About

Dan and Ian

In late 2007, we (Dan Andrews and Ian Schoen, that’s us above) started a product design and ecommerce company that grew to multi-seven figures in annual revenues. We exited that business in 2015 (wohoo!).

Over the years, we’ve shared our story via our weekly Thursday morning podcast, as well as those of the entrepreneurs we’ve met along the way.

From the beginning, we were inspired to grow a different kind of business. Sure, we wanted to build wealth, but we also wanted to be free from offices. We wanted to take months to live in foreign countries, to find time to pursue our interests, and to try and keep in mind the wide variety of motivations we had in the first place.

Themes we discuss often on our show are:

  • Old-school business know-how 
  • The artisanal approach to entrepreneurship 
  • The permanent travel lifestyle 
  • Books 
  • Heuristics for generating business ideas
  • Bootstrapping (vs. “startups”)
  • Post-corporate life 
  • Community building and events
  • The globalization of sub $10,000,000 businesses
  • Apprenticeship and mentoring
  • Team building, culture, and management

Although creating generational wealth is very often the result of these enterprises, the mindset of the TMBA community is, as one reader put it, to “create more value than you capture.”

Subscribing to our podcast is the best way to get started with this site. The show is used in business school curriculums across the US, and has been downloaded over 1,000,000 times in 100+ countries.

Have a suggestion for our blog or podcast?

If you have a story you’d like us to cover on our show, we encourage you to contact our producer Jane@TropicalMBA.com.

Do you have a question about Dynamite Circle “DC”?

Both DC members and prospective members can get quick responses by reaching out to our team at Admin@DynamiteCircle.com.

Want to talk with Dan or Ian?

You’re welcome to email us about opportunities. We’re actively seeking investments and connections that we might find fun or interesting.

Our email addresses are Dan and Ian at Tropical MBA dot com respectively. Please keep in mind that we receive so many emails that we cannot respond to the majority of inquiries.

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