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For two and a half years we've been sending weekly news emails to our subscribers. They included links to our favorite reads of the week, and a description of that week's podcast. Occassionally we'd announce things like events or masterminds at the end of those emails. In retrospect, I wish we would have published those newsletters here at the...

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By: DanPublished on 08.23.16
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Today's guest is one of Dan and Ian's all time favorite writers, Mark Manson.

Many of you may know him from his blog at, where he has written about a wide range of subjects including digital nomadism, living with anxiety, and toxic relationships. Recently, Mark made the decision to sign with Harper Collins and publish his first book, titled The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck. Mark is going to be sharing a few excerpts from that book on this show, as well as talking about how he got into blogging, his values as a writer, what he thinks the state of the blogosphere is today, and much more.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 08.18.16
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Fair warning: what follows is 6,000+ words about road cycling, a hobby I picked up last year. These words poured out of my hands the morning after my first semi-competitive event. Those four hours I spent on the roads with a few hundred other riders were some of the most fun I'd ever had, and I didn't want to...

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By: DanPublished on 08.16.16
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Like all entrepreneurs, Dan and Ian have fantasized about putting their ideas out on the internet and making millions of dollars. Today's guest has actually done that.

Simon Payne is the co-founder of Leadpages, the industry standard software in creating landing pages for websites. Dan and Ian originally met Simon in the Philippines, around the time that they were forming the Dynamite Circle. In this episode, you'll hear how that original meetup influenced Simon, as well as the true story of how Leadpages was formed, and what the future has in store for Simon.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 08.11.16
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<Update: This job post has closed. Thanks to all of the applicants, we'll be in contact with anyone who we'd like to talk to further> My goal for the rest of 2016 is to post at the TMBA blog every Tuesday morning, 8AM EST. I love reading blogs, but haven’t been writing them for a long...

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By: DanPublished on 08.09.16
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Podcast 19:35 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment Email has been an all pervading part of entrepreneurial life for the last few decades. These days, Dan and Ian have mixed feelings about email in general. In exploring how to step up some of their strategies for dealing with it, they decided to talk to someone who...

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 08.04.16
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I was at a cafe in London, reading a gossip newspaper (I enjoyed it). My friend, who tries hard to only read paper books, magazines and newspapers (like The Financial Times), was clicking around on his phone most of the morning. “I’m not reading as much anymore”, he said, “and I'm less satisfied with it.” Inspired by all the...

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By: DanPublished on 08.02.16
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About a year ago, Dan and Ian were working on their annual DC BKK event in Bangkok, and they were finding themselves strapped for time. They weren't putting the kind of resources or time into this show that the would have liked to, and they realized that the enjoyment that they were getting out of this podcast had started to wane.
It was around that time that they decided they needed to drastically step up the production level of the show. They put out a call for a new producer, which was answered by a former BBC producer named Jane Beresford.

This week's episode is the story of what has been going on behind the scenes of the Tropical MBA podcast since then. You'll hear about what led to the decision to increase production, and a step by step instruction on how they were able to take this show to the next level.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 07.28.16
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Dan and Ian have been talking a lot on the TropicalMBA lately about investments, and those conversations have led them down a lot of interesting paths.

Most notably, that curiosity has led them to explore the future of cryptocurrency, and in particular, Bitcoin. What really compelled us to talk about the Bitcoin story on this show is the strange and incredible cast of characters involved. No one knows that story or those characters better than Nathaniel Popper, a New York Times business reporter and the author of Digital Gold.

On this week's episode, you'll hear Nathaniel share the fascinating details of the history of Bitcoin, and the process of shaping a book based on so many of those crazy stories.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 07.21.16
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One of the recurring themes on this show is freedom. The freedom to make personal choices. The freedom to travel. The freedom to create a business that allows you to live the lifestyle you choose to live.

Dan and Ian have spoken to many people about what that freedom means, but perhaps Esther Jacobs has the most profound story about freedom that has ever been shared on this show. Esther is one of the youngest people in the Netherlands ever to be honored with the distinction of knighthood. Despite that event, Esther has a very unique story to share about how she was disowned by the very same country that named her a knight. Esther has an unbelievable story, and it could carry serious implications for digital nomads all around the world.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 07.14.16