D printers become cheaper and more sophisticated, might it begin to revolutionize not only the world of retail but also DIY? What are the opportunities and potential pitfalls for entrepreneurs? Lawyers like Alan Rothenbuecher are already advising firms on how to handle the growing number of IP issues that crop up in relation to 3D printing. TMBA also talks to one of the co-founders of The Pirate Bay, Tobias Andersson, about why he thinks 3D printing is going to have the same impact on design as file-sharing sites have had on the music business.

TMBA389: TMBA Mailbag: How Can I Get Started on My Own Business?

TMBA389: TMBA Mailbag: How Can I Get Started on My Own Business?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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's episode, they are doing just that. Dan and Ian are reaching back into the TropicalMBA mailbag and answering questions that listeners have submitted through the mailing list on a variety of topics, including advice for entrepreneurs who don't know where to begin, why being an entrepreneur means that you might lose a lot of friends, and what the two of them have been up to lately.

Malaysian Borneo Videos

by Danila Mansfield @ NotDunRoamin – travel blog

Click here to view all our videos. And you can also subscribe to our YouTube channel here:  Notdunroamin YouTube videos. We spent about 4 weeks in Borneo! Borneo is the name of an island, occupied by three separate countries: Brunei, Indonesia, and the states of Sarawak and Sabah of the federal constitutional monarchy of Malaysia. Malaysia … Continue reading Malaysian Borneo Videos

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TMBA 249: Getting Started With Customer Churn Analysis

TMBA 249: Getting Started With Customer Churn Analysis

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/churn/ We're talking about Churn rate, and everything we can learn from it. Bossman and I are by no means experts on the topic, but we've dug up a plethora of information to share on Churn rate analysis. We'll discuss how to use this information to provide more value to your clients and keep them around for longer. We also answer some listener questions about the FBAR deadline and how we approach the frequency at which we create podcast content.

TMBA414: 5 Days in Thailand

TMBA414: 5 Days in Thailand

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 of entrepreneurs, many of whom are listeners of this show, migrate to Southeast Asia each year to attend. They do so with the intention of focusing their time and energy on improving their businesses. On this week's episode, our hosts will be sharing their five biggest takeaways from this year's conference. You'll also hear them talk about what makes a profitable event and how they are planning on ramping up their events for 2018.

TMBA382: LAX->MNL->OTP with Family in Tow

TMBA382: LAX->MNL->OTP with Family in Tow

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 community have chosen to call ‘home’. In this episode, you’ll hear from someone who hasn’t just settled on a place but is also considering applying...

TMBA368: The 12 Days of an Entrepreneur’s Christmas

TMBA368: The 12 Days of an Entrepreneur’s Christmas

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 all-time favorite holiday songs, The 12 Days of Christmas. Their rendition is all about the 12 things that every entrepreneur is wishing for...

TMBA374: Are You An Entrepreneurial Person?

TMBA374: Are You An Entrepreneurial Person?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 this podcast consider themselves to be entrepreneurial, but they don't have their own business yet. They were also excited to meet some young, entrepreneurial minds at a recent Dynamite Circle Junto, and they decided to start exploring what it means to be an entrepreneurial person. This week's episode is for those people. If you haven't started a business yet, but you are ready to find a way to turn your dreams into aspirations, this is the episode for you.

TMBA331: Productized #4 – The Evolution of a Business Idea

TMBA331: Productized #4 – The Evolution of a Business Idea

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 call for anyone that has used one of those ideas to come on the show. On this week's episode, you'll be hearing from Ben McAdam and Meryl Johnston, otherwise known as the Bean Ninjas. They will be sharing how they took an idea that was donated on this very podcast and turned it into their own Productized Service business.

TMBA355: (Nate Duncan Interview) – How The Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast Became a Business in Just a Year

TMBA355: (Nate Duncan Interview) – How The Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast Became a Business in Just a Year

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 (which just happen to be some of Dan and Ian‘s personal obsessions) into successful businesses. Today’s guest is the podcaster that Dan has listened to the most...

TMBA 173 (TTR29) – How to Get (and Keep) 1000’s of Blog Subscribers

TMBA 173 (TTR29) – How to Get (and Keep) 1000’s of Blog Subscribers

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/get-keep-thousands-blog-subscribers/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/get-keep-thousands-blog-subscribers/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode...

TMBA360: Clay Collins and The Unraveling Marketing Stack

TMBA360: Clay Collins and The Unraveling Marketing Stack

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 pursue a new venture called ConvertPlayer. A few days after that episode aired, we were contacted by one of the other founders of that company, Clay Collins, who wanted to come onto the show and talk about one of his favorite things in life: marketing technology. We jumped at the chance to talk to Clay about his company's growth, why they decided to seek venture capital, and a whole lot more.

TMBA 147 (TTR20) – What Is the Best Place in Southeast Asia for Internet Entrepreneurs?

TMBA 147 (TTR20) – What Is the Best Place in Southeast Asia for Internet Entrepreneurs?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/southeast-asia-entrepreneurs/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/southeast-asia-entrepreneurs/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. This week I totally geek out on one of my favorite topics: how do various locations in Southeast Asia stack up to each other for internet entrepreneurs? During the conversation I share a lot of anecdotes from...

TMBA283: Ways the Wealthy Do it Differently

TMBA283: Ways the Wealthy Do it Differently

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 with so many interesting and successful people in one weekend, so we've decided share some of the lessons that we learned from that event on this week's show. We'll be talking about how we got the idea for this event, why this is my favorite event I have ever attended, and the nine things that surprised us the most coming out of this conference.

TMBA 173 (TTR29) – How to Get (and Keep) 1000’s of Blog Subscribers

TMBA 173 (TTR29) – How to Get (and Keep) 1000’s of Blog Subscribers

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/get-keep-thousands-blog-subscribers/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/get-keep-thousands-blog-subscribers/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode...

TMBA 246: Should You Be Blogging?

TMBA 246: Should You Be Blogging?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/blogging/ This week, we're digging into the archives and replaying one of our most popular, and controversial episodes. We're going to be talking about the perils of personal blogging and entrepreneurial journey blogging. A lot of people have interpreted this episode as a warning, but we consider it a challenge to bloggers to step up their game.

TMBA 151 (TTR22) – 4th Dimension Copywriting (and Why You Shouldn’t Bother with Keyword Research)

TMBA 151 (TTR22) – 4th Dimension Copywriting (and Why You Shouldn’t Bother with Keyword Research)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/4th-dimension-copywriting/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/4th-dimension-copywriting/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in Itunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode I respond to...

12 Years Of Travel: Jawfish With Eggs, Derawan, Indonesia

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Indonesian Borneo has several islands with some great scuba diving – there are plenty of surprises waiting underwater Jawfish with eggs, Borneo 2 June 2010, 5 Years Ago This Week: Jawfish are one of my favourite sea creatures – they live in vertical tunnels dug in the sand and peer out over the top with […]

TMBA313: Should I Cut Bait On This Business?

TMBA313: Should I Cut Bait On This Business?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 advice they gave Kiri Masters who, in 2013, was still in her day job as a highly successful corporate player whilst struggling to set up a business that would give her the lifestyle and kind of satisfaction that she felt she was missing. What advice did Dan and Ian give Kiri? Did she follow it? What's happening with her business today?

Ask Us Anything (Business) : Starting Productized Services, Offshore, Our Future Plans

Ask Us Anything (Business) : Starting Productized Services, Offshore, Our Future Plans

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 gonna be talking about everything from productized services to offshore business, management philosophies and our own personal outlooks on the future of our business.

TMBA296: What Would Be Your Next Steps if You Owned This Business?

TMBA296: What Would Be Your Next Steps if You Owned This Business?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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@GreenBellyBar.com) is an avid hiker, biker and outdoor enthusiast. Chris started Greenbelly in 2014 and has been creating high-calorie meal replacement bars ever since. He recently crowdfunded $20,000 on...

TMBA338: What is the World’s Best Diet?

TMBA338: What is the World’s Best Diet?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 touched upon on this show is our health. On this week's episode, Dan and Ian are diving into a topic of health discussion that is as contentious as it is important: what we should be eating. Dan is fascinated by diets, and he has experimented with a plethora of them. He recently decided to go on a search for the greatest diet in the world. On that search, he discovered the work of Dr. Michael Greger M.D., the founder of NutritionFacts.org. Dr. Greger's unique and inspired approach to nutrition is something that we believe every lifestyle designer needs to hear.

TMBA354: Who is Mr. Regular? The Story Behind the Hit YouTube Channel Regular Car Reviews

TMBA354: Who is Mr. Regular? The Story Behind the Hit YouTube Channel Regular Car Reviews

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 and wanted to talk to for quite some time. Mr. Regular is one of the hosts of Regular Car Reviews, a very successful YouTube channel that combines car reviews with pop culture references, social commentary, and much more. The results are both hilarious and impressive. You don't need to be a car person to enjoy this show. Mr. Regular shares his insight on what it was like to get started publishing content on YouTube four years ago and what the journey has been like since then.

TMBA262: How to Make Your First $1,000 Online

TMBA262: How to Make Your First $1,000 Online

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/1konline/ With over 260 episodes, some of our listeners have been asking us which episodes of our show are the best to share with people who want to learn more about the location independent lifestyle. We thought this posed a pretty interesting challenge, and we've decided to create a five part series that people can download to get an overall sense of what the location independent startup community is all about. On this first episode in the series, we are going to be going over five key points on how to make your first $1000 online.

Memory Maker is a great addition to your Walt Disney World Vacation

by marilynjones @ Travel with Marilyn

If you’ve visited Walt Disney World I’m sure you know there are photographers stationed throughout the parks at strategic locations as well as ride photos offered – you know; right when you’re plunging down Splash Mountain or your elevator car is being dropped on Tower of Terror.     PhotoPass This kind of photography has come a long way since

TMBA294: A Guide to Finding, Winning, and Creating Location Independent Apprenticeships

TMBA294: A Guide to Finding, Winning, and Creating Location Independent Apprenticeships

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 starting a business, but you aren't quite sure how to get there yet. We have long been advocates for seeking out an apprenticeship, but it's not always that easy. How do you get an apprenticeship, where do you go when you find one and what happens after you get one? Over the last couple of years, Vincent Nguyen from GrowthNinja.com has gone through all of these stages himself. I've invited him on to the show to talk about his experiences as an apprentice at Empire Flippers and how he has managed to transition from being a successful apprentice into owning his own business.

TMBA 250: Designing and Prototyping Your Own Consumer Product

TMBA 250: Designing and Prototyping Your Own Consumer Product

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/bedphones/ Bossman and I are celebrating our 250th episode this week. We're also talking to our good friend Eric Dubs, the creator of Bedphones. Eric has found success in the consumer electronics market, despite facing competition from some huge brands. Eric has been able to build a genuine Four Hour Work Week product business through automation. We'll talk about what went into the creation of Eric's product, how he was able to get it featured on platforms like Dr. Oz and Good Morning America, and how his business has evolved to the point where he can operate it remotely.

Victor Davis Hanson’s THE SECOND WORLD WARS reviewed in the American Spectator

by Connie Capone @ Hachette Book Group

“As I struggle in my office to capture Hanson’s analytical tour de force in review, I can see the shelf full of books on World War II that I’ve read over the decades. After reading Wars, I believe I have a firmer grasp of the big picture — very big picture indeed — of how this conflict began, the various tortuous paths it took, and how it resolved the way it did than after digesting all of these other volumes. Reviewers are sometimes over-quick to label a book essential. For readers who wish to fully understand World War II, this book is.”

TMBA275: How Should an Entrepreneur Invest $50,000?

TMBA275: How Should an Entrepreneur Invest $50,000?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 recently: What should the average investor do with $50,000? We'll dissect some of the ideas he proposed about financial investments, talk about how the location-independent entrepreneur can put them to good use, and explain exactly what makes our upcoming gathering of entrepreneurs such a unique sharing environment.

The New York Times: Donald Trump Did It

by Alyson Forbes @ Hachette Book Group

Yes, President Donald Trump has sexually harassed women. This concludes my ethics investigation. I hate to bore you with technical jargon, but I suppose it’s important, in the interest of nonpartisan professional transparency, to offer some insight into my methodology. First of all, as a very good sexual harassment investigator, I know that one of the sexual harasser’s classic tells is a history of repeatedly sexually harassing women, or talking about sexually harassing women, in public, either on the internet or on video or on the record with reporters, perhaps as recently as today. . .

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TMBA409: Amazon And The Elephant In The Room

TMBA409: Amazon And The Elephant In The Room

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Amazon.com, and the reason that you haven't heard much about it is because Amazon sellers have been pretty secretive about the ways that they have been using it to make money.  Today's guest has no problem sharing his knowledge, especially with those who are just getting started on Amazon. Scott Voelker is the host of an established podcast about Amazon called The Amazing Seller, where he offers insight and tips from his experience using the platform.  On this episode, Scott talks about how people can start making some side money on Amazon, and eventually grow to earn a full-time income. If you are interested in making money on Amazon, but you're not sure where to begin, this is the episode for you. 

TMBA308: So You’ve Been Asked to Speak at a Conference

TMBA308: So You’ve Been Asked to Speak at a Conference

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 greeted by a stunned silence (yep).

TMBA 140 (LBP124) – How Marketing Beats Sales and Why Capacity Is A Number With James Schramko

TMBA 140 (LBP124) – How Marketing Beats Sales and Why Capacity Is A Number With James Schramko

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/marketing-beats-sales-capacity-number/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/marketing-beats-sales-capacity-number/ Coming to you live from Badladz Resort in the Philippines, complete with patented LBP cafe noise and janky wi-fi upload speeds. This week Dan jumped on the phone with the man, the myth, the Aussie legend in content marketing and helping customers online, James Schramko of Super Fast Business and one of Dan’s new...

TMBA298: A 10 True Clients Business Model Case Study

TMBA298: A 10 True Clients Business Model Case Study

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 have an audience like that. We have talked over and over again about why we believe in starting with ten true clients. One of our longtime podcast listeners, Sophia Bera, has found great success doing just that. Sophia is the founder of GenYPlanning.com, where she provides affordable financial planning services for people in their 20's and 30's. This week we're talking with Sophia about how she has managed to replace her income in just over two years, why she didn't agree with some of the practices in the financial planning industry and how she was able to turn that into an opportunity.

Here’s How Much Texas Statewide Officials Have To Spend On Their Re-Election Bids

by Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune @ Houston Public Media

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller appears to be in the most financially competitive statewide primary, with his challenger, former lobbyist Trey Blocker, reporting a higher cash-on-hand number ahead of the March 6 primary

12 Years Of Travel: Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

London is steeped in history, but it’s also shaping the future of how we control the landscape Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London 10 June 2012, 3 Years Ago This Week: I spent a few days in Greenwich for my 40th birthday – it seemed appropriate to go back to the Source Of All Time as I […]

TMBA383: Brent Beshore and the 50 Year Private Equity Plan

TMBA383: Brent Beshore and the 50 Year Private Equity Plan

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 basis? Today's guest has cracked that code. Brent Beshore is the founder and CEO of Adventur.es. Brent has managed to do something that our hosts have dreamed of doing for a long time. He owns a portfolio of different businesses, and he does little to no work in operating them. On this episode, Brent will share how he has built this portfolio and what things he looks for when deciding to purchase a business.

TMBA291: I’ve Got Tons of Student Loan Debt, What Should I Do?

TMBA291: I’ve Got Tons of Student Loan Debt, What Should I Do?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 who listeners named Brian, who teaches at Penn State, reached out to us and asked us to answer some questions for his students at the university. In this episode Ian and I lay out a three-part plan to become a location independent out of college, talk about how why you should be looking for an apprenticeship instead of a job, and finally answer one of the questions we get asked the most: why cat furniture?

TMBA393: How to Pitch

TMBA393: How to Pitch

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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, there is a whole lot of asking going on. On today's episode, Dan and Ian will be following up on their recent sales episode, and providing some useful, actionable information on how you can pitch people successfully through cold emails. First, they will be sharing some successful pitches they have received, as well as the types of pitches they dread seeing in their inbox. They will also be sharing a three-step formula to creating winning pitches that won't end up being archived or deleted.

TMBA377: How Does Your Business Feel?

TMBA377: How Does Your Business Feel?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 knowledge about property investment. During that conversation, the Robs spoke to Ian about a lot more than just investing in property. They have managed to build...

Cheap Flights: Houston to Hong Kong $494 r/t – American

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

[01/12/2018 @ 5:14 PM] Old post clean-up. Fare gone. Removing from deal list.

American Airlines has round-trip flights from Houston (IAH) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $494 with a connection. Flights January to February.

TMBA392: Should You Move to Chiang Mai?

TMBA392: Should You Move to Chiang Mai?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 from two entrepreneurs who have made Thailand, and more specifically the northern capital of Chiang Mai, their home bases for the portion of a year. Philippe Bordeau is the founder of HammockUniverse.com. He shares his story, including the details of a Visa that he has acquired that allows him to be a resident of Thailand for up to 6 years at a time. Leanne Woodmass, along with her husband, runs an Amazon Fulfillment Brokerage. She has been living in Thailand for the past few years. You'll hear how a community of expats and entrepreneurs enticed them both to stay in Chiang Mai.

TMBA 197 (LBP163) – The Bootstrapper’s Guide to Business Partnerships

TMBA 197 (LBP163) – The Bootstrapper’s Guide to Business Partnerships

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/bootstrappers-guide-business-partnerships/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/bootstrappers-guide-business-partnerships/ Dan and Ian are coming at you today with some insight into what could be the most costly decision you’ll make in your business careers.  Many don’t think about it in terms of cost, but in this episode, Dan and Ian will make it abundantly clear why you should, and how to look at...

TMBA313: Should I Cut Bait On This Business?

TMBA313: Should I Cut Bait On This Business?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 advice they gave Kiri Masters who, in 2013, was still in her day job as a highly successful corporate player whilst struggling to set up a business that would give her the lifestyle and kind of satisfaction that she felt she was missing. What advice did Dan and Ian give Kiri? Did she follow it? What's happening with her business today?

TMBA261: Systematize Your Selling

TMBA261: Systematize Your Selling

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/gettingtraction/ On last week's episode, our good friend Taylor Pearson mentioned that one of the most universally fundamental traits that all successful entrepreneurs have is sales skills. We're gonna be talking about how to build that skill set so you can get your first 100 customers. We are also answering a bunch of listener questions about fighting the Amazon beast, how to get the most out of events, and our thoughts on visiting the U.S. after an extended time abroad.

TMBA 251:  The Entrepreneurial Quest

TMBA 251: The Entrepreneurial Quest

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/quest/ This week, we're talking about the four elements of the "Hero's Quest" that every entrepreneur embarks on. This episode is all about looking back and understanding the first six months of taking off on a new project or a new business, the struggle that it is, and how valuable that can end up being on the narrative of your life. We also answer some listener questions, including one about cold calling a huge corporation to make a sale.

Democratic Candidate For Governor Lupe Valdez Calls For Increased Minimum Wage, Is Open To A Tax Increase

by Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune @ Houston Public Media

Valdez spelled out some policy positions and avoided criticizing one of her main competitors for the nomination, Houston businessman Andrew White

Cheap Flights: Houston to Amsterdam $445 r/t – American + Oneworld

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

[01/12/2018 @ 5:14 PM] Old post clean-up. Fare gone. Removing from deal list.

American Airlines and Oneworld partners have round-trip flights from Houston (IAH) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $445-$500 with a connection. Flights scattered from February to June. 7-day minimum stay required. Flight may operate as a British Airways/Oneworld code-share.

Note: Be sure to search "IAH" and NOT "HOU" for availability.

TMBA342: Come Down From DCBCN – 5 Things We Learned

TMBA342: Come Down From DCBCN – 5 Things We Learned

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 rides. On this week's episode, they'll be talking about some of the trends that they are seeing in the lifestyle business space, as well as five things that they took away from the overall DCBCN experience.

TMBA407: How to Close the George Washington Bridge

TMBA407: How to Close the George Washington Bridge

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Fluhme is the co-founder of GFNY, a cycling event in New York city that was the first of its kind in America, modeled after the traditional Italian Gran Fondos. On this episode, you'll hear Uli's story about the logistical challenges of creating an event like this, how he set out to achieve the ambitious task of shutting down the George Washington bridge for a cycling race, and how GFNY has managed to expand into a global brand. Even if you aren't into cycling, today's episode offers some unique insight into building successful events, and building a strong brand that you can license out to others or build a franchise around.

TMBA363: The Value of Apprenticeships

TMBA363: The Value of Apprenticeships

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 apprenticeship culture that does not exist in the United States. On this week's episode, we are going to bring you the story of one such apprenticeship told from both sides. Jacob Puhl brought Corey Ames on as an apprentice at a company he founded called Firegang Dental Marketing. You'll hear how their relationship started and how it evolved to where it is today, as Corey is preparing to take over the reigns as CEO.

TMBA403: Why Honesty is the Best Policy When Growing a Team

TMBA403: Why Honesty is the Best Policy When Growing a Team

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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. ConvertKit currently has 28 employees, and is turning over 9 million dollars in annual recurring income. Nathan has built a long and storied reputation of being unafraid to confront and analyze the challenges of entrepreneurship through his blog at NathanBarry.com. On this week's episode, Nathan talks about a challenge that he is facing right now that many entrepreneurs would love to have. How do you create a company culture when your team is growing at a remarkable pace? It turns out the answer is brutal honesty. 

TMBA326: To VC or Not to VC, That is the Question

TMBA326: To VC or Not to VC, That is the Question

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 influence on the Tropical MBA podcast. In this episode, we're going to be talking about a subject that some see as a blueprint to getting rich, and others see as a dirty word: Venture Capital. Later on in the show, you'll hear from Zapier co-founder Wade Foster on his thoughts and experiences on seeking venture capital funding for his own company.

TMBA 183 (TTR33) – What is the Best Place for Location Independent Families?

TMBA 183 (TTR33) – What is the Best Place for Location Independent Families?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba33-what-is-the-best-place-for-location-independent-families/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba33-what-is-the-best-place-for-location-independent-families/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week Dan reels...

TMBA 137 (LBP120) – How To Profit From In-Person Events With Rob Walling

TMBA 137 (LBP120) – How To Profit From In-Person Events With Rob Walling

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/profit-from-in-person-events/ Dan and Ian are both in the States and working on their next big thing - the Dynamite Circle Conference in Bangkok in October. Planning conferences is a lot of work that you never even thought of until the hotel was asking what kind of breakfast menus you would prefer during your third break on the second day. Who has a breakfast menu during their third break?! They decided to call in a pro and chat it up with Rob Walling, the founder of MicroConf (The Conference For Self-Funded Startups.)

TMBA301: 2015 Packing List Updates

TMBA301: 2015 Packing List Updates

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 kind of stuff we have been traveling with recently. I have written about my travel kit many times on the blog, so if you don't want to hear me talk about what I keep in my backpack, this might not be the episode for you. I do know that there are some of us out there who spend a lot of time thinking about this stuff. If you're like me and you want to know more, I'm gonna walk you through some of the things I'm packing tonight and why they are part of my travel kit.

FEAR FACTOR author Abigail Marsh interviewed in the Washington Post

by Connie Capone @ Hachette Book Group

Two life-defining moments propelled Abigail Marsh toward her current career. Now a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Georgetown University, Marsh experienced an extraordinary act of heroism at age 19 when a stranger intervened after a car accident. A few years later, at a New Year’s Eve party, a very different kind of stranger attacked her and broke her nose when she resisted his groping.

TMBA 133 (LBP116) – How To Choose A Profitable Niche That You Can Love on Summer Marketing Mashup

TMBA 133 (LBP116) – How To Choose A Profitable Niche That You Can Love on Summer Marketing Mashup

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-to-choose-profitable-niche-summer-marketing-mashup/ It's a special podcast here at the LBP. Dan and Ian are joined for a bonus-length episode as they host the Summer Marketing Mashup guys (Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income, Jason Van Orden & Jeremy Frandsen from Internet Business Mastery, and Tim Conley from Foolish Adventure) to talk shop on niche selection. So sit back, grab your beverage of choice and a notebook (or Evernote), and check out the final installment in the Summer Marketing Mashup series.

Author Q&A with Gay Gaddis

by Helen Chu @ Hachette Book Group

Advertising CEO Gay Gaddis is the author of the upcoming book, COWGIRL POWER (releasing 1/23/18). Here she shares insights into the process of writing your own book, what it’s like to own your own company, and why, more than ever, women need to develop personal power on all fronts. Question: Your company, T3, is a […]

Cheap Flights: Houston to Frankfurt / Munich / Hamburg $482-$517 r/t – KLM / Air France / Delta

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

[12/20/2017 @ 3:56 PM CT] Fare gone. Removing from deal list.

Air France and KLM have round-trip flights from Houston (IAH/HOU) to Frankfurt, Munich, or Hamburg (FRA/MUC/HAM) starting at $482 with a connection. Flights from January to November. Flight may operate as a Delta codeshare. Holiday blackouts apply. 7-day minimum stay required.

TMBA 188 (LBP156) – George Washington’s Guide to Being The Boss

TMBA 188 (LBP156) – George Washington’s Guide to Being The Boss

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-156george-washington-guide-to-being-boss/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-156george-washington-guide-to-being-boss/ Dan and Ian switch things up a bit this week to present the life principles of an American icon and “The greatest and best of men”, George Washington.  The fellas talk you through his principled and altruistic standards and how they can directly apply to both your personal and professional life. Not only did...

TMBA 191 (TTR34) – A Roadmap (with Case Study) For Replacing Your Salary in Less Than 6 Months

TMBA 191 (TTR34) – A Roadmap (with Case Study) For Replacing Your Salary in Less Than 6 Months

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba-34-a-roadmap-case-study-for-replacing-your-salary-in-less-than-half-a-year/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba-34-a-roadmap-case-study-for-replacing-your-salary-in-less-than-half-a-year/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published  Friday afternoons (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week Dan talks to...

TMBA352: Symptoms: Sleeplessness, Loneliness, Stress. Possible Diagnosis: Entrepreneurship

TMBA352: Symptoms: Sleeplessness, Loneliness, Stress. Possible Diagnosis: Entrepreneurship

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 that you are broke, or relying on your friends, family or significant other to support you. For some, that can lead to stress and even depression. Christopher Sutton knows these feelings all too well. A few years ago, Christopher wrote a blog post about what it was like to experience the emotional roller coaster of starting his own business, Easy Ear Training. On this week's episode, you will hear Christopher talk about what that experience was like, as well has how he found support through this podcast and our community of listeners in the Dynamite Circle.

Ask Us Anything: Relationships, Business, Living Abroad, and More

Ask Us Anything: Relationships, Business, Living Abroad, and More

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 of people wanted to know more about our lifestyles and what goes into the creation of the show. Ian and I are going to take you Behind the Scenes on this week's episode. We'll talk about the difficulties of having relationships on the road, what it's like to live as an expatriate, and we'll even answer a few gossip questions about what we do with our time.

Vietnam - WorldStrides Educational Travel

Vietnam - WorldStrides Educational Travel


WorldStrides

Travel the length of Vietnam with your students. Spend 3 days in Hanoi with a local guide and end your journey at Ho Chi Minh City. See a sample itinerary.

TMBA 221: 5 Trends In Remote Working and Team Building

TMBA 221: 5 Trends In Remote Working and Team Building

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/remote/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/remote/ I’ve got Joe “Hot Money” Magnotti on as my co-host this week in the wake of Ian’s much needed romp in Europe. Today, we’re passing the ball back and forth about the direction things are going regarding remote working and team building. We’ve been noticing that the old norms are shifting (some have been...

TMBA324: The Amazon Gold Rush

TMBA324: The Amazon Gold Rush

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 we've seen in 2016 is that the people who have gotten into the Amazon ecosystem early on are starting to see the fruits of that decision. This week, Dan and Ian have put together a unique round table discussion with a few of those people; Greg Mercer of Jungle Scout, Brad DeGraw of Amazon Sherpa and Kiri Masters of Bobsled Marketing. They will be sharing their tips, tricks and tools on how to make the Amazon platform work for you.

TMBA266: Growing Productized Services Businesses

TMBA266: Growing Productized Services Businesses

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/scale/ Bossman and I are in Bangkok, gearing up for DC BKK, and we are chatting with our friend Jacob Puhl this week. Jacob is one of our speakers here for the event, and he has built a really unique and successful productized service business, geared primarily toward the dental industry. He really has a lot of valuable knowledge on how to scale a business. We're gonna be talking about how to overcome the complications of investing in and expanding a service business and the five ways to turn your services business into a salable asset.

TMBA 221: 5 Trends In Remote Working and Team Building

TMBA 221: 5 Trends In Remote Working and Team Building

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/remote/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/remote/ I’ve got Joe “Hot Money” Magnotti on as my co-host this week in the wake of Ian’s much needed romp in Europe. Today, we’re passing the ball back and forth about the direction things are going regarding remote working and team building. We’ve been noticing that the old norms are shifting (some have been...

TMBA277: How Does Location Independence Affect Relationships and Families?

TMBA277: How Does Location Independence Affect Relationships and Families?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 agency called Connex Social. Last year they sold their house and 90% of their belongings and decided to hit the road. They ended up taking 25 flights and visiting over 30 different locations. We're gonna talk about how location independence effects family, how it effects relationships and how it effects business. We'll also discuss how they rebounded from losing 90% of their revenue, and what the experience was like traveling with a six person family around the world.

TMBA372: A Conversation with Wait But Why’s Tim Urban

TMBA372: A Conversation with Wait But Why’s Tim Urban

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 has turned his own procrastination into success. As you'll find out during this episode, Tim is more than just a blogger. He is a business owner, and all-around creative persona. His blog has even attracted people like Elon Musk, who enjoyed Tim's blog so much that he reached out to him directly to ask him to write about some of his projects. This week, Tim shares the story behind the creation of his blog, his business partnership, and what the future holds in store for him.

TMBA285: So You’ve Got Some Time and Location Freedom, What’s Next?

TMBA285: So You’ve Got Some Time and Location Freedom, What’s Next?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 talking about what you do when you've gotten through those first few years of running a business and you've reached a certain level of comfort. How do you choose to live once you own your own time? We'll also talk about John's experience scaling in year three of a productized service business, and what you can get out of living in Chaing Mai.

TMBA323: No Office Required

TMBA323: No Office Required

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 started to do this at scale. This week, Dan and Ian are going to be speaking to a few entrepreneurs who are growing real teams for their businesses without offices; Wade Foster, the co-founder of Zapier, and Michael Erickson of Search Scientists. Some of the issues that they will touch on in this episode include how to create a culture remotely, how to keep on top of what everyone is doing and how to make your employees feel like they are part of a team.

TMBA 137 (LBP120) – How To Profit From In-Person Events With Rob Walling

TMBA 137 (LBP120) – How To Profit From In-Person Events With Rob Walling

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/profit-from-in-person-events/ Dan and Ian are both in the States and working on their next big thing - the Dynamite Circle Conference in Bangkok in October. Planning conferences is a lot of work that you never even thought of until the hotel was asking what kind of breakfast menus you would prefer during your third break on the second day. Who has a breakfast menu during their third break?! They decided to call in a pro and chat it up with Rob Walling, the founder of MicroConf (The Conference For Self-Funded Startups.)

TMBA321: Productized #3 – An Expert’s Advice

TMBA321: Productized #3 – An Expert’s Advice

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 speaking with Brian Casel. Brian is an expert in productized services. He has not only found success with his own productized services businesses, but he has also helped other entrepreneurs launch successful productized services businesses as well. Brian will be sharing his expertise about productized services, freelancing, and how his new business has benefited from his experience running his first one.

TMBA263: Building Low-Risk Software Startups

TMBA263: Building Low-Risk Software Startups

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/fatcat/ I'm in Bangkok this week, getting set up for DC BKK and I was very excited to run into our good friend David Hehenberger from WPCast.fm and FatCatApps.com. His products help marketers drive conversions from their Wordpress sites. This is really a full-circle moment for us, as David used to edit the show in the early days of our Podcast. David has since downshifted to focus on building a software company that he felt would be sustainable and generate income on his own terms. We're gonna be talking with David about how he got his company off the ground, how difficult it really is to develop a software product, and the challenges of working within the Wordpress ecosystem.

TMBA 244: “I Got My First Monies, What Should I Do Now?”

TMBA 244: “I Got My First Monies, What Should I Do Now?”

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/monies/ This week, we're talking about money. We've had quite a few listeners asking us about what to do when your business starts generating enough money for you to live comfortably. Bossman and I are not financial experts by any means, but we have experienced a lot as entrepreneurs, and we have our own opinions on what to do after you've started making money. Hope you enjoy and happy Thursday!

TMBA267: The Tao of the Hustle

TMBA267: The Tao of the Hustle

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/hustle/ In the aftermath of DC BKK, The Bossman hopped a plane this week on his way to Tokyo, so we've decided to re-visit one of our favorite episodes of all time. I was a little hesitant about this episode when we first published it three years ago, but since that time, we have received a lot of feedback about how important this episode has been to our listeners. This episode came at a time when we had our first $100,000 month, and we still stand behind these 6 key principles that make up our Tao of the Hustle.

TMBA 167 (TTR26) – Offshore Incorporation 101 For Internet Business Owners

TMBA 167 (TTR26) – Offshore Incorporation 101 For Internet Business Owners

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/offshore-incorporation-internet-business/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/offshore-incorporation-internet-business/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in Itunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode Dan has a...

TMBA383: Brent Beshore and the 50 Year Private Equity Plan

TMBA383: Brent Beshore and the 50 Year Private Equity Plan

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 basis? Today's guest has cracked that code. Brent Beshore is the founder and CEO of Adventur.es. Brent has managed to do something that our hosts have dreamed of doing for a long time. He owns a portfolio of different businesses, and he does little to no work in operating them. On this episode, Brent will share how he has built this portfolio and what things he looks for when deciding to purchase a business.

TMBA420: No Epiphany Required

TMBA420: No Epiphany Required

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 story on today's show, though. The reality is that even if these epiphanies happen, the day-to-day life of being an entrepreneur has nothing to do with a single moment of insight. In fact, quite often the opposite is true. Entrepreneurs frequently feel like they have no idea what they are doing or what they are supposed to do. Chris Cage first joined us on the TropicalMBA in 2015 to talk to about his company, Greenbelly Meals. Greenbelly manufactures and sells mega-calorie, high-nutrient meal bars for people that participate in activities that require a huge calorie load. When Chris last spoke on this podcast, there were many question marks about his path forward. On this week's episode, Chris talks about what has happened in his journey since we last spoke, what inspired his first book, how it felt to appear on The Joe Rogan Experience, and much, much more.

TMBA 235: 2 China Factory Sourcing Strategies (and Business Updates)

TMBA 235: 2 China Factory Sourcing Strategies (and Business Updates)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/updates/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/updates/ This week, Bossman is back on the scene, and we are going over a host of specific updates about our businesses. In particular, we really get into what kinds of challenges we’ve faced manufacturing our own product, how we’ve been handling our relationships with our Chinese suppliers, some ways that you can save money...

TMBA423: It’s a Boy!

TMBA423: It’s a Boy!

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 as a parent. Ian isn't alone in this adventure, though. Many of our listeners and members of our entrepreneurial community are parents as well. Balancing parenting with entrepreneurship can be quite the challenge, and today's guest understands it as well as anyone. Martijn Reintjes is the CEO of a company called Team Croco, which provides done-for-you split testing services. Martijn and his wife Ryanne have a two-year-old son named Milo, who they have brought along with them to several of our events. Martijn shares a great deal of advice with Ian on today's podcast about what it means to be a parent and an entrepreneur.

TMBA264: The Artisan’s Approach to Podcasting

TMBA264: The Artisan’s Approach to Podcasting

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/semiprocycling/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/semiprocycling/ Podcast 35:04 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment This week, we’re going to talk all about how to find your unique voice in the marketplace, and how to build an entertaining and informative show that can help you generate a location-independent income. Damien Ruse from SemiProCycling.com is doing just that. He is a...

TMBA292: Are the Days of Having to Be a Starving Artist Over?

TMBA292: Are the Days of Having to Be a Starving Artist Over?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 entrepreneurial principles to a career in art or music. If you are an artist of any kind, this is the episode for you. We'll be talk about what we believe it means to be an artist, how to support your art through a job or business, and how you can leverage 1,000 true fans to build a career doing what you love.

TMBA 198 (TTR36) – Creating Profitable In-Person Events

TMBA 198 (TTR36) – Creating Profitable In-Person Events

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/creating-profitable-events/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/creating-profitable-events/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published Friday afternoons (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week Dan sits down...

TMBA286: An Audio Response to Alex Blumberg and Gimlet Media’s “Startup” Podcast

TMBA286: An Audio Response to Alex Blumberg and Gimlet Media’s “Startup” Podcast

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 all, you've probably heard Alex's work on shows like This American Life and Planet Money. We decided we wanted to create an episode that would serve as a companion piece to this fantastic series. The three of us are talking about how the show inspired us, what we see as the ironies in the venture capital world, the distinctions between being and artist and an entrepreneur, and what this series represents in the podcasting world.

TMBA201 (TTR37) – How Hyperfocus In Your Marketing Can Lead To Broader Business Opportunities

TMBA201 (TTR37) – How Hyperfocus In Your Marketing Can Lead To Broader Business Opportunities

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/focused-marketing-business-opportunities/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/focused-marketing-business-opportunities/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published Friday afternoons (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week Dan chats with...

TMBA339: Can You Invest in Property if You Don’t Have Much Money?

TMBA339: Can You Invest in Property if You Don’t Have Much Money?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 transparent in her business model, demonstrating how she created a real estate portfolio that provides her with cash flow every month. You'll hear Paula share her story about how she started from scratch to build a successful collection of rental properties.

TMBA276: Building Startups When You’ve Got Little Time and No Money

TMBA276: Building Startups When You’ve Got Little Time and No Money

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 his book, "The 7 Day Startup", he has also used it to grow his own business, WPcurve to close to $25K in monthly recurring revenue it his first year, and nearly 50K in monthly recurring revenue now. On this week's episode, I've invited him on to the show to share his unique insight about being an author, running a services business and how the story of his seven day startup has managed to become so successful.

Ask Us Anything (Business) : Starting Productized Services, Offshore, Our Future Plans

Ask Us Anything (Business) : Starting Productized Services, Offshore, Our Future Plans

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 gonna be talking about everything from productized services to offshore business, management philosophies and our own personal outlooks on the future of our business.

TMBA291: I’ve Got Tons of Student Loan Debt, What Should I Do?

TMBA291: I’ve Got Tons of Student Loan Debt, What Should I Do?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 who listeners named Brian, who teaches at Penn State, reached out to us and asked us to answer some questions for his students at the university. In this episode Ian and I lay out a three-part plan to become a location independent out of college, talk about how why you should be looking for an apprenticeship instead of a job, and finally answer one of the questions we get asked the most: why cat furniture?

TMBA348: You’ve Got Mail

TMBA348: You’ve Got Mail

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Ian have mixed feelings about email in general. In exploring how to step up some of their strategies for dealing with it, they decided to talk to someone...

TMBA 187 (LBP155) – The Power of Negative Action – Optionality, Convexity, and Anitfragility

TMBA 187 (LBP155) – The Power of Negative Action – Optionality, Convexity, and Anitfragility

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-power-of-negative-action-optionality-convexity-antifragility/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-power-of-negative-action-optionality-convexity-antifragility/ Dan and Ian are coming at you this week after some intense reflection and mindset shifts.  This episode is all about the power of negative action and leveraging the inevitable changes in the world as a small business entrepreneur. Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book, Anti-Fragile inspires the content for today’s show and the fellas mold...

TMBA 171 (TTR28) – A Method For Outsourcing Your Job and Living in the Developing World

TMBA 171 (TTR28) – A Method For Outsourcing Your Job and Living in the Developing World

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/method-for-outsourcing-your-job-living-in-developing-world/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/method-for-outsourcing-your-job-living-in-developing-world/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode...

TMBA350: A Discussion About The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

TMBA350: A Discussion About The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

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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 nomadism, living with anxiety, and toxic relationships. Recently, Mark made the decision to sign with Harper Collins and publish his first book, titled The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck. Mark is going to be sharing a few excerpts from that book on this show, as well as talking about how he got into blogging, his values as a writer, what he thinks the state of the blogosphere is today, and much more.

TMBA 160 (LBP137) – The Kamikaze Sample and 5 Other Online Marketing Stunts

TMBA 160 (LBP137) – The Kamikaze Sample and 5 Other Online Marketing Stunts

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/kamikaze-online-marketing-stunts/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/kamikaze-online-marketing-stunts/ It’s Dan and Ian coming to you from Bali once again this week.  They’ve been working on some hot projects coming down the pipeline and getting everything ramped up for the DC Berlin meetup.  If you think that’s exciting, wait until you hear what they’ve got in store for you during this week’s episode....

TMBA379: A Conversation With Jordan Harbinger

TMBA379: A Conversation With Jordan Harbinger

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 podcast in the first place. They are also interested in learning how others have grown successful businesses through putting their voices on the air and by developing podcasts....

TMBA 159 (LBP136) – A is for Apprentice

TMBA 159 (LBP136) – A is for Apprentice

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/a-apprentice/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/a-apprentice/ While spending a ruckus New Years in Bali with Brendan Tully and Tommy Schultz, Dan and Ian are ringing in the new year with a few beers, yoga and bike rides; though not all at once.  Contrary to popular belief, it’s not all fun and games.  They’ve also been working on putting together some...

Nearly A Year After FBI Raid, Texas Sen. Carlos Uresti Heads To Trial To Face 11 Felony Charges

by Emma Platoff, Texas Tribune @ Houston Public Media

State Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, a two-decade veteran of the Texas Legislature, is heading to trial in a criminal fraud case

TMBA 225: Thoughts on Living and Working in Asia

TMBA 225: Thoughts on Living and Working in Asia

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/asia/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/asia/ Happy New Year! Ian is off celebrating the holidays with his family this week, and Kaiser Soze was here hanging out when a discussion came up that we thought would be good for the show. This show is mostly about lifestyle,  but in case you’re looking for the good old fashioned business talk, below...

TMBA 152 (LBP131) – The Rule of 6 – And the 10 Commandments of Content Marketing

TMBA 152 (LBP131) – The Rule of 6 – And the 10 Commandments of Content Marketing

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-131-the-rule-of-6-and-the-10-commandments-of-content-marketing/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-131-the-rule-of-6-and-the-10-commandments-of-content-marketing/ It’s getting late in the year and we all know what that means: Buck season. While Ian is stalking the big bucks back in San Diego, Dan’s writing binge in Bali continues. Content Marketing is a hot topic in the internet marketing world right now, but what does content marketing really mean? Dan and...

TMBA253: A Bootstrapper’s Thoughts on Intellectual Property

TMBA253: A Bootstrapper’s Thoughts on Intellectual Property

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/ip/ We're talking about protecting our intellectual property and business through copyright, trademarks and patents. This stuff can be expensive for entrepreneurs, but it is incredibly important. There are so many reasons a bootstrapping attitude might differ from a more corporate or startup philosophy regarding these issues. We'll also chat about our upcoming event in Austin, T.X. and why we have decided to sell our cat furniture business.

TMBA 247: How Do You Know When It’s Time to Hire?

TMBA 247: How Do You Know When It’s Time to Hire?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/hire/ We're back this week, answering a bunch of listener questions about when it's the right time to expand your business and hire some new employees. We'll talk about why there's no magic bullet for getting through the hiring process. It's different for everyone, but there are ways to know when it's time to step up and start bringing in some help.

DiverseCity: The Surprise Of Houston’s Multi-Culturalism

by Abner Fletcher @ Houston Public Media

A Houston resident talks about being surprised by the city's diversity.

TMBA201 (TTR37) – How Hyperfocus In Your Marketing Can Lead To Broader Business Opportunities

TMBA201 (TTR37) – How Hyperfocus In Your Marketing Can Lead To Broader Business Opportunities

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/focused-marketing-business-opportunities/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/focused-marketing-business-opportunities/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published Friday afternoons (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week Dan chats with...

Indonesia Videos

by Danila Mansfield @ NotDunRoamin – travel blog

Check out these travel videos from Indonesia.

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Cheap Flights: Houston to Dublin $527-$590 r/t – United / Air Canada

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

United and Air Canada have round-trip flights from Houston (IAH) to Dublin (DUB) for $527-$590 with a connection. Flights from February to March. 7-day minimum stay required.

TMBA 227: The Rise Of Productized Services

TMBA 227: The Rise Of Productized Services

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/services/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/services/ Damian Thompson from Linchpin is back on the show this week (his first appearance here) talking with me about one of the biggest movements we see in the location independent scene. We talk about what Damian has learned during his first 1,000 days of being a business owner, and how listeners can utilize the lessons...

TMBA 191 (TTR34) – A Roadmap (with Case Study) For Replacing Your Salary in Less Than 6 Months

TMBA 191 (TTR34) – A Roadmap (with Case Study) For Replacing Your Salary in Less Than 6 Months

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba-34-a-roadmap-case-study-for-replacing-your-salary-in-less-than-half-a-year/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba-34-a-roadmap-case-study-for-replacing-your-salary-in-less-than-half-a-year/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published  Friday afternoons (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week Dan talks to...

TMBA291: I’ve Got Tons of Student Loan Debt, What Should I Do?

TMBA291: I’ve Got Tons of Student Loan Debt, What Should I Do?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 who listeners named Brian, who teaches at Penn State, reached out to us and asked us to answer some questions for his students at the university. In this episode Ian and I lay out a three-part plan to become a location independent out of college, talk about how why you should be looking for an apprenticeship instead of a job, and finally answer one of the questions we get asked the most: why cat furniture?

TMBA356: How Long Does it Take to Learn a Foreign Language?

TMBA356: How Long Does it Take to Learn a Foreign Language?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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, Dan has recently moved to Barcelona and he’s starting to get more than a little embarrassed by his limited range lack of Spanish. But he...

TMBA424: Three Scripts for Entrepreneurship

TMBA424: Three Scripts for Entrepreneurship

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 scripts" that society has written for us to follow. The cold, hard truth is that people's lives often don't go the way that they think they are going to, and the social scripts that lead us into the corporate rat race can frequently leave us wanting more out of life. Today's guest is someone that Dan and Ian have known for over 8 years. We hired David Hehenberger as a TMBA intern back in 2010. Using the skills he learned during his apprenticeship, he left to become an SEO consultant and ultimately started his own successful productized business called FatCat Apps. David joins us on this week's show to talk about three specific life scripts that are uniquely tailored for entrepreneurs. These scripts will help us to create the kind of financial independence that will ultimately allow us to live the kind of lives that we want, on our own terms.

TMBA325: A Conversation With Ribbonfarm’s Venkat Rao

TMBA325: A Conversation With Ribbonfarm’s Venkat Rao

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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, that explores the relationship between humanity and technology. Today's conversation covers a whole plethora of philosophical heuristics, including blind spots in the digital nomad community, the difference between passion and work ethic, what it means to be power-literate and so much more.

TMBA 193 (TTR35) – SEOh No! – Sabotage SEO (What to Do About it) and the Impact of Penguin Updates

TMBA 193 (TTR35) – SEOh No! – Sabotage SEO (What to Do About it) and the Impact of Penguin Updates

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/seo-sabotage-penguin-updates/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/seo-sabotage-penguin-updates/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published Friday afternoons (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week Dan and Ian...

TMBA 198 (TTR36) – Creating Profitable In-Person Events

TMBA 198 (TTR36) – Creating Profitable In-Person Events

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/creating-profitable-events/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/creating-profitable-events/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published Friday afternoons (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week Dan sits down...

Century After Pandemic, Science Takes Its Best Shot At Flu

by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP @ Houston Public Media

Labs around the country are hunting for a super-shot that could eliminate the annual fall vaccination in favor of one every five years or 10 years

TMBA269: Branding is About Relationships Not Recognition

TMBA269: Branding is About Relationships Not Recognition

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 voicemail. This week, we are answering a whole bunch of those voicemails, including questions about why you should be starting or joining a mastermind group, some of the best things about being an expatriate and why branding is really about building relationships with your clients.

Cheap Flights: Houston to Brussels or Geneva $431-$472 r/t – KLM / Air France / Delta

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

[12/20/2017 @ 3:56 PM CT] Fare gone. Removing from deal list.

Air France and KLM have round-trip flights from Houston (IAH/HOU) to Brussels (BRU) or Geneva (GVA) starting at $431 with a connection. Flights from January to November. Flight may operate as a Delta codeshare. Holiday blackouts apply. 7-day minimum stay required.

Note: Be sure to check both "IAH" and "HOU" for availability.

TMBA332: A Conversation with Mr. Money Mustache

TMBA332: A Conversation with Mr. Money Mustache

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 hear him share his opinions about that piece. You'll also hear how he was able to retire at the age of thirty, why he believes we should be optimizing for our own happiness, as well as his thoughts on achieving freedom through frugality. Stick around after the credits for a little bit of a bonus conversation with Mr. Money Mustache about how the Mustachian community holds events.

TMBA284: Why Entrepreneurs are Flocking to Spain this Summer

TMBA284: Why Entrepreneurs are Flocking to Spain this Summer

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 had this similar dream of the freedom that comes from quitting their jobs and starting their own businesses, and all three of them have chosen Spain as their home for that journey this summer. Barcelona has recently become kind of a hotbed for the entrepreneurial community. I reached out to Chris Reynolds, Cristina Ansbjerg and Robert Brandl to get some insider info about what it's like to live in the city and why they have all fallen in love with it.

TMBA 223: Things We’d Change if We Started Our Product Business Today

TMBA 223: Things We’d Change if We Started Our Product Business Today

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/ecommercemistakes/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/ecommercemistakes/ We’ve been looking back a lot to the beginning of The Valet Spot now that we’ve released the info to the public and realized that although we did a lot right, we screwed up a lot too. We figured with some of the big changes and our growth trajectory coming up, it would be...

Southern Indian diary

Southern Indian diary

by Danila Mansfield @ NotDunRoamin – travel blog

We’ve been thinking of visiting India for a while, and finally made the decision. With India being so very large and varied, we decided to travel with small groups, and leave the planning to someone else for a change! We started in the south, in Cochin, in the state of Kerala. The tour we chose … Continue reading Southern Indian diary

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TMBA364: Sometimes the Best Business Idea is the Most Obvious

TMBA364: Sometimes the Best Business Idea is the Most Obvious

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 attorney for online entrepreneurs. This week's episode is really the story of what has happened in Sarah's life since that seminar. It is also the story of an idea, because every business starts with an idea. Sometimes we aren't ready for those ideas, or those ideas aren't ready for us.

TMBA 137 (LBP120) – How To Profit From In-Person Events With Rob Walling

TMBA 137 (LBP120) – How To Profit From In-Person Events With Rob Walling

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/profit-from-in-person-events/ Dan and Ian are both in the States and working on their next big thing - the Dynamite Circle Conference in Bangkok in October. Planning conferences is a lot of work that you never even thought of until the hotel was asking what kind of breakfast menus you would prefer during your third break on the second day. Who has a breakfast menu during their third break?! They decided to call in a pro and chat it up with Rob Walling, the founder of MicroConf (The Conference For Self-Funded Startups.)

TMBA 148 (LBP129) – ROUND 1 – Business Idea Smackdown – Dan “Coconut Crusher” Andrews vs. Ian “Benjamins by Birth” Schoen

TMBA 148 (LBP129) – ROUND 1 – Business Idea Smackdown – Dan “Coconut Crusher” Andrews vs. Ian “Benjamins by Birth” Schoen

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/business-idea-smackdown/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/business-idea-smackdown/ Dan’s bean bag sitting in Bali, intermittently nuking himself off the internet to make sure he gets his book taken care of on time while Ian’s in San Diego taking care of business like a boss. After getting some inspiration from the Adsense Flippers, Dan and Ian decided to go for a knock down...

TMBA378: “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Try Try Again.”

TMBA378: “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Try Try Again.”

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 interviewed many entrepreneurs over the years, but they have always wanted to document the story of a business. This episode follows the creation of...

TMBA 170 (LBP144) – The 10 Point Business Diagnostic Test

TMBA 170 (LBP144) – The 10 Point Business Diagnostic Test

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/ten-point-business-diagnostic-test/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/ten-point-business-diagnostic-test/ Dan and Ian break out the microphone from Bali this week to run you through their 10 point business diagnostic test.  Consider this episode like an oil change and engine check to make sure your business is on the right path and won’t break down along the way. The discussion will give you that...

TMBA366: A Conversation with Ricardo Semler

TMBA366: A Conversation with Ricardo Semler

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Ricardo Semler's account of how he was able to transform his family's traditional manufacturing business into an experiment that introduced the world to his innovative business practices. Even though the book is over 20 years old, today's entrepreneurs are still looking to it for inspiration. Ricardo opens up about what his life has looked like since the book was published, and how he has began to spread those innovations to other aspects of society. Transcript

TMBA382: LAX->MNL->OTP with Family in Tow

TMBA382: LAX->MNL->OTP with Family in Tow

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 community have chosen to call ‘home’. In this episode, you’ll hear from someone who hasn’t just settled on a place but is also considering applying...

TMBA303: 7 Things To Consider When Selling Your Business

TMBA303: 7 Things To Consider When Selling Your Business

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 interesting stories about what happened along the way. We'll also be talking about what we have learned from exiting a business that has been such a big part of our life since 2007. On this episode, we'll be sharing seven things we wish we would have known, that we hope other people will consider when selling their business.

TMBA 244: “I Got My First Monies, What Should I Do Now?”

TMBA 244: “I Got My First Monies, What Should I Do Now?”

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/monies/ This week, we're talking about money. We've had quite a few listeners asking us about what to do when your business starts generating enough money for you to live comfortably. Bossman and I are not financial experts by any means, but we have experienced a lot as entrepreneurs, and we have our own opinions on what to do after you've started making money. Hope you enjoy and happy Thursday!

TMBA 217: Selling the Assets of Your Business in a Strategic Sale

TMBA 217: Selling the Assets of Your Business in a Strategic Sale

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/boat/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/boat/ Cam Collins runs a business that helps marinas manage their boat inventory. He recently sold the assets of the company in a strategic merger, and we’re pumped that Cam came by the podcast to share the lessons he learned during the process. Listen to this week’s show and learn: The difference between a strategic...

South’s Slow-Motion Freeze Begins To Relent

by Associated Press @ Houston Public Media

Texas and other areas of the south reduced their power usage Thursday morning after usage Wednesday hit a winter record

TMBA421: The 7 Stages of Entrepreneurship

TMBA421: The 7 Stages of Entrepreneurship

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 most memorable moments from the show this year, as well as re-examining those conversations in a discussion we like to call the "7 Stages of Entrepreneurship". These 7 stages are bridges that every entrepreneur will eventually cross on their journey. Stick around after the credits for a very special collection of TropicalMBA outtakes and bloopers from 2017. To all of our listeners: We wish you a very happy holiday and a fantastic new year.

TMBA323: No Office Required

TMBA323: No Office Required

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 started to do this at scale. This week, Dan and Ian are going to be speaking to a few entrepreneurs who are growing real teams for their businesses without offices; Wade Foster, the co-founder of Zapier, and Michael Erickson of Search Scientists. Some of the issues that they will touch on in this episode include how to create a culture remotely, how to keep on top of what everyone is doing and how to make your employees feel like they are part of a team.

TMBA 184 (LBP152) – The 10 Travel Commandments

TMBA 184 (LBP152) – The 10 Travel Commandments

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-152-10-travel-commandments/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-152-10-travel-commandments/ Dan and Ian are drifting into your earbuds this week from Berlin where the DC BER meetup is in full swing.  With all the talk of people traveling in for the event, and some recent European adventures between Dan, Ian and both their parents there have been travel tips flying all over the place....

TMBA342: Come Down From DCBCN – 5 Things We Learned

TMBA342: Come Down From DCBCN – 5 Things We Learned

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 rides. On this week's episode, they'll be talking about some of the trends that they are seeing in the lifestyle business space, as well as five things that they took away from the overall DCBCN experience.

TMBA 187 (LBP155) – The Power of Negative Action – Optionality, Convexity, and Anitfragility

TMBA 187 (LBP155) – The Power of Negative Action – Optionality, Convexity, and Anitfragility

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-power-of-negative-action-optionality-convexity-antifragility/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-power-of-negative-action-optionality-convexity-antifragility/ Dan and Ian are coming at you this week after some intense reflection and mindset shifts.  This episode is all about the power of negative action and leveraging the inevitable changes in the world as a small business entrepreneur. Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book, Anti-Fragile inspires the content for today’s show and the fellas mold...

Learn How to Sleep Like the Locals

by marilynjones @ Travel with Marilyn

Traveling to different countries exposes you to their unique cultures. Not only will you learn about the local food, language and history, you’ll also get a glimpse into the culture’s quirks, especially when it comes to sleeping habits. So if you’re going to spend nights in unfamiliar territory, it’s best to know beforehand what sleeping patterns are the norm.  Enjoy

Best Places to Travel Solo: Ireland

by Hannah Logan @ Eat Sleep Breathe Travel

The Cliffs of Moher, pints of Guinness, myths and legends, and the greenest grass you have ever seen; Ireland is somewhere every traveller should visit at least once in their lifetime. Already on your list but you can’t convince your…

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A Travel Experience Attitude for 2018!

by Carlos Muñoz @ WanderThemes

This time I want to share a set of New Year’s Resolutions from Virtuoso®. In the spirit of all the positive intentions of the season, this list gives us some life-enriching ideas which we at WanderTHEMES really believe in!  …

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12 Years Of Travel: Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands are a backpacker haven with great beaches and cheap scuba diving Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia 28 June 2006, 9 Years Ago This Week: I’d been commissioned to write a story about diving in the Perhentian Islands by Asian Diver magazine – while it’s a bit of a trek to get […]

TMBA349: The Technical Origin Story of Leadpages

TMBA349: The Technical Origin Story of Leadpages

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Leadpages, the industry standard software in creating landing pages for websites. Dan and Ian originally met Simon in the Philippines, around the time that they were forming the Dynamite Circle. In this episode, you'll hear how that original meetup influenced Simon, as well as the true story of how Leadpages was formed, and what the future has in store for Simon.

TMBA 165 (TTR25) – Meanwhile, in the Philippines, A Resort Owner Receives 3,000 Youtube Views a Day

TMBA 165 (TTR25) – Meanwhile, in the Philippines, A Resort Owner Receives 3,000 Youtube Views a Day

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/philippines-resort-owner-youtube-views-day/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/philippines-resort-owner-youtube-views-day/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in Itunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode Dan catches up...

Cheap Flights from Houston George Bush Intcntl to Ho Chi Minh City - KAYAK

Cheap Flights from Houston George Bush Intcntl to Ho Chi Minh City - KAYAK


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TMBA 243: The “Knowledge Gap” Fallacy

TMBA 243: The “Knowledge Gap” Fallacy

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/knowledge/ Last week, we put out a challenge for listeners to email us there "1000 True Fans" business plan-- what they are going to be doing for their clients, how they are doing it differently than other providers, what they are delivering, and the prices that they are planning to charge. We got a ton of responses! Some were great, and some were problematic in our view. Among those, we tried to determine the most common mistakes being made. Bossman also predicts the collapse of our business somewhere in there! Hope you enjoy and happy Thursday!

TMBA 140 (LBP124) – How Marketing Beats Sales and Why Capacity Is A Number With James Schramko

TMBA 140 (LBP124) – How Marketing Beats Sales and Why Capacity Is A Number With James Schramko

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/marketing-beats-sales-capacity-number/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/marketing-beats-sales-capacity-number/ Coming to you live from Badladz Resort in the Philippines, complete with patented LBP cafe noise and janky wi-fi upload speeds. This week Dan jumped on the phone with the man, the myth, the Aussie legend in content marketing and helping customers online, James Schramko of Super Fast Business and one of Dan’s new...

TMBA323: No Office Required

TMBA323: No Office Required

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 started to do this at scale. This week, Dan and Ian are going to be speaking to a few entrepreneurs who are growing real teams for their businesses without offices; Wade Foster, the co-founder of Zapier, and Michael Erickson of Search Scientists. Some of the issues that they will touch on in this episode include how to create a culture remotely, how to keep on top of what everyone is doing and how to make your employees feel like they are part of a team.

TMBA396: The Realities of Running a Business in 2017

TMBA396: The Realities of Running a Business in 2017

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 most important takeaways from that event, focusing primarily on the cold, hard realities of what it means to be an entrepreneur in 2017. These subjects range from hiring A players to harnessing your "superpowers" and much, much more. You'll also hear a lot of news about the podcast, including an opportunity for one talented listener to win a $1500 cash prize.

TMBA394: What Happened to Technorati?

TMBA394: What Happened to Technorati?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 unique content, and a lot of it is being made in the most remote corners of the internet. Once upon a time, though, there was a search engine that highlighted blogs themselves. Richard Jalichandra is the former CEO of Technorati.com, which at one time was considered by many to be the gateway into the blogosphere. During their quest for great blogs, Dan and Ian became curious as to why this company disappeared. On this week's episode, Richard shares the story of Technorati, as well as the details of his long and storied career in the early days of the world wide web.

TMBA390: How to Get Better at Sales

TMBA390: How to Get Better at Sales

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 die by their sales funnel. It's also one of the number one things that entrepreneurs struggle to get good at. When Dan and Ian decided to do this episode, they knew there was only one person that they could call to talk about how to really get better at sales. John Logar is an extremely talented and successful salesperson, and he has always been very generous about sharing his advice on sales. On this week's show, John shares some of those insights, including a 4 step daily process that John guarantees will bring you more sales. This isn't going to be a drive by, top ten list type of an episode. This is a deep dive into the type of skills and habits that will help you build a better, more profitable sales funnel for your business.

TMBA260: The Long Road to Mid 5-Figure Months

TMBA260: The Long Road to Mid 5-Figure Months

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/portablebar/ We put Taylor Pearson in charge of our Portable Bar company in its infancy, and he helped us grow our business 527% in the first 18 months, to the point where we are consistently having healthy mid 5-figure months. This week, Bossman is back and we are chatting with Taylor about what it's like to evolve from a small business that is just keeping the lights on to a real significant source of wealth. We're talking about the old-school tactics we used to grow our business, and how we have used the advice that we give in this show in real life situations.

TMBA 219: 5 Lifestyle Business Thought Experiments

TMBA 219: 5 Lifestyle Business Thought Experiments

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/thoughtexperiments/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/thoughtexperiments/ Ian and I are both in the “on the road” mindset this week– we’re both mentally preparing to head out traveling or a little while. In that casual spirit we’ve both been dreaming a bit about what the future might hold. We asked some team members and listeners to help us out with some...

TMBA377: How Does Your Business Feel?

TMBA377: How Does Your Business Feel?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 knowledge about property investment. During that conversation, the Robs spoke to Ian about a lot more than just investing in property. They have managed to build...

TMBA320: How Do You Decide When Enough is Enough?

TMBA320: How Do You Decide When Enough is Enough?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 make your money, and you have to decide when enough is enough. On today's episode, Dan and Ian are speaking with two entrepreneurs who have put a lot of thought into this idea. Daryl Mander and Nathan Berry have both proactively made the call to scale back their workload in order to improve their quality of life. They will be sharing their experiences, and their thoughts on when and how to say "enough is enough".

TMBA297: Why You’re Going To Have To Become an Entrepreneur Eventually (So You Might as Well Do It Now)

TMBA297: Why You’re Going To Have To Become an Entrepreneur Eventually (So You Might as Well Do It Now)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 part in the growth of our product business. His new book also stemmed in part from some discussions that the two of us had after the Dynamite Circle Conference in Bangkok last October. On this week's episode, we're gonna talk all about why Taylor decided to write this book, the books that are defining this exciting location-independent movement, and why the jobs that were once considered the safest are now being called into question.

Saigon for the Senses - WanderThemes

Saigon for the Senses - WanderThemes


WanderThemes

Saigon, it's always Saigon. Never Ho Chi Minh City, a name forced on the city after the war by the victorious Viet Cong.  In a country with a median age of 28,

TMBA305: Building Teams of A Players

TMBA305: Building Teams of A Players

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 specifically aimed at everyone out there who should be hiring, or has hired employees. This episode is full of 301 and 401 level material, and you absolutely need to pass this class if you are going to have a successful business. We'll be talking all about how to hire A players and how to purge B and C players from your business.

Leslie Peirce’s EMPRESS OF THE EAST reviewed in the New York Times Book Review

by Connie Capone @ Hachette Book Group

“The fascinating story of one remarkable harem slave, who broke through [the] rocky ceiling, claiming unprecedented authority for women and forever changing the nature of the Ottoman government…This lively book resurrects Roxelana.”

TMBA 157 (LBP134) – If It Makes You Money, You Shouldn’t Be Doing It (The SOP Episode)

TMBA 157 (LBP134) – If It Makes You Money, You Shouldn’t Be Doing It (The SOP Episode)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/sop-save-our-profits/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/sop-save-our-profits/ Almost back in Bali! Ian’s heading to join Dan in Bali in just a few days for the end of the year. They’re going to take a look back at their businesses in 2012 and look forward at how to grow their businesses in 2013. They’ve realized that in order to continue to scale,...

TMBA 250: Designing and Prototyping Your Own Consumer Product

TMBA 250: Designing and Prototyping Your Own Consumer Product

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/bedphones/ Bossman and I are celebrating our 250th episode this week. We're also talking to our good friend Eric Dubs, the creator of Bedphones. Eric has found success in the consumer electronics market, despite facing competition from some huge brands. Eric has been able to build a genuine Four Hour Work Week product business through automation. We'll talk about what went into the creation of Eric's product, how he was able to get it featured on platforms like Dr. Oz and Good Morning America, and how his business has evolved to the point where he can operate it remotely.

TMBA356: How Long Does it Take to Learn a Foreign Language?

TMBA356: How Long Does it Take to Learn a Foreign Language?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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, Dan has recently moved to Barcelona and he’s starting to get more than a little embarrassed by his limited range lack of Spanish. But he...

TMBA 252: Do We Need to Re-Train Ourselves to Enjoy Free Time?

TMBA 252: Do We Need to Re-Train Ourselves to Enjoy Free Time?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/freetime/ We're getting into some advanced level stuff this week. As entrepreneurs, many of us have achieved what we've built by putting in insane amounts of hours on the phone or behind the laptop. How can we re-train ourselves to step back and enjoy what we have been working for? This week, we're outlining 5 different ways to go after some meaning with that time that you've been creating.

TMBA362: You Can Start a Business This Weekend, Here Are Some Ideas

TMBA362: You Can Start a Business This Weekend, Here Are Some Ideas

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 and with little to no capital. On today's episode, they have asked their friend and expert idea generator Tristan King of Blackbelt Commerce to return to the show. The last time Tristan was on this program, listeners of this show took the ideas that were donated and turned them into successful businesses. Listen in to hear even more of Dan and Tristan's ideas for productized service businesses that could be started up this weekend.

TMBA344: 5 Reasons Not to Sell Your Business

TMBA344: 5 Reasons Not to Sell Your Business

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 listeners have approached them recently who are considering selling their business as well. On this week's episode, you'll hear some of the questions that listeners approached them with, as well as five reasons why selling your business might not be the right idea for you.

TMBA261: Systematize Your Selling

TMBA261: Systematize Your Selling

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/gettingtraction/ On last week's episode, our good friend Taylor Pearson mentioned that one of the most universally fundamental traits that all successful entrepreneurs have is sales skills. We're gonna be talking about how to build that skill set so you can get your first 100 customers. We are also answering a bunch of listener questions about fighting the Amazon beast, how to get the most out of events, and our thoughts on visiting the U.S. after an extended time abroad.

Selfie please Aunty!

by Danila Mansfield @ NotDunRoamin – travel blog

We are the most unlikely celebrities, but we feel honoured, and laugh and joke with the schoolchildren (and adults too!) who call out to us “selfie please Aunty!” It’s a delight to stand with them as they all gather round and take selfies with us. And of course it gives us the opportunity to ask … Continue reading Selfie please Aunty!

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TMBA365: Estonian E-Residency: Is It For You?

TMBA365: Estonian E-Residency: Is It For You?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 startup, and has even started offering services specifically designed for location-independent entrepreneurs. In particular, they have developed a solution for our travel woes in the form of something called an "E-Residency". On this episode, you will hear from Estonian E-Resident, Joel Runyon. Joel is the man behind the fitness and mindset blog, The Blog of Impossible Things. You'll also hear from Estonia's Chief Information Officer, Taavi Kotka. The two of them will share their insights on how E-Residency could pave the path to the future of how nations, citizens, and digital nomads interact.

TMBA326: To VC or Not to VC, That is the Question

TMBA326: To VC or Not to VC, That is the Question

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 influence on the Tropical MBA podcast. In this episode, we're going to be talking about a subject that some see as a blueprint to getting rich, and others see as a dirty word: Venture Capital. Later on in the show, you'll hear from Zapier co-founder Wade Foster on his thoughts and experiences on seeking venture capital funding for his own company.

TMBA354: Who is Mr. Regular? The Story Behind the Hit YouTube Channel Regular Car Reviews

TMBA354: Who is Mr. Regular? The Story Behind the Hit YouTube Channel Regular Car Reviews

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 and wanted to talk to for quite some time. Mr. Regular is one of the hosts of Regular Car Reviews, a very successful YouTube channel that combines car reviews with pop culture references, social commentary, and much more. The results are both hilarious and impressive. You don't need to be a car person to enjoy this show. Mr. Regular shares his insight on what it was like to get started publishing content on YouTube four years ago and what the journey has been like since then.

TMBA256: Making Sense of Awards Points and Business Class Upgrades

TMBA256: Making Sense of Awards Points and Business Class Upgrades

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/mileage/ Bossman is on vacation this week, so I've invited my friend Erik Paquet from Abroaders.com on to the show to talk all about mileage, point redemption, how to fly business class as often as possible and much more. In the Dynamite Circle, Erik is widely regarded as the go-to guy for travel hacking. We are also going to be discussing how he has been able to use his unique set of skills to launch a productized service business.

TMBA 131 (TTR17) – How We Increased Email Subscribers 257% By Making it Harder to Opt-in

TMBA 131 (TTR17) – How We Increased Email Subscribers 257% By Making it Harder to Opt-in

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-to-increase-email-subscribers/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-to-increase-email-subscribers/ How does a lazy blogger increase their email subscription rate by 257% and in the process get an automatic sales machine working for them and generating sales in their sleep? Well– you could hire John McIntyre— but for those of you who have teams or willing to do it yourself, we invited John on the show...

What to Wear in Egypt: Packing Tips for Female Travellers

by Hannah Logan @ Eat Sleep Breathe Travel

Planning on what to wear in Egypt was not easy. In fact, after I got over the initial excitement of booking the trip, clothing was something I spent a long time worrying about. I scoured the internet for helpful tips and…

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TMBA 177 (TTR31) – Is it Possible To Travel Forever?

TMBA 177 (TTR31) – Is it Possible To Travel Forever?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba31-is-it-possible-to-travel-forever/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba31-is-it-possible-to-travel-forever/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode...

TMBA352: Symptoms: Sleeplessness, Loneliness, Stress. Possible Diagnosis: Entrepreneurship

TMBA352: Symptoms: Sleeplessness, Loneliness, Stress. Possible Diagnosis: Entrepreneurship

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 that you are broke, or relying on your friends, family or significant other to support you. For some, that can lead to stress and even depression. Christopher Sutton knows these feelings all too well. A few years ago, Christopher wrote a blog post about what it was like to experience the emotional roller coaster of starting his own business, Easy Ear Training. On this week's episode, you will hear Christopher talk about what that experience was like, as well has how he found support through this podcast and our community of listeners in the Dynamite Circle.

TMBA371: Should Your Next Employee Be a Mom?

TMBA371: Should Your Next Employee Be a Mom?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Dynamite Circle, is that stay-at-home moms tend to make model team members. On this week's episode, you'll hear the stories of three women. Kiri Masters is the founder of Bobsled Marketing. She shares some of her experiences finding great team members, and why that strategy revolves around stay-at-home parents. Louise Gray is one one of Kiri's remote employees. She had a very successful corporate career at Sony, before having a baby and reconsidering how she approaches work. Lesley Pyle is the founder of HireMyMom, a well-established agency that places stay-at-home parents at companies around the world.

TMBA 240: Knowing How Versus Knowing What

TMBA 240: Knowing How Versus Knowing What

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/popular/ This week bossman and I discuss being unpopular in the face of pressure from friends, family, team members, and employees. Bossman references his new "entrepreneurmobile" gratuitously and we ponder the distinctions being 'know-how' and 'know-what' knowledge.

TMBA 192 (LBP159) – A Philosophical Conversation : Gettin’ Paid vs. Makin’ Bank

TMBA 192 (LBP159) – A Philosophical Conversation : Gettin’ Paid vs. Makin’ Bank

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/philosophical-conversation-get-paid-bank/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/philosophical-conversation-get-paid-bank/ Dan and Ian are joined on the show today by good friend and incredibly gifted entrepreneur Jon Myers.  Jon is a customer experience and user interface designer with an impressive client roster including some of the organizations to which you may pay taxes. The fellas dive into the concept of simply running a comfortable...

TMBA321: Productized #3 – An Expert’s Advice

TMBA321: Productized #3 – An Expert’s Advice

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 speaking with Brian Casel. Brian is an expert in productized services. He has not only found success with his own productized services businesses, but he has also helped other entrepreneurs launch successful productized services businesses as well. Brian will be sharing his expertise about productized services, freelancing, and how his new business has benefited from his experience running his first one.

Majority Of Americans See Trump’s First Year As A Failure

by Jessica Taylor, NPR @ Houston Public Media

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey finds Americans believe Trump has divided the nation in his first year as president. But people who backed him in 2016 continue to be firmly behind him.

TMBA279: Can Your Mastermind Offer Insurance Against Failure?

TMBA279: Can Your Mastermind Offer Insurance Against Failure?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 yourself with people who have common goals and will not allow you to fail. This is old school block-and-tackle business strategy. We're talking about what is important to consider when structuring a mastermind, success stories from the groups that Taylor has spearheaded and some of the most useful tools for organizing an effective mastermind group.

TMBA284: Why Entrepreneurs are Flocking to Spain this Summer

TMBA284: Why Entrepreneurs are Flocking to Spain this Summer

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 had this similar dream of the freedom that comes from quitting their jobs and starting their own businesses, and all three of them have chosen Spain as their home for that journey this summer. Barcelona has recently become kind of a hotbed for the entrepreneurial community. I reached out to Chris Reynolds, Cristina Ansbjerg and Robert Brandl to get some insider info about what it's like to live in the city and why they have all fallen in love with it.

TMBA307: The One Where a Business Starts on the Show

TMBA307: The One Where a Business Starts on the Show

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 marketing platform and we have kind of outgrown it. There are more robust email platforms out there, but a lot of them are really expensive and hard to operate. Eventually we discovered that Drip was the perfect platform for us, but we didn't want to commit the man hours to learning to use it. I reached out on Twitter to ask if anyone was interested in starting a SWaS business around the Drip platform. Jeff Pecaro was the man who answered the call. We invited Jeff on to the show this week to give our listeners an inside look on what it's really like to launch a Productized Service business.

TMBA316: How Much Should I Be Meeting With My Team?

TMBA316: How Much Should I Be Meeting With My Team?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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/Dynamic Circle team meeting involving Dan, Ian, Jessica and Alex – and hear about Dan and Ian’s very different styles of management.

TMBA 235: 2 China Factory Sourcing Strategies (and Business Updates)

TMBA 235: 2 China Factory Sourcing Strategies (and Business Updates)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/updates/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/updates/ This week, Bossman is back on the scene, and we are going over a host of specific updates about our businesses. In particular, we really get into what kinds of challenges we’ve faced manufacturing our own product, how we’ve been handling our relationships with our Chinese suppliers, some ways that you can save money...

TMBA363: The Value of Apprenticeships

TMBA363: The Value of Apprenticeships

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 apprenticeship culture that does not exist in the United States. On this week's episode, we are going to bring you the story of one such apprenticeship told from both sides. Jacob Puhl brought Corey Ames on as an apprentice at a company he founded called Firegang Dental Marketing. You'll hear how their relationship started and how it evolved to where it is today, as Corey is preparing to take over the reigns as CEO.

TMBA347: Levelling Up Your Podcast

TMBA347: Levelling Up Your Podcast

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 the would have liked to, and they realized that the enjoyment that they were getting out of this podcast had started to wane. It was around that time that they decided they needed to drastically step up the production level of the show. They put out a call for a new producer, which was answered by a former BBC producer named Jane Beresford. This week's episode is the story of what has been going on behind the scenes of the Tropical MBA podcast since then. You'll hear about what led to the decision to increase production, and a step by step instruction on how they were able to take this show to the next level.

TMBA 243: The “Knowledge Gap” Fallacy

TMBA 243: The “Knowledge Gap” Fallacy

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/knowledge/ Last week, we put out a challenge for listeners to email us there "1000 True Fans" business plan-- what they are going to be doing for their clients, how they are doing it differently than other providers, what they are delivering, and the prices that they are planning to charge. We got a ton of responses! Some were great, and some were problematic in our view. Among those, we tried to determine the most common mistakes being made. Bossman also predicts the collapse of our business somewhere in there! Hope you enjoy and happy Thursday!

TMBA346: The Early Story of Bitcoin

TMBA346: The Early Story of Bitcoin

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 future of cryptocurrency, and in particular, Bitcoin. What really compelled us to talk about the Bitcoin story on this show is the strange and incredible cast of characters involved. No one knows that story or those characters better than Nathaniel Popper, a New York Times business reporter and the author of Digital Gold. On this week's episode, you'll hear Nathaniel share the fascinating details of the history of Bitcoin, and the process of shaping a book based on so many of those crazy stories.

TMBA379: A Conversation With Jordan Harbinger

TMBA379: A Conversation With Jordan Harbinger

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 podcast in the first place. They are also interested in learning how others have grown successful businesses through putting their voices on the air and by developing podcasts....

WATCH: PBS NewsHour On DACA: Republicans Say There Won’t Be A Vote This Week. How Will Democrats Respond?

by PBS NewsHour @ Houston Public Media

The clock is ticking as lawmakers labor to find a way to keep the federal government running, hitting up against demands for more defense spending and a fix for the expiring DACA program

TMBA283: Ways the Wealthy Do it Differently

TMBA283: Ways the Wealthy Do it Differently

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 with so many interesting and successful people in one weekend, so we've decided share some of the lessons that we learned from that event on this week's show. We'll be talking about how we got the idea for this event, why this is my favorite event I have ever attended, and the nine things that surprised us the most coming out of this conference.

Bush And Turner Criticize Congress For Delay In Approving Harvey Relief Package

by Al Ortiz @ Houston Public Media

The Land Commissioner and the Mayor testified before the Texas House Urban Affairs Committee during a hearing that was held in Houston

TMBA317: How to Embrace Changing Priorities

TMBA317: How to Embrace Changing Priorities

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 the ability to travel the world, but now that he's getting older, he is starting to figure out what is really important to him. We'll be talking with Peter about why he decided to move to Austin, and what happens to digital nomads when their priorities start to change.

TMBA335: The Long View on Location Independence

TMBA335: The Long View on Location Independence

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 this movement, and why wouldn't they? It's exciting to be a part of. On the other hand, there are very few people online who are talking about the challenges of being a digital nomad. Mark Manson and Stacey Herbert have both traveled the world as location independent entrepreneurs and have recently decided to put down roots for the first time in years. On this episode, you'll hear them share their thoughts and experiences on what some of the biggest downsides to the nomadic lifestyle are.

TMBA286: An Audio Response to Alex Blumberg and Gimlet Media’s “Startup” Podcast

TMBA286: An Audio Response to Alex Blumberg and Gimlet Media’s “Startup” Podcast

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 all, you've probably heard Alex's work on shows like This American Life and Planet Money. We decided we wanted to create an episode that would serve as a companion piece to this fantastic series. The three of us are talking about how the show inspired us, what we see as the ironies in the venture capital world, the distinctions between being and artist and an entrepreneur, and what this series represents in the podcasting world.

TMBA352: Symptoms: Sleeplessness, Loneliness, Stress. Possible Diagnosis: Entrepreneurship

TMBA352: Symptoms: Sleeplessness, Loneliness, Stress. Possible Diagnosis: Entrepreneurship

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 that you are broke, or relying on your friends, family or significant other to support you. For some, that can lead to stress and even depression. Christopher Sutton knows these feelings all too well. A few years ago, Christopher wrote a blog post about what it was like to experience the emotional roller coaster of starting his own business, Easy Ear Training. On this week's episode, you will hear Christopher talk about what that experience was like, as well has how he found support through this podcast and our community of listeners in the Dynamite Circle.

TMBA375: How 100s Of Young Entrepreneurs are Making Generational Wealth in Less Than 5 Years

TMBA375: How 100s Of Young Entrepreneurs are Making Generational Wealth in Less Than 5 Years

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 that movement. Kevin Graham is the founder of Bulk Buy Hosting, but he has also made a considerable amount of money through his own Amazon affiliate business. The Amazon ecosystem is a huge opportunity, and is creating generational wealth for many crafty, young entrepreneurs. Kevin has had this kind of success, and on this episode, we will walk you through every step of how to create one of these businesses and get them ranking in search engines. This is one of the most business-focused episodes we have ever done on this podcast. If you are considering this path in your online business ventures, this is the episode for you.

TMBA271: Understanding and Optimizing For Multiple Currencies: A Conversation with Patrick McKenzie

TMBA271: Understanding and Optimizing For Multiple Currencies: A Conversation with Patrick McKenzie

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 businesses, and is an expert at optimizing for non-cash currencies. In this week's episode we dig deep into Patrick's business philosophy, including how he has been able to build a powerhouse blog that is followed by some of the most influential people in the industry. We also talk about his expertise around conversion optimization and email marketing, how not to suck at giving conference speeches, and Patrick's experience as a long-term expat in Japan.

TMBA256: Making Sense of Awards Points and Business Class Upgrades

TMBA256: Making Sense of Awards Points and Business Class Upgrades

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/mileage/ Bossman is on vacation this week, so I've invited my friend Erik Paquet from Abroaders.com on to the show to talk all about mileage, point redemption, how to fly business class as often as possible and much more. In the Dynamite Circle, Erik is widely regarded as the go-to guy for travel hacking. We are also going to be discussing how he has been able to use his unique set of skills to launch a productized service business.

TMBA410: The Creation of a Brand

TMBA410: The Creation of a Brand

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 luxury brand that has found massive success. Jennifer Chong and Roman Khan are the founders of Linjer. Linjer manufactures and sells beautiful leather handbags and watches, which retail between $200 and $500 USD. On today's episode, Jennifer and Roman speak to us about a wide variety of topics, including researching marketplaces, building teams, and making deals with factory owners. This is not just an episode about people who are passionate about selling great products, though. It's also a unique case study on how to use savvy marketing techniques to grow your business.

TMBA338: What is the World’s Best Diet?

TMBA338: What is the World’s Best Diet?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 touched upon on this show is our health. On this week's episode, Dan and Ian are diving into a topic of health discussion that is as contentious as it is important: what we should be eating. Dan is fascinated by diets, and he has experimented with a plethora of them. He recently decided to go on a search for the greatest diet in the world. On that search, he discovered the work of Dr. Michael Greger M.D., the founder of NutritionFacts.org. Dr. Greger's unique and inspired approach to nutrition is something that we believe every lifestyle designer needs to hear.

TMBA327: For Better or For Worse

TMBA327: For Better or For Worse

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 relationships. You'll hear about the origins of David's relationship with his business partner Jason Fried, as well as David's many interesting thoughts on business partnerships and how they can evolve over time.

TMBA395: Should You Quit Full-Time Entrepreneurship?

TMBA395: Should You Quit Full-Time Entrepreneurship?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 some entrepreneurial circles, which is the decision to stop being an entrepreneur and go back to the daily grind of a 9-to-5. Anna Wickham is a former TropicalMBA intern, who traveled the world for nearly ten years and eventually started her own marketing agency called Charm House. Anna had been feeling pressure to remain an entrepreneur, even though she wasn't sure that it was the best fit for her. In this episode, Anna opens up to share her fears and hesitations about the entrepreneurial life, and why she ultimately decided that it wasn't healthy for her to keep pursuing it.

TMBA404: Dreamlines Revisited

TMBA404: Dreamlines Revisited

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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, old-school Dreamlines, written back when Dan and Ian first met. For those unfamiliar with the term, a Dreamline is a document that asks you to write down what you want to...

TMBA314: The 3D Revolution

TMBA314: The 3D Revolution

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 test prototypes. But, as 3D printers become cheaper and more sophisticated, might it begin to revolutionize not only the world of retail but also DIY? What are the opportunities and potential pitfalls for entrepreneurs? Lawyers like Alan Rothenbuecher are already advising firms on how to handle the growing number of IP issues that crop up in relation to 3D printing. TMBA also talks to one of the co-founders of The Pirate Bay, Tobias Andersson, about why he thinks 3D printing is going to have the same impact on design as file-sharing sites have had on the music business.

TMBA416: Entrepreneurship: Don’t Tell Your Parents

TMBA416: Entrepreneurship: Don’t Tell Your Parents

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 to them either. Vincent Nguyen is the founder of Growth Ninja, a performance-based Facebook ads company. You may remember Vincent from an episode we published a few years ago about apprenticeships. Vincent has definitely paid his dues in the world of entrepreneurship, having apprenticed with Empire Flippers before starting Growth Ninja in 2015, all the while hiding the fact that he dropped out of college from his immediate family. This episode is a conversation about the tough decisions that many entrepreneurs are forced to make, what it means to sacrifice relationships, and what it really takes to get started in the world of entrepreneurship.

Former Houston Compaq Campus To Be Sold By HPE

by Brien Straw @ Houston Public Media

The company said that the manufacturing facilities at that location were irreparably damaged by Harvey

TMBA 246: Should You Be Blogging?

TMBA 246: Should You Be Blogging?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/blogging/ This week, we're digging into the archives and replaying one of our most popular, and controversial episodes. We're going to be talking about the perils of personal blogging and entrepreneurial journey blogging. A lot of people have interpreted this episode as a warning, but we consider it a challenge to bloggers to step up their game.

TMBA 218 : The Consultant’s Handbook – How to Make Location Independent Income Quickly

TMBA 218 : The Consultant’s Handbook – How to Make Location Independent Income Quickly

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/consulting/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/consulting/ We’ve gotten a few phone calls recently that set us off on a path to the discussion we had this week on the Tropical MBA Podcast. Making location independent income quickly is very doable, especially going the route of the consultant. There are a few keys to making it work the right way and...

My Mom Says This Blog is Boring

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Last month, my mom told me she thought this blog was boring. “Where’s all the fun stuff? I want to see more photos of you traveling. I don’t care about these other updates.” “Mom, I live in Austin now. You know I’m not on the road that much,” I replied. “I know but still….I want […]

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TMBA 150 (LBP130) – How to Be a Happy Sociopath

TMBA 150 (LBP130) – How to Be a Happy Sociopath

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/happy-sociopath/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/happy-sociopath/ Dan has adopted the Tim Ferriss book writing method and isolated himself from everything except Evernote. Ian on the other hand is tearing it up in San Diego and prepping for a motorcycle race. In this week’s episode, Dan and Ian explore the benefits of being a “sociopath” (it’s not what it sounds like)....

Nonstop Flights: Houston to Auckland $994 r/t – Air New Zealand

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

[01/12/2018 @ 5:14 PM] Old post clean-up. Fare gone. Removing from deal list.

Air New Zealand has round-trip flights from Houston (IAH) to Auckland (AKL) for $994 NONSTOP. Flights from January to March.

In Vietnam: A Travel Diary In Photos | Houston Public Media

In Vietnam: A Travel Diary In Photos | Houston Public Media


Houston Public Media

Travel to Vietnam with Houston Public Media as our crew explores the country.

TMBA 130 (TTR16) – Becoming a Mini-Mogul

TMBA 130 (TTR16) – Becoming a Mini-Mogul

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-age-of-the-micro-multinational/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-age-of-the-micro-multinational/ Happy Friday everyone! Today Ian and I are joining you from Puerto Galera, Philippines. We found a few minutes away from the events here at the Tropical MBA to discuss a topic that’s been on our minds lately: How do we frame up this new style of multi-national small business entrepreneurship, and what are...

TMBA346: The Early Story of Bitcoin

TMBA346: The Early Story of Bitcoin

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 future of cryptocurrency, and in particular, Bitcoin. What really compelled us to talk about the Bitcoin story on this show is the strange and incredible cast of characters involved. No one knows that story or those characters better than Nathaniel Popper, a New York Times business reporter and the author of Digital Gold. On this week's episode, you'll hear Nathaniel share the fascinating details of the history of Bitcoin, and the process of shaping a book based on so many of those crazy stories.

TMBA 181 (LBP150) – Imperfection and Getting on With It

TMBA 181 (LBP150) – Imperfection and Getting on With It

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/150-imperfection-getting-on-with-it/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/150-imperfection-getting-on-with-it/ Dan and Ian are back this week after an ill advised April fool’s joke earlier this week.  Don’t panic though, according to the fellas, the podcast is the best part of their business so they’re not going anywhere… except Paris where they’re hanging out this week. Rather fitting for this episode, Dan and Ian...

TMBA348: You’ve Got Mail

TMBA348: You’ve Got Mail

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Ian have mixed feelings about email in general. In exploring how to step up some of their strategies for dealing with it, they decided to talk to someone...

TMBA405: A Conversation with Noah Kagan

TMBA405: A Conversation with Noah Kagan

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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.com, and the host of Noah Kagan Presents. App Sumo is an extremely successful online business which offers daily deals for digitally distributed products and services. Noah's blog OkDork has also been a longtime favorite of the hosts of this show..  On this episode, you'll learn how Noah defines success. You'll also hear about his unique approach to hiring and team building, his investment strategy, and much more.

TMBA 130 (TTR16) – Becoming a Mini-Mogul

TMBA 130 (TTR16) – Becoming a Mini-Mogul

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-age-of-the-micro-multinational/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-age-of-the-micro-multinational/ Happy Friday everyone! Today Ian and I are joining you from Puerto Galera, Philippines. We found a few minutes away from the events here at the Tropical MBA to discuss a topic that’s been on our minds lately: How do we frame up this new style of multi-national small business entrepreneurship, and what are...

TMBA276: Building Startups When You’ve Got Little Time and No Money

TMBA276: Building Startups When You’ve Got Little Time and No Money

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 his book, "The 7 Day Startup", he has also used it to grow his own business, WPcurve to close to $25K in monthly recurring revenue it his first year, and nearly 50K in monthly recurring revenue now. On this week's episode, I've invited him on to the show to share his unique insight about being an author, running a services business and how the story of his seven day startup has managed to become so successful.

Roadtrip! Darwin to Uluru

by Danila Mansfield @ NotDunRoamin – travel blog

Darwin to Alice Springs We took a road trip from Darwin to Alice Springs. It was lots of fun! We discovered a few quirky little towns, and drove a road that was mostly pretty straight! (click photos to view fullsize) Bitter Springs We made several overnight stops, but I think our favourite was at Bitter … Continue reading Roadtrip! Darwin to Uluru

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Vietnam Travel Opportunity

Vietnam Travel Opportunity


Last Plane Out of Saigon

You're Invited! It is my honor, as leader of our upcoming delegation to Vietnam , to invite you, and a guest, to be a part of this important, and first of its kind , cultural mission. This delegation...

TMBA 150 (LBP130) – How to Be a Happy Sociopath

TMBA 150 (LBP130) – How to Be a Happy Sociopath

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/happy-sociopath/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/happy-sociopath/ Dan has adopted the Tim Ferriss book writing method and isolated himself from everything except Evernote. Ian on the other hand is tearing it up in San Diego and prepping for a motorcycle race. In this week’s episode, Dan and Ian explore the benefits of being a “sociopath” (it’s not what it sounds like)....

TMBA 183 (TTR33) – What is the Best Place for Location Independent Families?

TMBA 183 (TTR33) – What is the Best Place for Location Independent Families?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba33-what-is-the-best-place-for-location-independent-families/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba33-what-is-the-best-place-for-location-independent-families/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week Dan reels...

TMBA320: How Do You Decide When Enough is Enough?

TMBA320: How Do You Decide When Enough is Enough?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 make your money, and you have to decide when enough is enough. On today's episode, Dan and Ian are speaking with two entrepreneurs who have put a lot of thought into this idea. Daryl Mander and Nathan Berry have both proactively made the call to scale back their workload in order to improve their quality of life. They will be sharing their experiences, and their thoughts on when and how to say "enough is enough".

TMBA415: Insiders Discuss Making Money with Amazon: a Double Edged Sword?

TMBA415: Insiders Discuss Making Money with Amazon: a Double Edged Sword?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 time, they have heard stories of success from other entrepreneurs. A year ago, they explored some of these same ideas on an episode that was one of the most popular and controversial episodes we've ever done. Kevin Graham joined us for that episode. He runs a portfolio of almost 60 Amazon product review websites, and is the founder of Bulk Buy Hosting. Kevin agreed to speak with us again today, along with Coran Woodmass, whose company TheFBABroker.com brokers Amazon based eCommerce businesses. On today's show, Kevin and Coran speak at great length about the types of successes that people are having on Amazon, the criticisms of Amazon based businesses, and what kind of opportunities exist in this marketplace for entrepreneurs of all types. 

TMBA289: A Career Opportunity With Our Team + Distributed Teams vs. Offices and Thoughts on Side Projects

TMBA289: A Career Opportunity With Our Team + Distributed Teams vs. Offices and Thoughts on Side Projects

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 also taking this opportunity to talk about team building and the back story of the Tropical MBA. The first blog post that we ever published on this website was a job offering. We're gonna talk about what inspired that and the position that we were in when we made that decision. We're also gonna debate the value of having team members in-person versus a location-independent team and whether or not it's a good idea to support your employee's side projects.

Cheap Flights: Houston to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam $548 r/t – JAL / AA

Cheap Flights: Houston to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam $548 r/t – JAL / AA


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JAL and American Airlines have round-trip flights from Houston (IAH/HOU) to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vietnam (SGN) for $548, with two connections.

TMBA 183 (TTR33) – What is the Best Place for Location Independent Families?

TMBA 183 (TTR33) – What is the Best Place for Location Independent Families?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba33-what-is-the-best-place-for-location-independent-families/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba33-what-is-the-best-place-for-location-independent-families/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week Dan reels...

TMBA265: Visiting China – Why Entrepreneurs Travel to the Canton Fair

TMBA265: Visiting China – Why Entrepreneurs Travel to the Canton Fair

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/canton/ The Canton Fair is taking place this October, so I was really happy to run into my old friend Matt Kowolak from HighCappin.com. Matt has been living as an entrepreneur in China for ten years, and he is the person I go to whenever I have a question about the country. We chat it up about the history of the fair, what it feels like to attend such a historic trade show and what kind of opportunities exist there. He also shares a broad overview of what living in China as an expatriate is like and how to take advantage of their entrepreneurial culture.

TMBA394: What Happened to Technorati?

TMBA394: What Happened to Technorati?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 unique content, and a lot of it is being made in the most remote corners of the internet. Once upon a time, though, there was a search engine that highlighted blogs themselves. Richard Jalichandra is the former CEO of Technorati.com, which at one time was considered by many to be the gateway into the blogosphere. During their quest for great blogs, Dan and Ian became curious as to why this company disappeared. On this week's episode, Richard shares the story of Technorati, as well as the details of his long and storied career in the early days of the world wide web.

TMBA257: Thoughts On Recruiting Effective Affiliates

TMBA257: Thoughts On Recruiting Effective Affiliates

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/affiliate/ Bossman is back this week and we are talking about affiliate relationships. How do you get others to promote your products? We'll talk about how to "write the religion" and give potential content publishers a reason to tap into your narrative. We also field several listener questions, including what to look for when hiring your first employee, and the ins and outs of establishing business credit.

TMBA290: A Conversation about Bootstrapping and Drop Shipping with Andrew Youderian

TMBA290: A Conversation about Bootstrapping and Drop Shipping with Andrew Youderian

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 onto the show to talk about what it means to be a bootstrapper and the differences between a bootstrap business and funded business. We also share our thoughts about the...

TMBA306: Listener Mailbag: The Aftermath

TMBA306: Listener Mailbag: The Aftermath

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 listeners including whether we are planning on taking a break after selling our business, how selling your business can affect a marriage-model business partnership, plus a few more thoughts on what it takes to attract A Players to your business.

TMBA 147 (TTR20) – What Is the Best Place in Southeast Asia for Internet Entrepreneurs?

TMBA 147 (TTR20) – What Is the Best Place in Southeast Asia for Internet Entrepreneurs?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/southeast-asia-entrepreneurs/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/southeast-asia-entrepreneurs/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. This week I totally geek out on one of my favorite topics: how do various locations in Southeast Asia stack up to each other for internet entrepreneurs? During the conversation I share a lot of anecdotes from...

TMBA270: A Roundtable Discussion on Apprentices, Mentoring, and Team Building

TMBA270: A Roundtable Discussion on Apprentices, Mentoring, and Team Building

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 I have done it, and Taylor shares some insider insight from having been on our team. We also answer a question from a young listener about whether he should be learning a skill set like SEO or diving headfirst into his own business.

Saigon Travel - Garland, 75044-6582, TX

Saigon Travel - Garland, 75044-6582, TX


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Information about Saigon Travel located in Garland 75044-6582, TX.

TMBA355: (Nate Duncan Interview) – How The Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast Became a Business in Just a Year

TMBA355: (Nate Duncan Interview) – How The Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast Became a Business in Just a Year

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 (which just happen to be some of Dan and Ian‘s personal obsessions) into successful businesses. Today’s guest is the podcaster that Dan has listened to the most...

An Editor’s Past and Present

by Helen Chu @ Hachette Book Group

The first book I picked up when I started working at Hachette was Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness. It wasn’t my normal genre but I expected to enjoy it. It had all the hallmarks of a fun mystery: an exotic locale, an interesting murder, and a charming amateur detective. However, what surprised me […]

TMBA 147 (TTR20) – What Is the Best Place in Southeast Asia for Internet Entrepreneurs?

TMBA 147 (TTR20) – What Is the Best Place in Southeast Asia for Internet Entrepreneurs?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/southeast-asia-entrepreneurs/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/southeast-asia-entrepreneurs/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. This week I totally geek out on one of my favorite topics: how do various locations in Southeast Asia stack up to each other for internet entrepreneurs? During the conversation I share a lot of anecdotes from...

TMBA 252: Do We Need to Re-Train Ourselves to Enjoy Free Time?

TMBA 252: Do We Need to Re-Train Ourselves to Enjoy Free Time?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/freetime/ We're getting into some advanced level stuff this week. As entrepreneurs, many of us have achieved what we've built by putting in insane amounts of hours on the phone or behind the laptop. How can we re-train ourselves to step back and enjoy what we have been working for? This week, we're outlining 5 different ways to go after some meaning with that time that you've been creating.

WATCH: PBS NewsHour On DACA: Where Durbin And His Fellow Democrats Stand

by PBS NewsHour @ Houston Public Media

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says a Wednesday meeting with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly didn’t bring Congress any closer to an immigration deal

TMBA281: An Episode For Those Who Like to Read

TMBA281: An Episode For Those Who Like to Read

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 enjoy reading for inspiration or pleasure and our good friend Taylor Pearson will be sharing five timeless business books that he believes are worth reading more than once. If you are looking for new stuff to read, this is the episode for you.

TMBA405: A Conversation with Noah Kagan

TMBA405: A Conversation with Noah Kagan

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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.com, and the host of Noah Kagan Presents. App Sumo is an extremely successful online business which offers daily deals for digitally distributed products and services. Noah's blog OkDork has also been a longtime favorite of the hosts of this show..  On this episode, you'll learn how Noah defines success. You'll also hear about his unique approach to hiring and team building, his investment strategy, and much more.

Special Episode : How to Join the TMBA Team

Special Episode : How to Join the TMBA Team

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 well as this very podcast. Over the years, they have hired many people who were listeners to this podcast, or who were referred by listeners of this show. They decided that there...

TMBA 126 (TTR14) – 5 Ways to Produce Expert Level Content (Even If You Aren’t an Expert)

TMBA 126 (TTR14) – 5 Ways to Produce Expert Level Content (Even If You Aren’t an Expert)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/expert-content/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/expert-content/ Hey there weekend warriors!  This week’s happy hour drink sponsor is Orangina, a beverage with a special place in the heart of @AnythingIan. Today we are going to talk about high level content strategy. First, it’s worth taking a look at Karol’s notes from reading Turning Pro. Many of you know I’m a huge War of Art fan,...

TMBA272: Is It Getting Harder to Grow a Successful Business Selling Info Products?

TMBA272: Is It Getting Harder to Grow a Successful Business Selling Info Products?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 capital. We're gonna talk about how Shayna drives hundreds of thousands of visitors to her site every month, how she turns those visitors into leads and customers, how she produces her info products and how she values them. We'll also talk quite a bit about lifestyle and her thoughts on the future of the digital nomad movement.

TMBA 176 (LBP147) – Trade Shows and Low Blows

TMBA 176 (LBP147) – Trade Shows and Low Blows

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-147-trade-shows-and-low-blows/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-147-trade-shows-and-low-blows/ Dan and Ian hook up from opposite sides of the world this week to bring you some down to earth advice in a cloud based time.  Dan is hammering away in Ho Chi Minh City while Ian is getting things done on the ground in Las Vegas. Though we’re not sure what Ian spent...

Little Petra: Another Chapter in Jordanian History

by marilynjones @ Travel with Marilyn

After two days in Petra, our Exodus Travels tour journeys north to Siq al-Barid, known as Little Petra. Part of Petra Archeological Park, it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. Unlike the larger Petra area, Little Petra does not require admission and is very quiet in stark contrast with Petra, but nonetheless strikingly beautiful and mysterious. Archaeologists

TMBA 212: Building Distributed Software Teams in Asia

TMBA 212: Building Distributed Software Teams in Asia

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/distributed/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/distributed/ Hollywood filmmaker (with an imdb profile!), software programmer, podcaster, and most importantly, The Dominator of all things, Jesse Lawler is on the show this week to discuss a few of my favorite things. Jesse was working in L.A. as a filmmaker when the economy took a nose dive and no one would even think...

TMBA403: Why Honesty is the Best Policy When Growing a Team

TMBA403: Why Honesty is the Best Policy When Growing a Team

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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. ConvertKit currently has 28 employees, and is turning over 9 million dollars in annual recurring income. Nathan has built a long and storied reputation of being unafraid to confront and analyze the challenges of entrepreneurship through his blog at NathanBarry.com. On this week's episode, Nathan talks about a challenge that he is facing right now that many entrepreneurs would love to have. How do you create a company culture when your team is growing at a remarkable pace? It turns out the answer is brutal honesty. 

TMBA266: Growing Productized Services Businesses

TMBA266: Growing Productized Services Businesses

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/scale/ Bossman and I are in Bangkok, gearing up for DC BKK, and we are chatting with our friend Jacob Puhl this week. Jacob is one of our speakers here for the event, and he has built a really unique and successful productized service business, geared primarily toward the dental industry. He really has a lot of valuable knowledge on how to scale a business. We're gonna be talking about how to overcome the complications of investing in and expanding a service business and the five ways to turn your services business into a salable asset.

TMBA 171 (TTR28) – A Method For Outsourcing Your Job and Living in the Developing World

TMBA 171 (TTR28) – A Method For Outsourcing Your Job and Living in the Developing World

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/method-for-outsourcing-your-job-living-in-developing-world/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/method-for-outsourcing-your-job-living-in-developing-world/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode...

TMBA 232: Is a College Degree Useful For Entrepreneurs?

TMBA 232: Is a College Degree Useful For Entrepreneurs?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/college/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/college/ In this week’s episode, I’m answering some listener submitted questions. I’ve invited Jimmy Hayes and Josh Weinstein back on the show to add their two cents as well, as we discuss whether or not a college degree is necessary for someone who wants to become a location-independent entrepreneur, among other topics. Listen to this...

TMBA 233: Stop, Drop(ship), and Roll in the Profit

TMBA 233: Stop, Drop(ship), and Roll in the Profit

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/flashbar/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/flashbar/ This week, Ian catches up with us from Mexico to talk about the struggles and successes we’ve experienced with our portable bar company over the last nine months. We’ll talk about our experience displaying our new flash bar at a recent trade show and the pros and cons of drop shipping as a business...

TMBA361: Contemplations On Five Years of DCBKK

TMBA361: Contemplations On Five Years of DCBKK

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 since its inception. In this weeks show, they are going to talk about some of the themes of this year's DC BKK, what that they learned from this year's event, and the intimate connection that TropicalMBA listeners have formed with DC BKK over the years.

TMBA 165 (TTR25) – Meanwhile, in the Philippines, A Resort Owner Receives 3,000 Youtube Views a Day

TMBA 165 (TTR25) – Meanwhile, in the Philippines, A Resort Owner Receives 3,000 Youtube Views a Day

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/philippines-resort-owner-youtube-views-day/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/philippines-resort-owner-youtube-views-day/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in Itunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode Dan catches up...

TMBA308: So You’ve Been Asked to Speak at a Conference

TMBA308: So You’ve Been Asked to Speak at a Conference

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 greeted by a stunned silence (yep).

The Year in Pho: Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Family Stories from 2017

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

| Wouldn’t you know it, there was a lot of pho fervor this year, especially at Viet World Kitchen! Instead of doing a year-end summary of the most popular recipes on the site, I decided to round up all the pho-related content that published during the past twelve months. I published tips, tricks, and recipes...

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TMBA 184 (LBP152) – The 10 Travel Commandments

TMBA 184 (LBP152) – The 10 Travel Commandments

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-152-10-travel-commandments/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-152-10-travel-commandments/ Dan and Ian are drifting into your earbuds this week from Berlin where the DC BER meetup is in full swing.  With all the talk of people traveling in for the event, and some recent European adventures between Dan, Ian and both their parents there have been travel tips flying all over the place....

TMBA305: Building Teams of A Players

TMBA305: Building Teams of A Players

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 specifically aimed at everyone out there who should be hiring, or has hired employees. This episode is full of 301 and 401 level material, and you absolutely need to pass this class if you are going to have a successful business. We'll be talking all about how to hire A players and how to purge B and C players from your business.

TMBA339: Can You Invest in Property if You Don’t Have Much Money?

TMBA339: Can You Invest in Property if You Don’t Have Much Money?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 transparent in her business model, demonstrating how she created a real estate portfolio that provides her with cash flow every month. You'll hear Paula share her story about how she started from scratch to build a successful collection of rental properties.

TMBA 142 (LBP126) – Gaming Google Search Results – What’s Working and What’s Getting Killed

TMBA 142 (LBP126) – Gaming Google Search Results – What’s Working and What’s Getting Killed

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-126-advanced-gaming-of-your-google-search-results-with-travis-jamison/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-126-advanced-gaming-of-your-google-search-results-with-travis-jamison/ After the first annual Dynamite Circle DCBKK Conference in Bangkok, Dan and Ian blew it out Bangkok-style. But first, they sat down with SEO guru Travis Jamison from Supremacy SEO to discuss some of the latest Google algorithm updates and how Travis is adjusting. Lots of site owners have been left scrambling after the...

TMBA351: An interview with “CEO Sally.” Find Out Who Bought Our Business

TMBA351: An interview with “CEO Sally.” Find Out Who Bought Our Business

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 sale process, as well as some anonymous profiles of the people who were putting in offers and kicking tires. On this week's episode, you will hear directly from Tino Sage, the "CEO Sally" who purchased their manufacturing and import business. She'll explain what she was looking for in a business, what the process of buying our business was like, and how things have been since she took over the reins.

TMBA316: How Much Should I Be Meeting With My Team?

TMBA316: How Much Should I Be Meeting With My Team?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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/Dynamic Circle team meeting involving Dan, Ian, Jessica and Alex – and hear about Dan and Ian’s very different styles of management.

TMBA389: TMBA Mailbag: How Can I Get Started on My Own Business?

TMBA389: TMBA Mailbag: How Can I Get Started on My Own Business?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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's episode, they are doing just that. Dan and Ian are reaching back into the TropicalMBA mailbag and answering questions that listeners have submitted through the mailing list on a variety of topics, including advice for entrepreneurs who don't know where to begin, why being an entrepreneur means that you might lose a lot of friends, and what the two of them have been up to lately.

TMBA 226: How to Know When to Cut Bait? 5 Signs Your Niche Needs Changed

TMBA 226: How to Know When to Cut Bait? 5 Signs Your Niche Needs Changed

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/cutbait/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/cutbait/ The boss man is back this week after a far too long hiatus and his timing is perfect for a topic we absolutely love. Kiri called in with some concerns about whether it’s time to cut her losses with her current business, or if there’s anything she can do to turn it around. Her...

Twenty reasons to visit Ho Chi Minh City

Twenty reasons to visit Ho Chi Minh City


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Ho Chi Minh City has exotic food, colonial architecture, and memories of war, writes Guy Wilkinson.

TMBA278: An Episode For Those Who Need a Business Idea

TMBA278: An Episode For Those Who Need a Business Idea

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 ideas the most, they are the hardest to come by. Ian and I have decided to donate some of our business ideas that we don't have the time or resources to pursue. We've also reached out to our listeners who have donated some of their own business ideas for this episode and shared their thoughts about what kinds of businesses they would really like to see.

TMBA 211: How Is It Possible To Raise $100,000 In 4 Days Without Giving Away Equity Or Taking A Loan?

TMBA 211: How Is It Possible To Raise $100,000 In 4 Days Without Giving Away Equity Or Taking A Loan?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/crowdsourcing/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/crowdsourcing/ So many people struggle to get a great idea off the ground because they didn’t validate and ask the market to vote with their wallets. Jimmy and Doug from Minaal have completely turned this on its back. Not only were they meticulously calculated about the launch of their killer travel bag designed for location...

TMBA 191 (TTR34) – A Roadmap (with Case Study) For Replacing Your Salary in Less Than 6 Months

TMBA 191 (TTR34) – A Roadmap (with Case Study) For Replacing Your Salary in Less Than 6 Months

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba-34-a-roadmap-case-study-for-replacing-your-salary-in-less-than-half-a-year/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba-34-a-roadmap-case-study-for-replacing-your-salary-in-less-than-half-a-year/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published  Friday afternoons (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week Dan talks to...

TMBA 212: Building Distributed Software Teams in Asia

TMBA 212: Building Distributed Software Teams in Asia

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/distributed/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/distributed/ Hollywood filmmaker (with an imdb profile!), software programmer, podcaster, and most importantly, The Dominator of all things, Jesse Lawler is on the show this week to discuss a few of my favorite things. Jesse was working in L.A. as a filmmaker when the economy took a nose dive and no one would even think...

TMBA 220: Thoughts on Email Marketing (60% of Our B2B Customers Open Our Emails on Mobile!)

TMBA 220: Thoughts on Email Marketing (60% of Our B2B Customers Open Our Emails on Mobile!)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/email/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/email/ In the process of launching and iterating on Valet Up, our new SaaS app developed for valet companies, Ian and I have been working on refining our email marketing strategies and how we can snag some extra customers and improve our closing average. On top of this, an email came in from Mark from...

The Secret Sauce Behind Scott’s Cheap Flights

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Scott Keyes turned a simple newsletter into a popular travel hacking site, Scott's Cheap Flights. In this interview, Scott tells us how he and his worldwide team find cheap flights using a combination of manpower and knowledge of industry trends. Every flight is hand-searched!

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Things to do in Saigon: Four Must See French Colonial Buildings of Saigon

Things to do in Saigon: Four Must See French Colonial Buildings of Saigon


Carpe Travel

There are so many places I want to visit in this big world that I still have yet to get to – Vietnam is one of them. I’ve always been fascinated with Vietnam and read way too many histo…

12 Years Of Travel: Bangkok Canal Bike Ride

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

One of the best ways to see everyday Bangkok is to take a bike ride into the sprawling suburbs Bangkok Canal Bike Ride 21 June 2014, 1 Year Ago This Week: Most people greet the idea of cycling in Bangkok with some variation of “Are you insane?”. And while the city’s traffic can be dangerous, […]

Nonstop Flights: Houston to/from Chicago / Atlanta $80-$86 r/t – Southwest

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

Southwest has round-trip flights from Houston (HOU) to Chicago (MDW) or Atlanta (ATL) starting at $80, NONSTOP. $40-$43 each-way. Chicago flights January to April. Atlanta flights January to February. Weekends available. Origin/Destination reversible.

TMBA 140 (LBP124) – How Marketing Beats Sales and Why Capacity Is A Number With James Schramko

TMBA 140 (LBP124) – How Marketing Beats Sales and Why Capacity Is A Number With James Schramko

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/marketing-beats-sales-capacity-number/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/marketing-beats-sales-capacity-number/ Coming to you live from Badladz Resort in the Philippines, complete with patented LBP cafe noise and janky wi-fi upload speeds. This week Dan jumped on the phone with the man, the myth, the Aussie legend in content marketing and helping customers online, James Schramko of Super Fast Business and one of Dan’s new...

TMBA336: Matt Farah on Breaking Through

TMBA336: Matt Farah on Breaking Through

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 yourself a vehicular aficionado, have no fear. This episode is about the journey of Matt Farah, a successful automotive journalist who rose to fame through his YouTube channel, The Smoking Tire. You're going to be hearing a pretty compelling story about how Matt bootstrapped himself into the position that he's in today. And yes, there is a little bit of car talk in there too. Stay tuned until the very end of the episode to hear a bonus lightning round of automotive questions.

TMBA418: The Services Problem

TMBA418: The Services Problem

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 owned services businesses. He also spoke about how he believed that those entrepreneurs were struggling to take the next step in their business. This insight into the audience of the show got our hosts thinking. What if they could help those entrepreneurs take that next step? On this week's episode, Dan and Ian will be talking at great length about what "The Services Problem" is, as well as sharing three strategies that entrepreneurs with these types of businesses can employ in order to solve it.

How I Became an Editor

by Helen Chu @ Hachette Book Group

I’ve been an avid reader since childhood, but like most people, I had no awareness of the publishing industry or an editor’s role in bringing a book to the world. The best reading experience is total immersion; who cares who brought the book to market? In college, I pursued an English major with a minor […]

Riviera Maya, Mexico – site of the 2017 Travel + Leisure Travel Academy Mexico

by Carlos Muñoz @ WanderThemes

Fourteen travel advisors from around the country met with members of T+L editorial staff as well as hoteliers and government officials of the tourism sector. The purpose of the meeting was to share thoughts about the potential for Mexico tourism…

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TMBA368: The 12 Days of an Entrepreneur’s Christmas

TMBA368: The 12 Days of an Entrepreneur’s Christmas

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 all-time favorite holiday songs, The 12 Days of Christmas. Their rendition is all about the 12 things that every entrepreneur is wishing for...

TMBA 144 (LBP127) – Generating Wealth and Re-Considering Retirement for Entrepreneurs

TMBA 144 (LBP127) – Generating Wealth and Re-Considering Retirement for Entrepreneurs

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/generating-wealth-can-reconsidering-retirement/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/generating-wealth-can-reconsidering-retirement/ Dan and Ian are homeward bound. Ian just got back San Diego and Dan’s headed to Bali for November to write his first book. Both still coming down from the high and energy of DCBKK, they wanted to tackle a tough question on the real meaning of wealth and  entrepreneurship. Everyone knows that society...

TMBA 216: Carnegie on How Young People Can Get Ahead in the World

TMBA 216: Carnegie on How Young People Can Get Ahead in the World

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/carnegie/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/carnegie/ “Look out for the boy who has to plunge into work direct from the common school and who begins by sweeping out the office. He is the probable dark horse that you had better watch.” – Andrew Carnegie Ever dream of changing your life and getting ahead in the world? Andrew Carnegie gave a speech...

And the winner is….

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

I received thousands of submissions for my round the world contest, and I enjoyed reading every single one of them. Unfortunately, there can only be one winner. Today, I'm very excited to announce the official winner of the round the world contest! The journey begins next month.

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TMBA 245: The Tao of the Sale

TMBA 245: The Tao of the Sale

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/sales/ This week, it’s all about making the sale. Bossman and I are exploring twenty random thoughts that we’ve had about sales. We talk about everything from salesmanship, to what that process looks like, what some of the key tactics that we use are, and how you can evolve by using these strategies.

TMBA386: Should You Base Yourself in Andorra or Panama?

TMBA386: Should You Base Yourself in Andorra or Panama?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 around for lifestyle and social reasons, but traditionally business owners have moved to places that are offer low tax situations, or otherwise business friendly environments. On today's show, two of our listeners are going to share their experiences of living in a few of these countries; Panama and Andorra. Jase Rodley is a digital marketer for boutique hotels who visited Andorra with his wife Jess about 18 months ago and fell in love with it. Matt Landau owns his own boutique hotel in Panama, and he used his experience in that industry to create his own online business targeted towards vacation rental owners. You'll hear the two of them share their stories about why they chose to live these countries, and what makes them so appealing to digital nomads who are looking for a place to settle down.

TMBA 128 (TTR15) – Is Starting a Personal Blog Hazardous to Your Entrepreneurial Health?

TMBA 128 (TTR15) – Is Starting a Personal Blog Hazardous to Your Entrepreneurial Health?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/should-you-start-a-personal-blog/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/should-you-start-a-personal-blog/ Happy Friday afternoon! We are back with our weekend podcast with the hopes of giving you a little fuel for your projects over the next few days. Today I discuss with the CEOh-yeah and issue we’ve brought up a few times before. One of the biggest questions we get asked is: should I start...

TMBA255: How People Fail at Sustaining the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

TMBA255: How People Fail at Sustaining the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/fail/ Will you succeed or fail as a digital nomad? Becoming a successful location-independent entrepreneur isn't guaranteed. Some of the skills it takes to become a successful digital nomad take years to develop. This week, we are talking about the four major differences we have seen between successful digital nomads and those who have failed.

TMBA326: To VC or Not to VC, That is the Question

TMBA326: To VC or Not to VC, That is the Question

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 influence on the Tropical MBA podcast. In this episode, we're going to be talking about a subject that some see as a blueprint to getting rich, and others see as a dirty word: Venture Capital. Later on in the show, you'll hear from Zapier co-founder Wade Foster on his thoughts and experiences on seeking venture capital funding for his own company.

TMBA280: How Our Software Startup Died a Slow Quiet Death

TMBA280: How Our Software Startup Died a Slow Quiet Death

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 to talk about what we learned from that experience, how we failed, and what we are going to do about it in the future. We're also going to hear from Jesse about his new project, PodcastPop, and how it is going to benefit podcasters who are looking to build a more organic connection with their audience.

TMBA 138 (LBP121) – How Solving Problems For 500,000 Users Inspired the Idea for SupportBee

TMBA 138 (LBP121) – How Solving Problems For 500,000 Users Inspired the Idea for SupportBee

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/solving-problems-inspired-supportbee/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/solving-problems-inspired-supportbee/ This week Dan is the one hard at work and Ian is asleep on the job. Stranger things have happened…ever seen a tabloid alien story? Dan took the opportunity to chat up Prateek Dayal, founder of startups like Muziboo and recently SupportBee. Dan and Ian met Prateek as they traveled across Vietnam this summer meeting up with folks...

TMBA395: Should You Quit Full-Time Entrepreneurship?

TMBA395: Should You Quit Full-Time Entrepreneurship?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 some entrepreneurial circles, which is the decision to stop being an entrepreneur and go back to the daily grind of a 9-to-5. Anna Wickham is a former TropicalMBA intern, who traveled the world for nearly ten years and eventually started her own marketing agency called Charm House. Anna had been feeling pressure to remain an entrepreneur, even though she wasn't sure that it was the best fit for her. In this episode, Anna opens up to share her fears and hesitations about the entrepreneurial life, and why she ultimately decided that it wasn't healthy for her to keep pursuing it.

TMBA 152 (LBP131) – The Rule of 6 – And the 10 Commandments of Content Marketing

TMBA 152 (LBP131) – The Rule of 6 – And the 10 Commandments of Content Marketing

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-131-the-rule-of-6-and-the-10-commandments-of-content-marketing/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-131-the-rule-of-6-and-the-10-commandments-of-content-marketing/ It’s getting late in the year and we all know what that means: Buck season. While Ian is stalking the big bucks back in San Diego, Dan’s writing binge in Bali continues. Content Marketing is a hot topic in the internet marketing world right now, but what does content marketing really mean? Dan and...

TMBA 186 (LBP154) – How Profitable Niche Selection Really Works: Rip Pivot and Jam Redux

TMBA 186 (LBP154) – How Profitable Niche Selection Really Works: Rip Pivot and Jam Redux

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/profitable-niche-selection-rip-pivot-jam-redux/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/profitable-niche-selection-rip-pivot-jam-redux/ This week Dan and Ian are back in Saigon and are pumped to bring you this episode that’s chalked full of actionable methods and business frameworks.  The Rip, Pivot and Jam is one of the fellas’ favorite business concepts so this episode is dedicated to helping you get the most from it. Running a...

TMBA 167 (TTR26) – Offshore Incorporation 101 For Internet Business Owners

TMBA 167 (TTR26) – Offshore Incorporation 101 For Internet Business Owners

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/offshore-incorporation-internet-business/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/offshore-incorporation-internet-business/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in Itunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode Dan has a...

TMBA388: Why We Need Strong Towns

TMBA388: Why We Need Strong Towns

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 the ways that today's guest has. Chuck Marohn is the president of a nonprofit organization called Strong Towns. Through his work with Strong Towns, Chuck has helped to create a framework for how our cities and towns can become financially stronger and more prosperous. Today's podcast is an inspiring, and perhaps controversial, conversation about what kinds of towns and cities we want to live in, and what those places will look like in the future.

TMBA 182 (LBP151) – Social Feedback Strategy and Adwords Landing Pages

TMBA 182 (LBP151) – Social Feedback Strategy and Adwords Landing Pages

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-151-social-feedback-strategy-adwords-landing-pages/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-151-social-feedback-strategy-adwords-landing-pages/ Dan and Ian are coming at you from Italy this week with inspiration from the stately statues designed in Ian’s likeness.  The fellas have chiseled out their incredibly effective strategy for testing and launching physical products and will lay out the simple system for you in this episode.  Their method is an upgrade on...

TMBA263: Building Low-Risk Software Startups

TMBA263: Building Low-Risk Software Startups

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/fatcat/ I'm in Bangkok this week, getting set up for DC BKK and I was very excited to run into our good friend David Hehenberger from WPCast.fm and FatCatApps.com. His products help marketers drive conversions from their Wordpress sites. This is really a full-circle moment for us, as David used to edit the show in the early days of our Podcast. David has since downshifted to focus on building a software company that he felt would be sustainable and generate income on his own terms. We're gonna be talking with David about how he got his company off the ground, how difficult it really is to develop a software product, and the challenges of working within the Wordpress ecosystem.

the money-saving airfare search tools

the money-saving airfare search tools


FareCompare.com

FareCompare provides robust airfare shopping tools that give you the power to save some serious cash on your next flight. Discover the FareCompare difference today!

TMBA295: Our Hobo in Tokyo​ – Living on the Cheap in Japan

TMBA295: Our Hobo in Tokyo​ – Living on the Cheap in Japan

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 founded his first location-independent business Artweb in 2005. One of Chris' more recent ventures is TokyoCheapo.com, a content-based business dedicated to educating travelers and expatriates on how to live in Japan on the cheap. We'll be discussing some of the common misconceptions about living in Japan and the benefits and challenges of managing a content-based business model.

Visiting Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam? Here's THE Travel Guide | Wanderlust Duo

Visiting Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam? Here's THE Travel Guide | Wanderlust Duo


Wanderlust Duo

Visiting Ho Chi Minh City? What to do, where to stay, getting to Ho Chi Minh City, everything you need to know in THE Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide.

TMBA271: Understanding and Optimizing For Multiple Currencies: A Conversation with Patrick McKenzie

TMBA271: Understanding and Optimizing For Multiple Currencies: A Conversation with Patrick McKenzie

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 businesses, and is an expert at optimizing for non-cash currencies. In this week's episode we dig deep into Patrick's business philosophy, including how he has been able to build a powerhouse blog that is followed by some of the most influential people in the industry. We also talk about his expertise around conversion optimization and email marketing, how not to suck at giving conference speeches, and Patrick's experience as a long-term expat in Japan.

TMBA 193 (TTR35) – SEOh No! – Sabotage SEO (What to Do About it) and the Impact of Penguin Updates

TMBA 193 (TTR35) – SEOh No! – Sabotage SEO (What to Do About it) and the Impact of Penguin Updates

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/seo-sabotage-penguin-updates/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/seo-sabotage-penguin-updates/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published Friday afternoons (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week Dan and Ian...

TMBA 179 (TTR32) – Subtle Social Media Tactics That Could Change How You Generate Leads

TMBA 179 (TTR32) – Subtle Social Media Tactics That Could Change How You Generate Leads

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/subtle-social-media-tactics-change-how-you-generate-leads/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/subtle-social-media-tactics-change-how-you-generate-leads/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week follows up...

TMBA380: Who Is Tracking You?

TMBA380: Who Is Tracking You?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 specific itch. Email tracking software has really been getting on Dan's nerves these days, so much so that he has even written a recent blog post about how much the industry is upsetting him. Enter Sonny Tulyaganov. Sonny was feeling some of the very same frustrations with email tracking software that Dan has been experiencing, but Sonny decided to do something about it. He developed a browser plugin called UglyMail, which allows you to see who is tracking your email. On this week's show, you'll hear the history of how Sonny developed this plugin, and the startling revelations about just how much of the information in your inbox is at risk.

TMBA 244: “I Got My First Monies, What Should I Do Now?”

TMBA 244: “I Got My First Monies, What Should I Do Now?”

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/monies/ This week, we're talking about money. We've had quite a few listeners asking us about what to do when your business starts generating enough money for you to live comfortably. Bossman and I are not financial experts by any means, but we have experienced a lot as entrepreneurs, and we have our own opinions on what to do after you've started making money. Hope you enjoy and happy Thursday!

Not-so tall tales from the jungle!

by Danila Mansfield @ NotDunRoamin – travel blog

Kinabatangan Jungle Camp It’s our third day in the Borneo rain forest. Two boat trips down the Kinabatangan River each day. It’s a rain forest, and it seems to have set out to prove it! We’d been on a short trek into the forest surrounding our camp earlier that day, and had squelched through the … Continue reading Not-so tall tales from the jungle!

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TMBA 153 (TTR23) – The Rule of 6 (Plus 5 Sociopathic Tactics)

TMBA 153 (TTR23) – The Rule of 6 (Plus 5 Sociopathic Tactics)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-rule-of-6/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-rule-of-6/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in Itunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode I respond to...

TMBA 145 (TTR19) – The 2% Fallacy and 10 Business Red Flags

TMBA 145 (TTR19) – The 2% Fallacy and 10 Business Red Flags

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/10-business-red-flags/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/10-business-red-flags/ I’m back in Bali hoping to take advantage of the inspiring scenery and lifestyle to get a ton of work done. I was excited to hop on the mic solo-style this week and address those of you who plan to spend the weekend hustling away. In this week’s show I talk about some digital...

TMBA 219: 5 Lifestyle Business Thought Experiments

TMBA 219: 5 Lifestyle Business Thought Experiments

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/thoughtexperiments/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/thoughtexperiments/ Ian and I are both in the “on the road” mindset this week– we’re both mentally preparing to head out traveling or a little while. In that casual spirit we’ve both been dreaming a bit about what the future might hold. We asked some team members and listeners to help us out with some...

TMBA324: The Amazon Gold Rush

TMBA324: The Amazon Gold Rush

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 we've seen in 2016 is that the people who have gotten into the Amazon ecosystem early on are starting to see the fruits of that decision. This week, Dan and Ian have put together a unique round table discussion with a few of those people; Greg Mercer of Jungle Scout, Brad DeGraw of Amazon Sherpa and Kiri Masters of Bobsled Marketing. They will be sharing their tips, tricks and tools on how to make the Amazon platform work for you.

TMBA411: The 10 Commandments of Travel Revisited

TMBA411: The 10 Commandments of Travel Revisited

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 listeners. We thought it would be fun to revisit some of the concepts from that episode and talk about how their travel philosophies have changed in the five years since that episode was published. You'll also hear tips, tricks, and essential strategies on how to make any trip a successful one. 

TMBA358: Is All Property an Investment Opportunity?

TMBA358: Is All Property an Investment Opportunity?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Austin, Texas, and he is still trying to wrap his head around what it means to be a homeowner. This week, he decided to reach out to Rob Dix and Rob Bence, who have both been investing in properties in the UK for almost a decade. They also run a business finding and managing properties for others, as well as hosting a podcast about property investments called The Property Podcast. On this episode, the "Robs" share with Ian why people might want to invest in property, some of the archetypes of people who do invest in property, and their general feelings on the future of housing market.

TMBA378: “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Try Try Again.”

TMBA378: “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Try Try Again.”

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 interviewed many entrepreneurs over the years, but they have always wanted to document the story of a business. This episode follows the creation of...

TMBA320: How Do You Decide When Enough is Enough?

TMBA320: How Do You Decide When Enough is Enough?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 make your money, and you have to decide when enough is enough. On today's episode, Dan and Ian are speaking with two entrepreneurs who have put a lot of thought into this idea. Daryl Mander and Nathan Berry have both proactively made the call to scale back their workload in order to improve their quality of life. They will be sharing their experiences, and their thoughts on when and how to say "enough is enough".

TMBA 210: How To Get Rich

TMBA 210: How To Get Rich

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/rich/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/rich/ It’s not hard to see why Michael Covel (here’s my interview on his show) is a mega popular podcaster– he’s a scrappy entrepreneur who made good and isn’t scared to share his opinions. I’ve learned a lot from him through our conversations– about finance, world politics, and trading– but in this episode I really wanted...

TMBA336: Matt Farah on Breaking Through

TMBA336: Matt Farah on Breaking Through

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 yourself a vehicular aficionado, have no fear. This episode is about the journey of Matt Farah, a successful automotive journalist who rose to fame through his YouTube channel, The Smoking Tire. You're going to be hearing a pretty compelling story about how Matt bootstrapped himself into the position that he's in today. And yes, there is a little bit of car talk in there too. Stay tuned until the very end of the episode to hear a bonus lightning round of automotive questions.

TMBA 144 (LBP127) – Generating Wealth and Re-Considering Retirement for Entrepreneurs

TMBA 144 (LBP127) – Generating Wealth and Re-Considering Retirement for Entrepreneurs

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/generating-wealth-can-reconsidering-retirement/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/generating-wealth-can-reconsidering-retirement/ Dan and Ian are homeward bound. Ian just got back San Diego and Dan’s headed to Bali for November to write his first book. Both still coming down from the high and energy of DCBKK, they wanted to tackle a tough question on the real meaning of wealth and  entrepreneurship. Everyone knows that society...

TMBA363: The Value of Apprenticeships

TMBA363: The Value of Apprenticeships

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 apprenticeship culture that does not exist in the United States. On this week's episode, we are going to bring you the story of one such apprenticeship told from both sides. Jacob Puhl brought Corey Ames on as an apprentice at a company he founded called Firegang Dental Marketing. You'll hear how their relationship started and how it evolved to where it is today, as Corey is preparing to take over the reigns as CEO.

Change How You Charge

by marilynjones @ Travel with Marilyn

I like to brag about new products as they come on the market if they’ll help travelers. I just became acquainted with the Samsung Fast Charge Portable Battery Pack and I think it will be a real asset to anyone who is on the move for business or pleasure.   You don’t have to just use the cable and charger

TMBA 192 (LBP159) – A Philosophical Conversation : Gettin’ Paid vs. Makin’ Bank

TMBA 192 (LBP159) – A Philosophical Conversation : Gettin’ Paid vs. Makin’ Bank

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/philosophical-conversation-get-paid-bank/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/philosophical-conversation-get-paid-bank/ Dan and Ian are joined on the show today by good friend and incredibly gifted entrepreneur Jon Myers.  Jon is a customer experience and user interface designer with an impressive client roster including some of the organizations to which you may pay taxes. The fellas dive into the concept of simply running a comfortable...

TMBA 133 (LBP116) – How To Choose A Profitable Niche That You Can Love on Summer Marketing Mashup

TMBA 133 (LBP116) – How To Choose A Profitable Niche That You Can Love on Summer Marketing Mashup

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-to-choose-profitable-niche-summer-marketing-mashup/ It's a special podcast here at the LBP. Dan and Ian are joined for a bonus-length episode as they host the Summer Marketing Mashup guys (Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income, Jason Van Orden & Jeremy Frandsen from Internet Business Mastery, and Tim Conley from Foolish Adventure) to talk shop on niche selection. So sit back, grab your beverage of choice and a notebook (or Evernote), and check out the final installment in the Summer Marketing Mashup series.

TMBA312: Let’s Talk Tax

TMBA312: Let’s Talk Tax

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 lawyer in this field, advising his clients on the relative advantages of foreign earned income exclusion, acquiring overseas residency or even, in some cases, expatriation. In this week’s show we bring you advice that could save you thousands of dollars. And yes, we’re talking dollars. This guidance is mostly applicable to U.S. citizens but Phil also talks about general principles that other nationalities will find useful too.

TMBA 219: 5 Lifestyle Business Thought Experiments

TMBA 219: 5 Lifestyle Business Thought Experiments

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/thoughtexperiments/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/thoughtexperiments/ Ian and I are both in the “on the road” mindset this week– we’re both mentally preparing to head out traveling or a little while. In that casual spirit we’ve both been dreaming a bit about what the future might hold. We asked some team members and listeners to help us out with some...

TMBA387: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

TMBA387: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 person works, the more stress is added to their life. But what if there were a few easy steps to increase productivity without these kinds of costs? Dan has recently traveled to New York City, and whenever he makes his way to the city, he always makes it a point to catch up with Taylor Pearson. Taylor is the author of The End of Jobs, and a very frequent guest on this show. On this week's episode, Taylor shares four productivity strategies that he has tested himself and teaches his students. He believes these strategies are the path to becoming more capable and productive without adding any stress to our lives.

AmaWaterways partners with Master Chef Joanne Weir

by marilynjones @ Travel with Marilyn

AmaWaterways is known for its excellent dining experiences. Now the river cruise line is partnering with Master Chef and James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Joanne Weir as the lead sponsor of her new PBS series, “Plates and Places with Joanne Weir.”   Two episodes of the series, set to debut in February 2018, were filmed in Fall 2017 during AmaWaterways’

Turner Warns Feds, State Endangering Houston With Harvey Aid Delays

Turner Warns Feds, State Endangering Houston With Harvey Aid Delays

by Andrew Schneider @ Houston Public Media

Mayor Sylvester Turner says the city could face a fresh disaster from spring floods if Congress and Governor Abbott don’t get emergency funding to the city soon

TMBA257: Thoughts On Recruiting Effective Affiliates

TMBA257: Thoughts On Recruiting Effective Affiliates

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/affiliate/ Bossman is back this week and we are talking about affiliate relationships. How do you get others to promote your products? We'll talk about how to "write the religion" and give potential content publishers a reason to tap into your narrative. We also field several listener questions, including what to look for when hiring your first employee, and the ins and outs of establishing business credit.

TMBA395: Should You Quit Full-Time Entrepreneurship?

TMBA395: Should You Quit Full-Time Entrepreneurship?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 some entrepreneurial circles, which is the decision to stop being an entrepreneur and go back to the daily grind of a 9-to-5. Anna Wickham is a former TropicalMBA intern, who traveled the world for nearly ten years and eventually started her own marketing agency called Charm House. Anna had been feeling pressure to remain an entrepreneur, even though she wasn't sure that it was the best fit for her. In this episode, Anna opens up to share her fears and hesitations about the entrepreneurial life, and why she ultimately decided that it wasn't healthy for her to keep pursuing it.

TMBA 175 (TTR30) – Why Location Independent Entrepreneurs Love Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

TMBA 175 (TTR30) – Why Location Independent Entrepreneurs Love Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/why-entrepreneurs-love-ho-chi-minh-city/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/why-entrepreneurs-love-ho-chi-minh-city/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode...

TMBA 160 (LBP137) – The Kamikaze Sample and 5 Other Online Marketing Stunts

TMBA 160 (LBP137) – The Kamikaze Sample and 5 Other Online Marketing Stunts

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/kamikaze-online-marketing-stunts/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/kamikaze-online-marketing-stunts/ It’s Dan and Ian coming to you from Bali once again this week.  They’ve been working on some hot projects coming down the pipeline and getting everything ramped up for the DC Berlin meetup.  If you think that’s exciting, wait until you hear what they’ve got in store for you during this week’s episode....

TMBA325: A Conversation With Ribbonfarm’s Venkat Rao

TMBA325: A Conversation With Ribbonfarm’s Venkat Rao

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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, that explores the relationship between humanity and technology. Today's conversation covers a whole plethora of philosophical heuristics, including blind spots in the digital nomad community, the difference between passion and work ethic, what it means to be power-literate and so much more.

TMBA361: Contemplations On Five Years of DCBKK

TMBA361: Contemplations On Five Years of DCBKK

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 since its inception. In this weeks show, they are going to talk about some of the themes of this year's DC BKK, what that they learned from this year's event, and the intimate connection that TropicalMBA listeners have formed with DC BKK over the years.

TMBA300: Thoughts on Building a Small Business Culture

TMBA300: Thoughts on Building a Small Business Culture

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 it would be appropriate to do a 300 level course for our 300th episode. Today we're going to talk about how to create a culture that allows you to manage a multi-million dollar business while you travel. Ian has managed to do this over the last year with just six hours of phone calls a week, and our business is still growing. We're going to be talking about how to build the kind of culture that holds everyone together, and keeps everyone productive, while you are living your rock and roll lifestyle.

TMBA301: 2015 Packing List Updates

TMBA301: 2015 Packing List Updates

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 kind of stuff we have been traveling with recently. I have written about my travel kit many times on the blog, so if you don't want to hear me talk about what I keep in my backpack, this might not be the episode for you. I do know that there are some of us out there who spend a lot of time thinking about this stuff. If you're like me and you want to know more, I'm gonna walk you through some of the things I'm packing tonight and why they are part of my travel kit.

TMBA 149 (TTR21) – Spotlight Marketing (+ Have We Found the Community Marketer’s Secret Weapon?)

TMBA 149 (TTR21) – Spotlight Marketing (+ Have We Found the Community Marketer’s Secret Weapon?)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/spotlight-marketing/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/spotlight-marketing/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Asia time). Here’s the link to subscribe in Itunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode I respond to a...

Video: Seabourn Experience: Shopping with the Chef at the Saigon Market

Video: Seabourn Experience: Shopping with the Chef at the Saigon Market


Texas Cowboy Travel

They call it Shopping with the Chef, and it's one of the most memorable of our Seabourn Moments. The Ben Thanh Market in District 1 is one of the earliest surviving structures and a symbol of Ho Chi Minh City - formerly Saigon, which is still the name of

TMBA314: The 3D Revolution

TMBA314: The 3D Revolution

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 test prototypes. But, as 3D printers become cheaper and more sophisticated, might it begin to revolutionize not only the world of retail but also DIY? What are the opportunities and potential pitfalls for entrepreneurs? Lawyers like Alan Rothenbuecher are already advising firms on how to handle the growing number of IP issues that crop up in relation to 3D printing. TMBA also talks to one of the co-founders of The Pirate Bay, Tobias Andersson, about why he thinks 3D printing is going to have the same impact on design as file-sharing sites have had on the music business.

TMBA370: The Saturday Morning Side Hustle

TMBA370: The Saturday Morning Side Hustle

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 has built a successful online side hustle in the form of an SEO training course. Tommy Griffith is the founder of ClickMinded. On this week's episode, you'll hear how he was able to create a successful side business by setting aside his Saturday mornings. Tommy also shares his thoughts about what you need to give up to be an entrepreneur, and why he thinks there could be opportunities for entrepreneurs in the educational space.

TMBA387: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

TMBA387: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 person works, the more stress is added to their life. But what if there were a few easy steps to increase productivity without these kinds of costs? Dan has recently traveled to New York City, and whenever he makes his way to the city, he always makes it a point to catch up with Taylor Pearson. Taylor is the author of The End of Jobs, and a very frequent guest on this show. On this week's episode, Taylor shares four productivity strategies that he has tested himself and teaches his students. He believes these strategies are the path to becoming more capable and productive without adding any stress to our lives.

TMBA268: Getting More Out of Conferences – “Breakfast is a Big Deal”

TMBA268: Getting More Out of Conferences – “Breakfast is a Big Deal”

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 talking about what we've learned about throwing events, what we are planning to do in the future and sharing our advice for people that are looking to get the most out of all these upcoming conferences.

TMBA412: ‘Never Split The Difference’: A Conversation with Chris Voss

TMBA412: ‘Never Split The Difference’: A Conversation with Chris Voss

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 deal if he just used the right tactics. Today's guest has spent a lifetime working on negotiating tactics, but he has primarily done so in matters of life or death. Chris Voss is a former FBI hostage negotiator and the author of "Never Split the Difference". Since leaving the FBI, Chris has devoted his time to a new business called Black Swan Ltd., which teaches people how to use the skills that he learned during his time as an FBI agent to improve their negotiation skills in business situations. On this week's episode, you'll hear Chris go into great detail about emotional intelligence, how to choose the right language to use while negotiating, and why you should never split the difference. 

Austin And Dallas On Short List For Second Amazon Headquarters, Houston Did Not Make The Cut

by Matthew Watkins, Texas Tribune, Emma Platoff, Texas Tribune @ Houston Public Media

Houston is out, while Austin and Dallas are among 20 North American cities being considered for a second headquarters for Amazon, the online retailing giant announced Thursday morning

TMBA 149 (TTR21) – Spotlight Marketing (+ Have We Found the Community Marketer’s Secret Weapon?)

TMBA 149 (TTR21) – Spotlight Marketing (+ Have We Found the Community Marketer’s Secret Weapon?)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/spotlight-marketing/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/spotlight-marketing/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Asia time). Here’s the link to subscribe in Itunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode I respond to a...

TMBA421: The 7 Stages of Entrepreneurship

TMBA421: The 7 Stages of Entrepreneurship

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 most memorable moments from the show this year, as well as re-examining those conversations in a discussion we like to call the "7 Stages of Entrepreneurship". These 7 stages are bridges that every entrepreneur will eventually cross on their journey. Stick around after the credits for a very special collection of TropicalMBA outtakes and bloopers from 2017. To all of our listeners: We wish you a very happy holiday and a fantastic new year.

TMBA 211: How Is It Possible To Raise $100,000 In 4 Days Without Giving Away Equity Or Taking A Loan?

TMBA 211: How Is It Possible To Raise $100,000 In 4 Days Without Giving Away Equity Or Taking A Loan?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/crowdsourcing/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/crowdsourcing/ So many people struggle to get a great idea off the ground because they didn’t validate and ask the market to vote with their wallets. Jimmy and Doug from Minaal have completely turned this on its back. Not only were they meticulously calculated about the launch of their killer travel bag designed for location...

TMBA285: So You’ve Got Some Time and Location Freedom, What’s Next?

TMBA285: So You’ve Got Some Time and Location Freedom, What’s Next?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 talking about what you do when you've gotten through those first few years of running a business and you've reached a certain level of comfort. How do you choose to live once you own your own time? We'll also talk about John's experience scaling in year three of a productized service business, and what you can get out of living in Chaing Mai.

TMBA 210: How To Get Rich

TMBA 210: How To Get Rich

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/rich/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/rich/ It’s not hard to see why Michael Covel (here’s my interview on his show) is a mega popular podcaster– he’s a scrappy entrepreneur who made good and isn’t scared to share his opinions. I’ve learned a lot from him through our conversations– about finance, world politics, and trading– but in this episode I really wanted...

TMBA332: A Conversation with Mr. Money Mustache

TMBA332: A Conversation with Mr. Money Mustache

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 hear him share his opinions about that piece. You'll also hear how he was able to retire at the age of thirty, why he believes we should be optimizing for our own happiness, as well as his thoughts on achieving freedom through frugality. Stick around after the credits for a little bit of a bonus conversation with Mr. Money Mustache about how the Mustachian community holds events.

TMBA341: Alex Blumberg on the Power of Podcasting

TMBA341: Alex Blumberg on the Power of Podcasting

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 podcasts, Startup. As entrepreneurs, many of us have grown up listening to Alex's work on shows like This American Life and Planet Money. His recent foray into the realm of podcasting has had a huge impact on how podcasts are being produced today, and you'll hear him talk all about that journey on this week's episode.

TMBA 236: Thoughts on Getting Your First Product Manufactured in China

TMBA 236: Thoughts on Getting Your First Product Manufactured in China

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/chinasourcing/ This week, one of our listeners challenged us to go more in-depth about Chinese manufacturing and how to get your first product manufactured. We're gonna dive right in and talk about where and how you can learn about outsourcing your product to China, and everything that it entails.

TMBA 175 (TTR30) – Why Location Independent Entrepreneurs Love Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

TMBA 175 (TTR30) – Why Location Independent Entrepreneurs Love Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/why-entrepreneurs-love-ho-chi-minh-city/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/why-entrepreneurs-love-ho-chi-minh-city/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode...

TMBA404: Dreamlines Revisited

TMBA404: Dreamlines Revisited

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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, old-school Dreamlines, written back when Dan and Ian first met. For those unfamiliar with the term, a Dreamline is a document that asks you to write down what you want to...

TMBA 145 (TTR19) – The 2% Fallacy and 10 Business Red Flags

TMBA 145 (TTR19) – The 2% Fallacy and 10 Business Red Flags

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/10-business-red-flags/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/10-business-red-flags/ I’m back in Bali hoping to take advantage of the inspiring scenery and lifestyle to get a ton of work done. I was excited to hop on the mic solo-style this week and address those of you who plan to spend the weekend hustling away. In this week’s show I talk about some digital...

TMBA 206 – Should You Deprioritize Your Income and Go After Your Passion?

TMBA 206 – Should You Deprioritize Your Income and Go After Your Passion?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/passion/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/passion/ This week on the Tropical MBA Podcast we decided to give Mark Manson a call to dig further into his idea that “passion is practical.” Mark walked away from big income to focus on a project he was passionate about, and it ended up working out better in the end. Was it just a fluke? Did he get...

TMBA344: 5 Reasons Not to Sell Your Business

TMBA344: 5 Reasons Not to Sell Your Business

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 listeners have approached them recently who are considering selling their business as well. On this week's episode, you'll hear some of the questions that listeners approached them with, as well as five reasons why selling your business might not be the right idea for you.

Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide

Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide


Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

A comprehensive budget travel guide to the city of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam with tips and advice on things to do, see, ways to save money, and cost information.

TMBA401: What’s In A Name?

TMBA401: What’s In A Name?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 get people's attention. Choosing the right name could unlock the door to great success, and branding your business incorrectly could prove disastrous. Today's guest knows this challenge better than anyone. Alexandra Watkins is the founder of a company called Eat My Words, which specializes in naming brands and products. She is also the author of a book on the subject called "Hello, My Name is Awesome". This interview originally started out as a discussion about Alexandra's book, but it ended up taking a serious turn about halfway through, when Alexandra went to great lengths to help Dan and Ian find a new name for this podcast.

What’s Wrong with Millennials?

by Helen Chu @ Hachette Book Group

Everyone knows “what’s wrong with Millennials.” Glenn Beck says we’ve been ruined by “participation trophies.” Simon Sinek says we have low self-esteem. An Australian millionaire says Millennials could all afford homes if we’d just give up avocado toast. Thanks, millionaire. This Millennial is here to prove them all wrong. Kids These Days: Introduction What is […]

TMBA373: Should You Base Yourself in Southern Europe?

TMBA373: Should You Base Yourself in Southern Europe?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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, where should I live? On this week's show, they will be focusing on two countries in Southern Europe: Spain and Portugal. To learn a bit more about Portugal, Dan reached out to Dr. Shannon Weeks, a Natropathic Doctor and Applied Kinesiologist, to share his experience about establishing residency in Portugal and his home city of Lisbon. You'll also hear Ian speak to Dan about a little bit of his own personal story, as both he and his girlfriend have established residency in Spain. Listen in as Shannon and Dan share their perspectives on visas, taxes, culture and more.

TMBA398: Evolve or Die

TMBA398: Evolve or Die

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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, as many of ours do, staring at a blank Google search screen and typing in the words "How do I make money online?" Several years later, Michael has spoken at several of the Dynamite Circle events. He was on this podcast last December, sharing his journey of building a 6 figure services business called Search Scientists. Michael has recently started a new company called AdBadger, which is in essence a software version of his previous services company. On this week's show, you'll hear Michael share insight on how to do something that most services entrepreneurs dream of doing: selling a product.

TMBA369: Tropical MBA’s 2016 Year in Review

TMBA369: Tropical MBA’s 2016 Year in Review

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba369-tropical-mbas-2016-year-in-review/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba369-tropical-mbas-2016-year-in-review/ Podcast 29:28 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment It’s that time of year again. Our businesses slow down for the holidays, and we naturally get a little reflective about the past 12 months. This week, Dan and Ian have decided to revisit some of their favorite episodes of the Tropical MBA podcast in 2016. You’ll...

TMBA268: Getting More Out of Conferences – “Breakfast is a Big Deal”

TMBA268: Getting More Out of Conferences – “Breakfast is a Big Deal”

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 talking about what we've learned about throwing events, what we are planning to do in the future and sharing our advice for people that are looking to get the most out of all these upcoming conferences.

Sichuan Magic Dust Popcorn Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Since late November, my friend Andrew Janjigian and I have made a total of about 55 batches of this popcorn. It’s his recipe, which he shared with me after I wrote about MSG in pho. When he realized that I was open to tinkering with monosodium glutamate in cooking, he sent the recipe to me....

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TMBA 189 (LBP157) – How to “Monetize” a Blog or Podcast

TMBA 189 (LBP157) – How to “Monetize” a Blog or Podcast

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-to-monetize-a-blog-or-podcast/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-to-monetize-a-blog-or-podcast/ Dan and Ian dive into a question that has been asked by millions ever since the advent of blogging and more recently podcasting.  They also address one of the core issues behind the basic question that separates those looking for a quick buck, and those looking to build a cashflow business. Click play above...

TMBA 209 : How to Effectively Use Google Adwords

TMBA 209 : How to Effectively Use Google Adwords

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/adwords/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/adwords/ Today Ian and I sit down with the one and only Dave Huss to talk about generating paid traffic to your site.  With so many recent changes in advertising platforms and capabilities to come, this episode is full of marketing avenues you should be using in your business. On the show this week: Why...

Cheap Flights: Houston to Aspen, Colorado or Santa Ana, California $146 r/t – American

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

[01/12/2018 @ 5:14 PM] Old post clean-up. Fare gone. Removing from deal list.

American Airlines has round-trip flights from Houston (IAH/HOU) to Aspen, Colorado (ASE) or Santa Ana, California (SNA) for $146 with a connection. Flights are mostly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays from January to February. Expect prices to fluctuate by +/- $20.

TMBA319: The Mind Game of Making Over $100,000

TMBA319: The Mind Game of Making Over $100,000

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 worth devoting an entire episode to. Michael trained hard and loved the career path that he was on initially, but a sudden change in his life-script drove him to become an entrepreneur. Michael's story is ultimately about how difficult circumstances can prompt you to change your life, and how transforming your mindset is the first hurdle to achieving entrepreneurial success.

TMBA418: The Services Problem

TMBA418: The Services Problem

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 owned services businesses. He also spoke about how he believed that those entrepreneurs were struggling to take the next step in their business. This insight into the audience of the show got our hosts thinking. What if they could help those entrepreneurs take that next step? On this week's episode, Dan and Ian will be talking at great length about what "The Services Problem" is, as well as sharing three strategies that entrepreneurs with these types of businesses can employ in order to solve it.

TMBA 208 – What We’re Reading

TMBA 208 – What We’re Reading

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/readingmaterial/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/readingmaterial/ Ian and I have been wanting to bring an updated reading list to move your journey forward. On this episode, we wax a little philosophical about a variety of the best stuff we’ve been reading. On the show this week: How to choose your way forward like Calvin And Hobbes. The key difference between...

TMBA256: Making Sense of Awards Points and Business Class Upgrades

TMBA256: Making Sense of Awards Points and Business Class Upgrades

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/mileage/ Bossman is on vacation this week, so I've invited my friend Erik Paquet from Abroaders.com on to the show to talk all about mileage, point redemption, how to fly business class as often as possible and much more. In the Dynamite Circle, Erik is widely regarded as the go-to guy for travel hacking. We are also going to be discussing how he has been able to use his unique set of skills to launch a productized service business.

TMBA285: So You’ve Got Some Time and Location Freedom, What’s Next?

TMBA285: So You’ve Got Some Time and Location Freedom, What’s Next?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 talking about what you do when you've gotten through those first few years of running a business and you've reached a certain level of comfort. How do you choose to live once you own your own time? We'll also talk about John's experience scaling in year three of a productized service business, and what you can get out of living in Chaing Mai.

TMBA304: The Power of Under Optimization

TMBA304: The Power of Under Optimization

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 rest of us. For must of us, we are always in the hustle mindset and we will do anything that it takes to grow our business. Mark Brenwall is almost the polar opposite. Lifestyle is very important to Mark and he abides by a strong set of personal rules about what he will and won't do for his business. In the two and a half years since Mark has become an entrepreneur, he has built a business called Wod Nation that currently nets him $20,000 a month in profit, and he did it all without compromising his beliefs. I invited Mark onto the show this week to share both his inspiring story and his unique approach to business.

TMBA 217: Selling the Assets of Your Business in a Strategic Sale

TMBA 217: Selling the Assets of Your Business in a Strategic Sale

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/boat/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/boat/ Cam Collins runs a business that helps marinas manage their boat inventory. He recently sold the assets of the company in a strategic merger, and we’re pumped that Cam came by the podcast to share the lessons he learned during the process. Listen to this week’s show and learn: The difference between a strategic...

Texas Attorney General Says It’s Illegal For Schools To Bus Kids To Polling Places

by Aliyya Swaby, The Texas Tribune @ Houston Public Media

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an official, non binding opinion Wednesday saying school districts cannot provide transportation to get students to polling places unless the trip serves an educational purpose

TMBA 216: Carnegie on How Young People Can Get Ahead in the World

TMBA 216: Carnegie on How Young People Can Get Ahead in the World

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/carnegie/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/carnegie/ “Look out for the boy who has to plunge into work direct from the common school and who begins by sweeping out the office. He is the probable dark horse that you had better watch.” – Andrew Carnegie Ever dream of changing your life and getting ahead in the world? Andrew Carnegie gave a speech...

TMBA272: Is It Getting Harder to Grow a Successful Business Selling Info Products?

TMBA272: Is It Getting Harder to Grow a Successful Business Selling Info Products?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 capital. We're gonna talk about how Shayna drives hundreds of thousands of visitors to her site every month, how she turns those visitors into leads and customers, how she produces her info products and how she values them. We'll also talk quite a bit about lifestyle and her thoughts on the future of the digital nomad movement.

TMBA265: Visiting China – Why Entrepreneurs Travel to the Canton Fair

TMBA265: Visiting China – Why Entrepreneurs Travel to the Canton Fair

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/canton/ The Canton Fair is taking place this October, so I was really happy to run into my old friend Matt Kowolak from HighCappin.com. Matt has been living as an entrepreneur in China for ten years, and he is the person I go to whenever I have a question about the country. We chat it up about the history of the fair, what it feels like to attend such a historic trade show and what kind of opportunities exist there. He also shares a broad overview of what living in China as an expatriate is like and how to take advantage of their entrepreneurial culture.

TMBA302: Launch Lessons Learned and Details on Our October Event

TMBA302: Launch Lessons Learned and Details on Our October Event

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 sort of walk through some of the lessons that we've learned in doing our product launches, and specifically doing event launches. I've invited Damian Thompson from SalesAbility.co on to the show to talk about the evolution of our DCBKK event. We are also going to be taking quite a bit of time to talk about what goes on at DCBKK, the types of people who come to the event, and what sets DCBKK apart from other conferences.

TMBA376: Should You Base Yourself in Eastern Europe?

TMBA376: Should You Base Yourself in Eastern Europe?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 struggled with at one point in time: If I can live anywhere in the world, where should that be? On this week's episode, they will be focusing on two nations in Eastern Europe: Hungary and Georgia. Clayton Cornell runs his own lead-generation business online, as well as one of Dan and Ian's longtime favorite blogs called Spartan Traveler. On this podcast, Clayton shares his story about what led him to the capitol of Hungary, Budapest. You'll also hear from Dana Lindahl. Dana has chosen the nation of Georgia as his home base, as his wife has recently started a business there. You'll hear about what that process was like, as well as the entrepreneurial climate in this former Soviet country.

TMBA258:  ​Living, Working, and Adventuring in South East Asia

TMBA258: ​Living, Working, and Adventuring in South East Asia

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/travelfish/ This week I was lucky enough to catch up with Stuart McDonald, the founder of Travelfish, which one of the most respected sites on the web for South East Asia travel information. If you peak over the shoulder of a random backpacker in Bangkok cafes, expect to see a "TravelFish" URL along with Facebook blue.

Day-After Thanksgiving Turkey Pho Recipe — Pressure Cooker and Multicooker Edition!

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

  Do you cook during the holidays with leftovers in mind? I do. There’s so much involved in pulling off a holiday meal to feed a crowd that I love to bank my efforts by repurposing ingredients and using up scraps. Many Americans make soup from the leftover turkey carcass and vegetable, but what about...

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TMBA 196 (LBP162) – A 21st Century Financial Script

TMBA 196 (LBP162) – A 21st Century Financial Script

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/21-century-financial-script/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/21-century-financial-script/ After spending some time back in the States, both Dan and Ian have been experiencing some different viewpoints on personal finance.  Many of which are based on 20th century circumstances and have survived the turn of the century in our society and our mindsets. This episode is dedicated to showing you some base level...

TMBA 142 (LBP126) – Gaming Google Search Results – What’s Working and What’s Getting Killed

TMBA 142 (LBP126) – Gaming Google Search Results – What’s Working and What’s Getting Killed

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-126-advanced-gaming-of-your-google-search-results-with-travis-jamison/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-126-advanced-gaming-of-your-google-search-results-with-travis-jamison/ After the first annual Dynamite Circle DCBKK Conference in Bangkok, Dan and Ian blew it out Bangkok-style. But first, they sat down with SEO guru Travis Jamison from Supremacy SEO to discuss some of the latest Google algorithm updates and how Travis is adjusting. Lots of site owners have been left scrambling after the...

TMBA399: How Smart Drug Smarts Became a Podcast

TMBA399: How Smart Drug Smarts Became a Podcast

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 topic and turn it into a serious business? In pursuing the answer, they both decided it was a good time to check in with their former business partner Jesse Lawler, who hosts a fantastic podcast called Smart Drug Smarts. Jesse didn't start the podcast with a PhD in medicine, or anything relevant to the medicinal field except a genuine desire to explore these issues, and he has had a tremendous amount of success in doing it. On this show, Jesse shares how was able to turn something that he was passionate about into a full-time business that generates real revenue. We hope this episode will inspire those of you who are passionate and curious to find a way to tell your own story.

TMBA310: A Conversation About Writing Books

TMBA310: A Conversation About Writing Books

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 that. Tune in and find out how.

TMBA273: Stories From a Remote CEO

TMBA273: Stories From a Remote CEO

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 mindset stuff that goes into being a successful remote CEO. We also talk about how our portable business has been able to grow five times year over year with Bossman and I living away from the office, and the dissect the steps that it takes to step away from your business and let it work for you.

TMBA 146 (LBP128) – Manipulating the Success Script

TMBA 146 (LBP128) – Manipulating the Success Script

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/manipulating-the-success-script/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/manipulating-the-success-script/ Dan’s still in Bali grinding out his first book while Ian’s back in San Diego working on taking the product business to the next level. Inspired by a talk Cal Newport gave, Dan and Ian reveal that the script to success, however you define it. While success is something each person decides on, there...

TMBA 138 (LBP121) – How Solving Problems For 500,000 Users Inspired the Idea for SupportBee

TMBA 138 (LBP121) – How Solving Problems For 500,000 Users Inspired the Idea for SupportBee

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/solving-problems-inspired-supportbee/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/solving-problems-inspired-supportbee/ This week Dan is the one hard at work and Ian is asleep on the job. Stranger things have happened…ever seen a tabloid alien story? Dan took the opportunity to chat up Prateek Dayal, founder of startups like Muziboo and recently SupportBee. Dan and Ian met Prateek as they traveled across Vietnam this summer meeting up with folks...

TMBA410: The Creation of a Brand

TMBA410: The Creation of a Brand

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 luxury brand that has found massive success. Jennifer Chong and Roman Khan are the founders of Linjer. Linjer manufactures and sells beautiful leather handbags and watches, which retail between $200 and $500 USD. On today's episode, Jennifer and Roman speak to us about a wide variety of topics, including researching marketplaces, building teams, and making deals with factory owners. This is not just an episode about people who are passionate about selling great products, though. It's also a unique case study on how to use savvy marketing techniques to grow your business.

TMBA271: Understanding and Optimizing For Multiple Currencies: A Conversation with Patrick McKenzie

TMBA271: Understanding and Optimizing For Multiple Currencies: A Conversation with Patrick McKenzie

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 businesses, and is an expert at optimizing for non-cash currencies. In this week's episode we dig deep into Patrick's business philosophy, including how he has been able to build a powerhouse blog that is followed by some of the most influential people in the industry. We also talk about his expertise around conversion optimization and email marketing, how not to suck at giving conference speeches, and Patrick's experience as a long-term expat in Japan.

TMBA290: A Conversation about Bootstrapping and Drop Shipping with Andrew Youderian

TMBA290: A Conversation about Bootstrapping and Drop Shipping with Andrew Youderian

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 onto the show to talk about what it means to be a bootstrapper and the differences between a bootstrap business and funded business. We also share our thoughts about the...

TMBA424: Three Scripts for Entrepreneurship

TMBA424: Three Scripts for Entrepreneurship

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 scripts" that society has written for us to follow. The cold, hard truth is that people's lives often don't go the way that they think they are going to, and the social scripts that lead us into the corporate rat race can frequently leave us wanting more out of life. Today's guest is someone that Dan and Ian have known for over 8 years. We hired David Hehenberger as a TMBA intern back in 2010. Using the skills he learned during his apprenticeship, he left to become an SEO consultant and ultimately started his own successful productized business called FatCat Apps. David joins us on this week's show to talk about three specific life scripts that are uniquely tailored for entrepreneurs. These scripts will help us to create the kind of financial independence that will ultimately allow us to live the kind of lives that we want, on our own terms.

Saigon Pagolac

Saigon Pagolac


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Tucked within a small strip center in the Chinatown neighborhood, Saigon Pagolac offers a tremendous variety of Vietnamese dishes, from do-it-yourself spring rolls to a baked catfish that’s as impressive to view as it is to taste. The restaurant is a bit more refined than some of the smaller eateries in the area, with nice tablecloths, a large bar and accents like wall clocks offering the time in Saigon, Paris and Houston and various Asian statues and tchotchkes.   Choose from a wide variety of appetizers, noodle soups, vermicelli bowls, rice dishes and combination plates featuring everything from sliced charcoal pork to beef steak to seafood. Definitely try the ca nuong, or whole baked catfish. Crispy and well-seasoned, the fish simply falls off the bone once it’s cut into. It’s definitely a sharable plate for two or more. Another fun presentation is the marinated beef or squid cooked at the table on a small grill. Wrap the cooked meats in rice paper for your own rolls or simply dig in with chopsticks.

TMBA417: The Gift

TMBA417: The Gift

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 specifically listeners of this show) connecting to help each other out on their entrepreneurial journey. It begins with Greg Gerber, who made a post in our private membership forum The Dynamite Circle offering to give one lucky entrepreneur an all-expenses paid trip to our annual conference in Bangkok, DC BKK. The recipient of that gift was Madeleine Lambert. Madeleine started a content marketing business called Content Refined last year. She and Greg have joined us today to share the story of Greg's gift and how Madeline's business has grown to $50,000 in monthly recurring revenue since she received it.

TMBA337: The Power of the Pickle

TMBA337: The Power of the Pickle

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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. On this week's episode, Dan and Ian are speaking to Russ Perry from Design Pickle. He began his entrepreneurial career doing just that, and when we first heard from him in 2014, he was in the process of dissolving his first business and starting from square one. In less than two years, Design Pickle now has 20 full-time employees and just last month, they billed 90k in recurring revenue. On this show, you'll hear all about that journey, as well as a pretty in-depth discussion about our collective affinity for delicious pickles.

TMBA398: Evolve or Die

TMBA398: Evolve or Die

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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, as many of ours do, staring at a blank Google search screen and typing in the words "How do I make money online?" Several years later, Michael has spoken at several of the Dynamite Circle events. He was on this podcast last December, sharing his journey of building a 6 figure services business called Search Scientists. Michael has recently started a new company called AdBadger, which is in essence a software version of his previous services company. On this week's show, you'll hear Michael share insight on how to do something that most services entrepreneurs dream of doing: selling a product.

TMBA 187 (LBP155) – The Power of Negative Action – Optionality, Convexity, and Anitfragility

TMBA 187 (LBP155) – The Power of Negative Action – Optionality, Convexity, and Anitfragility

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-power-of-negative-action-optionality-convexity-antifragility/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-power-of-negative-action-optionality-convexity-antifragility/ Dan and Ian are coming at you this week after some intense reflection and mindset shifts.  This episode is all about the power of negative action and leveraging the inevitable changes in the world as a small business entrepreneur. Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book, Anti-Fragile inspires the content for today’s show and the fellas mold...

TMBA275: How Should an Entrepreneur Invest $50,000?

TMBA275: How Should an Entrepreneur Invest $50,000?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 recently: What should the average investor do with $50,000? We'll dissect some of the ideas he proposed about financial investments, talk about how the location-independent entrepreneur can put them to good use, and explain exactly what makes our upcoming gathering of entrepreneurs such a unique sharing environment.

TMBA 155 (TTR24) – “If You Cannot Exercise This Kind of Control in Adult Life, You’ll Be Totally Hosed”

TMBA 155 (TTR24) – “If You Cannot Exercise This Kind of Control in Adult Life, You’ll Be Totally Hosed”

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/david-foster-wallace-this-is-water/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/david-foster-wallace-this-is-water/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in Itunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode Dan hands off...

TMBA419: You Are Who You Meet

TMBA419: You Are Who You Meet

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 built a successful Amazon business over the last two years, which he recently sold for just under a million dollars. He didn't do it alone, though. On this week's show, you'll hear how a chance encounter in the rolling hills of Northern Thailand led Nate down an unbelievable entrepreneurial journey. 

TMBA 235: 2 China Factory Sourcing Strategies (and Business Updates)

TMBA 235: 2 China Factory Sourcing Strategies (and Business Updates)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/updates/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/updates/ This week, Bossman is back on the scene, and we are going over a host of specific updates about our businesses. In particular, we really get into what kinds of challenges we’ve faced manufacturing our own product, how we’ve been handling our relationships with our Chinese suppliers, some ways that you can save money...

TMBA420: No Epiphany Required

TMBA420: No Epiphany Required

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 story on today's show, though. The reality is that even if these epiphanies happen, the day-to-day life of being an entrepreneur has nothing to do with a single moment of insight. In fact, quite often the opposite is true. Entrepreneurs frequently feel like they have no idea what they are doing or what they are supposed to do. Chris Cage first joined us on the TropicalMBA in 2015 to talk to about his company, Greenbelly Meals. Greenbelly manufactures and sells mega-calorie, high-nutrient meal bars for people that participate in activities that require a huge calorie load. When Chris last spoke on this podcast, there were many question marks about his path forward. On this week's episode, Chris talks about what has happened in his journey since we last spoke, what inspired his first book, how it felt to appear on The Joe Rogan Experience, and much, much more.

TMBA335: The Long View on Location Independence

TMBA335: The Long View on Location Independence

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 this movement, and why wouldn't they? It's exciting to be a part of. On the other hand, there are very few people online who are talking about the challenges of being a digital nomad. Mark Manson and Stacey Herbert have both traveled the world as location independent entrepreneurs and have recently decided to put down roots for the first time in years. On this episode, you'll hear them share their thoughts and experiences on what some of the biggest downsides to the nomadic lifestyle are.

TMBA405: A Conversation with Noah Kagan

TMBA405: A Conversation with Noah Kagan

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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.com, and the host of Noah Kagan Presents. App Sumo is an extremely successful online business which offers daily deals for digitally distributed products and services. Noah's blog OkDork has also been a longtime favorite of the hosts of this show..  On this episode, you'll learn how Noah defines success. You'll also hear about his unique approach to hiring and team building, his investment strategy, and much more.

TMBA 197 (LBP163) – The Bootstrapper’s Guide to Business Partnerships

TMBA 197 (LBP163) – The Bootstrapper’s Guide to Business Partnerships

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/bootstrappers-guide-business-partnerships/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/bootstrappers-guide-business-partnerships/ Dan and Ian are coming at you today with some insight into what could be the most costly decision you’ll make in your business careers.  Many don’t think about it in terms of cost, but in this episode, Dan and Ian will make it abundantly clear why you should, and how to look at...

TMBA 150 (LBP130) – How to Be a Happy Sociopath

TMBA 150 (LBP130) – How to Be a Happy Sociopath

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/happy-sociopath/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/happy-sociopath/ Dan has adopted the Tim Ferriss book writing method and isolated himself from everything except Evernote. Ian on the other hand is tearing it up in San Diego and prepping for a motorcycle race. In this week’s episode, Dan and Ian explore the benefits of being a “sociopath” (it’s not what it sounds like)....

TMBA299: Getting Beyond the Blog and Connecting with Like Minds In Real Life

TMBA299: Getting Beyond the Blog and Connecting with Like Minds In Real Life

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 computer and connect with people in real life. I've invited Chris Reynolds and Alex McQuade on to the show this week to talk about just that. Alex is the Director of Operations for the Dynamite Circle, and was an integral part of our Barcelona event. Chris is the founder of The One Effect and has recently started kind of an entrepreneurial revolution in Barcelona. There are 22 entrepreneurs who have moved to Barcelona to live in apartments that Chris has set up. We'll be talking about some of the unique ways we have been able to interact with our listeners in the real world, sharing strategies for digital nomads who want to connect with people in real life, and listening to some firsthand testimonials from people who have been living in the DC Barcelona House.

TMBA402: What’s Your Superpower?

TMBA402: What’s Your Superpower?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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. He is also the author of Dan and Ian's all-time favorite blogs, A Smart Bear. A few years ago, Jason made the difficult decision to step down from his CEO role at WP Engine, at a time when the company was more successful than ever. Jason recently spoke about this decision at our recent Dynamite Circle event in Austin, and we invited him on the show this week to expand on that talk.  On today's episode, you'll hear Jason share his insights about the struggles of growing at the pace of your company, the angst you can feel after you sell a business, and how he has been able to harness his "superpowers".

TMBA367: The Business Idea Bonanza with Dan Norris

TMBA367: The Business Idea Bonanza with Dan Norris

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 business idea generating machine. There have been success stories on this show that came from many of Dan's business ideas. In this conversation, Dan donates a ton of business ideas, as well as sharing how he has been able to create a six-figure side hustle through self-publishing books. If you are looking for your next entrepreneurial adventure, this could be the episode for you.

TMBA 186 (LBP154) – How Profitable Niche Selection Really Works: Rip Pivot and Jam Redux

TMBA 186 (LBP154) – How Profitable Niche Selection Really Works: Rip Pivot and Jam Redux

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/profitable-niche-selection-rip-pivot-jam-redux/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/profitable-niche-selection-rip-pivot-jam-redux/ This week Dan and Ian are back in Saigon and are pumped to bring you this episode that’s chalked full of actionable methods and business frameworks.  The Rip, Pivot and Jam is one of the fellas’ favorite business concepts so this episode is dedicated to helping you get the most from it. Running a...

Viking River Cruises: The Best Pick for First Time Cruisers

by Hannah Logan @ Eat Sleep Breathe Travel

Cruising is something that a lot of people are on the fence about. The idea of travelling by boat and exploring several destinations in a relaxing manor is enticing. However, it also comes with a few fears; boredom from being…

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Soul of the Porteño-Buenos Aires

by Carlos Muñoz @ WanderThemes

What’s not to love about Buenos Aires? It’s glamorous, bohemian, playful and exciting. Few cities offer so much to the traveler. The long flight (it’s about 11 hours) is so worth it. Buenos Aires is not spotless but those blemishes…

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TMBA 228: Getting to the Table With High Achievers

TMBA 228: Getting to the Table With High Achievers

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/table/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/table/ Ian is back on the Tropical MBA Podcast this week to talk about our next big idea, as well as answering some listener questions (thank you to all who’ve called our voicemail: 888-554-8428). Listen to this week’s show and learn: Why having the same amount of “skin the game” can be critical when networking....

TMBA328: How Do You Manage Your Money?

TMBA328: How Do You Manage Your Money?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 money once you have made it? Managing your money requires a completely different skill set from building a business, and even savvy entrepreneurs often have to seek the advice of a professional. On this week's episode, you'll hear from Joe Wirbick, the president and co-founder of Sequinox. Joe is sharing some of his best tips on how to evaluate financial professionals and how to identify whether or not they can help you.

TMBA317: How to Embrace Changing Priorities

TMBA317: How to Embrace Changing Priorities

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 the ability to travel the world, but now that he's getting older, he is starting to figure out what is really important to him. We'll be talking with Peter about why he decided to move to Austin, and what happens to digital nomads when their priorities start to change.

TMBA331: Productized #4 – The Evolution of a Business Idea

TMBA331: Productized #4 – The Evolution of a Business Idea

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 call for anyone that has used one of those ideas to come on the show. On this week's episode, you'll be hearing from Ben McAdam and Meryl Johnston, otherwise known as the Bean Ninjas. They will be sharing how they took an idea that was donated on this very podcast and turned it into their own Productized Service business.

A Journey Through Madagascar: Notes on the Privilege of Travel

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

We travelers are a lucky bunch. It's easy to forget just how privileged we are to be able to travel the world. The truth is, most people rarely even leave their own country, let alone visit destinations all over the globe. My recent visit to Madagascar reminded me that it's important to keep this perspective in mind, and to give back to organizations that help the places we visit.

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TMBA 232: Is a College Degree Useful For Entrepreneurs?

TMBA 232: Is a College Degree Useful For Entrepreneurs?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/college/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/college/ In this week’s episode, I’m answering some listener submitted questions. I’ve invited Jimmy Hayes and Josh Weinstein back on the show to add their two cents as well, as we discuss whether or not a college degree is necessary for someone who wants to become a location-independent entrepreneur, among other topics. Listen to this...

TMBA 184 (LBP152) – The 10 Travel Commandments

TMBA 184 (LBP152) – The 10 Travel Commandments

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-152-10-travel-commandments/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-152-10-travel-commandments/ Dan and Ian are drifting into your earbuds this week from Berlin where the DC BER meetup is in full swing.  With all the talk of people traveling in for the event, and some recent European adventures between Dan, Ian and both their parents there have been travel tips flying all over the place....

A Talk with Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, MD Author of Infidelity: Why Men and Women Cheat

by Lissa Warren @ Hachette Book Group

Why did you write this book? For nearly twenty years, people have shown up at my consultation room for treatment for compulsive sexual behavior. My patients are generally men and some women with seemingly great marriages, great families, great careers. But they had this secret of a self-destructive quest for sex. Being a specialist on […]

Floating in the Dead Sea – an unusual and fun outing

by marilynjones @ Travel with Marilyn

From our hotel in Sweimeh, Jordan we took a short shuttle ride to the Dead Sea. The fun began even before I reached the beautiful beach lined with recliners and colorful umbrellas. Two members of my Exodus Travels tour group were already in a small enclosure laughing as they smeared Dead Sea mud all over themselves. Soon everyone joined in

TMBA369: Tropical MBA’s 2016 Year in Review

TMBA369: Tropical MBA’s 2016 Year in Review

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba369-tropical-mbas-2016-year-in-review/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba369-tropical-mbas-2016-year-in-review/ Podcast 29:28 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment It’s that time of year again. Our businesses slow down for the holidays, and we naturally get a little reflective about the past 12 months. This week, Dan and Ian have decided to revisit some of their favorite episodes of the Tropical MBA podcast in 2016. You’ll...

TMBA312: Let’s Talk Tax

TMBA312: Let’s Talk Tax

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 lawyer in this field, advising his clients on the relative advantages of foreign earned income exclusion, acquiring overseas residency or even, in some cases, expatriation. In this week’s show we bring you advice that could save you thousands of dollars. And yes, we’re talking dollars. This guidance is mostly applicable to U.S. citizens but Phil also talks about general principles that other nationalities will find useful too.

TMBA421: The 7 Stages of Entrepreneurship

TMBA421: The 7 Stages of Entrepreneurship

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 most memorable moments from the show this year, as well as re-examining those conversations in a discussion we like to call the "7 Stages of Entrepreneurship". These 7 stages are bridges that every entrepreneur will eventually cross on their journey. Stick around after the credits for a very special collection of TropicalMBA outtakes and bloopers from 2017. To all of our listeners: We wish you a very happy holiday and a fantastic new year.

TMBA 127 (LBP113) – 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Lifestyle Business Owners

TMBA 127 (LBP113) – 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Lifestyle Business Owners

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/7-habits-highly-effective-lifestyle-business-owners/ It was a bit of a somber moment earlier this week when we learned that Dr. Stephen Covey, the author of 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, had passed away. This week, as a tribute to one of the first business theory books the guys got their hot little hands on, they are putting a bit of a spin on Covey's original 7 Habits. Since Dan & Ian have developed (or haphazardly (accidentally sometimes) created) their own vocabulary around the sites, they decided to see how some of the most popular and important principles of the LBP mindset align.

TMBA 138 (LBP121) – How Solving Problems For 500,000 Users Inspired the Idea for SupportBee

TMBA 138 (LBP121) – How Solving Problems For 500,000 Users Inspired the Idea for SupportBee

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/solving-problems-inspired-supportbee/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/solving-problems-inspired-supportbee/ This week Dan is the one hard at work and Ian is asleep on the job. Stranger things have happened…ever seen a tabloid alien story? Dan took the opportunity to chat up Prateek Dayal, founder of startups like Muziboo and recently SupportBee. Dan and Ian met Prateek as they traveled across Vietnam this summer meeting up with folks...

TMBA374: Are You An Entrepreneurial Person?

TMBA374: Are You An Entrepreneurial Person?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 this podcast consider themselves to be entrepreneurial, but they don't have their own business yet. They were also excited to meet some young, entrepreneurial minds at a recent Dynamite Circle Junto, and they decided to start exploring what it means to be an entrepreneurial person. This week's episode is for those people. If you haven't started a business yet, but you are ready to find a way to turn your dreams into aspirations, this is the episode for you.

TMBA353: On the Bike with Patrick Brady

TMBA353: On the Bike with Patrick Brady

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 about one particular obsession that Ian introduced into Dan's life: cycling. Patrick Brady of Red Kite Prayer has become one of Dan's favorite bloggers and podcast hosts. Patrick has been able to make a living writing and speaking about cycling. This episode is about more than just riding a bike, though. Patrick shares his attitudes about generating revenue with his blog, writers he is inspired by, and much more. Those of you who are cycling enthusiasts should stay tuned for some bonus content after the credits as well, where Patrick and Dan geek out over some hardcore cycling stuff.

Texas’ Infant Mortality Rates Vary Across State, Among Ethnic Groups, Study Shows

by SYDNEY GREENE, The Texas Tribune @ Houston Public Media

While Texas' infant mortality rate is lower than the national average, a new study shows wide differences in rates across different areas of the state and among different racial groups.

Kakadu – world of water and rock

by Danila Mansfield @ NotDunRoamin – travel blog

Kakadu National Park is known for its water and rocks: incredible floods and waterfalls, rivers, pools and waterholes. There are beautiful places of rock and Indigenous art. Vistas that go on forever. Kakadu is listed as a World Heritage site, and is the largest national park in Australia, at nearly half the size of the … Continue reading Kakadu – world of water and rock

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David Patrikarakos’s WAR IN 140 CHARACTERS reviewed in the Washington Post

by Connie Capone @ Hachette Book Group

“Important and accessible…A relatable, even enjoyable, introduction to the way the battlefield has moved onto our phones and laptops, and from there directly into our brains. War in 140 Characters is a necessary read for everyone affected by this baffling state of affairs.”

TMBA344: 5 Reasons Not to Sell Your Business

TMBA344: 5 Reasons Not to Sell Your Business

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 listeners have approached them recently who are considering selling their business as well. On this week's episode, you'll hear some of the questions that listeners approached them with, as well as five reasons why selling your business might not be the right idea for you.

TMBA331: Productized #4 – The Evolution of a Business Idea

TMBA331: Productized #4 – The Evolution of a Business Idea

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 call for anyone that has used one of those ideas to come on the show. On this week's episode, you'll be hearing from Ben McAdam and Meryl Johnston, otherwise known as the Bean Ninjas. They will be sharing how they took an idea that was donated on this very podcast and turned it into their own Productized Service business.

Some friends went to Hawaii and brought me a jar of guava jam

by Carlos Muñoz @ WanderThemes

I was delighted to plan a Hawaiian adventure for two honeymooners this month. This was a very well traveled couple and Hawaii was one of the few places around the world they had not been to. Keen to deliver a…

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TMBA380: Who Is Tracking You?

TMBA380: Who Is Tracking You?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 specific itch. Email tracking software has really been getting on Dan's nerves these days, so much so that he has even written a recent blog post about how much the industry is upsetting him. Enter Sonny Tulyaganov. Sonny was feeling some of the very same frustrations with email tracking software that Dan has been experiencing, but Sonny decided to do something about it. He developed a browser plugin called UglyMail, which allows you to see who is tracking your email. On this week's show, you'll hear the history of how Sonny developed this plugin, and the startling revelations about just how much of the information in your inbox is at risk.

TMBA268: Getting More Out of Conferences – “Breakfast is a Big Deal”

TMBA268: Getting More Out of Conferences – “Breakfast is a Big Deal”

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 talking about what we've learned about throwing events, what we are planning to do in the future and sharing our advice for people that are looking to get the most out of all these upcoming conferences.

TMBA 188 (LBP156) – George Washington’s Guide to Being The Boss

TMBA 188 (LBP156) – George Washington’s Guide to Being The Boss

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-156george-washington-guide-to-being-boss/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-156george-washington-guide-to-being-boss/ Dan and Ian switch things up a bit this week to present the life principles of an American icon and “The greatest and best of men”, George Washington.  The fellas talk you through his principled and altruistic standards and how they can directly apply to both your personal and professional life. Not only did...

TMBA364: Sometimes the Best Business Idea is the Most Obvious

TMBA364: Sometimes the Best Business Idea is the Most Obvious

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 attorney for online entrepreneurs. This week's episode is really the story of what has happened in Sarah's life since that seminar. It is also the story of an idea, because every business starts with an idea. Sometimes we aren't ready for those ideas, or those ideas aren't ready for us.

TMBA 234: Where Are All the Women in the Digital Nomad Community?

TMBA 234: Where Are All the Women in the Digital Nomad Community?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/heyladies/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/heyladies/ This week, Elisa Doucette joins me to talk about women in the location independent entrepreneurship game. Elisa runs the Dynamite Circle business operations. If you’re a lady sitting in your cubicle in the United States, listen closely. We have a fantastic network of women with similar stories that we hope will inspire you to explore these...

TMBA349: The Technical Origin Story of Leadpages

TMBA349: The Technical Origin Story of Leadpages

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Leadpages, the industry standard software in creating landing pages for websites. Dan and Ian originally met Simon in the Philippines, around the time that they were forming the Dynamite Circle. In this episode, you'll hear how that original meetup influenced Simon, as well as the true story of how Leadpages was formed, and what the future has in store for Simon.

TMBA414: 5 Days in Thailand

TMBA414: 5 Days in Thailand

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 of entrepreneurs, many of whom are listeners of this show, migrate to Southeast Asia each year to attend. They do so with the intention of focusing their time and energy on improving their businesses. On this week's episode, our hosts will be sharing their five biggest takeaways from this year's conference. You'll also hear them talk about what makes a profitable event and how they are planning on ramping up their events for 2018.

TMBA298: A 10 True Clients Business Model Case Study

TMBA298: A 10 True Clients Business Model Case Study

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 have an audience like that. We have talked over and over again about why we believe in starting with ten true clients. One of our longtime podcast listeners, Sophia Bera, has found great success doing just that. Sophia is the founder of GenYPlanning.com, where she provides affordable financial planning services for people in their 20's and 30's. This week we're talking with Sophia about how she has managed to replace her income in just over two years, why she didn't agree with some of the practices in the financial planning industry and how she was able to turn that into an opportunity.

TMBA403: Why Honesty is the Best Policy When Growing a Team

TMBA403: Why Honesty is the Best Policy When Growing a Team

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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. ConvertKit currently has 28 employees, and is turning over 9 million dollars in annual recurring income. Nathan has built a long and storied reputation of being unafraid to confront and analyze the challenges of entrepreneurship through his blog at NathanBarry.com. On this week's episode, Nathan talks about a challenge that he is facing right now that many entrepreneurs would love to have. How do you create a company culture when your team is growing at a remarkable pace? It turns out the answer is brutal honesty. 

Special Episode : How to Join the TMBA Team

Special Episode : How to Join the TMBA Team

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 well as this very podcast. Over the years, they have hired many people who were listeners to this podcast, or who were referred by listeners of this show. They decided that there...

Visiting Prague’s Jewish Quarter; an Emotional and Educational Journey

by marilynjones @ Travel with Marilyn

When I enter the Pinkas Synagogue in Prague’s Jewish Quarter, I’m not prepared for what I see. On the walls are painted the names of nearly 80,000 Czech and Moravian Jews; victims of Shoah concentration camp during Nazi occupation.   Founded in 1479 by Rabbi Pinkas, one of the Jewish community’s wealthy members, it now serves as a memorial to

TMBA388: Why We Need Strong Towns

TMBA388: Why We Need Strong Towns

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 the ways that today's guest has. Chuck Marohn is the president of a nonprofit organization called Strong Towns. Through his work with Strong Towns, Chuck has helped to create a framework for how our cities and towns can become financially stronger and more prosperous. Today's podcast is an inspiring, and perhaps controversial, conversation about what kinds of towns and cities we want to live in, and what those places will look like in the future.

TMBA 179 (TTR32) – Subtle Social Media Tactics That Could Change How You Generate Leads

TMBA 179 (TTR32) – Subtle Social Media Tactics That Could Change How You Generate Leads

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/subtle-social-media-tactics-change-how-you-generate-leads/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/subtle-social-media-tactics-change-how-you-generate-leads/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week follows up...

TMBA 127 (LBP113) – 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Lifestyle Business Owners

TMBA 127 (LBP113) – 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Lifestyle Business Owners

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/7-habits-highly-effective-lifestyle-business-owners/ It was a bit of a somber moment earlier this week when we learned that Dr. Stephen Covey, the author of 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, had passed away. This week, as a tribute to one of the first business theory books the guys got their hot little hands on, they are putting a bit of a spin on Covey's original 7 Habits. Since Dan & Ian have developed (or haphazardly (accidentally sometimes) created) their own vocabulary around the sites, they decided to see how some of the most popular and important principles of the LBP mindset align.

TMBA311: Productized Part II : ​​”Putting Yourself Out There Can Hurt”

TMBA311: Productized Part II : ​​”Putting Yourself Out There Can Hurt”

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 how his business has progressed and he has managed to weather the storm of some tough criticism.

TMBA 236: Thoughts on Getting Your First Product Manufactured in China

TMBA 236: Thoughts on Getting Your First Product Manufactured in China

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/chinasourcing/ This week, one of our listeners challenged us to go more in-depth about Chinese manufacturing and how to get your first product manufactured. We're gonna dive right in and talk about where and how you can learn about outsourcing your product to China, and everything that it entails.

TMBA296: What Would Be Your Next Steps if You Owned This Business?

TMBA296: What Would Be Your Next Steps if You Owned This Business?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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@GreenBellyBar.com) is an avid hiker, biker and outdoor enthusiast. Chris started Greenbelly in 2014 and has been creating high-calorie meal replacement bars ever since. He recently crowdfunded $20,000 on...

TMBA 176 (LBP147) – Trade Shows and Low Blows

TMBA 176 (LBP147) – Trade Shows and Low Blows

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-147-trade-shows-and-low-blows/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-147-trade-shows-and-low-blows/ Dan and Ian hook up from opposite sides of the world this week to bring you some down to earth advice in a cloud based time.  Dan is hammering away in Ho Chi Minh City while Ian is getting things done on the ground in Las Vegas. Though we’re not sure what Ian spent...

TMBA418: The Services Problem

TMBA418: The Services Problem

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 owned services businesses. He also spoke about how he believed that those entrepreneurs were struggling to take the next step in their business. This insight into the audience of the show got our hosts thinking. What if they could help those entrepreneurs take that next step? On this week's episode, Dan and Ian will be talking at great length about what "The Services Problem" is, as well as sharing three strategies that entrepreneurs with these types of businesses can employ in order to solve it.

The Best of Stockholm in 2 Days

by Hannah Logan @ Eat Sleep Breathe Travel

Nicknamed the Venice of the North, Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, quickly became one of my favourite cities.  Made up of 14 islands in the inner city, Stockholm is a Scandinavian gem with tons to offer. Although it is also…

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TMBA260: The Long Road to Mid 5-Figure Months

TMBA260: The Long Road to Mid 5-Figure Months

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/portablebar/ We put Taylor Pearson in charge of our Portable Bar company in its infancy, and he helped us grow our business 527% in the first 18 months, to the point where we are consistently having healthy mid 5-figure months. This week, Bossman is back and we are chatting with Taylor about what it's like to evolve from a small business that is just keeping the lights on to a real significant source of wealth. We're talking about the old-school tactics we used to grow our business, and how we have used the advice that we give in this show in real life situations.

TMBA368: The 12 Days of an Entrepreneur’s Christmas

TMBA368: The 12 Days of an Entrepreneur’s Christmas

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 all-time favorite holiday songs, The 12 Days of Christmas. Their rendition is all about the 12 things that every entrepreneur is wishing for...

TMBA349: The Technical Origin Story of Leadpages

TMBA349: The Technical Origin Story of Leadpages

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Leadpages, the industry standard software in creating landing pages for websites. Dan and Ian originally met Simon in the Philippines, around the time that they were forming the Dynamite Circle. In this episode, you'll hear how that original meetup influenced Simon, as well as the true story of how Leadpages was formed, and what the future has in store for Simon.

Why Were Racial Categories Created And Why Do They Persist Today? 

by Abner Fletcher @ Houston Public Media

Al Martinez from the University of Texas thinks the ways we classify race are outdated and should be changed.

TMBA 185 (LBP153) – 10 Potent Quotables From DC BER Speakers

TMBA 185 (LBP153) – 10 Potent Quotables From DC BER Speakers

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/potent-quotables-dc-ber-speakers/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/potent-quotables-dc-ber-speakers/ Dan and Ian come at you this week from Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, Vietnam with the highlights from the DC Berlin Meetup last week.  There were some absolute rockstar speakers at the event and the energy and excitement were electric. With topics ranging from smart drugs and focus optimization to SEO and...

TMBA371: Should Your Next Employee Be a Mom?

TMBA371: Should Your Next Employee Be a Mom?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Dynamite Circle, is that stay-at-home moms tend to make model team members. On this week's episode, you'll hear the stories of three women. Kiri Masters is the founder of Bobsled Marketing. She shares some of her experiences finding great team members, and why that strategy revolves around stay-at-home parents. Louise Gray is one one of Kiri's remote employees. She had a very successful corporate career at Sony, before having a baby and reconsidering how she approaches work. Lesley Pyle is the founder of HireMyMom, a well-established agency that places stay-at-home parents at companies around the world.

Ask Us Anything (Business) : Starting Productized Services, Offshore, Our Future Plans

Ask Us Anything (Business) : Starting Productized Services, Offshore, Our Future Plans

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 gonna be talking about everything from productized services to offshore business, management philosophies and our own personal outlooks on the future of our business.

6 Books to Help You Achieve Balance

by Helen Chu @ Hachette Book Group

Finding balance is hard — how are you supposed to have a healthy diet, a thriving love life, and a calm spirit on top of everything else you have going on? These six books will help succeed in various aspects of your life to make you the most well-rounded version of yourself!   THE SPICE […]

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TMBA386: Should You Base Yourself in Andorra or Panama?

TMBA386: Should You Base Yourself in Andorra or Panama?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 around for lifestyle and social reasons, but traditionally business owners have moved to places that are offer low tax situations, or otherwise business friendly environments. On today's show, two of our listeners are going to share their experiences of living in a few of these countries; Panama and Andorra. Jase Rodley is a digital marketer for boutique hotels who visited Andorra with his wife Jess about 18 months ago and fell in love with it. Matt Landau owns his own boutique hotel in Panama, and he used his experience in that industry to create his own online business targeted towards vacation rental owners. You'll hear the two of them share their stories about why they chose to live these countries, and what makes them so appealing to digital nomads who are looking for a place to settle down.

TMBA 151 (TTR22) – 4th Dimension Copywriting (and Why You Shouldn’t Bother with Keyword Research)

TMBA 151 (TTR22) – 4th Dimension Copywriting (and Why You Shouldn’t Bother with Keyword Research)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/4th-dimension-copywriting/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/4th-dimension-copywriting/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in Itunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode I respond to...

How to Use Your Social Network to Travel the World

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Celinne da Costa spent a year traveling the world and relying on the kindness of strangers to host her. She stayed with 70+ strangers in 17 countries across four continents. In this interview, Celinne tells us how she did it all, with surprisingly very few hiccups along the way.

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TMBA346: The Early Story of Bitcoin

TMBA346: The Early Story of Bitcoin

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 future of cryptocurrency, and in particular, Bitcoin. What really compelled us to talk about the Bitcoin story on this show is the strange and incredible cast of characters involved. No one knows that story or those characters better than Nathaniel Popper, a New York Times business reporter and the author of Digital Gold. On this week's episode, you'll hear Nathaniel share the fascinating details of the history of Bitcoin, and the process of shaping a book based on so many of those crazy stories.

TMBA 177 (TTR31) – Is it Possible To Travel Forever?

TMBA 177 (TTR31) – Is it Possible To Travel Forever?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba31-is-it-possible-to-travel-forever/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba31-is-it-possible-to-travel-forever/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode...

TMBA290: A Conversation about Bootstrapping and Drop Shipping with Andrew Youderian

TMBA290: A Conversation about Bootstrapping and Drop Shipping with Andrew Youderian

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 onto the show to talk about what it means to be a bootstrapper and the differences between a bootstrap business and funded business. We also share our thoughts about the...

TMBA361: Contemplations On Five Years of DCBKK

TMBA361: Contemplations On Five Years of DCBKK

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 since its inception. In this weeks show, they are going to talk about some of the themes of this year's DC BKK, what that they learned from this year's event, and the intimate connection that TropicalMBA listeners have formed with DC BKK over the years.

GRASS ROOTS author Emily Dufton interviewed on CBS News

by Connie Capone @ Hachette Book Group

Dozens of retailers in California have been licensed to begin selling recreational marijuana on New Year's Day. Emily Dufton, author of "Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America," joined CBSN to discuss whether we'll see other states follow suit.

TMBA 142 (LBP126) – Gaming Google Search Results – What’s Working and What’s Getting Killed

TMBA 142 (LBP126) – Gaming Google Search Results – What’s Working and What’s Getting Killed

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-126-advanced-gaming-of-your-google-search-results-with-travis-jamison/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-126-advanced-gaming-of-your-google-search-results-with-travis-jamison/ After the first annual Dynamite Circle DCBKK Conference in Bangkok, Dan and Ian blew it out Bangkok-style. But first, they sat down with SEO guru Travis Jamison from Supremacy SEO to discuss some of the latest Google algorithm updates and how Travis is adjusting. Lots of site owners have been left scrambling after the...

TMBA415: Insiders Discuss Making Money with Amazon: a Double Edged Sword?

TMBA415: Insiders Discuss Making Money with Amazon: a Double Edged Sword?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 time, they have heard stories of success from other entrepreneurs. A year ago, they explored some of these same ideas on an episode that was one of the most popular and controversial episodes we've ever done. Kevin Graham joined us for that episode. He runs a portfolio of almost 60 Amazon product review websites, and is the founder of Bulk Buy Hosting. Kevin agreed to speak with us again today, along with Coran Woodmass, whose company TheFBABroker.com brokers Amazon based eCommerce businesses. On today's show, Kevin and Coran speak at great length about the types of successes that people are having on Amazon, the criticisms of Amazon based businesses, and what kind of opportunities exist in this marketplace for entrepreneurs of all types. 

TMBA 248: The “Steak Dinner Problem” and Polyphasic Productivity

TMBA 248: The “Steak Dinner Problem” and Polyphasic Productivity

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/lifestylebusiness/ This week, we're talking about John Reineck's "Steak Dinner Problem", and how we interact with our clients. We had a great discussion with Taylor Pearson about it in the comments of our recent article about The Coconut Cash Conundrum. We're gonna be sharing some advanced level strategies on how to handle this complex situation that entrepreneurs face when their business starts to dictate the orders. We'll also talk about how to identify one thing that benefits your business and maximize your efforts during your most productive hours.

TMBA318: Mentors – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

TMBA318: Mentors – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Conley, a Dynamite Circle member who has quite a bit of experience in these types of relationships. We'll be talking about how to seek out a mentor, what makes a successful mentor, and how these relationships evolve over time,

How Much Money Do I Need For Hong Kong?

by Guest Travel Writer @ Travel Happy

Hong Kong has it all – heavenly food, high-octane nightlife, striking architecture and top shopping all laced with heaps of culture and tradition. There are plenty of ways to spend a fortune, but Lee Cobaj explains how Hong Kong doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive Hong Kong © barbara-pictures Compared to its SE Asian neighbours, […]

TMBA 233: Stop, Drop(ship), and Roll in the Profit

TMBA 233: Stop, Drop(ship), and Roll in the Profit

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/flashbar/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/flashbar/ This week, Ian catches up with us from Mexico to talk about the struggles and successes we’ve experienced with our portable bar company over the last nine months. We’ll talk about our experience displaying our new flash bar at a recent trade show and the pros and cons of drop shipping as a business...

TMBA345: You’re a Resident of Where?

TMBA345: You’re a Resident of Where?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 and Ian have spoken to many people about what that freedom means, but perhaps Esther Jacobs has the most profound story about freedom that has ever been shared on this show. Esther is one of the youngest people in the Netherlands ever to be honored with the distinction of knighthood. Despite that event, Esther has a very unique story to share about how she was disowned by the very same country that named her a knight. Esther has an unbelievable story, and it could carry serious implications for digital nomads all around the world.

TMBA354: Who is Mr. Regular? The Story Behind the Hit YouTube Channel Regular Car Reviews

TMBA354: Who is Mr. Regular? The Story Behind the Hit YouTube Channel Regular Car Reviews

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 and wanted to talk to for quite some time. Mr. Regular is one of the hosts of Regular Car Reviews, a very successful YouTube channel that combines car reviews with pop culture references, social commentary, and much more. The results are both hilarious and impressive. You don't need to be a car person to enjoy this show. Mr. Regular shares his insight on what it was like to get started publishing content on YouTube four years ago and what the journey has been like since then.

No Indonesia Visa Required For Citizens Of 45 Countries

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

The Indonesian Government recently announced citizens of forty five countries no longer need a tourist visa to enter Indonesia. Indonesia Immigration Stamp How Does Visa Free Entry To Indonesia Work? If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below, arrive at one of the entry points below and proceed to Passport Control. […]

TMBA347: Levelling Up Your Podcast

TMBA347: Levelling Up Your Podcast

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 the would have liked to, and they realized that the enjoyment that they were getting out of this podcast had started to wane. It was around that time that they decided they needed to drastically step up the production level of the show. They put out a call for a new producer, which was answered by a former BBC producer named Jane Beresford. This week's episode is the story of what has been going on behind the scenes of the Tropical MBA podcast since then. You'll hear about what led to the decision to increase production, and a step by step instruction on how they were able to take this show to the next level.

TMBA 245: The Tao of the Sale

TMBA 245: The Tao of the Sale

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/sales/ This week, it’s all about making the sale. Bossman and I are exploring twenty random thoughts that we’ve had about sales. We talk about everything from salesmanship, to what that process looks like, what some of the key tactics that we use are, and how you can evolve by using these strategies.

TMBA 161 (LBP138) – How The Pros Generate Winning Business Ideas

TMBA 161 (LBP138) – How The Pros Generate Winning Business Ideas

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-pros-generate-winning-business-ideas/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-pros-generate-winning-business-ideas/ During this week’s installment of the Lifestyle Business Podcast, Dan and Ian hook up from Jakarta and Bali to provide the weekly dose you crave.  When discussions range from medical examinations in South East Asia to announcements for the DC Berlin meetup, you know there’s a little something for everybody in here. The boys...

TMBA345: You’re a Resident of Where?

TMBA345: You’re a Resident of Where?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 and Ian have spoken to many people about what that freedom means, but perhaps Esther Jacobs has the most profound story about freedom that has ever been shared on this show. Esther is one of the youngest people in the Netherlands ever to be honored with the distinction of knighthood. Despite that event, Esther has a very unique story to share about how she was disowned by the very same country that named her a knight. Esther has an unbelievable story, and it could carry serious implications for digital nomads all around the world.

TMBA 128 (TTR15) – Is Starting a Personal Blog Hazardous to Your Entrepreneurial Health?

TMBA 128 (TTR15) – Is Starting a Personal Blog Hazardous to Your Entrepreneurial Health?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/should-you-start-a-personal-blog/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/should-you-start-a-personal-blog/ Happy Friday afternoon! We are back with our weekend podcast with the hopes of giving you a little fuel for your projects over the next few days. Today I discuss with the CEOh-yeah and issue we’ve brought up a few times before. One of the biggest questions we get asked is: should I start...

TMBA 169 (TTR27) – Use The Recurring Revenue Test to See If Your Product is Dead on Arrival

TMBA 169 (TTR27) – Use The Recurring Revenue Test to See If Your Product is Dead on Arrival

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/recurring-revenue-test-dead-product/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/recurring-revenue-test-dead-product/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode...

TMBA411: The 10 Commandments of Travel Revisited

TMBA411: The 10 Commandments of Travel Revisited

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 listeners. We thought it would be fun to revisit some of the concepts from that episode and talk about how their travel philosophies have changed in the five years since that episode was published. You'll also hear tips, tricks, and essential strategies on how to make any trip a successful one. 

TMBA420: No Epiphany Required

TMBA420: No Epiphany Required

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 story on today's show, though. The reality is that even if these epiphanies happen, the day-to-day life of being an entrepreneur has nothing to do with a single moment of insight. In fact, quite often the opposite is true. Entrepreneurs frequently feel like they have no idea what they are doing or what they are supposed to do. Chris Cage first joined us on the TropicalMBA in 2015 to talk to about his company, Greenbelly Meals. Greenbelly manufactures and sells mega-calorie, high-nutrient meal bars for people that participate in activities that require a huge calorie load. When Chris last spoke on this podcast, there were many question marks about his path forward. On this week's episode, Chris talks about what has happened in his journey since we last spoke, what inspired his first book, how it felt to appear on The Joe Rogan Experience, and much, much more.

Why Didn’t Houston Make The Cut For Amazon’s New HQ?

by Michael Hagerty @ Houston Public Media

Dallas and Austin made the list of finalists. Ed Egan from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy gives us his take on why Houston did not.

TMBA377: How Does Your Business Feel?

TMBA377: How Does Your Business Feel?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 knowledge about property investment. During that conversation, the Robs spoke to Ian about a lot more than just investing in property. They have managed to build...

TMBA360: Clay Collins and The Unraveling Marketing Stack

TMBA360: Clay Collins and The Unraveling Marketing Stack

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 pursue a new venture called ConvertPlayer. A few days after that episode aired, we were contacted by one of the other founders of that company, Clay Collins, who wanted to come onto the show and talk about one of his favorite things in life: marketing technology. We jumped at the chance to talk to Clay about his company's growth, why they decided to seek venture capital, and a whole lot more.

TMBA397: We Want Your Questions

TMBA397: We Want Your Questions

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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"entrepreneurmobile", The 1,000 Day Principle, and what it means to be useful. You'll also hear advice on how you can go to conferences for free, tips for traveling to Southeast Asia with your family and much, much more.

TMBA267: The Tao of the Hustle

TMBA267: The Tao of the Hustle

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/hustle/ In the aftermath of DC BKK, The Bossman hopped a plane this week on his way to Tokyo, so we've decided to re-visit one of our favorite episodes of all time. I was a little hesitant about this episode when we first published it three years ago, but since that time, we have received a lot of feedback about how important this episode has been to our listeners. This episode came at a time when we had our first $100,000 month, and we still stand behind these 6 key principles that make up our Tao of the Hustle.

TMBA274: When You’ve Built Yourself a Job Instead of a Business

TMBA274: When You’ve Built Yourself a Job Instead of a Business

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 business, where you are starting to make a living, but you're trying to figure out how to scale that and turn it into a real asset. We'll talk about how we got out of our jobs and built a business, how long we were living broke for and the fundamental difference between building yourself a job and a business.

TMBA 153 (TTR23) – The Rule of 6 (Plus 5 Sociopathic Tactics)

TMBA 153 (TTR23) – The Rule of 6 (Plus 5 Sociopathic Tactics)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-rule-of-6/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-rule-of-6/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in Itunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode I respond to...

TMBA300: Thoughts on Building a Small Business Culture

TMBA300: Thoughts on Building a Small Business Culture

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 it would be appropriate to do a 300 level course for our 300th episode. Today we're going to talk about how to create a culture that allows you to manage a multi-million dollar business while you travel. Ian has managed to do this over the last year with just six hours of phone calls a week, and our business is still growing. We're going to be talking about how to build the kind of culture that holds everyone together, and keeps everyone productive, while you are living your rock and roll lifestyle.

TMBA396: The Realities of Running a Business in 2017

TMBA396: The Realities of Running a Business in 2017

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 most important takeaways from that event, focusing primarily on the cold, hard realities of what it means to be an entrepreneur in 2017. These subjects range from hiring A players to harnessing your "superpowers" and much, much more. You'll also hear a lot of news about the podcast, including an opportunity for one talented listener to win a $1500 cash prize.

TMBA 153 (TTR23) – The Rule of 6 (Plus 5 Sociopathic Tactics)

TMBA 153 (TTR23) – The Rule of 6 (Plus 5 Sociopathic Tactics)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-rule-of-6/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-rule-of-6/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in Itunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode I respond to...

TMBA409: Amazon And The Elephant In The Room

TMBA409: Amazon And The Elephant In The Room

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Amazon.com, and the reason that you haven't heard much about it is because Amazon sellers have been pretty secretive about the ways that they have been using it to make money.  Today's guest has no problem sharing his knowledge, especially with those who are just getting started on Amazon. Scott Voelker is the host of an established podcast about Amazon called The Amazing Seller, where he offers insight and tips from his experience using the platform.  On this episode, Scott talks about how people can start making some side money on Amazon, and eventually grow to earn a full-time income. If you are interested in making money on Amazon, but you're not sure where to begin, this is the episode for you. 

TMBA293: Start a Business This Weekend Using the Software With a Service (SWaS) Business Model

TMBA293: Start a Business This Weekend Using the Software With a Service (SWaS) Business Model

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 relatively unconquered frontier. This is essentially about selling time to entrepreneurs, and I don't know anyone who does that better than Mat Newton from The Web Agency Podcast. He recently started what he calls a SWaS, or "Software With a Service" business called Tourism Tiger. Mat is joining us this week to talk about what the SWaS business model is and how it has changed the way that he does business.

India Videos

by Danila Mansfield @ NotDunRoamin – travel blog

Click here to view all our videos. And you can also subscribe to our YouTube channel here:  Notdunroamin YouTube videos. In November and December 2017 we visited incredible India, here’s a little of what we saw: (keep checking back, we’re here until early January!) Delhi: Friends in Delhi invited us to join them at a cousin’s … Continue reading India Videos

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TMBA 139 (LBP123) – Getting To Five Years On A Business Trajectory

TMBA 139 (LBP123) – Getting To Five Years On A Business Trajectory

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/getting-five-years-business-trajectory/ Five years ago (October 2nd, 2007 to be exact) Dan and Ian were sitting at brunch when Dan got a notification on his original iPhone that they had gotten paid for their first product sale. Starting that day they set their sights on a business trajectory that has taken them five years, multiple product lines, 10+ employees, world-wide travel destinations, a publishing venture, private mastermind community, and top iTunes podcast into the future.

TMBA 223: Things We’d Change if We Started Our Product Business Today

TMBA 223: Things We’d Change if We Started Our Product Business Today

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/ecommercemistakes/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/ecommercemistakes/ We’ve been looking back a lot to the beginning of The Valet Spot now that we’ve released the info to the public and realized that although we did a lot right, we screwed up a lot too. We figured with some of the big changes and our growth trajectory coming up, it would be...

TMBA 230: Entrepreneurial Mindset Fundamentals

TMBA 230: Entrepreneurial Mindset Fundamentals

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/fundamentals/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/fundamentals/ *** Are you interested in attending our high level mastermind in April or May? If you can fill out this brief survey, we’ll send you more details shortly. *** In this week’s episode, I’ve been reflecting about how far things have come since I began dreaming about working remotely. Staying true to that, we are...

Nonstop Flights: Houston to Amsterdam $510 / Paris $619 r/t – KLM / Air France

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

[01/02/2018 @ 4:13 PM] Fare gone. Removing from deal list. If it comes back in the next day we’ll update this post with the details.

KLM and Air France have round-trip flights from Houston (IAH) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $510 or Paris (CDG) for $619, NONSTOP. Flights from April to May. Flight may operate as a Delta code-share.

Note: Some small OTAs on Momondo may have this for -$38 less. If you plan on booking there, beware of any site that charges a fee to cancel a ticket within the 24-hour “free” period. Use unknown booking sites at your own risk.

TMBA400: Back To Our Roots

TMBA400: Back To Our Roots

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 episode formats: the good, old-fashioned Q&A. This week, Dan and Ian are answering more listener questions, and riffing on topics like "Comfy Bed Syndrome" and "The Golden Handcuffs". You'll also hear some retrospective thoughts on 8 years of talking about entrepreneurship.

TMBA372: A Conversation with Wait But Why’s Tim Urban

TMBA372: A Conversation with Wait But Why’s Tim Urban

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 has turned his own procrastination into success. As you'll find out during this episode, Tim is more than just a blogger. He is a business owner, and all-around creative persona. His blog has even attracted people like Elon Musk, who enjoyed Tim's blog so much that he reached out to him directly to ask him to write about some of his projects. This week, Tim shares the story behind the creation of his blog, his business partnership, and what the future holds in store for him.

TMBA364: Sometimes the Best Business Idea is the Most Obvious

TMBA364: Sometimes the Best Business Idea is the Most Obvious

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 attorney for online entrepreneurs. This week's episode is really the story of what has happened in Sarah's life since that seminar. It is also the story of an idea, because every business starts with an idea. Sometimes we aren't ready for those ideas, or those ideas aren't ready for us.

TMBA 170 (LBP144) – The 10 Point Business Diagnostic Test

TMBA 170 (LBP144) – The 10 Point Business Diagnostic Test

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/ten-point-business-diagnostic-test/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/ten-point-business-diagnostic-test/ Dan and Ian break out the microphone from Bali this week to run you through their 10 point business diagnostic test.  Consider this episode like an oil change and engine check to make sure your business is on the right path and won’t break down along the way. The discussion will give you that...

TMBA 234: Where Are All the Women in the Digital Nomad Community?

TMBA 234: Where Are All the Women in the Digital Nomad Community?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/heyladies/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/heyladies/ This week, Elisa Doucette joins me to talk about women in the location independent entrepreneurship game. Elisa runs the Dynamite Circle business operations. If you’re a lady sitting in your cubicle in the United States, listen closely. We have a fantastic network of women with similar stories that we hope will inspire you to explore these...

TMBA 134 (LBP117) – Flexing Your Hustle Muscle And Hacking A Job

TMBA 134 (LBP117) – Flexing Your Hustle Muscle And Hacking A Job

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/hustle-muscle-job-hacking/ Dan and Ian spent a fair amount of time (ok...they spent a session) learning Crossfit from Joe Bauer in the Philippines during the recent Tropical MBA session. After they managed to drag themselves back to the microphone, they realized there was some techniques to work out on the LBP. The thing with starting a biznass is that it isn't all rainbows and puppies. There's some heavy lifting that you have to do to get that baby off the ground, and we're not talking reps with a tropical umbrella drink. Sure, everyone wants the 4-Hour Work Week, but you gotta put in the work to make that happen. Wanna Flex Your Hustle Muscle And Hack A Job?

Wave Of Lawsuits Filed To Block Net-Neutrality Repeal

by TALI ARBEL, AP @ Houston Public Media

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is leading the suit, said Tuesday that the end of the net neutrality rules would hurt consumers and businesses

Vietnam | Ho Chi Minh to Ha Long Bay | Adventure Travel Tour

Vietnam | Ho Chi Minh to Ha Long Bay | Adventure Travel Tour


Austin Adventures

Join us on a Vietnam adventure to explore, learn and discover culture and beauty from the leader in adventure vacations and active travel.

Oroblanco Grapefruit Salad Recipe (Goi Buoi)

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Within the past seven days, I’ve made this salad twice. It’s that good. The first time was the day after Thanksgiving at my parents’ house. When I arrived, I notice in their entryway a basket full of oroblancos, a type of sweet grapefruit with a short season. My brother Dan brought them from Visalia, a...

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TMBA392: Should You Move to Chiang Mai?

TMBA392: Should You Move to Chiang Mai?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 from two entrepreneurs who have made Thailand, and more specifically the northern capital of Chiang Mai, their home bases for the portion of a year. Philippe Bordeau is the founder of HammockUniverse.com. He shares his story, including the details of a Visa that he has acquired that allows him to be a resident of Thailand for up to 6 years at a time. Leanne Woodmass, along with her husband, runs an Amazon Fulfillment Brokerage. She has been living in Thailand for the past few years. You'll hear how a community of expats and entrepreneurs enticed them both to stay in Chiang Mai.

TMBA260: The Long Road to Mid 5-Figure Months

TMBA260: The Long Road to Mid 5-Figure Months

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/portablebar/ We put Taylor Pearson in charge of our Portable Bar company in its infancy, and he helped us grow our business 527% in the first 18 months, to the point where we are consistently having healthy mid 5-figure months. This week, Bossman is back and we are chatting with Taylor about what it's like to evolve from a small business that is just keeping the lights on to a real significant source of wealth. We're talking about the old-school tactics we used to grow our business, and how we have used the advice that we give in this show in real life situations.

The Best of Ho Chi Minh City in 1 Day - Eat Sleep Breathe Travel

The Best of Ho Chi Minh City in 1 Day - Eat Sleep Breathe Travel


Eat Sleep Breathe Travel

Headed to the capital of Vietnam but short on time? Not to worry, I've got you covered. Here is the best of Ho Chi Minh City in 1 day.

TMBA 228: Getting to the Table With High Achievers

TMBA 228: Getting to the Table With High Achievers

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/table/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/table/ Ian is back on the Tropical MBA Podcast this week to talk about our next big idea, as well as answering some listener questions (thank you to all who’ve called our voicemail: 888-554-8428). Listen to this week’s show and learn: Why having the same amount of “skin the game” can be critical when networking....

TMBA 237: Thoughts On the Costs and Logistics of Location Independent Living

TMBA 237: Thoughts On the Costs and Logistics of Location Independent Living

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/locationindependent/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/locationindependent/ This week one of our listeners challenged us to explain the detailed costs of the location independent lifestyle. We’ll talk about how to set up your business so you can become location independent and some general principles we’ve learned over the years about the ‘live and work’ anywhere mindset. Listen to this week’s show...

TMBA 161 (LBP138) – How The Pros Generate Winning Business Ideas

TMBA 161 (LBP138) – How The Pros Generate Winning Business Ideas

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-pros-generate-winning-business-ideas/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-pros-generate-winning-business-ideas/ During this week’s installment of the Lifestyle Business Podcast, Dan and Ian hook up from Jakarta and Bali to provide the weekly dose you crave.  When discussions range from medical examinations in South East Asia to announcements for the DC Berlin meetup, you know there’s a little something for everybody in here. The boys...

TMBA 242: How 1,000 True Fans Can Work in Practice

TMBA 242: How 1,000 True Fans Can Work in Practice

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/examples/ We got a lot of great feedback from last week's episode, but a lot of people were confused about how the 1,000 True Fans model works in the real world. On this week's episode, we are answering some listener questions about how to build your business to create "passive income" and what the equivalent of the 1,000 True Fans model is in the context of an information product.

TMBA273: Stories From a Remote CEO

TMBA273: Stories From a Remote CEO

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 mindset stuff that goes into being a successful remote CEO. We also talk about how our portable business has been able to grow five times year over year with Bossman and I living away from the office, and the dissect the steps that it takes to step away from your business and let it work for you.

TMBA304: The Power of Under Optimization

TMBA304: The Power of Under Optimization

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 rest of us. For must of us, we are always in the hustle mindset and we will do anything that it takes to grow our business. Mark Brenwall is almost the polar opposite. Lifestyle is very important to Mark and he abides by a strong set of personal rules about what he will and won't do for his business. In the two and a half years since Mark has become an entrepreneur, he has built a business called Wod Nation that currently nets him $20,000 a month in profit, and he did it all without compromising his beliefs. I invited Mark onto the show this week to share both his inspiring story and his unique approach to business.

TMBA329: The Exit

TMBA329: The Exit

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 recently sold the largest business they have ever created. There are a lot of weird and conflicting thoughts that go through your mind when you go through this process. Dan and Ian invited Jeff on to the show this week to speak about his experience selling his businesses, and the trials and tribulations that entrepreneurs face when they make the exit.

TMBA358: Is All Property an Investment Opportunity?

TMBA358: Is All Property an Investment Opportunity?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Austin, Texas, and he is still trying to wrap his head around what it means to be a homeowner. This week, he decided to reach out to Rob Dix and Rob Bence, who have both been investing in properties in the UK for almost a decade. They also run a business finding and managing properties for others, as well as hosting a podcast about property investments called The Property Podcast. On this episode, the "Robs" share with Ian why people might want to invest in property, some of the archetypes of people who do invest in property, and their general feelings on the future of housing market.

TMBA316: How Much Should I Be Meeting With My Team?

TMBA316: How Much Should I Be Meeting With My Team?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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/Dynamic Circle team meeting involving Dan, Ian, Jessica and Alex – and hear about Dan and Ian’s very different styles of management.

TMBA 200 (LBP165) – Building Strong Communities

TMBA 200 (LBP165) – Building Strong Communities

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/building-strong-communities/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/building-strong-communities/ Ian is back in the US of A hanging out in California, while Dan’s living the high life in Hong Kong. The guys are looking forward to joining up in Vietnam next week, but for now, it’s time for the LBP. This week’s topic came in from Trevor Pirtle from Real Life English who asked...

TMBA 227: The Rise Of Productized Services

TMBA 227: The Rise Of Productized Services

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/services/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/services/ Damian Thompson from Linchpin is back on the show this week (his first appearance here) talking with me about one of the biggest movements we see in the location independent scene. We talk about what Damian has learned during his first 1,000 days of being a business owner, and how listeners can utilize the lessons...

TMBA371: Should Your Next Employee Be a Mom?

TMBA371: Should Your Next Employee Be a Mom?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Dynamite Circle, is that stay-at-home moms tend to make model team members. On this week's episode, you'll hear the stories of three women. Kiri Masters is the founder of Bobsled Marketing. She shares some of her experiences finding great team members, and why that strategy revolves around stay-at-home parents. Louise Gray is one one of Kiri's remote employees. She had a very successful corporate career at Sony, before having a baby and reconsidering how she approaches work. Lesley Pyle is the founder of HireMyMom, a well-established agency that places stay-at-home parents at companies around the world.

Study: Texas Infant Mortality Rates Vary Dramatically By ZIP Code

by Michael Hagerty @ Houston Public Media

A doctor behind the study explains just how much variation there is from area to area and what's behind the numbers.

TMBA 200 (LBP165) – Building Strong Communities

TMBA 200 (LBP165) – Building Strong Communities

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/building-strong-communities/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/building-strong-communities/ Ian is back in the US of A hanging out in California, while Dan’s living the high life in Hong Kong. The guys are looking forward to joining up in Vietnam next week, but for now, it’s time for the LBP. This week’s topic came in from Trevor Pirtle from Real Life English who asked...

TMBA378: “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Try Try Again.”

TMBA378: “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Try Try Again.”

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 interviewed many entrepreneurs over the years, but they have always wanted to document the story of a business. This episode follows the creation of...

TMBA365: Estonian E-Residency: Is It For You?

TMBA365: Estonian E-Residency: Is It For You?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 startup, and has even started offering services specifically designed for location-independent entrepreneurs. In particular, they have developed a solution for our travel woes in the form of something called an "E-Residency". On this episode, you will hear from Estonian E-Resident, Joel Runyon. Joel is the man behind the fitness and mindset blog, The Blog of Impossible Things. You'll also hear from Estonia's Chief Information Officer, Taavi Kotka. The two of them will share their insights on how E-Residency could pave the path to the future of how nations, citizens, and digital nomads interact.

TMBA295: Our Hobo in Tokyo​ – Living on the Cheap in Japan

TMBA295: Our Hobo in Tokyo​ – Living on the Cheap in Japan

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 founded his first location-independent business Artweb in 2005. One of Chris' more recent ventures is TokyoCheapo.com, a content-based business dedicated to educating travelers and expatriates on how to live in Japan on the cheap. We'll be discussing some of the common misconceptions about living in Japan and the benefits and challenges of managing a content-based business model.

TMBA 132 (LBP115) – The Most Expensive (But Profitable) Marketing Strategy In Your Arsenal

TMBA 132 (LBP115) – The Most Expensive (But Profitable) Marketing Strategy In Your Arsenal

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/expensive-and-profitable-marketing-strategy/ Marketing is a key piece of the biznass conversation. How do you choose? Some are quick and dirty, some are putting in for some long ball. How do you choose? Dan and Ian went back to their notebooks and online archives (thank you GMail!) and sorted through to find the most profitable marketing strategy they had ever implemented. Only problem? It's also their most expensive. But when you're a serious lifestyle business baller, you realize that sometimes you've gotta make the investment of resources to get the explosion of customers.

TMBA375: How 100s Of Young Entrepreneurs are Making Generational Wealth in Less Than 5 Years

TMBA375: How 100s Of Young Entrepreneurs are Making Generational Wealth in Less Than 5 Years

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 that movement. Kevin Graham is the founder of Bulk Buy Hosting, but he has also made a considerable amount of money through his own Amazon affiliate business. The Amazon ecosystem is a huge opportunity, and is creating generational wealth for many crafty, young entrepreneurs. Kevin has had this kind of success, and on this episode, we will walk you through every step of how to create one of these businesses and get them ranking in search engines. This is one of the most business-focused episodes we have ever done on this podcast. If you are considering this path in your online business ventures, this is the episode for you.

TMBA262: How to Make Your First $1,000 Online

TMBA262: How to Make Your First $1,000 Online

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/1konline/ With over 260 episodes, some of our listeners have been asking us which episodes of our show are the best to share with people who want to learn more about the location independent lifestyle. We thought this posed a pretty interesting challenge, and we've decided to create a five part series that people can download to get an overall sense of what the location independent startup community is all about. On this first episode in the series, we are going to be going over five key points on how to make your first $1000 online.

TMBA398: Evolve or Die

TMBA398: Evolve or Die

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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, as many of ours do, staring at a blank Google search screen and typing in the words "How do I make money online?" Several years later, Michael has spoken at several of the Dynamite Circle events. He was on this podcast last December, sharing his journey of building a 6 figure services business called Search Scientists. Michael has recently started a new company called AdBadger, which is in essence a software version of his previous services company. On this week's show, you'll hear Michael share insight on how to do something that most services entrepreneurs dream of doing: selling a product.

Houston police reach out to Vietnamese community on local Saigon Radio

Houston police reach out to Vietnamese community on local Saigon Radio


Houston Chronicle

Houston police officers took to the radio Wednesday in an effort to continue outreach to the city's large Vietnamese population. Officer Vo of the Houston Police Department tweeted that he appeared on local Saigon Radio (900 AM) to talk about crime prevention.

TMBA406: Shower Thoughts

TMBA406: Shower Thoughts

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 collection of "shower thoughts" that the hosts of this podcast have been ruminating on for quite some time. You'll hear insights on what it takes to achieve life goals, why debt can be the #1 thing stopping you from reaching your potential, how to avoid the noise of information, and a whole lot more.

TMBA 141 (LBP125) – How to Avoid your Entrepreneurial Blindspots – Dan’s Stick-On Mirror Theory

TMBA 141 (LBP125) – How to Avoid your Entrepreneurial Blindspots – Dan’s Stick-On Mirror Theory

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/ghetto-entrepreneurship-you-are-being-a-wim/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/ghetto-entrepreneurship-you-are-being-a-wim/ After two weeks in Puerto Galera with the October TMBA session, Dan and Ian celebrated Dan’s birthday in style at the classic Filippino restaurant TGIFriday’s and then curled up under a staircase in the Mall of Asia to bring this episode to you. Having done three sessions with various TMBA participants and being asked...

Living Lagom in Sweden: An Interview With Lola Akerstrom

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Lagom is the key to unlocking the Swedish psyche, and it governs all aspect of Swedish society. In this interview, Lola A. Åkerström talks about why lagom is about more than just balance, and what it's like to assimilate into life in Sweden as a writer and photographer.

The post Living Lagom in Sweden: An Interview With Lola Akerstrom appeared first on Nomadic Matt's Travel Site.

Cheap Flights: Houston to Amsterdam / Paris / Milan $479-$544 r/t – American + Oneworld

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

[12/22/2017 @ 2:07 PM CT] Fare gone. Removing from deal list.

American Airlines and Oneworld partners have round-trip flights from Houston (IAH) to Amsterdam, Paris, or Milan (AMS/CDG/MXP) for $479-$544 with a connection. Flights from January to March. Flight may operate as a British Airways/Oneworld code-share.

TMBA343: A Look Inside Boutique Japan

TMBA343: A Look Inside Boutique Japan

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 task. Andres Zuleta of Boutique Japan was one of those people. Andres started a business that sells boutique travel packages to people who want to visit Japan. He called in to this podcast and left a voicemail not too long ago and today Boutique Japan is on target to make $1.3 million in revenue. We invited him on to the show this week to talk about how telling his story has helped him make sense of the ride that he has been on.

TMBA261: Systematize Your Selling

TMBA261: Systematize Your Selling

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/gettingtraction/ On last week's episode, our good friend Taylor Pearson mentioned that one of the most universally fundamental traits that all successful entrepreneurs have is sales skills. We're gonna be talking about how to build that skill set so you can get your first 100 customers. We are also answering a bunch of listener questions about fighting the Amazon beast, how to get the most out of events, and our thoughts on visiting the U.S. after an extended time abroad.

TMBA392: Should You Move to Chiang Mai?

TMBA392: Should You Move to Chiang Mai?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 from two entrepreneurs who have made Thailand, and more specifically the northern capital of Chiang Mai, their home bases for the portion of a year. Philippe Bordeau is the founder of HammockUniverse.com. He shares his story, including the details of a Visa that he has acquired that allows him to be a resident of Thailand for up to 6 years at a time. Leanne Woodmass, along with her husband, runs an Amazon Fulfillment Brokerage. She has been living in Thailand for the past few years. You'll hear how a community of expats and entrepreneurs enticed them both to stay in Chiang Mai.

TMBA293: Start a Business This Weekend Using the Software With a Service (SWaS) Business Model

TMBA293: Start a Business This Weekend Using the Software With a Service (SWaS) Business Model

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 relatively unconquered frontier. This is essentially about selling time to entrepreneurs, and I don't know anyone who does that better than Mat Newton from The Web Agency Podcast. He recently started what he calls a SWaS, or "Software With a Service" business called Tourism Tiger. Mat is joining us this week to talk about what the SWaS business model is and how it has changed the way that he does business.

What Would A Government Shutdown Mean For Texas?

by Alex Samuels, The Texas Tribune @ Houston Public Media

A shutdown is poised to take place unless Congress passes a new spending bill and President Donald Trump signs it into law by Jan. 19. That could mean closed parks, furloughed workers and the temporary closure of NASA in Texas

TMBA 209 : How to Effectively Use Google Adwords

TMBA 209 : How to Effectively Use Google Adwords

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/adwords/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/adwords/ Today Ian and I sit down with the one and only Dave Huss to talk about generating paid traffic to your site.  With so many recent changes in advertising platforms and capabilities to come, this episode is full of marketing avenues you should be using in your business. On the show this week: Why...

Cheap Flights: Houston to Paris / Frankfurt / Munich $526-$539 r/t – American + Oneworld

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

[12/15/2017 @ 3:42 PM] Fare gone. Removing from deal list.

American Airlines and Oneworld partners have round-trip flights from Houston (IAH) to Paris, Frankfurt, or Munich (CDG/FRA/MUC) for $526-$539 with a connection. 7-day minimum stay required. Frankfurt flights from February to April. Paris and Munich flights are mostly in April.

Nonstop Flights: Houston to/from Las Vegas $100 r/t – Southwest

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

Southwest has round-trip flights from Houston (HOU) to Las Vegas (LAS) for $100, NONSTOP. $50 each-way. Flights January to April, midweek. Origin/Destination reversible. This was -$20 cheaper a month ago.

TMBA280: How Our Software Startup Died a Slow Quiet Death

TMBA280: How Our Software Startup Died a Slow Quiet Death

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 to talk about what we learned from that experience, how we failed, and what we are going to do about it in the future. We're also going to hear from Jesse about his new project, PodcastPop, and how it is going to benefit podcasters who are looking to build a more organic connection with their audience.

TMBA396: The Realities of Running a Business in 2017

TMBA396: The Realities of Running a Business in 2017

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 most important takeaways from that event, focusing primarily on the cold, hard realities of what it means to be an entrepreneur in 2017. These subjects range from hiring A players to harnessing your "superpowers" and much, much more. You'll also hear a lot of news about the podcast, including an opportunity for one talented listener to win a $1500 cash prize.

TMBA407: How to Close the George Washington Bridge

TMBA407: How to Close the George Washington Bridge

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Fluhme is the co-founder of GFNY, a cycling event in New York city that was the first of its kind in America, modeled after the traditional Italian Gran Fondos. On this episode, you'll hear Uli's story about the logistical challenges of creating an event like this, how he set out to achieve the ambitious task of shutting down the George Washington bridge for a cycling race, and how GFNY has managed to expand into a global brand. Even if you aren't into cycling, today's episode offers some unique insight into building successful events, and building a strong brand that you can license out to others or build a franchise around.

TMBA390: How to Get Better at Sales

TMBA390: How to Get Better at Sales

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 die by their sales funnel. It's also one of the number one things that entrepreneurs struggle to get good at. When Dan and Ian decided to do this episode, they knew there was only one person that they could call to talk about how to really get better at sales. John Logar is an extremely talented and successful salesperson, and he has always been very generous about sharing his advice on sales. On this week's show, John shares some of those insights, including a 4 step daily process that John guarantees will bring you more sales. This isn't going to be a drive by, top ten list type of an episode. This is a deep dive into the type of skills and habits that will help you build a better, more profitable sales funnel for your business.

TMBA270: A Roundtable Discussion on Apprentices, Mentoring, and Team Building

TMBA270: A Roundtable Discussion on Apprentices, Mentoring, and Team Building

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 I have done it, and Taylor shares some insider insight from having been on our team. We also answer a question from a young listener about whether he should be learning a skill set like SEO or diving headfirst into his own business.

Three Charged With Capital Murder In Spring Couple’s Death

by Associated Press @ Houston Public Media

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says one of the men confessed to killing Bao and Jenny Lam, both 61, Thursday at their Spring home

TMBA417: The Gift

TMBA417: The Gift

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 specifically listeners of this show) connecting to help each other out on their entrepreneurial journey. It begins with Greg Gerber, who made a post in our private membership forum The Dynamite Circle offering to give one lucky entrepreneur an all-expenses paid trip to our annual conference in Bangkok, DC BKK. The recipient of that gift was Madeleine Lambert. Madeleine started a content marketing business called Content Refined last year. She and Greg have joined us today to share the story of Greg's gift and how Madeline's business has grown to $50,000 in monthly recurring revenue since she received it.

TMBA 148 (LBP129) – ROUND 1 – Business Idea Smackdown – Dan “Coconut Crusher” Andrews vs. Ian “Benjamins by Birth” Schoen

TMBA 148 (LBP129) – ROUND 1 – Business Idea Smackdown – Dan “Coconut Crusher” Andrews vs. Ian “Benjamins by Birth” Schoen

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/business-idea-smackdown/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/business-idea-smackdown/ Dan’s bean bag sitting in Bali, intermittently nuking himself off the internet to make sure he gets his book taken care of on time while Ian’s in San Diego taking care of business like a boss. After getting some inspiration from the Adsense Flippers, Dan and Ian decided to go for a knock down...

Salvador and Atins: two great reasons to do Brazil

by Carlos Muñoz @ WanderThemes

Flying towards northeastern Brazil, we encounter two marvelous places: the culturally-rich and picturesque city of Salvador and the Lençois Maranhenses. Salvador is the capital of Bahia; with its beautiful Pelourinho neighborhood and folklore rooted in Africa. In this place we…

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TMBA 232: Is a College Degree Useful For Entrepreneurs?

TMBA 232: Is a College Degree Useful For Entrepreneurs?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/college/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/college/ In this week’s episode, I’m answering some listener submitted questions. I’ve invited Jimmy Hayes and Josh Weinstein back on the show to add their two cents as well, as we discuss whether or not a college degree is necessary for someone who wants to become a location-independent entrepreneur, among other topics. Listen to this...

TMBA351: An interview with “CEO Sally.” Find Out Who Bought Our Business

TMBA351: An interview with “CEO Sally.” Find Out Who Bought Our Business

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 sale process, as well as some anonymous profiles of the people who were putting in offers and kicking tires. On this week's episode, you will hear directly from Tino Sage, the "CEO Sally" who purchased their manufacturing and import business. She'll explain what she was looking for in a business, what the process of buying our business was like, and how things have been since she took over the reins.

TMBA 226: How to Know When to Cut Bait? 5 Signs Your Niche Needs Changed

TMBA 226: How to Know When to Cut Bait? 5 Signs Your Niche Needs Changed

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/cutbait/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/cutbait/ The boss man is back this week after a far too long hiatus and his timing is perfect for a topic we absolutely love. Kiri called in with some concerns about whether it’s time to cut her losses with her current business, or if there’s anything she can do to turn it around. Her...

TMBA 218 : The Consultant’s Handbook – How to Make Location Independent Income Quickly

TMBA 218 : The Consultant’s Handbook – How to Make Location Independent Income Quickly

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/consulting/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/consulting/ We’ve gotten a few phone calls recently that set us off on a path to the discussion we had this week on the Tropical MBA Podcast. Making location independent income quickly is very doable, especially going the route of the consultant. There are a few keys to making it work the right way and...

Let’s Send Another Set of Students Abroad (Exciting Updates from FLYTE)

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Two years ago I started FLYTE, a charity designed to help students from underserved communities see the world. Since then, we have raised over $100,000 and sent three classes on trips around the world. Here are updates on the organization.

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TMBA414: 5 Days in Thailand

TMBA414: 5 Days in Thailand

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 of entrepreneurs, many of whom are listeners of this show, migrate to Southeast Asia each year to attend. They do so with the intention of focusing their time and energy on improving their businesses. On this week's episode, our hosts will be sharing their five biggest takeaways from this year's conference. You'll also hear them talk about what makes a profitable event and how they are planning on ramping up their events for 2018.

What Impact Does The Winter Storm Shutdown Have On Houston’s Economy?

What Impact Does The Winter Storm Shutdown Have On Houston’s Economy?

by Florian Martin @ Houston Public Media

The icy roads have essentially shut down the city for two days now

TMBA415: Insiders Discuss Making Money with Amazon: a Double Edged Sword?

TMBA415: Insiders Discuss Making Money with Amazon: a Double Edged Sword?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 time, they have heard stories of success from other entrepreneurs. A year ago, they explored some of these same ideas on an episode that was one of the most popular and controversial episodes we've ever done. Kevin Graham joined us for that episode. He runs a portfolio of almost 60 Amazon product review websites, and is the founder of Bulk Buy Hosting. Kevin agreed to speak with us again today, along with Coran Woodmass, whose company TheFBABroker.com brokers Amazon based eCommerce businesses. On today's show, Kevin and Coran speak at great length about the types of successes that people are having on Amazon, the criticisms of Amazon based businesses, and what kind of opportunities exist in this marketplace for entrepreneurs of all types. 

TMBA393: How to Pitch

TMBA393: How to Pitch

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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, there is a whole lot of asking going on. On today's episode, Dan and Ian will be following up on their recent sales episode, and providing some useful, actionable information on how you can pitch people successfully through cold emails. First, they will be sharing some successful pitches they have received, as well as the types of pitches they dread seeing in their inbox. They will also be sharing a three-step formula to creating winning pitches that won't end up being archived or deleted.

TMBA 229: Explaining the Entrepreneurial Worldview to Friends and Family

TMBA 229: Explaining the Entrepreneurial Worldview to Friends and Family

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/why/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/why/ Damian Thompson is back after the last episode with him absolutely blew up! Erik Emsley challenged us to help him explain to his family what this lifestyle choice is all about. Listen to this week’s show and learn: The fundamental belief system behind the entrepreneurial lifestyle. How much we value our time above all...

Cheap Flights: Houston to Frankfurt / Munich $482-$559 r/t – American + Oneworld

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

American Airlines and Oneworld partners have round-trip flights from Houston (IAH) to Frankfurt or Munich (FRA/MUC) for $482-$559 with a connection. Flights from February to June. 7-day minimum stay required. 

TMBA 157 (LBP134) – If It Makes You Money, You Shouldn’t Be Doing It (The SOP Episode)

TMBA 157 (LBP134) – If It Makes You Money, You Shouldn’t Be Doing It (The SOP Episode)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/sop-save-our-profits/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/sop-save-our-profits/ Almost back in Bali! Ian’s heading to join Dan in Bali in just a few days for the end of the year. They’re going to take a look back at their businesses in 2012 and look forward at how to grow their businesses in 2013. They’ve realized that in order to continue to scale,...

TMBA 212: Building Distributed Software Teams in Asia

TMBA 212: Building Distributed Software Teams in Asia

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/distributed/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/distributed/ Hollywood filmmaker (with an imdb profile!), software programmer, podcaster, and most importantly, The Dominator of all things, Jesse Lawler is on the show this week to discuss a few of my favorite things. Jesse was working in L.A. as a filmmaker when the economy took a nose dive and no one would even think...

TMBA411: The 10 Commandments of Travel Revisited

TMBA411: The 10 Commandments of Travel Revisited

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 listeners. We thought it would be fun to revisit some of the concepts from that episode and talk about how their travel philosophies have changed in the five years since that episode was published. You'll also hear tips, tricks, and essential strategies on how to make any trip a successful one. 

Texas Trying To Fix ‘Illegal’ Special Education System

by Associated Press @ Houston Public Media

Department of Education regulators say Texas illegally capped its special education services at 8.5 percent of students statewide in 2004

12 Years Of Travel: Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall, UK

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Famous for its burgeoning surfing scene, Newquay also has some stunningly beautiful scenic walks along its cliffs too. Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall 21 May 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Less than fifty miles from where I grew up, I’d never been to Newquay until this visit to see a friend who I’d first met in […]

TMBA348: You’ve Got Mail

TMBA348: You’ve Got Mail

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Ian have mixed feelings about email in general. In exploring how to step up some of their strategies for dealing with it, they decided to talk to someone...

TMBA367: The Business Idea Bonanza with Dan Norris

TMBA367: The Business Idea Bonanza with Dan Norris

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 business idea generating machine. There have been success stories on this show that came from many of Dan's business ideas. In this conversation, Dan donates a ton of business ideas, as well as sharing how he has been able to create a six-figure side hustle through self-publishing books. If you are looking for your next entrepreneurial adventure, this could be the episode for you.

TMBA416: Entrepreneurship: Don’t Tell Your Parents

TMBA416: Entrepreneurship: Don’t Tell Your Parents

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 to them either. Vincent Nguyen is the founder of Growth Ninja, a performance-based Facebook ads company. You may remember Vincent from an episode we published a few years ago about apprenticeships. Vincent has definitely paid his dues in the world of entrepreneurship, having apprenticed with Empire Flippers before starting Growth Ninja in 2015, all the while hiding the fact that he dropped out of college from his immediate family. This episode is a conversation about the tough decisions that many entrepreneurs are forced to make, what it means to sacrifice relationships, and what it really takes to get started in the world of entrepreneurship.

TMBA351: An interview with “CEO Sally.” Find Out Who Bought Our Business

TMBA351: An interview with “CEO Sally.” Find Out Who Bought Our Business

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 sale process, as well as some anonymous profiles of the people who were putting in offers and kicking tires. On this week's episode, you will hear directly from Tino Sage, the "CEO Sally" who purchased their manufacturing and import business. She'll explain what she was looking for in a business, what the process of buying our business was like, and how things have been since she took over the reins.

TMBA400: Back To Our Roots

TMBA400: Back To Our Roots

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 episode formats: the good, old-fashioned Q&A. This week, Dan and Ian are answering more listener questions, and riffing on topics like "Comfy Bed Syndrome" and "The Golden Handcuffs". You'll also hear some retrospective thoughts on 8 years of talking about entrepreneurship.

TMBA 249: Getting Started With Customer Churn Analysis

TMBA 249: Getting Started With Customer Churn Analysis

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/churn/ We're talking about Churn rate, and everything we can learn from it. Bossman and I are by no means experts on the topic, but we've dug up a plethora of information to share on Churn rate analysis. We'll discuss how to use this information to provide more value to your clients and keep them around for longer. We also answer some listener questions about the FBAR deadline and how we approach the frequency at which we create podcast content.

TMBA299: Getting Beyond the Blog and Connecting with Like Minds In Real Life

TMBA299: Getting Beyond the Blog and Connecting with Like Minds In Real Life

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 computer and connect with people in real life. I've invited Chris Reynolds and Alex McQuade on to the show this week to talk about just that. Alex is the Director of Operations for the Dynamite Circle, and was an integral part of our Barcelona event. Chris is the founder of The One Effect and has recently started kind of an entrepreneurial revolution in Barcelona. There are 22 entrepreneurs who have moved to Barcelona to live in apartments that Chris has set up. We'll be talking about some of the unique ways we have been able to interact with our listeners in the real world, sharing strategies for digital nomads who want to connect with people in real life, and listening to some firsthand testimonials from people who have been living in the DC Barcelona House.

TMBA339: Can You Invest in Property if You Don’t Have Much Money?

TMBA339: Can You Invest in Property if You Don’t Have Much Money?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 transparent in her business model, demonstrating how she created a real estate portfolio that provides her with cash flow every month. You'll hear Paula share her story about how she started from scratch to build a successful collection of rental properties.

TMBA 141 (LBP125) – How to Avoid your Entrepreneurial Blindspots – Dan’s Stick-On Mirror Theory

TMBA 141 (LBP125) – How to Avoid your Entrepreneurial Blindspots – Dan’s Stick-On Mirror Theory

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/ghetto-entrepreneurship-you-are-being-a-wim/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/ghetto-entrepreneurship-you-are-being-a-wim/ After two weeks in Puerto Galera with the October TMBA session, Dan and Ian celebrated Dan’s birthday in style at the classic Filippino restaurant TGIFriday’s and then curled up under a staircase in the Mall of Asia to bring this episode to you. Having done three sessions with various TMBA participants and being asked...

TMBA 152 (LBP131) – The Rule of 6 – And the 10 Commandments of Content Marketing

TMBA 152 (LBP131) – The Rule of 6 – And the 10 Commandments of Content Marketing

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-131-the-rule-of-6-and-the-10-commandments-of-content-marketing/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/episode-131-the-rule-of-6-and-the-10-commandments-of-content-marketing/ It’s getting late in the year and we all know what that means: Buck season. While Ian is stalking the big bucks back in San Diego, Dan’s writing binge in Bali continues. Content Marketing is a hot topic in the internet marketing world right now, but what does content marketing really mean? Dan and...

TMBA 175 (TTR30) – Why Location Independent Entrepreneurs Love Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

TMBA 175 (TTR30) – Why Location Independent Entrepreneurs Love Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/why-entrepreneurs-love-ho-chi-minh-city/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/why-entrepreneurs-love-ho-chi-minh-city/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode...

TMBA388: Why We Need Strong Towns

TMBA388: Why We Need Strong Towns

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 the ways that today's guest has. Chuck Marohn is the president of a nonprofit organization called Strong Towns. Through his work with Strong Towns, Chuck has helped to create a framework for how our cities and towns can become financially stronger and more prosperous. Today's podcast is an inspiring, and perhaps controversial, conversation about what kinds of towns and cities we want to live in, and what those places will look like in the future.

Cheap Flights: Houston to Sydney $825 r/t – American

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

American Airlines has round-trip flights from Houston (IAH) to Sydney (SYD) for $825 with a connection. Flights February to June. Holiday blackouts apply. An Australian ETA (a visa) is required.

Note: Be sure to pay attention to the time/date change during travel.

TMBA 227: The Rise Of Productized Services

TMBA 227: The Rise Of Productized Services

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/services/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/services/ Damian Thompson from Linchpin is back on the show this week (his first appearance here) talking with me about one of the biggest movements we see in the location independent scene. We talk about what Damian has learned during his first 1,000 days of being a business owner, and how listeners can utilize the lessons...

TMBA357: A Review of Snowball, a Biography Of Warren Buffett

TMBA357: A Review of Snowball, a Biography Of Warren Buffett

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Schroeder's fantastic biography of Warren Buffett titled "The Snowball". They decided they wanted to dedicate an episode to that story of Mr. Buffett's life, and the unique business choices that he has made throughout his career.

Cheap Flights: Houston to Oslo / Copenhagen / Brussels / Zurich / Helsinki $476-$611 r/t – SkyTeam

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

[01/02/2018 @ 4:13 PM] Fare gone. Removing from deal list. If it comes back in the next day we'll update this post with the details.

Delta, KLM, and Air France have round-trip flights from Houston (IAH) to Oslo, Copenhagen, Brussels, Zurich, or Helsinki (OSL/CPH/BRU/ZRH/HEL) for $476-$611 with a connection. Flights from April to May, but the cheapest flights are only in May. Flight may operate as a SkyTeam code-share.

Note: Some small OTAs on Momondo may have this for a little less. If you plan on booking there, beware of any site that charges a fee to cancel a ticket within the 24-hour “free” period. Use unknown booking sites at your own risk.

Note: Avoid any Air France "JOON" fares by booking on KLM.

TMBA272: Is It Getting Harder to Grow a Successful Business Selling Info Products?

TMBA272: Is It Getting Harder to Grow a Successful Business Selling Info Products?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 capital. We're gonna talk about how Shayna drives hundreds of thousands of visitors to her site every month, how she turns those visitors into leads and customers, how she produces her info products and how she values them. We'll also talk quite a bit about lifestyle and her thoughts on the future of the digital nomad movement.

Moon Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Moon Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)


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Moon Travel Guides: Your World, Your WayWith its mix of modern architecture, deep history, and dynamic culture, Ho Chi Minh City is the future of Vietnam. In...

TMBA 165 (TTR25) – Meanwhile, in the Philippines, A Resort Owner Receives 3,000 Youtube Views a Day

TMBA 165 (TTR25) – Meanwhile, in the Philippines, A Resort Owner Receives 3,000 Youtube Views a Day

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/philippines-resort-owner-youtube-views-day/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/philippines-resort-owner-youtube-views-day/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in Itunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode Dan catches up...

TMBA 250: Designing and Prototyping Your Own Consumer Product

TMBA 250: Designing and Prototyping Your Own Consumer Product

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/bedphones/ Bossman and I are celebrating our 250th episode this week. We're also talking to our good friend Eric Dubs, the creator of Bedphones. Eric has found success in the consumer electronics market, despite facing competition from some huge brands. Eric has been able to build a genuine Four Hour Work Week product business through automation. We'll talk about what went into the creation of Eric's product, how he was able to get it featured on platforms like Dr. Oz and Good Morning America, and how his business has evolved to the point where he can operate it remotely.

TMBA201 (TTR37) – How Hyperfocus In Your Marketing Can Lead To Broader Business Opportunities

TMBA201 (TTR37) – How Hyperfocus In Your Marketing Can Lead To Broader Business Opportunities

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/focused-marketing-business-opportunities/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/focused-marketing-business-opportunities/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published Friday afternoons (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week Dan chats with...

TMBA343: A Look Inside Boutique Japan

TMBA343: A Look Inside Boutique Japan

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 task. Andres Zuleta of Boutique Japan was one of those people. Andres started a business that sells boutique travel packages to people who want to visit Japan. He called in to this podcast and left a voicemail not too long ago and today Boutique Japan is on target to make $1.3 million in revenue. We invited him on to the show this week to talk about how telling his story has helped him make sense of the ride that he has been on.

TMBA387: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

TMBA387: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 person works, the more stress is added to their life. But what if there were a few easy steps to increase productivity without these kinds of costs? Dan has recently traveled to New York City, and whenever he makes his way to the city, he always makes it a point to catch up with Taylor Pearson. Taylor is the author of The End of Jobs, and a very frequent guest on this show. On this week's episode, Taylor shares four productivity strategies that he has tested himself and teaches his students. He believes these strategies are the path to becoming more capable and productive without adding any stress to our lives.

TMBA406: Shower Thoughts

TMBA406: Shower Thoughts

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 collection of "shower thoughts" that the hosts of this podcast have been ruminating on for quite some time. You'll hear insights on what it takes to achieve life goals, why debt can be the #1 thing stopping you from reaching your potential, how to avoid the noise of information, and a whole lot more.

Finding Treasures in London

by Carlos Muñoz @ WanderThemes

I met with some talented folk from the London art scene. They are running a treasure hunt through the city for children. What a fabulous way to get to know the city! It goes like this: The guide (who has…

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Confusion Reigns As GOP Scrambles To Avert A Government Shutdown

by Kelsey Snell, NPR, SCOTT DETROW, NPR, Susan Davis, NPR @ Houston Public Media

The president indicated in a morning tweet that he opposed House Republicans' bill to extend long-term funding for a popular children's health care program as part of a short-term spending agreement

TMBA 240: Knowing How Versus Knowing What

TMBA 240: Knowing How Versus Knowing What

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/popular/ This week bossman and I discuss being unpopular in the face of pressure from friends, family, team members, and employees. Bossman references his new "entrepreneurmobile" gratuitously and we ponder the distinctions being 'know-how' and 'know-what' knowledge.

TMBA279: Can Your Mastermind Offer Insurance Against Failure?

TMBA279: Can Your Mastermind Offer Insurance Against Failure?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 yourself with people who have common goals and will not allow you to fail. This is old school block-and-tackle business strategy. We're talking about what is important to consider when structuring a mastermind, success stories from the groups that Taylor has spearheaded and some of the most useful tools for organizing an effective mastermind group.

TMBA369: Tropical MBA’s 2016 Year in Review

TMBA369: Tropical MBA’s 2016 Year in Review

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba369-tropical-mbas-2016-year-in-review/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba369-tropical-mbas-2016-year-in-review/ Podcast 29:28 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment It’s that time of year again. Our businesses slow down for the holidays, and we naturally get a little reflective about the past 12 months. This week, Dan and Ian have decided to revisit some of their favorite episodes of the Tropical MBA podcast in 2016. You’ll...

TMBA416: Entrepreneurship: Don’t Tell Your Parents

TMBA416: Entrepreneurship: Don’t Tell Your Parents

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 to them either. Vincent Nguyen is the founder of Growth Ninja, a performance-based Facebook ads company. You may remember Vincent from an episode we published a few years ago about apprenticeships. Vincent has definitely paid his dues in the world of entrepreneurship, having apprenticed with Empire Flippers before starting Growth Ninja in 2015, all the while hiding the fact that he dropped out of college from his immediate family. This episode is a conversation about the tough decisions that many entrepreneurs are forced to make, what it means to sacrifice relationships, and what it really takes to get started in the world of entrepreneurship.

TMBA333: Info Product Talk

TMBA333: Info Product Talk

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Products?". That episode ended up being one of the most popular episodes of this show, so Dan and Ian decided to invite Shayna of Espresso English back onto the program to follow up with her story. Shayna will be talking about a range of new topics, including pricing, positioning and marketing info products in today's entrepreneurial landscape.

David Patrikarakos’s WAR IN 140 CHARACTERS reviewed in Newsweek

by Connie Capone @ Hachette Book Group

“Thoughtful and immensely enjoyable...A timely reminder that journalism...is a small—and vital—part of the solution.”

A Year in Review (And a Needed Break)

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

As dawn broke on this year, I was excited for a fresh start. Last year, I dealt with panic attacks and anxiety from taking on too many projects, a breakup that left me heartbroken, and a mini-identity crisis from settling down. But that “greatest worst year of my life” set the stage for a year […]

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TMBA383: Brent Beshore and the 50 Year Private Equity Plan

TMBA383: Brent Beshore and the 50 Year Private Equity Plan

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 basis? Today's guest has cracked that code. Brent Beshore is the founder and CEO of Adventur.es. Brent has managed to do something that our hosts have dreamed of doing for a long time. He owns a portfolio of different businesses, and he does little to no work in operating them. On this episode, Brent will share how he has built this portfolio and what things he looks for when deciding to purchase a business.

TMBA 221: 5 Trends In Remote Working and Team Building

TMBA 221: 5 Trends In Remote Working and Team Building

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/remote/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/remote/ I’ve got Joe “Hot Money” Magnotti on as my co-host this week in the wake of Ian’s much needed romp in Europe. Today, we’re passing the ball back and forth about the direction things are going regarding remote working and team building. We’ve been noticing that the old norms are shifting (some have been...

TMBA310: A Conversation About Writing Books

TMBA310: A Conversation About Writing Books

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 that. Tune in and find out how.

TMBA 163 (LBP140) – The Location Independence Imperative

TMBA 163 (LBP140) – The Location Independence Imperative

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/location-independence-imperative/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/location-independence-imperative/ Dan and Ian are dividing and conquering for the next few weeks but don’t shed a tear, the separation is only temporary.  Ian’s off to Tokyo for sushi while Dan’s swinging through the Philippines to check up on some business and meet up with entrepreneurs.  This shows the beauty of operating location independent businesses...

TMBA 249: Getting Started With Customer Churn Analysis

TMBA 249: Getting Started With Customer Churn Analysis

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/churn/ We're talking about Churn rate, and everything we can learn from it. Bossman and I are by no means experts on the topic, but we've dug up a plethora of information to share on Churn rate analysis. We'll discuss how to use this information to provide more value to your clients and keep them around for longer. We also answer some listener questions about the FBAR deadline and how we approach the frequency at which we create podcast content.

TMBA307: The One Where a Business Starts on the Show

TMBA307: The One Where a Business Starts on the Show

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 marketing platform and we have kind of outgrown it. There are more robust email platforms out there, but a lot of them are really expensive and hard to operate. Eventually we discovered that Drip was the perfect platform for us, but we didn't want to commit the man hours to learning to use it. I reached out on Twitter to ask if anyone was interested in starting a SWaS business around the Drip platform. Jeff Pecaro was the man who answered the call. We invited Jeff on to the show this week to give our listeners an inside look on what it's really like to launch a Productized Service business.

TMBA258:  ​Living, Working, and Adventuring in South East Asia

TMBA258: ​Living, Working, and Adventuring in South East Asia

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/travelfish/ This week I was lucky enough to catch up with Stuart McDonald, the founder of Travelfish, which one of the most respected sites on the web for South East Asia travel information. If you peak over the shoulder of a random backpacker in Bangkok cafes, expect to see a "TravelFish" URL along with Facebook blue.

TMBA373: Should You Base Yourself in Southern Europe?

TMBA373: Should You Base Yourself in Southern Europe?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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, where should I live? On this week's show, they will be focusing on two countries in Southern Europe: Spain and Portugal. To learn a bit more about Portugal, Dan reached out to Dr. Shannon Weeks, a Natropathic Doctor and Applied Kinesiologist, to share his experience about establishing residency in Portugal and his home city of Lisbon. You'll also hear Ian speak to Dan about a little bit of his own personal story, as both he and his girlfriend have established residency in Spain. Listen in as Shannon and Dan share their perspectives on visas, taxes, culture and more.

TMBA 247: How Do You Know When It’s Time to Hire?

TMBA 247: How Do You Know When It’s Time to Hire?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/hire/ We're back this week, answering a bunch of listener questions about when it's the right time to expand your business and hire some new employees. We'll talk about why there's no magic bullet for getting through the hiring process. It's different for everyone, but there are ways to know when it's time to step up and start bringing in some help.

TMBA355: (Nate Duncan Interview) – How The Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast Became a Business in Just a Year

TMBA355: (Nate Duncan Interview) – How The Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast Became a Business in Just a Year

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 (which just happen to be some of Dan and Ian‘s personal obsessions) into successful businesses. Today’s guest is the podcaster that Dan has listened to the most...

TMBA397: We Want Your Questions

TMBA397: We Want Your Questions

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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"entrepreneurmobile", The 1,000 Day Principle, and what it means to be useful. You'll also hear advice on how you can go to conferences for free, tips for traveling to Southeast Asia with your family and much, much more.

TMBA 230: Entrepreneurial Mindset Fundamentals

TMBA 230: Entrepreneurial Mindset Fundamentals

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/fundamentals/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/fundamentals/ *** Are you interested in attending our high level mastermind in April or May? If you can fill out this brief survey, we’ll send you more details shortly. *** In this week’s episode, I’ve been reflecting about how far things have come since I began dreaming about working remotely. Staying true to that, we are...

TMBA 209 : How to Effectively Use Google Adwords

TMBA 209 : How to Effectively Use Google Adwords

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/adwords/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/adwords/ Today Ian and I sit down with the one and only Dave Huss to talk about generating paid traffic to your site.  With so many recent changes in advertising platforms and capabilities to come, this episode is full of marketing avenues you should be using in your business. On the show this week: Why...

TMBA 218 : The Consultant’s Handbook – How to Make Location Independent Income Quickly

TMBA 218 : The Consultant’s Handbook – How to Make Location Independent Income Quickly

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/consulting/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/consulting/ We’ve gotten a few phone calls recently that set us off on a path to the discussion we had this week on the Tropical MBA Podcast. Making location independent income quickly is very doable, especially going the route of the consultant. There are a few keys to making it work the right way and...

UPDATE: Houston To Welcome Warmer Temperatures Soon

by HPM Digital Team, Associated Press, HPM Staff @ Houston Public Media

Temperatures will remain warmer for the weekend, and Sunday we could be back in the 70s

TMBA255: How People Fail at Sustaining the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

TMBA255: How People Fail at Sustaining the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/fail/ Will you succeed or fail as a digital nomad? Becoming a successful location-independent entrepreneur isn't guaranteed. Some of the skills it takes to become a successful digital nomad take years to develop. This week, we are talking about the four major differences we have seen between successful digital nomads and those who have failed.

TMBA275: How Should an Entrepreneur Invest $50,000?

TMBA275: How Should an Entrepreneur Invest $50,000?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 recently: What should the average investor do with $50,000? We'll dissect some of the ideas he proposed about financial investments, talk about how the location-independent entrepreneur can put them to good use, and explain exactly what makes our upcoming gathering of entrepreneurs such a unique sharing environment.

Report: Texas Is Fourth State With Most Illegal Massage Businesses In The United States

by Al Ortiz @ Houston Public Media

Almost half of them are located in Houston, according to research from the group Polaris

Hot and Sour Soup Recipe (Suan La Tang)

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Simple and satisfying soups are commonly served with other dishes to make a multi-dish Asian meal but you don’t always have to follow convention! When autumn’s chill recently set in big time, I decided to make a pot of hot-and-sour soup for lunch. It was a main dish bowl of soup, the star of the...

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TMBA366: A Conversation with Ricardo Semler

TMBA366: A Conversation with Ricardo Semler

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Ricardo Semler's account of how he was able to transform his family's traditional manufacturing business into an experiment that introduced the world to his innovative business practices. Even though the book is over 20 years old, today's entrepreneurs are still looking to it for inspiration. Ricardo opens up about what his life has looked like since the book was published, and how he has began to spread those innovations to other aspects of society. Transcript

TMBA338: What is the World’s Best Diet?

TMBA338: What is the World’s Best Diet?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 touched upon on this show is our health. On this week's episode, Dan and Ian are diving into a topic of health discussion that is as contentious as it is important: what we should be eating. Dan is fascinated by diets, and he has experimented with a plethora of them. He recently decided to go on a search for the greatest diet in the world. On that search, he discovered the work of Dr. Michael Greger M.D., the founder of NutritionFacts.org. Dr. Greger's unique and inspired approach to nutrition is something that we believe every lifestyle designer needs to hear.

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TMBA 207 – Working More Doesn’t Always Pay Off

TMBA 207 – Working More Doesn’t Always Pay Off

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/productivity/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/productivity/ Back in the day, becoming productive– for me– meant locking myself in the house and putting the coffee maker on overdrive. We’ve learned since then a lot about the frameworks that empower exceptionally productive entrepreneurs, and in this episode we’ll share which ones we use, which ones we’ve discarded, and of course, which ones...

TMBA422: Crypto: What’s It All About?

TMBA422: Crypto: What’s It All About?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 and controversial topics in the entrepreneurial community today. Of course, we are talking about Cryptocurrency. Digital currencies like Bitcoin and Etherieum have made many members of our audience very wealthy, and have left the rest of us wondering what we are missing out on. Greg Gerber is an internet entrepreneur and cryptocurrency enthusiast. He owns a marketing company that has been accepting Bitcoin as payment since 2013. On this episode, Greg joins us to talk about the world of digital currency, the advantages to accepting these currencies as payment, and the future of money.

TMBA 222: The Full Story Behind Our First Niche

TMBA 222: The Full Story Behind Our First Niche

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/valetparking/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/valetparking/ For a variety of reasons, Ian and I have never spoken openly about the first successful B2B business we ever started– TheValetSpot.com. This week we are going to change all that and go into the details of how that business got started, how we won market share, and what we are doing to grow...

TMBA 126 (TTR14) – 5 Ways to Produce Expert Level Content (Even If You Aren’t an Expert)

TMBA 126 (TTR14) – 5 Ways to Produce Expert Level Content (Even If You Aren’t an Expert)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/expert-content/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/expert-content/ Hey there weekend warriors!  This week’s happy hour drink sponsor is Orangina, a beverage with a special place in the heart of @AnythingIan. Today we are going to talk about high level content strategy. First, it’s worth taking a look at Karol’s notes from reading Turning Pro. Many of you know I’m a huge War of Art fan,...

TMBA399: How Smart Drug Smarts Became a Podcast

TMBA399: How Smart Drug Smarts Became a Podcast

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 topic and turn it into a serious business? In pursuing the answer, they both decided it was a good time to check in with their former business partner Jesse Lawler, who hosts a fantastic podcast called Smart Drug Smarts. Jesse didn't start the podcast with a PhD in medicine, or anything relevant to the medicinal field except a genuine desire to explore these issues, and he has had a tremendous amount of success in doing it. On this show, Jesse shares how was able to turn something that he was passionate about into a full-time business that generates real revenue. We hope this episode will inspire those of you who are passionate and curious to find a way to tell your own story.

TMBA 151 (TTR22) – 4th Dimension Copywriting (and Why You Shouldn’t Bother with Keyword Research)

TMBA 151 (TTR22) – 4th Dimension Copywriting (and Why You Shouldn’t Bother with Keyword Research)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/4th-dimension-copywriting/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/4th-dimension-copywriting/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in Itunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode I respond to...

TMBA 148 (LBP129) – ROUND 1 – Business Idea Smackdown – Dan “Coconut Crusher” Andrews vs. Ian “Benjamins by Birth” Schoen

TMBA 148 (LBP129) – ROUND 1 – Business Idea Smackdown – Dan “Coconut Crusher” Andrews vs. Ian “Benjamins by Birth” Schoen

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/business-idea-smackdown/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/business-idea-smackdown/ Dan’s bean bag sitting in Bali, intermittently nuking himself off the internet to make sure he gets his book taken care of on time while Ian’s in San Diego taking care of business like a boss. After getting some inspiration from the Adsense Flippers, Dan and Ian decided to go for a knock down...

TMBA265: Visiting China – Why Entrepreneurs Travel to the Canton Fair

TMBA265: Visiting China – Why Entrepreneurs Travel to the Canton Fair

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/canton/ The Canton Fair is taking place this October, so I was really happy to run into my old friend Matt Kowolak from HighCappin.com. Matt has been living as an entrepreneur in China for ten years, and he is the person I go to whenever I have a question about the country. We chat it up about the history of the fair, what it feels like to attend such a historic trade show and what kind of opportunities exist there. He also shares a broad overview of what living in China as an expatriate is like and how to take advantage of their entrepreneurial culture.

A Weekend in Saigon - Itinerary for 3 Days

A Weekend in Saigon - Itinerary for 3 Days


TripSavvy

An itinerary outlining three days&#39; worth of activities in Saigon, officially Ho Chi Minh City, in Vietnam. Liz Ledden takes you to the tourist traps, chic nightspots, and shopping destinations in this vibrant Vietnamese city.

TMBA327: For Better or For Worse

TMBA327: For Better or For Worse

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 relationships. You'll hear about the origins of David's relationship with his business partner Jason Fried, as well as David's many interesting thoughts on business partnerships and how they can evolve over time.

TMBA289: A Career Opportunity With Our Team + Distributed Teams vs. Offices and Thoughts on Side Projects

TMBA289: A Career Opportunity With Our Team + Distributed Teams vs. Offices and Thoughts on Side Projects

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 also taking this opportunity to talk about team building and the back story of the Tropical MBA. The first blog post that we ever published on this website was a job offering. We're gonna talk about what inspired that and the position that we were in when we made that decision. We're also gonna debate the value of having team members in-person versus a location-independent team and whether or not it's a good idea to support your employee's side projects.

Nonstop Flights: Houston to Amsterdam $558 r/t – KLM

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

[12/22/2017 @ 6:46 AM] Deal has been replaced by a better deal. Post updated in a newer post (linked).

KLM has round-trip flights from Houston (IAH) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $558 with a connection. Flights from late-March to April. Flight may operate as a Delta/Air France codeshare. Holiday blackouts apply. 7-day minimum stay required.

Note: We've seen cheaper deals to Amsterdam recently, but this is a very good price for NONSTOP flights which normally cost about $1100.

TMBA329: The Exit

TMBA329: The Exit

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 recently sold the largest business they have ever created. There are a lot of weird and conflicting thoughts that go through your mind when you go through this process. Dan and Ian invited Jeff on to the show this week to speak about his experience selling his businesses, and the trials and tribulations that entrepreneurs face when they make the exit.

TMBA 196 (LBP162) – A 21st Century Financial Script

TMBA 196 (LBP162) – A 21st Century Financial Script

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/21-century-financial-script/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/21-century-financial-script/ After spending some time back in the States, both Dan and Ian have been experiencing some different viewpoints on personal finance.  Many of which are based on 20th century circumstances and have survived the turn of the century in our society and our mindsets. This episode is dedicated to showing you some base level...

TMBA412: ‘Never Split The Difference’: A Conversation with Chris Voss

TMBA412: ‘Never Split The Difference’: A Conversation with Chris Voss

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 deal if he just used the right tactics. Today's guest has spent a lifetime working on negotiating tactics, but he has primarily done so in matters of life or death. Chris Voss is a former FBI hostage negotiator and the author of "Never Split the Difference". Since leaving the FBI, Chris has devoted his time to a new business called Black Swan Ltd., which teaches people how to use the skills that he learned during his time as an FBI agent to improve their negotiation skills in business situations. On this week's episode, you'll hear Chris go into great detail about emotional intelligence, how to choose the right language to use while negotiating, and why you should never split the difference. 

TMBA294: A Guide to Finding, Winning, and Creating Location Independent Apprenticeships

TMBA294: A Guide to Finding, Winning, and Creating Location Independent Apprenticeships

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 starting a business, but you aren't quite sure how to get there yet. We have long been advocates for seeking out an apprenticeship, but it's not always that easy. How do you get an apprenticeship, where do you go when you find one and what happens after you get one? Over the last couple of years, Vincent Nguyen from GrowthNinja.com has gone through all of these stages himself. I've invited him on to the show to talk about his experiences as an apprentice at Empire Flippers and how he has managed to transition from being a successful apprentice into owning his own business.

TMBA 200 (LBP165) – Building Strong Communities

TMBA 200 (LBP165) – Building Strong Communities

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/building-strong-communities/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/building-strong-communities/ Ian is back in the US of A hanging out in California, while Dan’s living the high life in Hong Kong. The guys are looking forward to joining up in Vietnam next week, but for now, it’s time for the LBP. This week’s topic came in from Trevor Pirtle from Real Life English who asked...

Why Did Houston’s Roads Freeze Even After Treatment?

Why Did Houston’s Roads Freeze Even After Treatment?

by Davis Land @ Houston Public Media

Houston roads saw some of the toughest conditions crews are able to treat

TMBA424: Three Scripts for Entrepreneurship

TMBA424: Three Scripts for Entrepreneurship

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 scripts" that society has written for us to follow. The cold, hard truth is that people's lives often don't go the way that they think they are going to, and the social scripts that lead us into the corporate rat race can frequently leave us wanting more out of life. Today's guest is someone that Dan and Ian have known for over 8 years. We hired David Hehenberger as a TMBA intern back in 2010. Using the skills he learned during his apprenticeship, he left to become an SEO consultant and ultimately started his own successful productized business called FatCat Apps. David joins us on this week's show to talk about three specific life scripts that are uniquely tailored for entrepreneurs. These scripts will help us to create the kind of financial independence that will ultimately allow us to live the kind of lives that we want, on our own terms.

TMBA 251:  The Entrepreneurial Quest

TMBA 251: The Entrepreneurial Quest

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/quest/ This week, we're talking about the four elements of the "Hero's Quest" that every entrepreneur embarks on. This episode is all about looking back and understanding the first six months of taking off on a new project or a new business, the struggle that it is, and how valuable that can end up being on the narrative of your life. We also answer some listener questions, including one about cold calling a huge corporation to make a sale.

Homemade Hoisin Sauce Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Love hoisin sauce with pho and in other Asian dishes? Make it yourself! I didn’t think it would be easy, but for the sake of excellent pho and the desire to offer a gluten-free hoisin recipe in The Pho Cookbook, I experimented for about two weeks to come up with an excellent recipe. Now, you...

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TMBA422: Crypto: What’s It All About?

TMBA422: Crypto: What’s It All About?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 and controversial topics in the entrepreneurial community today. Of course, we are talking about Cryptocurrency. Digital currencies like Bitcoin and Etherieum have made many members of our audience very wealthy, and have left the rest of us wondering what we are missing out on. Greg Gerber is an internet entrepreneur and cryptocurrency enthusiast. He owns a marketing company that has been accepting Bitcoin as payment since 2013. On this episode, Greg joins us to talk about the world of digital currency, the advantages to accepting these currencies as payment, and the future of money.

TMBA297: Why You’re Going To Have To Become an Entrepreneur Eventually (So You Might as Well Do It Now)

TMBA297: Why You’re Going To Have To Become an Entrepreneur Eventually (So You Might as Well Do It Now)

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 part in the growth of our product business. His new book also stemmed in part from some discussions that the two of us had after the Dynamite Circle Conference in Bangkok last October. On this week's episode, we're gonna talk all about why Taylor decided to write this book, the books that are defining this exciting location-independent movement, and why the jobs that were once considered the safest are now being called into question.

TMBA 161 (LBP138) – How The Pros Generate Winning Business Ideas

TMBA 161 (LBP138) – How The Pros Generate Winning Business Ideas

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-pros-generate-winning-business-ideas/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-pros-generate-winning-business-ideas/ During this week’s installment of the Lifestyle Business Podcast, Dan and Ian hook up from Jakarta and Bali to provide the weekly dose you crave.  When discussions range from medical examinations in South East Asia to announcements for the DC Berlin meetup, you know there’s a little something for everybody in here. The boys...

TMBA 146 (LBP128) – Manipulating the Success Script

TMBA 146 (LBP128) – Manipulating the Success Script

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/manipulating-the-success-script/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/manipulating-the-success-script/ Dan’s still in Bali grinding out his first book while Ian’s back in San Diego working on taking the product business to the next level. Inspired by a talk Cal Newport gave, Dan and Ian reveal that the script to success, however you define it. While success is something each person decides on, there...

TMBA282: Starting With Productized Services: Learn a Skill, Package It For Sale, Then Scale

TMBA282: Starting With Productized Services: Learn a Skill, Package It For Sale, Then Scale

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 we have developed about productized services. This episode is the natural progression of that series. The first person that I thought of when I wanted to continue that discussion was Tristan King from ShopifyNinjas.com. Tristan has a lot of thoughts on how you can build productized marketing services and scale them. He will also be sharing his view and advice for getting started from somebody in their third year of a productized services business, and a few of his business ideas that he believes could be winners for the TropicalMBA listeners looking to start a business.

TMBA 130 (TTR16) – Becoming a Mini-Mogul

TMBA 130 (TTR16) – Becoming a Mini-Mogul

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-age-of-the-micro-multinational/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-age-of-the-micro-multinational/ Happy Friday everyone! Today Ian and I are joining you from Puerto Galera, Philippines. We found a few minutes away from the events here at the Tropical MBA to discuss a topic that’s been on our minds lately: How do we frame up this new style of multi-national small business entrepreneurship, and what are...

TMBA313: Should I Cut Bait On This Business?

TMBA313: Should I Cut Bait On This Business?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 advice they gave Kiri Masters who, in 2013, was still in her day job as a highly successful corporate player whilst struggling to set up a business that would give her the lifestyle and kind of satisfaction that she felt she was missing. What advice did Dan and Ian give Kiri? Did she follow it? What's happening with her business today?

TMBA311: Productized Part II : ​​”Putting Yourself Out There Can Hurt”

TMBA311: Productized Part II : ​​”Putting Yourself Out There Can Hurt”

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 how his business has progressed and he has managed to weather the storm of some tough criticism.

TMBA269: Branding is About Relationships Not Recognition

TMBA269: Branding is About Relationships Not Recognition

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 voicemail. This week, we are answering a whole bunch of those voicemails, including questions about why you should be starting or joining a mastermind group, some of the best things about being an expatriate and why branding is really about building relationships with your clients.

TMBA333: Info Product Talk

TMBA333: Info Product Talk

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Products?". That episode ended up being one of the most popular episodes of this show, so Dan and Ian decided to invite Shayna of Espresso English back onto the program to follow up with her story. Shayna will be talking about a range of new topics, including pricing, positioning and marketing info products in today's entrepreneurial landscape.

Knife Sharpening and Maintenance Tips

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Folks, working with a new blogging system is confusing. I made a mistake with part of this post. For a Japanese knife buying guide, see my 2017 Gift Guide for Curious and Obsessive Cooks. For this post, I’m focusing on how I keep my all of my knives in ship-sharp shape. Read on! Since I’d invested...

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TMBA 207 – Working More Doesn’t Always Pay Off

TMBA 207 – Working More Doesn’t Always Pay Off

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/productivity/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/productivity/ Back in the day, becoming productive– for me– meant locking myself in the house and putting the coffee maker on overdrive. We’ve learned since then a lot about the frameworks that empower exceptionally productive entrepreneurs, and in this episode we’ll share which ones we use, which ones we’ve discarded, and of course, which ones...

My Top Travel Fails of 2017

by Hannah Logan @ Eat Sleep Breathe Travel

Ah, the start of a new year. That magical time when you can look into a bright window of opportunities ahead, wipe your hands of the crap you dealt with the year before, and pray to anything that will listen…

The post My Top Travel Fails of 2017 appeared first on Eat Sleep Breathe Travel.

TMBA 207 – Working More Doesn’t Always Pay Off

TMBA 207 – Working More Doesn’t Always Pay Off

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/productivity/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/productivity/ Back in the day, becoming productive– for me– meant locking myself in the house and putting the coffee maker on overdrive. We’ve learned since then a lot about the frameworks that empower exceptionally productive entrepreneurs, and in this episode we’ll share which ones we use, which ones we’ve discarded, and of course, which ones...

TMBA 128 (TTR15) – Is Starting a Personal Blog Hazardous to Your Entrepreneurial Health?

TMBA 128 (TTR15) – Is Starting a Personal Blog Hazardous to Your Entrepreneurial Health?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/should-you-start-a-personal-blog/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/should-you-start-a-personal-blog/ Happy Friday afternoon! We are back with our weekend podcast with the hopes of giving you a little fuel for your projects over the next few days. Today I discuss with the CEOh-yeah and issue we’ve brought up a few times before. One of the biggest questions we get asked is: should I start...

TMBA298: A 10 True Clients Business Model Case Study

TMBA298: A 10 True Clients Business Model Case Study

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 have an audience like that. We have talked over and over again about why we believe in starting with ten true clients. One of our longtime podcast listeners, Sophia Bera, has found great success doing just that. Sophia is the founder of GenYPlanning.com, where she provides affordable financial planning services for people in their 20's and 30's. This week we're talking with Sophia about how she has managed to replace her income in just over two years, why she didn't agree with some of the practices in the financial planning industry and how she was able to turn that into an opportunity.

TMBA 231: Narrative Fallacy and the New Faces of the Digital Nomad Movement

TMBA 231: Narrative Fallacy and the New Faces of the Digital Nomad Movement

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/roundtable/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/roundtable/ *** Are you interested in attending our high level mastermind in April or May? If you can fill out this brief survey, we’ll send you more details shortly. *** In this week’s episode, we’re decided to do things a little bit differently. I’ve invited several of my friends from the Dynamite Circle on to...

TMBA341: Alex Blumberg on the Power of Podcasting

TMBA341: Alex Blumberg on the Power of Podcasting

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 podcasts, Startup. As entrepreneurs, many of us have grown up listening to Alex's work on shows like This American Life and Planet Money. His recent foray into the realm of podcasting has had a huge impact on how podcasts are being produced today, and you'll hear him talk all about that journey on this week's episode.

TMBA283: Ways the Wealthy Do it Differently

TMBA283: Ways the Wealthy Do it Differently

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 with so many interesting and successful people in one weekend, so we've decided share some of the lessons that we learned from that event on this week's show. We'll be talking about how we got the idea for this event, why this is my favorite event I have ever attended, and the nine things that surprised us the most coming out of this conference.

TMBA266: Growing Productized Services Businesses

TMBA266: Growing Productized Services Businesses

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/scale/ Bossman and I are in Bangkok, gearing up for DC BKK, and we are chatting with our friend Jacob Puhl this week. Jacob is one of our speakers here for the event, and he has built a really unique and successful productized service business, geared primarily toward the dental industry. He really has a lot of valuable knowledge on how to scale a business. We're gonna be talking about how to overcome the complications of investing in and expanding a service business and the five ways to turn your services business into a salable asset.

TMBA 225: Thoughts on Living and Working in Asia

TMBA 225: Thoughts on Living and Working in Asia

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/asia/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/asia/ Happy New Year! Ian is off celebrating the holidays with his family this week, and Kaiser Soze was here hanging out when a discussion came up that we thought would be good for the show. This show is mostly about lifestyle,  but in case you’re looking for the good old fashioned business talk, below...

TMBA373: Should You Base Yourself in Southern Europe?

TMBA373: Should You Base Yourself in Southern Europe?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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, where should I live? On this week's show, they will be focusing on two countries in Southern Europe: Spain and Portugal. To learn a bit more about Portugal, Dan reached out to Dr. Shannon Weeks, a Natropathic Doctor and Applied Kinesiologist, to share his experience about establishing residency in Portugal and his home city of Lisbon. You'll also hear Ian speak to Dan about a little bit of his own personal story, as both he and his girlfriend have established residency in Spain. Listen in as Shannon and Dan share their perspectives on visas, taxes, culture and more.

Full Show: Apartment Rents, And Redefining Racial Categories (Jan. 18, 2018)

by Abner Fletcher @ Houston Public Media

On Thursday's Houston Matters: We learn about trends in apartment rent in Houston. We discuss the changing notions of race in our society. And a new documentary looks at the life of playwright Lorraine Hansberry.

A great tour guide equals great experiences

by marilynjones @ Travel with Marilyn

Have you ever been on a tour with a guide who treats you like a school child, drones on with lifeless facts, takes way too long explaining attraction features or refuses to give you a straight answer because, in all probability, they are dancing around the fact they don’t know the answer? Yea; me too. But a great guide can

TMBA 202 (LBP166) – LBP Inside Baseball and Why We are Moving the Show to TropicalMBA.com

TMBA 202 (LBP166) – LBP Inside Baseball and Why We are Moving the Show to TropicalMBA.com

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/last-traditional-episode/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/last-traditional-episode/ Just to be clear– we aren’t stopping doing a weekly Thursday morning podcast, we are just going to start (primarily) publishing it at TropicalMBA.com (our main domain). You can discuss this post and subscribe to our primary iTunes feed at these links (the old LBP feed will continue to work for some time):  ...

TMBA 139 (LBP123) – Getting To Five Years On A Business Trajectory

TMBA 139 (LBP123) – Getting To Five Years On A Business Trajectory

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/getting-five-years-business-trajectory/ Five years ago (October 2nd, 2007 to be exact) Dan and Ian were sitting at brunch when Dan got a notification on his original iPhone that they had gotten paid for their first product sale. Starting that day they set their sights on a business trajectory that has taken them five years, multiple product lines, 10+ employees, world-wide travel destinations, a publishing venture, private mastermind community, and top iTunes podcast into the future.

TMBA334: Here’s How We Plan to ‘Manage’ Our Money

TMBA334: Here’s How We Plan to ‘Manage’ Our Money

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 response from our listeners. We got a ton of feedback from some really smart people about that episode, so we decided to do a follow up show. On this week's episode, you'll hear some specific feedback from our friend Laura Roeder, as well as Dan and Ian's feelings on managing their own money now that they have heard so many opinions on the subject.

TMBA303: 7 Things To Consider When Selling Your Business

TMBA303: 7 Things To Consider When Selling Your Business

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 interesting stories about what happened along the way. We'll also be talking about what we have learned from exiting a business that has been such a big part of our life since 2007. On this episode, we'll be sharing seven things we wish we would have known, that we hope other people will consider when selling their business.

TMBA422: Crypto: What’s It All About?

TMBA422: Crypto: What’s It All About?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 and controversial topics in the entrepreneurial community today. Of course, we are talking about Cryptocurrency. Digital currencies like Bitcoin and Etherieum have made many members of our audience very wealthy, and have left the rest of us wondering what we are missing out on. Greg Gerber is an internet entrepreneur and cryptocurrency enthusiast. He owns a marketing company that has been accepting Bitcoin as payment since 2013. On this episode, Greg joins us to talk about the world of digital currency, the advantages to accepting these currencies as payment, and the future of money.

TMBA309: “Though We’ve Hit Over 100k MRR in Less Than a Year, I Still Feel Like an Outsider”

TMBA309: “Though We’ve Hit Over 100k MRR in Less Than a Year, I Still Feel Like an Outsider”

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 able to start Edgar, an extremely successful social media tool, with little to no experience in tech.

TMBA341: Alex Blumberg on the Power of Podcasting

TMBA341: Alex Blumberg on the Power of Podcasting

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 podcasts, Startup. As entrepreneurs, many of us have grown up listening to Alex's work on shows like This American Life and Planet Money. His recent foray into the realm of podcasting has had a huge impact on how podcasts are being produced today, and you'll hear him talk all about that journey on this week's episode.

TMBA 225: Thoughts on Living and Working in Asia

TMBA 225: Thoughts on Living and Working in Asia

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/asia/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/asia/ Happy New Year! Ian is off celebrating the holidays with his family this week, and Kaiser Soze was here hanging out when a discussion came up that we thought would be good for the show. This show is mostly about lifestyle,  but in case you’re looking for the good old fashioned business talk, below...

TMBA 198 (TTR36) – Creating Profitable In-Person Events

TMBA 198 (TTR36) – Creating Profitable In-Person Events

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/creating-profitable-events/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/creating-profitable-events/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published Friday afternoons (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week Dan sits down...

TMBA262: How to Make Your First $1,000 Online

TMBA262: How to Make Your First $1,000 Online

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/1konline/ With over 260 episodes, some of our listeners have been asking us which episodes of our show are the best to share with people who want to learn more about the location independent lifestyle. We thought this posed a pretty interesting challenge, and we've decided to create a five part series that people can download to get an overall sense of what the location independent startup community is all about. On this first episode in the series, we are going to be going over five key points on how to make your first $1000 online.

TMBA333: Info Product Talk

TMBA333: Info Product Talk

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Products?". That episode ended up being one of the most popular episodes of this show, so Dan and Ian decided to invite Shayna of Espresso English back onto the program to follow up with her story. Shayna will be talking about a range of new topics, including pricing, positioning and marketing info products in today's entrepreneurial landscape.

TMBA358: Is All Property an Investment Opportunity?

TMBA358: Is All Property an Investment Opportunity?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 Austin, Texas, and he is still trying to wrap his head around what it means to be a homeowner. This week, he decided to reach out to Rob Dix and Rob Bence, who have both been investing in properties in the UK for almost a decade. They also run a business finding and managing properties for others, as well as hosting a podcast about property investments called The Property Podcast. On this episode, the "Robs" share with Ian why people might want to invest in property, some of the archetypes of people who do invest in property, and their general feelings on the future of housing market.

TMBA 177 (TTR31) – Is it Possible To Travel Forever?

TMBA 177 (TTR31) – Is it Possible To Travel Forever?

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba31-is-it-possible-to-travel-forever/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba31-is-it-possible-to-travel-forever/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published every Friday afternoon (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode...

Nonstop Flights: Houston to Amsterdam $434-$484 r/t – United

by Ren P. Artemio @ Escape Houston

[Escape Houston]

[12/22/2017 @ 1:49 PM] Fare gone. Removing from deal list.

United has round-trip flights from Houston (IAH) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $434-$484, NONSTOP. Flights from mid-January to March, midweek. Flight may operate as a Lufthansa codeshare.

Note: Some small OTAs on Momondo have this for $434. If you plan on booking there, beware of any site that charges a fee to cancel a ticket within the 24-hour “free” period. Use unknown booking sites at your own risk.

TMBA350: A Discussion About The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

TMBA350: A Discussion About The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 nomadism, living with anxiety, and toxic relationships. Recently, Mark made the decision to sign with Harper Collins and publish his first book, titled The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck. Mark is going to be sharing a few excerpts from that book on this show, as well as talking about how he got into blogging, his values as a writer, what he thinks the state of the blogosphere is today, and much more.

TMBA 134 (LBP117) – Flexing Your Hustle Muscle And Hacking A Job

TMBA 134 (LBP117) – Flexing Your Hustle Muscle And Hacking A Job

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/hustle-muscle-job-hacking/ Dan and Ian spent a fair amount of time (ok...they spent a session) learning Crossfit from Joe Bauer in the Philippines during the recent Tropical MBA session. After they managed to drag themselves back to the microphone, they realized there was some techniques to work out on the LBP. The thing with starting a biznass is that it isn't all rainbows and puppies. There's some heavy lifting that you have to do to get that baby off the ground, and we're not talking reps with a tropical umbrella drink. Sure, everyone wants the 4-Hour Work Week, but you gotta put in the work to make that happen. Wanna Flex Your Hustle Muscle And Hack A Job?

TMBA 222: The Full Story Behind Our First Niche

TMBA 222: The Full Story Behind Our First Niche

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

http://www.tropicalmba.com/valetparking/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/valetparking/ For a variety of reasons, Ian and I have never spoken openly about the first successful B2B business we ever started– TheValetSpot.com. This week we are going to change all that and go into the details of how that business got started, how we won market share, and what we are doing to grow...

TMBA367: The Business Idea Bonanza with Dan Norris

TMBA367: The Business Idea Bonanza with Dan Norris

by @ Tropical MBA - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

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 business idea generating machine. There have been success stories on this show that came from many of Dan's business ideas. In this conversatio