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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.

The Tropical MBA Podcast - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle Dan Andrews; Ian Schoen

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 444 Ratings

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.

    TMBA633: Mailbag: Managing Teams and Creating Communities

    TMBA633: Mailbag: Managing Teams and Creating Communities

    In this week’s episode Dan and Ian respond to some listener questions, thoughts and comments, including: managing relationships within a team as it grows larger, some updates about Dynamite Jobs, and what’s involved in running masterminds and creating a community:


    “It's a really bad idea to copy something that's already successful but not copy what they did in the early days to be successful. When we talk about conception, we talk about what value it delivers to a small number of people today … and that value proposition is going to be clear to me on day one, so you got to start with a clear conception”.

    • 31 min
    TMBA632: A Journey From Productized to SaaS, Plus The Return Of ‘Donate a Business Idea’

    TMBA632: A Journey From Productized to SaaS, Plus The Return Of ‘Donate a Business Idea’

    Productized or Software as a Service? A hot topic often discussed on TMBA. Of course, there’s no right or wrong answer but on today’s show Brian Casel talks to Dan about the factors that contributed to him changing from one to the other by selling Audience Ops and starting ZipMessage and also the different challenges of the two:


    “With a productized service, it really was much more about the processes. And building a service that is highly repeatable … but in a SaaS, it's less about process, it's just much more about building. And every single month there's something new. It’s not only just building new features, but what's the next marketing channel that I can try to tap into and unlock a new pocket of customers.”


    You’ll also hear about Brian’s decision to take funding this time around, having always bootstrapped before and selling Audience Ops without using a broker. Plus, And the return of one our favorite participation games - ‘donate a business idea’.

    • 57 min
    TMBA631: Investing, Writing and Regrets, with Financial Samurai

    TMBA631: Investing, Writing and Regrets, with Financial Samurai

    For our first episode of the New Year Dan talks to one of our favorite writers in the investment space, Sam Dogen, author of Financial Samurai. Started in 2009, just as he was trying to dig his way out of losing 35% of his net worth due to the global financial crisis, Sam has been discussing investment strategies on his blog ever since.


    But ‘Financial Samurai’ is about so much more than that. In this episode Dan and Sam cover the importance of ‘parlay’ in your career, the downsides of ‘Financial Independence, Retire Early’, how he chooses topics to write about, and much more.


    “I try to write about stuff people care about. You can write about ‘The Five Best Travel Credit Cards’ but, come on, you just need one or two credit cards. Or you can write about ‘How To Get Paid Full Time While Working Only Two Hours A Day’. I mean, that's so much more interesting.”


    Disclaimer This episode is a personal discussion, it in no way constitutes financial advice - but you knew that, right?

    • 39 min
    TMBA630: Investing in the Age of Autonomy

    TMBA630: Investing in the Age of Autonomy

    In today’s show Dan talks to Jake Ryan, CIO of the crypto hedge fund TradeCraft Capital and author of ‘Crypto Asset Investing in the Age of Autonomy’, about why he believes the convergence of cryptocurrency and new technologies is creating a transformational environment as significant as the ‘Information Age’.


    “What we’ve seen, over the past decade or so, is innovation around automation. And that's been powerful, but it hasn't been transformational. It hasn't altered fundamentally how businesses operate. The last piece of the puzzle really was cryptocurrency, because it allows us to store, process and transfer economic value without human intervention … autonomy is the ultimate competitive advantage”.

    • 43 min
    TMBA629: Revisiting Some of Our Favorite Moments from 2021

    TMBA629: Revisiting Some of Our Favorite Moments from 2021

    2021 has been a landmark year for this show, and for entrepreneurs all around the globe.


    Though the Covid pandemic has lingered on, we have seen borders slowly start to open up and digital nomads finally start to become nomadic once more.


    We even closed out the year by connecting with listeners of this show at our Dynamite Circle Holiday Party in Austin last week, the first event of its kind in the United States in more than two years.


    Through it all, we have been fortunate to talk to some incredibly captivating entrepreneurs on this podcast in 2021 and to hear their stories of resilience, innovation, turmoil, and triumph.


    In today's episode, we are revisiting some of our favorite moments on the podcast this year.


    You'll hear about how you can write better content for the internet, insights into the future of finance and money, the unique mental health challenges that entrepreneurs face, and so much more

    • 1 hr 1 min
    TMBA628: Staying True to Yourself in Business

    TMBA628: Staying True to Yourself in Business

    This week's guest has done something that so many entrepreneurs aspire to do: they have turned a bespoke creative shop into a truly successful internet business.


    Lisa Norman is the co-founder of Authentic Leather Patch Co. Together with her partner Ian, they have been manufacturing custom leather patches for clients around the US, which they stitch onto a variety of products.


    We personally love their hats, which are consistently the most sought-after swag at our Dynamite Circle events.


    Their story is not your typical "4-Hour Workweek" startup tale. What started in a small shop in California, has turned into a business that generated over 2 million in revenue last year.


    Lisa joins us this week to share the origins of Authentic Leather Patch Co., how they were able to grow their company to the heights it has reached today, how they have navigated the supply chain issues and uncertainty of Covid, and a whole lot more.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
444 Ratings

444 Ratings

Timmy and Carrie’s MacBook Pro ,

Best Podcast Ever

This is the absolute best podcast I’ve ever listened to. I highly recommend it to anyone.

homsic4ph ,

Props to Dan and Ian

I’ve been listening for years. They helped me to be inspired to start a business, took their advice on running the biz and still listening after I sold my business. So much value.

ASobering ,

Such a wealth of knowledge! 🧠

This is one of the most insightful podcasts that I have ever come across! Dan and Ian do such a great job of sharing their wisdom and I love how they lead meaningful conversations with guests who bring so much experience to the table. Highly recommend checking this show out - you won’t be disappointed!

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