Internet Marketers in the Philippines – The Global Meetup and Semester II Begins

Yahct in Subic Bay

The two Tropical Sean’s and myself got together this past week to brainstorm ways to run the next semester of our program and to review the applications in detail. We read every word of every application, and let me just say– the applications were incredible.

I believe the old-school system of resumes and vague credentials like “I went to x college” are dying, and dying fast. The great thing about evaluating candidates for the Tropical MBA is that we can look specifically at what they are currently doing, and evaluate if those types of actions will help our businesses grow.

After a ton of deliberation and days of talk….we’ve selected David from to work with us in Mindoro in the coming months. David is currently mid-way through his first trip around Asia, and he’s an active blogger and programmer. We were impressed by his precise way of thinking and articulating himself. His application was clean and direct. Here’s the kicker: David is already traveling in the Philippines! and he is really enjoying the country. That’s no small factor for this type of location-based position. More than any other candidate David was already running in lock-step with what we were offering– his lifestyle matches up with what will be going on in Mindoro (he’s even a SCUBA enthusiast!).

The days of relying on a degree certification and waiting for a company to give you permission to go out there and get stuff done are over. Just like Sean before him, David is already doing exactly what he wants to do, he doesn’t need us at all. My hope in working with David is that the passion and creativity he’s already poured into creating a great lifesetyle can rub off on my organization and help us to build better businesses.

To all the people who applied– I was truly humbled by the response and quality of the applications. If we could hire everyone who applied we would have one seriously awesome company. The question is, now that we know we have a real demand for this kind of thing, what should we do with it? I don’t have any brilliant ideas at this point, but looking at my inbox is heartbreaking. I want to work with all of you! Anyway…. here’s hoping we can come up with something… we’ll be thinking about it on our end.

Congrats to David, welcome to the Tropical MBA family… we are looking forward to welcoming you to Manila and Mindoro this month :)

Published on 06.09.10
  • I am honored that you selected me. Looking forward to work with you, it is going to be awesome.

  • Congratulations, David! I look forward to following Semester II.

  • Congrats! I’ll have to find some time and go hang out with all of you guys at Badladz!

  • kathydobson

    Congratulations David! You certainly seem to be the perfect fit! I’ll be following you and Semester II
    I sense power with this connection. ;)Kathy

  • I am seriously jealous of David now! Congratulations David and I look forward to learning more about you.

  • Dan

    I’m jealous too! A big part of me wants to hang out on Sean’s tropical patio for 3 months straight. :)

  • Dan

    haha me too!

  • Dan

    Matt, you can expense the rooms as a business expense!

  • Congrats David =) I’m quite jealous

  • Count me in for that party… Seriously.

    I need a little break, and have yet to visit the island.

    When, Dan…? Email me.

  • Congrats David! Will be following your semester.

    Party in the Philippines! Count me in also!

  • Justin Miramontes

    Count me in as well! I want to head out around Late August / Early September.I’m just an SEO consultant so I won’t be working on anything too sexy, but I can help whoever needs help on one some advanced SEO tactics. And I’m always looking to join in on interesting projects :)

  • btw Your videos are epic! Great editing Dan … I need to learn how to do that! Seems like a harder process without a mac

  • JR

    Enjoy reading the blog…hope to find some useful applications for healthcare!

    –JR Philadelphia

  • Dan

    Hey thanks, I really like making them I kinda can’t believe I can do it. The video on this post for example easily took me less than an hour including figuring out what I was gonna say. I just basically dropped in all the photos I took that day and some of the videos randomly and the program made it look good. I’m still learning the voice over function but now that I’ve got that down I could do it again in 15 minutes or less. I’ve spent a lot of time looking into PC alternatives because I like to make professional videos for our products and there is just nothing that currently compares to iMovie for the fast/professional production. Plus there is the advantage of Garageband and iPhoto integration which really helps you move fast. Ok basically I could do a series of podcasts on this machine alone!

  • Dan

    Justin, SEO consultant sure sounds sexy to me!

  • Dan

    Invite sent sir Chris!

  • Dan


  • Justin Miramontes

    Ya, well, wait until you hear how unreasonable some of my clients are! Hahaha, nah I shouldn’t say that… I enjoy them all :)Would love to start my own biz with my own products soon! I got something in the works though… maybe by August/September I’ll be far enough along to talk about it!

  • Prime mastermind group in the Philippines? I think so! Congrats David!

  • Sean Cooney

    Certainly some rockin’ opportunities that could come out of a BADLADZ Summit. Great minds, super casual atmosphere and raging entrepreneurial hormones ! Too Kool
    For anyone thinking of coming, I’ll gladly help with any travel or accommodations questions


  • Thanks guys. Looking forward to the party!

  • Congrats! Looking forward to seeing what happens with the new semester.!

    Darren L Carter

  • matthewneedham

    Congratulations! Sounds like you’re all well matched!

  • Did someone mention a mastermind meetup on a tropical beach? Now that sounds tempting and I bet I know a few other suspects that could be persuaded! ;)

  • Dan

    Matt, I don’t think any arm-twisting will be necessary :)

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