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TMBA472: Surprises and Delights of the Year

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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.

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TMBA471: The Helsinki Bus Theory

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Dan and Ian have spent a lot of time in Chiang Mai.

One of the traditions that Dan has every time he visits is to touch base with Kevin Graham. You may remember Kevin from a previous episode we released in early 2017.

In that episode, Kevin joined us to talk about the first major business that he co-founded, which was a suite of Amazon Associates affiliate sites.

These days, he has been focusing on a different project; a web hosting business called Bulk Buy Hosting. In particular, he has decided to take a different turn with that business and we invited him on the show to talk about it.

Today you'll hear about Kevin's experience with Bulk Buy Hosting, and why he decided to move into a completely new direction with it.

Kevin also shares why he believes a bus station in Helsinki is has a strong connection to a topic that we've talked about a lot on this show - The 1,000 Day Principle.

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TMBA470: The Elephant in the Room

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Today's episode is about a place that has played a very special part in Dan and Ian's entrepreneurial journey.

China has become one of the most important countries in the world for entrepreneurs. Chinese supply chains and manufacturing are the lifeblood of many online businesses around the world.

Things have changed over the last several years in China, though, and arguably no one understands that better than today's guest.

Matt Kowalak of China Ecom Boost not only works with manufacturers in China, but with major product companies and celebrities as well, helping them break in and market themselves into this enormous country.

In this episode, we talk about culture, commerce, and Matt's trajectory, including why he has had a major re-evaluation about the kind of business he wants to be doing in the future, focused on the vast potential opportunities that he sees in China.

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TMBA469: It’s No Good Having Ideas if They Don’t Bring You Results

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Dan and Ian have said for years on this podcast that the most important thing your business should be doing is solving people's problems.

Today's guest has taken that philosophy and ran with it.

Kean Graham is the founder of Monetize More, a monetization agency that helps online brands optimize their ad revenue. Monetize More is 100 people strong, and it's safe to say that they lean into location independence. In fact, they consider it a key value in their company.

On today's episode, we are going to explore the inside story of how Monetize More got started. You'll also hear the strategies Kean has used to grow that business, some of which could be considered pretty controversial.

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