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

  • 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.

  • TMBA512: What Happens When Your Product Gets Suspended By Amazon?

    September 26th, 2019  |  39 mins 56 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    Dan and Ian opened up on this podcast recently about a cease and desist letter that they received.

    Today's guest heard that episode and was compelled to share his own story about a similar legal battle.

    Dylan Smith is the co-founder of Keg Smiths, a company that manufactures and sells mini beer kegs, and he has received his fair share of cease and desist letters in his entrepreneurial career.

    Dylan joins us this week to share a riveting story about how a cease and desist letter led to his products being removed from Amazon, the ramifications of that experience, and how he was able to ultimately win out and get his products back on Amazon.

    Make sure to stick around until the end of the podcast to hear this week's Dynamite Deal, which includes a deep discount for legal services for entrepreneurs. 

  • TMBA511: The 10 Year Career - Wealth in the Modern Age

    September 19th, 2019  |  1 hr 24 mins
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    Today's episode features an in-depth look into one particular entrepreneurial journey that Dan and Ian have been following for a decade.

    Longtime listeners will certainly be familiar with Travis Jamison.

    Travis has joined us on this show many times in the past, and you've likely heard ads for his newest company Smash Digital on the show in recent weeks.

    Travis has been on a pretty epic journey since we first met, not just living and working in many countries, but he has become a hugely successful entrepreneur as well.

    We invited Travis back on to the show this week to share his unbelievable story.

    You'll hear how he started a supplement company and scaled it almost entirely through SEO, how he transitioned to SEO services, how he then shifted into SEO for Amazon sellers with AMZ Tracker, and how he made some judicious exits from those companies, which has allowed him to take equity stakes in a dozen or more start-ups with the investment arm of his new company.

  • TMBA510: Driven to Distraction

    September 12th, 2019  |  59 mins 32 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    One of Dan and Ian's favorite things to talk about on this show is the role that technology plays in our lives.

    They are particularly curious about the ways that new technology and social media can affect our ability to be productive and successful entrepreneurs.

    Today's guest is a bonafide expert when it comes to technological addiction and how to fight it.

    Nir Eyal is an accomplished and thoughtful writer on the topic of behavioral design.

    Nir gained notoriety for writing the book Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and he is also the author of an excellent blog at NirAndFar.com.

    We have invited him on to the podcast today to talk about his new book Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.

    Indistractable is all about making sure technology takes an appropriate place in your life, and how we can find more space in our own lives to be present and productive.

    Stick around to the end of the show to hear a brand new feature on this podcast, which includes a very exclusive offer for listeners of this show.

  • TMBA509: The Difference Between Value and Money

    September 5th, 2019  |  43 mins 36 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    A listener of this podcast recently reached out to Dan and Ian to let them know what he was up to.

    They were so inspired by his story of "old-school" entrepreneurship that they knew they needed to invite him on to the show to share it.

    Nick Huber is one of the founders of Storage Squad, a storage company that he started with his business partner Dan in 2011 and has grown to nearly 3 million dollars in sales. Recently, they have begun diversifying into self-storage as well.

    Nick joins us this week to share the story of Storage Squad, how he and Dan got it off the ground while they were still in college, how they have expanded it to other colleges throughout the United States, and the advantages of running a location-dependent business remotely.

  • TMBA508: The 4,000 Day Rule

    August 29th, 2019  |  43 mins 3 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    Dan and Ian are well aware that the entrepreneurial journey isn't made up entirely of success stories.

    Many entrepreneurs listening to this podcast are struggling right now.

    They might be on the fence about becoming an entrepreneur or reconsidering their decision to become one in the first place.

    We've talked many times on this podcast about the "1,000 Day Rule"; this idea that it takes roughly 1,000 days of serious hard work to replace the money that you make from your job.

    Anders Ronnau recently posted in our private community The Dynamite Circle about his own twist on this idea, which he calls "The 4,000 Day Rule".

    He proposes that after 4,000 days, or roughly ten years, if you haven't had meaningful success building a business for yourself, then you probably need to get a job.

    We've invited Anders on to the show this week to talk about that rule and to share his own story about how running a business isolated him, and why he ultimately decided he needed to stop being an entrepreneur.

  • TMBA507: 50,000 Dollars a Month From One Blog Post?!

    August 22nd, 2019  |  56 mins 10 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    Today's episode is all about something that Dan and Ian still find magical about entrepreneurship.

    That is, if you find the right thing to write about, the internet will still allow you to make a great living off of it.

    This week's guest was able to do exactly that with essentially one blog post.

    Ryan Robinson is the host of a podcast called The Side Hustle Project and he runs a fantastic blog over at RyRob.com.

    He recently wrote a piece on his that blog about how to start a blog and make money from it, and that post went on to become the most successful piece of content he has created.

    On today's show, Ryan joins us to share some great insights about that post, as well as some strategies for creating content that makes money, and some actionable tips for getting started today.

  • TMBA506: The Power of In Person

    August 15th, 2019  |  47 mins 12 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    Dan and Ian recently came across a question in their private forum, The Dynamite Circle.

    "How important has your network been to your success?"

    The power of having the right connections is absolutely fundamental to growing a business, especially a location independent one.

    On today's episode, we are sharing some of our own personal approaches to networking. These are useful whether you're going to a conference, picking up a phone, or talking to people in your industry.

    We're also going to discuss some specific networking archetypes we've seen, and how you might develop your own personal strategy for networking.

  • TMBA505: How to Choose Your Own Product

    August 8th, 2019  |  51 mins 10 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    A few weeks ago on this podcast, Dan and Ian were talking about some of their biggest pet peeves.

    In that episode, Ian lamented that the quality of flip flops available for purchase had drastically declined.

    What happened next should come as no surprise. A few listeners of this show reached out to us to let us know that they had started their own product business manufacturing flip flops.

    Jeremy Stewart is the co-founder of Hari Mari, which he started with his wife Leila. Hari Mari manufactures and sells premium flip flops across the globe.

    On today's episode, Jeremy joins us to talk about how their company was founded, how his experience as a political consultant helped Hari Mari grow, and how they were able to go from ground zero to having their products sold in big box retail stores.

  • TMBA504: Mailbag: From the Hamster Wheel to the Flywheel

    August 1st, 2019  |  44 mins 7 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    Dan and Ian love hearing from listeners of this show.

    So many times, people reach out to us with thoughtful questions, and one of our favorite things to do is to answer them on this podcast.

    On today's episode, we are reaching into the mailbag to answer a variety of questions that you submitted to us via email or voicemail.

    We'll be discussing a broad range of topics including how long it really takes to get your business off the ground, leveraging locations at the various stages of your entrepreneurial journey, the dilemmas of sustainability, and a whole lot more.

  • TMBA503: What's Your 'Founder Fit'?

    July 25th, 2019  |  30 mins 40 secs
    bali, business, china, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, independent, lifestyle, location, philippines, profits, sales

    Dan and Ian have seen it time and time again where entrepreneurs can sort of hit a brick wall with their business. But what if the problem doesn't lie with you, but with the type of business you're running? Sometimes people can possess all of the right skills to be successful, but they haven't put themselves in the right situation to succeed.

    Today's episode is all about "Founder Fit", or the idea that the business you are working on should be the right kind of project that suits your skillset. We'll be discussing four different founder archetypes that we've seen, what their secret weapons are, and which sorts of businesses we believe are best suited for each of these entrepreneurs. We'll also be sharing some of our favorite resources for each type of entrepreneur.