TMBA 441: The Entrepreneurial Script

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One of Dan and Ian‘s favorite parts about creating this podcast is being able to find real entrepreneurial stories that can inspire and inform others.

It’s easy to forget sometimes that these real entrepreneurial stories, or “scripts” as we sometimes call them, are rare to come by. These journeys don’t always go exactly as we anticipate either, with a lot of left turns and unexpected roadblocks.

This has certainly been the case for Dan Taylor, the founder of AppsEvents. Dan started his entrepreneurial journey roughly 14 years ago and went through some tough times with his earlier businesses.

In this episode, you’ll hear about many of those struggles, why he left those businesses, and how long it took Dan to replace his income from his previous job.

If you are struggling with your own entrepreneurial journey, we hope this episode can serve as an inspiration for you.


Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • How the financial crisis in 2008 almost wiped out Dan’s business. (7:13)
  • What led Dan to decide to get into the event planning business. (13:29)
  • Why running events is harder than it looks. (17:42)
  • How Dan was able to parlay his success running events into another new business. (24:57)
  • Dan’s advice for entrepreneurs that are aspiring towards a similar script. (27:20)

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Published on 05.17.18
  • Dan Taylor

    Thanks for the opportunity to be on the podcast Dan it was a lot of fun. It’s night and day in how professional the podcast become over the 5 years since I was last on the show. Some interesting behind the scenes trivia for listeners: In the old days Dan was super structured and agreed the talking points on a Google Doc in advance and stuck to them rigidly. This time was entirely unscripted and I had no prep about Dan’s questions which is a really different approach and I think makes you give more genuine and instinctive answers.

    Just to say finally, as Dan mentioned on the pod if any listeners run in person events we will be releasing a special TropicalMBA listener offer for EventsFrame this month over at

  • Appreciate it Dan best of luck with the new business. True story regarding the prep, I did a bunch on my side but unless I’m asking technical questions I rarely tip off the interviewee anymore. Thanks for being a good sport about it! :)

  • Joe Glover

    This was a brilliant podcast! Got in touch with Dan afterwards and he was gracious enough to chat on the phone afterwards as well – class act. Thanks guys!

  • Dan Taylor

    Cheers Joe it was great to chat and good luck with it is looking very cool!

    Anyone else I’m always up to chat…. best is to hit me up on Twitter @dantaylorAE and we’ll fix a time to talk.

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