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.
TMBA601: Creating Meaningful Online Communities
We've learned over the years that being a part of a community of like-minded people is one of the most valuable experiences that you can have as an entrepreneur.
This was our core motivation for forming The Dynamite Circle, our own online community of location-independent entrepreneurs, back in 2011.
We originally built that community on a platform called Ning, largely because it was the best option on the market at the time, and it served us well for many years.
Gina Bianchini is the former CEO of Ning.
She recently decided to leave that company to create Mighty Networks, a sophisticated platform aimed at helping creators build their own online communities.
We've invited Gina on to the podcast today to talk about the challenges of building and running online communities in 2021, how communities on the internet have evolved over the past decade, how to grow an 8-figure remote business, and more.
TMBA600: Why It's So Hard to Replicate Success with Derrick Reimer
This week's episode is full of so many recurring themes that we've seen over the years on this podcast, from the unique struggles that SaaS businesses face, to the decision between bootstrapping and funding, and much more.
Derrick Reimer has had a long and storied career as a software entrepreneur, but he is perhaps best known as the technical co-founder of Drip, which he built alongside our good friend and former guest Rob Walling.
Since exiting Drip three years ago, Derrick jumped headfirst into his next project: a team-chat software named Level, which he ultimately chose to walk away from in 2019.
Today, Derrick joins us to talk about why he made the decision to shut down the product that he has spent a year building, as well as the details of his newest project, a sophisticated scheduling tool named SavvyCal.
TMBA599: The Art of Acquiring Businesses
We've shared a lot of stories on this podcast from entrepreneurs who have started their own businesses, but one strategy we've increasingly seen to accelerate the path to wealth is to purchase a business that already exists and to leverage debt to do so.
Today's guest is an expert at that.
Shakil Prasla has been acquiring businesses through his company SZ Ventures for nearly a decade.
He started with a loan from the Small Business Administration and now has a team of roughly 80 people who are managing niche eCommerce companies. They are selling anything from high-end business cards to their most recent acquisition, Gloves.com.
In today's podcast, Shakil shares the story of how he purchased his first business, how he has grown to where he is now, strategies for taking advantage of Small Business Administration loans, and much more.
TMBA598: Winning with Twitter and Writing for the Web with David Perell
Today's episode is all about creating content, in particular, how to create written content that people actually want to read.
David Perell is the co-founder of an online writing school called Write of Passage, and he is an expert at teaching people how to cultivate ideas and distill them into writing.
He's also an extremely savvy marketer, with tons of important insights into the future of social media and internet marketing.
David joins us on today's podcast to share specific writing strategies that have worked for him, what it really takes to grow a Twitter account that has the potential to change your business, and a whole lot more.
TMBA597: Five Things We Can't Stop Thinking About in May 2021
This week's podcast is a little bit out of the ordinary.
While we have been busier than ever this month over at Dynamite Jobs, we still can't help but find things on the internet to get worked up about.
We thought it would be fun to take a look at five specific news items and ideas that have recently come across our desk that we just can't stop thinking about.
These topics range from how to deal with FOMO, why it's important to get powerbrokers involved in your business, the "muddy middle" of freelancing, and so much more.
We hope that these five topics can help inspire you to make the next great move in your location-independent business.
TMBA596: What's Really Stopping You From Achieving Wealth?
Welcome back to another episode in our long-running series The Re-Readables, where we revisit some of our favorite business books to find out if they stand the test of time.
How to Get Rich was written in 2009 by author and entrepreneur Felix Dennis.
Felix was the founder of Maxim magazine, and he aimed to create a book about getting rich from "someone who didn't need to write it". The result is incredibly funny, direct, and thought-provoking.
Joining us this week is our good friend Coran Woodmass of TheFBABroker.com, who has just read the book for the very first time and is eager to share his thoughts.
We'll be discussing the finer points of How to Get Rich, what we believe has aged the best and what has aged the worst, some of our favorite quotes, and much more.
Real and Refreshing
This podcast shines over most because the hosts, Dan and Ian, obviously care about the audience and always deliver interesting and insightful content that engages listeners, while never being pretentious or preachy.
This podcast is the one I’d listen to if I could only choose one.
This podcast is the one I’d listen to if I could only choose one. For location independent thinkers: the variety, the depth, and the insightfulness is remarkable; and it only gets better every year I have has listened (which is since 2013).
I listen to about 25 podcasts a week. This one is where I feel at home.
Kudos! We look forward to your next shows!