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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

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.9, 427 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.

    TMBA556: Navigating the Dip

    TMBA556: Navigating the Dip

    On today's podcast, we are sharing some personal updates, as well as three specific updates about our core businesses.


    We are also announcing that for the first time in nearly five years, we are hiring a Community Facilitator for our private membership group The Dynamite Circle.


    Later on in the episode, we'll be exploring the idea of the moment in a business that Seth Godin refers to as "The Dip".


    You'll hear why this "middle period" of running a business is so difficult, how it feels to be in that dip, and why so many people just can't get out of it.

    • 45 min
    TMBA555: Are Productized Services Overrated?

    TMBA555: Are Productized Services Overrated?

    Productized services have long been a subject of discussion on this podcast.


    They are a relatively attractive business model, especially among first-time entrepreneurs, and we've shared many examples over the years of how to create these kinds of businesses and scale them.


    Meryl Johnston, founder of the online bookkeeping firm Bean Ninjas, recently started a rather lively debate in the members' forum of our online community The Dynamite Circle with a post titled, ‘Are Productized Services Overrated?’


    We've invited Meryl on to the show to find out why she decided to raise that question and to hear her thoughts on a business model that she has personally followed for the last five years.


    Meryl joins us today to discuss what a productized service really is, the strengths and weaknesses of the model, and why she's wondering whether her own company needs to evolve past it.

    • 50 min
    TMBA554: A Healthy Equilibrium

    TMBA554: A Healthy Equilibrium

    Christopher Gimmer is the Co-Founder and CEO of Snappa, a SaaS (Software as a Service) business that allows users to create online graphics quickly and easily.


    Christopher caught our attention recently when he opened up with a post on Twitter about the emotional cost of being an entrepreneur.


    We invited Christopher onto the podcast this week to discuss his own journey as an entrepreneur, how difficult it can be for entrepreneurs to find and maintain what he calls "a healthy equilibrium", and how he works to achieve his own balance.


    You'll also hear why Christopher feels that having a business partner has been key to Snappa’s eventual success and what he sees as the pros and cons of SaaS businesses.

    • 49 min
    TMBA553: Protecting Your Passion

    TMBA553: Protecting Your Passion

    It started with an innocuous-looking image of a yellow aeroplane and ended with a number of threatening letters from a law firm on behalf of the travel site Expedia.


    In today’s episode, we bring you the denouement of the story of why we decided to remove ‘that plane’ from our branding.


    And, to find out whether we really needed to do it, we’ve invited back our good friend and Intellectual Property (IP) attorney Sarah Kornblet Waldbuesser from Destination Legal.


    You'll also hear Sarah's thoughts on the best way to protect your brand or logo, how to differentiate between "trademark scams" and what should be taken seriously, and a whole lot more.

    • 39 min
    TMBA552: The Art of Buying and Selling Web Domains

    TMBA552: The Art of Buying and Selling Web Domains

    On today's podcast, we're excited to finally reveal that our remote jobs platform Dynamite Jobs is officially a ".com business".


    After three years of running the company with a .co domain, that .com marks a huge symbolic change for our company, but it didn't come cheap.


    Enter Rob Barbour of DomainSOS.com and DomainVIP.com.


    Rob has worked in the domain space for over twenty years and he owns a substantial portfolio of his own domains. He also specializes in helping people acquire domains that are difficult to obtain.


    In this week's podcast, Rob joins us to talk about his history as a domain broker, how the industry has changed over 20 years, and how he helped us secure DynamiteJobs.com for our business.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    TMBA551: Transitioning from Freelancer to Running a Business

    TMBA551: Transitioning from Freelancer to Running a Business

    If we had to pick one word as our greatest motivation, it’s ‘freedom’. Freedom to live life on our terms, where we want, with the people we choose.


    Ali Marsland is the director of ‘The Effective English Company’.


    Ali began chasing her own freedom at the age of 18, as she traveled around the world for a year before embarking on a successful career in corporate communications.


    The corporate world eventually made her feel trapped, and when the opportunity arose to become a freelancer, she decided to chase that freedom once more.


    Ali joins us on this week's podcast to describe how she ‘stair-stepped’ her way into entrepreneurship by first becoming an on-site freelancer to outsourcing work, and eventually growing her own successful agency.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
427 Ratings

427 Ratings

Grusha - ElitePodcastBookings ,

Interesting Content!

Kudos! We look forward to your next shows!

SamLytle ,

As Real As It Gets

I've been listening to TMBA for the better part of a decade and it's been the voice in my head that's helped me start and grow a business bigger than myself. The concepts they throw out themselves or via guests on the pod make me challenge my own beliefs and they also are open about their own successes and failures. What Dan and Ian have grown is bigger than this podcast.

I'm feeling guilty it's taken me so long to write a review after all they've given me through the podcast so don't be like me! Listen to the pod and write a review ASAP.

brookechristinaskincare ,

Awesome podcast

Love in the latest podcast- The Brenwall Code - Mark Brenwall is such a great example of honesty and openness about his journey in his personal life and business. I look forward to hearing more humble and informative interviews about how other people think outside the box.

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