TMBA 454: What Does Your City Whisper?

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Dan and Ian have spent many hours on this show talking about location and in particular the cities that location-independent entrepreneurs choose to live in.

A little while ago, Dan ready an article called Cities and Ambition by Paul Graham which theorizes that the cities we visit actually send signals to us in a variety of unspoken ways.

Afterward, he felt compelled to write a blog post about the ways that certain cities “whisper” to us.

On today’s episode, you will hear that blog post, as well as some thoughts and reflections on some of our favorite cities.

We’ll be sharing what we love about those cities, why we can’t stop visiting them, and what each of those cities has been “whispering” to us. And we’d love to hear from you about what different cities whisper to you.


Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • What it means when a city “whispers” to you. (3:12)
  • Some of our favorite US cities and what they whisper to us. (13:41)
  • Our thoughts on some of our favorite Vietnamese cities. (18:38)
  • Some of our favorite North American cities outside of the United States. (29:09)
  • Which cities we’ve challenged each other to visit. (38:44)

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Published on 08.16.18
  • Charleston: Southern Hospitality, LA Traffic:

    (I’m from CHS–lived the first half of my life there. Beautiful city, terrible, terrible traffic). :)

  • Thank you for this nice pod.

    Ian, next time you are visiting Spain, you should hop over to Ibiza.
    You will be shocked. The admission fees for the night clubs are 50 Euro, at least.

    10 bucks in Barcelona is a bargain ;-)

  • TheCaveTourist

    Another great podcast. Thanks! I’m not in the same entrepreneurial “space” but I enjoy the show. With that being said…

    What my city whispers to me is that there are too many podcasters, expats and digital nomads who don’t know how to properly pronounce the name. It’s Chiang Mai, not Chang Mai. There is an i in Chiang. You pronounce it like the i in “piece”. Chiang Mai. Please take a few minutes to practice. Thank you.

  • My best attempts for New York:
    “You aren’t on the side lines of history anymore, you’re on the field.”
    “You should have gone into finance”
    “Dream bigger”
    “You’re broke and always will be”

  • Laurence Taylor

    Oh heck yer Mexico city! Great podcast, get the word out as we need more DC’ers here! To me this city speaks opportunity in volume, so many educated people with money and so few businesses that really get it :)

  • It’s an up and comer! :D Love that place.

  • haha good ones! I like that first one, I’ve always felt that. Something like “this is a place where meaningful things happen.”

  • Fair enough I’ve got a lot of room to improve! :D

  • haha he simply would not go. 10E was like pulling teeth!

  • haha, that won’t turn me off. I’m looking forward to a visit.

  • Gabriela Chávez Regato

    Thank you for acknowledging what we in Canada go through in the winter!

  • Loved this episode. Props to you guys for praising San Diego, so many seem to have a hard time with paradise ;) Agree with everything you guys said about Austin, but I think the traffic needs to be brought up- it’s not designed for the amount of cars there and the mass transportation is a joke, so unless you live downtown it’s tough to get around a lot of the time.

    I’m now excited to check out Greenville, sounds interesting!

  • 100% re: Austin traffic. And of course, agree about SD. :D

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