The Tropical MBA Podcast - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle

The TMBA Podcast - Location Independent Entrepreneurship

About the show

The Tropical MBA Podcast aims to show you the inside story of the people who are building "micro-multinational" businesses while they travel the world. We are interested in entrepreneurship, travel, internationalization, and personal freedom. Join 1,000's of listeners from all around the world, every Thursday morning.

Episodes

  • TMBA528: The Brenwall Code

    January 16th, 2020  |  35 mins 30 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    Last week, we spoke to Mark Brenwall about why he left his job in San Francisco to move to Asia and start WOD Nation, an Amazon FBA business that sells CrossFit products.

    Today's podcast is the conclusion of that interview and in it, we speak specifically about Mark's entrepreneurial "code".

    In this conversation, Mark shares some of his unorthodox business philosophies, as well as some specific insights into the Amazon FBA platform, and why he almost decided to sell his business last year.

  • TMBA527: Letting Go of Your Ego

    January 9th, 2020  |  32 mins 6 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    Mark Brenwall is the founder of WOD Nation, an Amazon FBA business that sells CrossFit products.

    A few years ago, Mark joined us for one of our favorite conversations we've had on this podcast in an episode called "The Power of Under Optimization".

    That episode was all about Mark's unconventional business approach, which prioritizes lifestyle and happiness over aggressive growth.

    Today's episode is the first in a two-part series where we revisit Mark's story.

    In this first part, we explore some of the personal and professional circumstances that led Mark to leave a seemingly great life in the United States for the unknown.

  • TMBA526: Our Business Goals for the New Year

    January 2nd, 2020  |  1 hr 3 mins
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    A year ago, we kicked off 2019 with a somewhat self-indulgent podcast full of updates on our ongoing projects as well as some of our business goals for the year.

    As the decade draws to a close, we’re taking stock of the year and asking ourselves “did we meet those expectations”?

    In today's episode, we are revisiting what we accomplished (and failed to accomplish) in 2019, as well as showcasing some of our business highlights from the year.

    Stick around to the end of the episode to hear five specific plans and goals that we have in store for our projects in 2020.

  • TMBA525: 5 Things We Learned On The Podcast in 2019

    December 26th, 2019  |  38 mins 26 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    As we prepare to celebrate the holiday season, we thought it would be fun to revisit some of our most memorable moments from the podcast in 2019.

    In this week's episode, you'll hear highlights from some of our favorite interviews, as well as our thoughts on five specific entrepreneurial themes that continue to resonate with us as the year comes to a close.

    Make sure to stick around until the end to hear some outtakes from recording the podcast in 2019.

  • TMBA524: Who Do You Think You Are?

    December 19th, 2019  |  31 mins 39 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    Some entrepreneurs have a secret.

    Adopting a pseudonym, or a "pen name", is a common practice on the internet.

    Even one of the hosts of this show, Dan Andrews, has been using a pseudonym for many years.

    Some people do it because their name is difficult to pronounce, others are worried about being stalked, or because they want to improve their Google rankings.

    We've also spoken to people who regret having taken a "fake identity", and believe it has started to adversely affect their lives.

    In today's episode, you will hear from several entrepreneurs who have adopted pseudonyms as they share the reasons why they chose to do it, the pros and cons of taking on a pseudonym, and much more.

  • TMBA523: A Love Letter to the Philippines

    December 12th, 2019  |  49 mins 33 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    For the first time in a decade, Dan and Ian are recording a podcast from one of their favorite places in the world, the Philippines.

    The Philippines has been an integral part of their business for many years, and it continues to have a strong influence on the lives of so many entrepreneurs in the location-independent community.

    On today's podcast, they'll be discussing their history in the Philippines, what the country has meant to their business, and whether it still makes sense for entrepreneurs to build teams in the Philippines in 2019.

  • TMBA522: The Digital Nomad Lie

    December 5th, 2019  |  1 hr 48 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    We've seen a lot of conversations recently in the location independent lifestyle space about something we like to call "The Digital Nomad Lie".

    The general concept is that being location independent is not everything that it's cracked up to be, and that the idea that you can have it all while sipping coconuts on the beach is simply a myth.

    It's not surprising then that we've seen a rise in blogs and think pieces by digital nomads that are exhausted from travel and yearning to settle down.

    But why are people feeling this way? At the heart of it, there may be many misconceptions and mistakes that we can make in the way that we think about travel.

    We've invited our good friend and esteemed author Kyla Gardner on to the show this week to share some of her experiences living a location independent lifestyle, her biggest travel mistakes, and whether the promise of the digital nomad lifestyle is fact or fiction.

  • TMBA521: Is the RV Lifestyle Right For You?

    November 28th, 2019  |  49 mins 47 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    So many people listening to this podcast are looking for the kind of freedom that allows them to travel the world.

    It's no wonder then that Recreational Vehicles or "RVs" have become increasingly popular in the entrepreneurial space in recent years.

    If you recall, last year we spoke to Ian's friend and mentor Corey Reueth on this podcast about his experiences buying and selling cars and recreational vehicles.

    In today's episode, Corey and Ian are having an in-depth discussion about the RV lifestyle.

    You'll hear about the different types of RVs on the market, the benefits and drawbacks to each of them, how much it costs to purchase an RV, and what RV living actually looks like.

  • TMBA520: The Re-Readables: Purple Cow

    November 21st, 2019  |  55 mins 5 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    Today's podcast is another installment of our ongoing series called "The Re-Readables", where we revisit some of our favorite business books to see if they stand the test of time.

    This week, we've invited author and online entrepreneur Kyla Gardner back on to the show to talk about the classic marketing book Purple Cow by Seth Godin.

    Kyla joins us this week to discuss which ideas from Purple Cow have aged the best, which ideas have aged the worst, and how we have utilized some of the "Purple Cow" strategies in our own entrepreneurial careers. 

  • TMBA519: Chasing Growth: What Happens When Your Business Burns You Out?

    November 14th, 2019  |  32 mins 26 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    We first spoke to Kevin Graham on this podcast two years ago in what ended up becoming a somewhat controversial episode about building generational wealth on Amazon.

    Since then, it has become a sort of annual tradition for Kevin to return to the show and update us about his entrepreneurial journey.

    Last year, he shared his thoughts on "The Helsinki Bus Theory" and his decision to start a web hosting business, which has since become SiteArrow.

    Since we last spoke, Kevin had adopted a bold strategy of rapid growth, acquiring 9 different businesses in less than a year.

    That plan ended up being more than he bargained for, though, and he found himself working long hours, getting into unhealthy habits, and ultimately feeling extremely burned out.

    Kevin joins us today to talk about the perils of chasing growth, the steps that he's taken to course-correct, and the three principles that he has adopted to avoid getting burned out in the future.

  • TMBA518: 5 Insights About the Entrepreneurial Community in 2019

    November 7th, 2019  |  48 mins 19 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    A few weeks ago, we hosted hundreds of listeners of this podcast in Bangkok for our eighth annual DC BKK event.

    Every year we learn more about the entrepreneurs that join us in Thailand. We get to have conversations with some extraordinary people, hear about their successes and their struggles, and get an inside look at the way that internet businesses are being run.

    On this week's episode, we are sharing five specific insights that we took away from our experience in Bangkok this year, and discussing what those insights mean about the entrepreneurial community at large in 2019.

  • TMBA517: From High School Dropout to Seven Figure Exit

    October 31st, 2019  |  49 mins 34 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    A few weeks ago, we shared a conversation about "Sweaty Startups", and how we can use internet business skills to compete and win in traditional, physical services industries.

    This topic really struck a chord, and we've received a ton of feedback from listeners who want to hear more about these kinds of opportunities.

    Enter Eric Gilbert Williams, an entrepreneur who grew his Canadian-based roofing company to 6 million dollars in annual revenue before he sold it last year.

    In his teenage years, Eric dropped out of high school and got arrested for selling drugs before eventually turning to entrepreneurship as a source of redemption.

    Eric joins us on today's podcast to share his remarkable story.

  • TMBA516: Dan and Ian: The Full Backstory. Part 2

    October 24th, 2019  |  54 mins 8 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    In last week's episode, we took a look at the early days of Dan and Ian's relationship and the circumstances that led to their business partnership.

    Today's podcast is the second part of that series, and it's all about the next chapter.

    In this episode, you'll hear how Dan and Ian bought their business partner out of their product company, the origins of this podcast, how they started their membership community The Dynamite Circle, and much more.

  • TMBA515: Dan and Ian: The Full Backstory. Part 1

    October 17th, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    In the ten years that Dan and Ian have been recording this podcast, the number one thing that they hear from listeners is that they want to know more about their story.

    Today's episode is the first part of a two-part documentary series where Dan and Ian open up about their own personal history.

    In this episode, you will hear why they each decided to move to San Diego, California, the circumstances that led to their meeting, how they became friends, and ultimately how they decided to become business partners.

  • TMBA514: Mailbag: The Complexity of Cashflow

    October 10th, 2019  |  50 mins 41 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    One of Dan and Ian's favorite things to do is to reach into the mailbag to answer questions from listeners of this show and today they are doing just that.

    On this week's podcast, you'll hear answers to listener-submitted questions on a variety of topics including how to think about cash flow in your business, what makes a good entrepreneurmobile in 2019, and more.

    Stick around until the end of the episode for an in-depth update on Dynamite Deals.

  • TMBA513: How To Get Rich Without Getting Lucky

    October 3rd, 2019  |  50 mins 10 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    A few weeks ago, Dan and Ian invited Nick Huber on to the show to talk about his storage business Storage Squad.

    During that conversation, Nick shared the story of how he built a successful "old school" business by applying his technical knowledge to a less competitive market.

    After we stopped recording, that conversation took an interesting turn when Nick started opening up to us about his philosophy for building labor-intensive businesses that he likes to call "Sweaty Startups".

    On today's podcast, we've invited Nick back to share some of those philosophies, with a focus on the types of business models that he is attracted to, as well as the ones that he isn't particularly fond of.