TMBA367: The Business Idea Bonanza with Dan Norris post image

A few weeks ago, Dan and Ian mentioned that they would be inviting their friend Dan Norris back onto the program.

Dan Norris is the author of The 7 Day Startup, and for lack of a better term, he is a business idea generating machine. There have been success stories on this show that came from many of Dan's business ideas.

In this conversation, Dan donates a ton of business ideas, as well as sharing how he has been able to create a six-figure side hustle through self-publishing books. If you are looking for your next entrepreneurial adventure, this could be the episode for you.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 12.15.16
The Inbox Arms Race – Is There a Downside to Tracking Personal Emails? post image

About a year ago, somebody mentioned that I should install software that would tell me when people who emailed me were tracking whether or not I opened, re-opened, or clicked on their email. Sure, I thought. Takes 45 seconds. I selected Ugly Email. This browser extension monitors your inbox for tracking pixels from services like...

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By: DanPublished on 12.13.16
TMBA366: A Conversation with Ricardo Semler post image

On today's show, Dan and Ian are going to be speaking with someone who has inspired them both for a very long time. In fact, he is the author of one of the most cited books on this podcast.

Maverick is Ricardo Semler's account of how he was able to transform his family's traditional manufacturing business into an experiment that introduced the world to his innovative business practices. Even though the book is over 20 years old, today's entrepreneurs are still looking to it for inspiration.

Ricardo opens up about what his life has looked like since the book was published, and how he has began to spread those innovations to other aspects of society.


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By: Dan and IanPublished on 12.08.16
You Are Where You Come From post image

A few years ago people (mostly non-entrepreneurs) started asking me the question “Where did you come up with that idea?”, in reference to my business. When I respond, most people seem mildly disappointed with my answer. I say, “we started a company that sells valet parking equipment because I used to be a valet parking...

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By: IanPublished on 12.06.16
TMBA365: Estonian E-Residency: Is It For You? post image

On today's show, Dan and Ian are taking a look at one specific country. Estonia is a nation that, until this point, our hosts had very little knowledge of.

They are a country that has started behaving like a startup, and has even started offering services specifically designed for location-independent entrepreneurs. In particular, they have developed a solution for our travel woes in the form of something called an "E-Residency".

On this episode, you will hear from Estonian E-Resident, Joel Runyon. Joel is the man behind the fitness and mindset blog, The Blog of Impossible Things. You'll also hear from Estonia's Chief Information Officer, Taavi Kotka. The two of them will share their insights on how E-Residency could pave the path to the future of how nations, citizens, and digital nomads interact.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 12.01.16
What’s a Simple Way to Lose 10 or 20 Pounds? post image

This year, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about diet, and how to drop a few pounds. And by “thinking” I mean googling terms like “what’s an easy way to lose weight” while drinking red wine and eating cheddar-flavored Bugles. I come from ‘that’ half of the population who can go on streaks of...

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By: DanPublished on 11.29.16
TMBA364: Sometimes the Best Business Idea is the Most Obvious post image

Back in 2012, Dan and Ian hosted a two week seminar that was attended by 44 listeners of this show, and Sarah Kornblet was one of those people. Since attending that seminar, Sarah has become a very successful attorney for online entrepreneurs.

This week's episode is really the story of what has happened in Sarah's life since that seminar. It is also the story of an idea, because every business starts with an idea.

Sometimes we aren't ready for those ideas, or those ideas aren't ready for us.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 11.24.16
Rich Man, Poor Man post image

Last Tuesday I was going through my morning routine, which usually entails eating breakfast and browsing my local Craigslist classifieds. There was a time when I had Craigslist alerts set up, so I would get an automatic email for specific items, but these days I genuinely enjoy scrolling for the first 30 minutes of my...

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By: IanPublished on 11.22.16
TMBA363: The Value of Apprenticeships post image

On this show, Dan and Ian talk a lot about apprenticeships.

In doing research about apprenticeships, Ian recently discovered that in many developed countries all over the world, there is a very robust apprenticeship culture that does not exist in the United States.

On this week's episode, we are going to bring you the story of one such apprenticeship told from both sides.

Jacob Puhl brought Corey Ames on as an apprentice at a company he founded called Firegang Dental Marketing. You'll hear how their relationship started and how it evolved to where it is today, as Corey is preparing to take over the reigns as CEO.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 11.17.16
What Advice Do You Have for Students? post image

A writer friend was recently invited to speak in front of a group of students. He was asked to share his opinions on how to think about life, and career, in general. I had so many questions for him. Like: what sorts of questions did they ask? How did you feel about giving life advice...

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By: DanPublished on 11.15.16