Rank #1: TMBA476: “An Adventure Worth Going On”
http://www.tropicalmba.com/plansfor2019/ Dan and Ian have decided to be a little bit self-indulgent with this week's podcast.
On today's show, they are talking about their goals for 2019.
In particular, they wanted to talk about what they have planned for their newest venture, Dynamite Jobs.
On this episode, they will be sharing the single goal that they are working towards for Dynamite Jobs this year. You'll also hear what went into the decision to choose that goal, as well as some of our biggest business takeaways heading into the new year.
Jan 17 2019
Rank #2: TMBA465: 5 Internet Business Themes for 2019
http://www.tropicalmba.com/themesfor2019/ Dan and Ian are still resting up after hosting 350 entrepreneurs at their annual DC BKK event in Bangkok last week.
While they were at that event, they had the opportunity to speak to so many entrepreneurs about their business struggles and successes throughout 2018.
In light of those conversations, we've decided to address some of the common topics we've heard throughout that conference on today's episode.
This week, we are discussing the five trends that internet businesses need to consider for the upcoming year. We'll be talking location freedom, hiring practices, conference strategies, and much, much more.
Nov 01 2018
Rank #3: Episode 307: TMBA307: The One Where a Business Starts on the Show
http://www.tropicalmba.com/productized/ Today we are going to be doing something really special. A new business is actually starting on this week's show. We've been having a lot of trouble with email marketing lately. We're on a very basic email marketing platform and we have kind of outgrown it. There are more robust email platforms out there, but a lot of them are really expensive and hard to operate. Eventually we discovered that Drip was the perfect platform for us, but we didn't want to commit the man hours to learning to use it. I reached out on Twitter to ask if anyone was interested in starting a SWaS business around the Drip platform. Jeff Pecaro was the man who answered the call. We invited Jeff on to the show this week to give our listeners an inside look on what it's really like to launch a Productized Service business.
Sep 24 2015
Rank #4: Episode 390: TMBA390: How to Get Better at Sales
http://www.tropicalmba.com/salestechniques/ One of the topics that Dan and Ian have repeatedly been asked to talk about on this show is sales.
The reality for the majority of the entrepreneurs who listen to this show is that their businesses live or die by their sales funnel. It's also one of the number one things that entrepreneurs struggle to get good at.
When Dan and Ian decided to do this episode, they knew there was only one person that they could call to talk about how to really get better at sales.
John Logar is an extremely talented and successful salesperson, and he has always been very generous about sharing his advice on sales.
On this week's show, John shares some of those insights, including a 4 step daily process that John guarantees will bring you more sales.
This isn't going to be a drive by, top ten list type of an episode. This is a deep dive into the type of skills and habits that will help you build a better, more profitable sales funnel for your business.
May 25 2017
Rank #5: Episode 224: TMBA 224: Listener Questions, Like : “I Make $1,000 a Month, Now What?”
http://www.tropicalmba.com/1k/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/1k/ Since an angry fish seemed to have cut the internet wire in the ocean, Ian and I are cut off from one another. In his stead, Jesse “The Dominator” Lawler has stepped up to bring value to the masses. The listener questions continue to get better and better, so The Dominator and I are...
Dec 26 2013
Rank #6: Episode 231: TMBA 231: Narrative Fallacy and the New Faces of the Digital Nomad Movement
http://www.tropicalmba.com/roundtable/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/roundtable/ *** Are you interested in attending our high level mastermind in April or May? If you can fill out this brief survey, we’ll send you more details shortly. *** In this week’s episode, we’re decided to do things a little bit differently. I’ve invited several of my friends from the Dynamite Circle on to...
Feb 13 2014
Rank #7: TMBA456: An Episode For Those Who Need a Business Idea Redux
http://www.tropicalmba.com/businessideasredux/ One of Dan and Ian 's favorite topics to discuss on this show is business ideas.
In particular, they love brainstorming new business ideas with the listeners of this podcast.
Coming up with a great business idea doesn't come naturally for all of us, though we believe it really is a skill that you can learn and get better at.
Today, we are talking about the science behind a great business idea. In particular, we are sharing five techniques that you can use to develop your own business idea.
We'll also be revisiting some of the business ideas that we came up with on an earlier episode of this show from 2015.
Aug 30 2018
Rank #8: Episode 201: TMBA201 (TTR37) – How Hyperfocus In Your Marketing Can Lead To Broader Business Opportunities
http://www.tropicalmba.com/focused-marketing-business-opportunities/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/focused-marketing-business-opportunities/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published Friday afternoons (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week Dan chats with...
Jul 19 2013
Rank #9: Episode 324: TMBA324: The Amazon Gold Rush
http://www.tropicalmba.com/amazongold/ Throughout the history of the internet, there have been many different entrepreneurial opportunities. People who got in on these opportunities early have historically found an incredible amount of success. What we've seen in 2016 is that the people who have gotten into the Amazon ecosystem early on are starting to see the fruits of that decision. This week, Dan and Ian have put together a unique round table discussion with a few of those people; Greg Mercer of Jungle Scout, Brad DeGraw of Amazon Sherpa and Kiri Masters of Bobsled Marketing. They will be sharing their tips, tricks and tools on how to make the Amazon platform work for you.
Feb 18 2016
Rank #10: Episode 438: TMBA438: The Knowledge Gap vs. The Efficiency Gap
http://www.tropicalmba.com/knowledgevsefficiency/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/knowledgevsefficiency/ Podcast 34:08| Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment On this week’s show, Dan and Ian are revisiting a subject that they haven’t spoken about in four years. Truthfully, it’s the number one recurring topic that listeners of this podcast bring up with them in conversation, so we thought it was high time to take another look...
Apr 26 2018
Rank #11: Episode 297: TMBA297: Why You’re Going To Have To Become an Entrepreneur Eventually (So You Might as Well Do It Now)
http://www.tropicalmba.com/endofjobs/ This week longtime friend of the show Taylor Pearson drops by to talk about his new book, The End of Jobs. We don't typically invite guests on to the show to promote their books, but Taylor has had such a huge part in the growth of our product business. His new book also stemmed in part from some discussions that the two of us had after the Dynamite Circle Conference in Bangkok last October. On this week's episode, we're gonna talk all about why Taylor decided to write this book, the books that are defining this exciting location-independent movement, and why the jobs that were once considered the safest are now being called into question.
Jun 19 2015
Rank #12: TMBA457: Why Does Everyone Talk About Revenue and Not Profit?
http://www.tropicalmba.com/tomsawyer/ A few weeks ago, Dan and Ian published an episode of this podcast about The Peter Principle, which is the idea that everyone will more or less rise to the level of their own incompetence.
Today, we are talking about a different principle. This one comes from a great 19th century book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.
This episode begins with an excerpt from the book, where Tom is forced to paint a fence and convinces others to help him, eventually tricking them into painting the fence themselves.
On today's show, we're sharing our thoughts on how entrepreneurs can use this same philosophy to lead a great team without working in their business day-to-day.
We'll also be talking about the progress we've made with our new business venture - Dynamite Jobs, and why many entrepreneurs spend so much time focusing on top-line revenue rather than profits.
Sep 06 2018
Rank #13: Episode 186: TMBA 186 (LBP154) – How Profitable Niche Selection Really Works: Rip Pivot and Jam Redux
http://www.tropicalmba.com/profitable-niche-selection-rip-pivot-jam-redux/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/profitable-niche-selection-rip-pivot-jam-redux/ This week Dan and Ian are back in Saigon and are pumped to bring you this episode that’s chalked full of actionable methods and business frameworks. The Rip, Pivot and Jam is one of the fellas’ favorite business concepts so this episode is dedicated to helping you get the most from it. Running a...
May 02 2013
Rank #14: TMBA499: 5 Approaches to Getting Rich
Hosting this podcast has allowed Dan and Ian to meet thousands of entrepreneurs over the last several years.
Many of those entrepreneurs have gone on to become very wealthy people, and throughout our conversations with those people, we have found some common threads to the ways that wealthy people behave.
One constant we've discovered is that you have to have a strategy for becoming wealthy and that there are several common strategies that people use to varying degrees of success.
On today's show, we are going to be talking about five of the most common strategies to get rich that we have seen, which of those strategies resonate with us, and a whole lot more.
Jun 27 2019
Rank #15: TMBA483: Search Engine Optimization in 2019 (Plus, The Dark Side of SEO)
Longtime listeners of this show know that Dan and Ian spent the early part of their entrepreneurial career building product businesses online.
What you might not know is that Search Engine Optimization, commonly referred to as SEO, was one of the first skillsets that they learned when building those businesses.
A lot has changed in the last decade when it comes to SEO, and this week's guest seems to be at the forefront of that progress.
Tim Soulo is the Chief Marketing Officer and Product Adviser for Ahrefs. Ahrefs is a Software-as-a-Service company that provides a suite of incredibly useful SEO research tools. Their website is also host to one of the best SEO blogs on the internet.
On this week's episode, Tim shares some keen insight on the evolution of SEO and how you can make SEO work for your business. We'll also be exploring some of the darker sides of SEO and content marketing.
Mar 07 2019
Rank #16: Episode 428: TMBA428: A Critique of Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Workweek
http://www.tropicalmba.com/4hourworkweekcritique/ A recent episode of Tim Ferriss' podcast caught the attention of Dan and Ian.
The title of that episode was "The 4-Hour Workweek Revisited".
For those who are unfamiliar, Tim is the author of The 4-Hour-Workweek, which is easily the most influential book in our community of location-independent entrepreneurs.
The book is ten years old, and perhaps because of its prominence, it has received quite a few criticisms, many of which Tim addressed in his podcast.
In this episode, Dan and Ian discuss their thoughts on Tim's podcast, the themes presented in his book, and why The 4-Hour Workweek is still such an important part of the entrepreneurial zeitgeist a decade after it was released.
Feb 15 2018
Rank #17: TMBA472: Surprises and Delights of the Year
http://www.tropicalmba.com/surprisesanddelights/ As we approach the end of 2018, Dan and Ian have been reflecting on some of their favorite conversations of the year, many of which happened on this podcast.
They both feel incredibly fortunate to be able to speak to so many people that they admire and respect on this show.
This year has been a landmark one for us here at the Tropical MBA, and on today's episode, we are revisiting some of our favorite moments from our very favorite episodes of 2018.
We aren't just revisiting the highlights, though. Stick around after the credits to hear our 2018 blooper reel.
Dec 20 2018
Rank #18: Episode 412: TMBA412: ‘Never Split The Difference’: A Conversation with Chris Voss
http://www.tropicalmba.com/neversplitthedifference/ A few weeks ago on this podcast, Dan and Ian spoke about a failed negotiation that Ian went through when trying to purchase a car.
Ian has said many times that believed he could have closed that deal if he just used the right tactics.
Today's guest has spent a lifetime working on negotiating tactics, but he has primarily done so in matters of life or death.
Chris Voss is a former FBI hostage negotiator and the author of "Never Split the Difference".
Since leaving the FBI, Chris has devoted his time to a new business called Black Swan Ltd., which teaches people how to use the skills that he learned during his time as an FBI agent to improve their negotiation skills in business situations.
On this week's episode, you'll hear Chris go into great detail about emotional intelligence, how to choose the right language to use while negotiating, and why you should never split the difference.
Oct 26 2017
Rank #19: TMBA461: The 40% Rule
http://www.tropicalmba.com/40percentrule/ If you've been listening to this podcast for a while, you would know that one of the major motivations for Dan and Ian in life is creating the freedom to live life on your own terms.
That freedom can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people.
On recent episodes, we have spoken about how entrepreneurship shares a lot in common with the FIRE (Financially Independent, Retire Early) community.
One of the tenents of FIRE philosophy is The 4% Rule, which is the practice of saving and investing enough money that it will allow you to withdraw 4% of that income every year to live off of.
In order for that rule to work, though, you would need to save 1 million dollars to live on a modest income of $40,000 annually. That can be a tall order for people who are on a small salary.
Enter Jase Rodley. Jase recently wrote a piece called The 40% Rule, which addresses this idea head-on. The 40% Rule is an investment strategy that allows people to concentrate on returns from modest investments, while still allowing themselves to "stay in the game".
On today's episode, Jase discusses The 40% Rule, the business that he is currently building, and how his experience with that business has informed his investment strategies.
Oct 04 2018
Rank #20: TMBA513: How To Get Rich Without Getting Lucky
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.
Oct 03 2019