TMBA 024 (LBP24) – Why Chris Ducker Wants to Manage 200 Employees from His Laptop, and What it Takes to Make It


The audio quality of this podcast starts off pretty rough and then improves around the 2:00 mark.

Chris Ducker and I got together in Manila last week to talk about a broad range of sweeeet business goings ons, we turned on the tape recorder for some of it. Here I’ve published the parts pertaining to the lifestyle elements of running his business.

Listen to Episode #24.

Some of the topics we talk about:

  • What’s its like being a Lifestyle Designer (Chris doesn’t use this term, but I do!) with 200 employees.
  • Why Chris decided to become a ‘virtual CEO.’
  • How a 200 person business gets bootstrapped from nothing (with the help of some VA’s!).
  • Why Chris launched
  • Why Chris hired 2 virtual assistants (even thought he has 200 employees).
  • – Where Chris hired his VA’s
  • Why Chris came to Asia and the Philippines, and why he’s staying.
  • Why Chris believes passion is the most important trait in an Entrepreneur.
  • The highs and lows of being an Entrepreneur.

Folks on this episode:

@TropicalMBA (Dan)

@ChriscDucker (Chris)

Episode length: 14:51

Listen to Episode #24.

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Published on 03.31.10
  • Isaac Dudek

    Great energy, guys! I've been following Chris at his blog for a while and, while it's obvious he's laying out all his cards over there and holding nothing back, I felt I heard more passion in his voice in this recording than in any other so far. Perhaps it's because he allowed his language to get a little more colorful here, or maybe it's just because when you put two passionate people in a room together and let them riff, the energy amplifies to the point of explosion. In any event, keep it up!

  • TropicalMBA

    Isaac, thanks for the feedback! I gotta tell you, Chris is one of most engaging guys I've ever met… I think in terms of content, he's just getting started. I had a great time meeting him (as we say we shot the shit for hours!) and I think a lot more of his personality is going to come across in his content in the future.

  • Thanks for the kind words, Dan!

    Personality is coming your way – I promise!!!

    Issac – Thanks for the comment, buddy – this was actually the kind of thing I was hoping to achieve on this recording, so I appreciate it very much…!

  • elisarodriguez

    I agree with Isaac, I really enjoyed the podcast. It was entertaining and useful. Great personality Chris, and Dan you know I am a fan ;) It was really easy to listen to the two of you “shoot the shit.” Thanks for sharing your work!

  • TropicalMBA

    Yeah! Nice. Can't wait to do more.

  • Elisa

    Glad you enjoyed the podcast, and thanks for the 'personality' mention, too!

    Dan – I believe we need to shoot a little more shit, soon, buddy…..!!!!


  • TropicalMBA

    Totally man. I've got my shit kickers on until the end of next week then I'm up for a break.

  • Good stuff.

    Lets make it happen!

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