Semester II Open for Applications- Live on a Tropical Island For Free

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Update June 1 2010: Applications for the semester II are now closed. Thanks to all who applied.

Update May 2010: Sean Ogle from the Tropical MBA semester I took a trip to Mindoro to visit Badladz. We took the time to record a podcast where we discuss the second semester and his experience with the first semester. Good stuff!

You can live on a Tropical island for next to nothing. We will pay for room and board. Travel, gadgets, nights out on the town, and local transport are on you. How much you spend per month will depend on your budget and goals.  Here’s what you’ll get:

  1. Room #6 at Badladz Adventure Resort, for free.
  2. Free WIFI
  3. 3 square meals a day, and good ones to boot.
  4. Access to Sean’s condo for 1 week a month in Manila.
  5. Easy access to Sean and Dan’s advice, mentoring, and networks.

In return, you’ll work approximately 15-20 hours a week on our web projects (2-3 hours a day, we are flexible on this), which will include properties like and In the process of working for our social media projects we’ll reveal to you a broad range of techniques we use to make money online and work from anywhere on the planet.

To be clear: there will be no cash payment or allowance built in to this program. Its something to seriously take in to account when considering if this is right for you.

Semester II will start with a 3 month trial period. After that we’ll review our progress and if its working out for everyone we can extend it if everyone is having a good time.

You will be helping us build blogs. One site will be brand new– built from the ground up. We’ll be publishing premium content and doing SEO work and marketing a few of our existing sites. If you have advanced skill sets, including programming knowledge, we have some advanced projects in the works that you can help out with as well. Either way, you can count on a lot of writing. I think this work is pretty fun :)

Great candidates for semester II will love the web, learning, writing, and interacting with others online. You must enjoy communicating with your teammates and openly sharing information. You’ll likely be talking with me a lot on the phone. If you’d prefer to work more and get involved in our other businesses just to get your feet wet, I’m down with that too. There’s always opportunity to take on bigger challenges.

If you are an established entrepreneur, you can look at this as basically the cheap seed funding. Hopefully the work you are doing with us can be complimentary to your project or we can learn from each other.

This semester of the Tropical MBA lends itself to people who have a clear idea of the kind of work they want to be doing for the next 3-6 months. The first semester was much more guided because it was focused on a revenue generating business.

A lot of how this opportunity plays out will depend on the unique vision and desires of the candidate.


Mindoro is no doubt a tropical paradise, but its super quiet and way off the beaten path. This is described by Sean as an outpost and rightfully so… as Sean noted in the comments….”my resort started as a loose base for treasure hunters , explorers, innovators, and general freedom fighters…” That’s to say, there ain’t no full moon party :)

I want to make sure we set expectations well. There isn’t a big vibrant scene of internet marketers here in Mindoro, or even in Manila for that matter. There will be, on the other hand, plenty of travelers moving through, and LOTS of folks in the SCUBA industry. If you have an interest in SCUBA this is a world class place to be. This is a particularly good opportunity for somebody who is already traveling and wants to extend their time on the road. The vibe is hyper-laid back and islandy. There are plenty of festivals and miles of beaches to explore.

Puerto Galera harbor is a 5 hour journey on a bus and ferry to Manila (where I live most of the time). Whoever comes to live at Badladz will have a ton of free time and could, if they wanted to, go days without talking to others. I’d encourage you to think deeply about what that could mean for you and your work. You’ll have to have a lot of drive, an ability to be self-motivated, and a little bit of zen monk in you.

Other info:

  • You can see a little bit more about Badladz and the surrounding area by checking out Sean’s Youtube Channel.
  • Learn more about why Sean of Badladz is the prototypical lifestyle entrepreneur on this post.


In order to apply, you’ll need to complete the following:

Send all materials to Dan at

  1. Email me a 300-500 word blog post type article on why this opportunity is uniquely suited for you.
  2. A 300-500 description of the projects you’d like to work on or what you’d like to do while in Mindoro.
  3. Let us know in 3-4 sentences how you would go about making money with a site like
  4. A 30 second to 4 minute video or audio recording taken of yourself and posted to a free webservice (private videos on Youtube works great) that gives us a brief introduction to your biographical background, especially focused background in travel, business, and internet projects. Send us the link in your application
  5. Applications are DUE June 1st. Interviews will be conducted that week via Skype, and a winner will be announced by June 8th.

The Tropical MBA semester II will start no later than July 15th, so if you are the winner, we’ll want to coordinate with you to get here before that date. If your application must be an exception to that rule, please let us know in the application process.

Best of luck to everyone who applies, and if you know somebody who might be interested in an opportunity like this, please help us out with an email or tweet :)


If you’d like any clarification or have a further questions, please ask for it in the comments so everyone can benefit from the information.

If you think this stuff is cool, pop on the mailing list and we’ll keep you updated on the stuff we are doing plus I’ll be sending out a huge list of resources and tools that help me run my global business from my laptop. That won’t be posted to the blog. Look for that within the next week or so.

Published on 05.26.10
  • kathydobson

    What a fabulous opportunity for the right person. Might be out of my league…but, I am going to do a blog post on it anyway. Adventurous entrepreneurs everywhere take note! ;)
    Someone is going to be very lucky…

  • btlight

    Nice. Let the games begin. Clarification question – for the two essay blog posts, I assume we post it on our personal blogs, and then link that to you? Or do you want us to email you the whole package? Ounce of prevention, pound of cure whole thing.. Thanks and best of luck to all who apply – looks to be a great learning/growing experience!


  • Dan

    Great question, that’s unclear. I don’t mind if you post them but its much better just to email them to me! I’ll clarify the language. Cheers.

  • Dan

    Thanks Kathy :)

  • Wow. I really don’t know what to say about this other than thank you for the great opportunity and good luck to everyone who applies!!!

    I’m going to start on this as soon as I get done at work!

    Thanks again

  • Dude… if I wasn’t the sole income provider for my family including my elderly parents, I’d be hopping right on this. I’m sure you’ll have some really qualified folks that will do an awesome job for you.

    But I might yet be headed to the Philippines anyway. I’m afraid to even mention it in case I jinx myself or it doesn’t work out, but I’m past the prescreening and will hopefully be interviewing within the next week for an expat gig in Manila. If it all comes together, I’ll definitely be buying you some beers in a few months!

  • btlight

    And this is how we change the world. What seemed like a simple question turned out not to be one. Sometimes all you need to do is raise your hand. Thanks.

  • Hey Dan,

    This sounds nice! Will let my followers know about this and share this with my subscribers.

    Can’t wait to see who wins this. :)

  • Dan

    Thanks Tyrone! Looking forward to having you visit the Phils :)

  • Dan

    Sweet Mike! Good luck on the gig. Will take you up on the beer for sure.

  • Dan

    No prob :)

  • Dan – you ROCK………..!

    Awesome deal.

  • Dan

    Ha! Thanks :)

  • Dan

    All– Just received a great question:

    “Let us know in 3-4 sentences how you would go about making money with a site like”

    ::::::I just wondered if you could clarify what your looking for in this question? For instance, are you looking for an understanding of how blogs make money and the general tactics to go about it? Or are you looking for creativity here? Maybe just what I would personally do?:::::

    Answers specific to this blog will probably be better. Outlining a specific product you’d create, or service you’d offer, based on a market opportunity you see or some particular strength of this property. Creative stuff is always awesome. No need to outline general make money online principles.

    Thanks for your question!

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  • Hey Dan-
    Wondering when/if there will be a “semester 3” of the TMBA. Trying to see if I could fit something like semester 2 into my life right now or if I can plan ahead and be ready for semester 3.

    Also, in regards to the SEO work, are you talking about article directory submissions & link building strategies or higher level planning strategy?

    Seems like an awesome opportunity.

  • Dan

    Hey Joel, all of us involved with the Tropical MBA have a lot of enthusiasm about its future, although we aren’t really sure how that’s going to manifest right now. On the SEO side there will be planning protocols and outsourcing them, but also a lot of blocking and tackling with the link building and article submissions. I think for this to be a good opportunity you really need to vibe the with “get away from it all” element to this. We aren’t going to be sitting around a table start up style, its going to be very self-driven and hang out on a tropical patio type thing :)

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  • Working on my application now, this could be the perfect opportunity for me to get started on something that really matters to me. Can the video be on vimeo? I have problems with youtube when uploading, something about my PC just doesn’t agree with the uploader

  • Dan

    Good to hear Ollie, I’m a big fan of Vimeo go for it!

  • Excellent. I’m excited just thinking about the possibility. I now know how I’m spending my Sunday. Cheers!

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  • Man, what a no brainer for anybody who wants to travel, learn some internet marketing, and have a lot of fun!

    Good luck guys!

  • Dan

    Thank you for your support! Seems like a pretty small group of people that want to do this kind of thing, but for the right person its pretty sweet.

  • Dan


  • I’m not sure if this is out of my league or not but it’s causing me to “eek” a little with that nervous feeling I get of a new opportunity that could potentially come my way. This may be a silly question but.. I’m trying to be vegetarian.. So far successful for two months. Is there vegetarian options for the meals? I know the Philippines diet is pretty dense on meat.. Also, I may have some plans to go to Taiwan in August.. would that be a problem? I can always switch plans depending on how things go..

  • Dan

    Heyo Floreta happy to inspire some eeks out there, just be sure to note those things on your application, the whole Tropical MBA team will be sitting down next week and we’ll be able to answer those questions and consider the timing issues as well. We are pretty flexible dudes.

  • Wow, I can’t believe this, I just came across your blog by adding one of my fellow students (Darren Carter) to my new Twitter profile I just created. I saw you as one of his friends and had clicked on your profile because I saw Philippines. I’m glad I came across your site.

    I currently live in the Philippines, was born here but just moved back 9 months ago. I have just started my internet marketing career 3 months ago as I too want financial wealth and a luxurious lifestyle and I want to help others achieve that as well.

    So my question to you is, can I be part of this without having to stay in Mindoro? I would love to go and visit (one of my goals is to visit all the places in the Philippines) and get a chance to meet you and Steve but unfortunately can’t stay though as I am a mother with two kids.

    Please let me know if this opportunity would still apply to me considering my unique situation because I know this would help me a lot in my career and what I aim to accomplish as well as help you with your online endeavors.


  • Dan

    Thanks a lot Anna. We’ve got a lot of people interested in the idea as it currently stands. I’m always open to suggestions, but I’m not sure what you have in mind.

  • Cool you found this site through me. I found it through Kathy Dobson’s blog =) Funny how that works.Anyways, Just emailed my application! Hope you like it Dan!

  • Dan


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  • Wow, Dan, what a tremendous opportunity you are offering. Sadly I found out about it after the deadline. I will be looking for semester 3.

  • Dan


  • Justin M.

    Hmm, interesting. I didn’t apply for Tropical MBA because I’ve got my 2 best friend’s weddings coming up, but after that I was thinking about heading out somewhere for a couple months.

    Would BadLadz resort be a good place for me to work on some of my own internet businesses for a month or so? Knowing there may be the tropical MBA participant and whoever else there to bounce ideas around with, as well as a nice internet connection and affordable prices makes BadLadz a tempting base camp.

    You said it isn’t a vibrant place of internet marketers, but maybe we should turn it into one. ;) Anyone else want to go? Thoughts?

  • Dan

    Haha, all the TMBA guys are here discussing your comment in Subic Bay. We think its a great idea! I think Badladz is a great place to grow an internet business, that’s actually what inspired the idea for the second semester. There’s a video about it somewhere on my youtube account. Maybe see you there?

  • Justin Miramontes

    Nice! Ya I’ll definetly be down to meet you guys there. I wanted to travel somewhere tropical, but still be able to work. BadLadz seems perfect. Can’t ask for much more in my opinion. I got plenty of work and projects to keep me busy for a couple months. And who knows what else may come up. I’ll probably be looking to head out around early September. Will you guys be around then?

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  • Dan

    We are always buzzing around! Have a US trip planned for Sept but will be back towards the end of month.

  • If I don’t end up sailing around the world in October I might be right there with you Justin!

    Darren L Carter

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