TMBA 289: A Career Opportunity With Our Team + Distributed Teams vs. Offices and Thoughts on Side Projects

TMBA289: A Career Opportunity With Our Team + Distributed Teams vs. Offices and Thoughts on Side Projects post image


Podcast 38:04 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment

Today we are gonna do a Tropical MBA first, as we’ve decided to record a podcast about a new job listing. If you’re interested in coming to work for our team, we encourage you to listen to thisWe're Looking to hire episode. We’re also taking this opportunity to talk about team building and the back story of the Tropical MBA. The first blog post that we ever published on this website was a job offering. We’re gonna talk about what inspired that and the position that we were in when we made that decision. We’re also gonna debate the value of having team members in-person versus a location-independent team and whether or not it’s a good idea to support your employee’s side projects.

Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • The story of how the Tropical MBA Started and how we hired our first employee.
  • The value of sharing your knowledge as a successful entrepreneur.
  • Why we want to invest in a new team member and what their responsibilities will be.
  • Whether our new employee will be location-independent or not.
  • Why time zone syncing is so important for remote teams.
  • What it’s like to work on our team and what we value.

People on this episode:

Mentioned in the episode:


We're Looking to hireHiring: Dynamite Circle Community Manager

What: We’ve got big plans for the DC in the upcoming year. To help us make these plans a reality, we’re hiring a full time community manager to join Bossman, Alex, and myself in running the DC. If you’re unfamiliar with the DC or haven’t been inside yet, you can find out more at

You’ll be deeply involved with every aspect of the DC, connecting with DCers on a daily basis, creating content based on DCer experiences, and keeping all the gears of a 1000 member community running smoothly. As you build a deep understanding of everything that’s going on in the DC, you’ll be the one that our team turns to for details.

This role will have you building strong connections with amazing entrepreneurs who are working on exciting projects. Your position will give you the ability to provide real value to these business owners through the content you create and the connections you help facilitate

What will be your responsibilities?

  1. Community Experience

You’ll be leading the charge in making sure every DCer has tons of opportunities to be engaged and connected to the community, both in person and online. We’ve built a number of programs that DCers benefit from and you’ll take the lead on continuing to run these and improving upon them. Organizing members into masterminds, personally assisting new members, and finding new opportunities for DCx events will be just a few of the ways you’ll bring DCers together.

  1. Content Creation

You’ll be reaching out to DCers who have experiences and knowledge to share and collaborating with them to create content across a variety of media formats. Webinar series, event workshops, and recorded interviews are some of the ways we’ve brought content to the community in the past, and we’d like to be pumping out this stuff on a regular basis.

  1. Administrative Management

There’s a lot going on behind the scenes of a 1000 member community. You’ll be the main point of contact for all of our members for any questions they got or payment issues they need resolved. We aim to make every experience with our team as easy and enjoyable as possible for our customers. You’ll make this happen by delighting the people you come in contact with through your fast response time and charming personality.

Who is this job for?

An ideal candidate will be able to:

  • Take charge of a situation without needing micro-management or much supervision.

  • Recognize areas where they can add value and act upon their ideas without prompting.

  • Have a growth-focused mentality with a desire to find ways for bringing the community to the next level.

  • Be a people’s person, energetic and excited to reach out to people you haven’t met before and comfortable connecting with lots of different people.

  • Stay organized and plan ahead to report metrics on all of their projects.

Who is the job not for?

  • Someone looking for an apprenticeship/internship/mentorship. Although we’ve had these types of job in the past, right now we’re looking for someone who with experience that makes them capable of jumping right in.

  • Anyone trying to build another business at the same time. We’re looking for someone that wants to commit themselves fully and grow with us.

What’s it like working with our team?

We’re a small team, which means you’ll get to interact with many different facets of the business, but also means you’ll need to be able to wear different hats and sometimes jump in help with things that you’ll need to learn on the go. This is the perfect situation for someone who enjoys having the opportunity to use projects as a way to personally grow their skill set.

What is the structure of this job?

We’re looking for someone who is already in a North American time zone. and plans on, for the most part, being based out of here. You’ll have certain hours during the day where you’ll check in and check out virtually. We’ll expect you to be on duty during those hours, managing the DC and available to communicate with the team online and through calls.

What are the perks?

  • Connections with tons of interesting, passionate, and knowledgeable entrepreneurs.

  • Travel! You’ll be on hand to help run our global events in cities such as Barcelona and Bangkok.

  • Exciting projects that you’ll get to lead and flex your creativity muscles with.

  • Free membership to the DC— you’ll be soaking in the knowledge of experienced entrepreneurs

  • Location flexibility- besides events and occasionally meeting with the team, you can work from wherever your heart desires (that coffeeshop you love, a swanky coworking space, the couch, a plane…the sky’s the limit, literally)

What’s the compensation?

Compensation will be based on experience and requirements.

How to Apply:

  1. Click here to fill out the application

  2. Put the word “coffeebean” at the beginning of your answer to question 9

  3. Submit your application by April 18th

Listening options:

Thanks for listening to our show! We’ll be back next Thursday morning 8AM EST.


Dan & Ian


Published on 04.09.15
  • Jake Penner

    Dan and Ian,

    Once again a fantastic podcast! I’ve been listening for the past month or so and in that time have gotten through around 100 separate casts as well as begun to read and listen to as much material as possible in regards to entrepreneurship and location independence as a whole. My question is this: I’m currently 29 years old and am in the process of putting together a business plan for a new business, it’s a bit late in the game for me for an unpaid internship I’d say and my city doesn’t have a very strong entrepreneur presence. I’d love to move away now but I have to build up a small passive income before I can do so, without many people within reach of learning from, what would you suggest I do to find a/some mentor(s) or more materials to get a hold of to gain some “experience”. Alternatively, should I just jump into it and learn by doing and learn everything the hard way over time?


    Jake Penner

  • hey Jake thanks so much for listening! Just as a philosophical point I’d be careful about saying you’re too old for x,y,z, by who’s account? What is that statement motivated by? Many people much older than 30 including myself pay good money for knowledge and experience, so I don’t see any reason why paying nothing and trading work wouldn’t fundamentally be a bad idea… now back to the practical, I’m assuming you need to make a few bucks? Again, the less bucks you *need* to make the more flexibility you. I’m all about learning the hard way, one thing you could do is proactively do things that you feel would improve businesses you see online and then reaching out to those business owners and offering the solution for free. That way you get to test your work in their business and start to build trust with that entrepreneur. I think it’s totally possible to get this ball rolling with just social media and skype, and once you’ve got a bigger opportunity to work with somebody you can arrange for an in person meet up. I would also question the idea of having to build up passive income– often the most difficult kind– before you can start making moves. That would unnecessarily limit your ability to connect with others (oh yeah, start going to conferences! :) instead you just need savings, a job / gig, or a few clients. Best of luck and let us know how it goes !

  • Jake Penner

    Thanks so much Dan! I actually mispoke, I didn’t mean passive income as much as I meant income outside of my current career. The only expenses other than basic living expenses are student loans that I’ll have to start paying in June… Any conferences you’d suggest? Really wish I could go to Barcelona but I have to be a DCer for that, lol. Your expedient reply is much apprechiated and I look forward to your future casts!

  • Totally agree on the more limited scope with side projects and location independence. Especially for the unproven employee. Having someone come into your organization and just being able to live anywhere and work or anything just doesn’t work. Perhaps after a relationship established you can give the employee more freedom, but that trust takes time.

  • rajnigupta92

    nice post,very interesting and helpfull! – Jobs EYE

  • prateek_gunjan

    You have written such a useful information that will guide us lot thanks for providing such a information – MP3 Free Songs

  • FBK

    I’m a little older, a little fatter, browner, very energetic. But I’d jump on the opportunity.

  • Jake, it’s never too late for anything. I left the corporate world when I was 29 and I had zero experience in entrepreneurship. I’m 35 now and I’ve supported myself for the last 6 years. I’ve learned the hard way (I still do). I took an internship 2 years ago, when I was already running my own thing. I wanted to learn how more experienced entrepreneurs run their businesses, especially regarding sales. It lasted 1 year and it was worth it. Dan’s words are gold.

  • Laura Mezoff Christy

    Hey Dan and Ian! I recently found your podcast and it is lighting up my world in ways that are difficult to describe. I have been an entrepreneur for almost 10 years, but your work is really challenging me to take it to the next level. So thank you for the awesome work that you do.

    I struggle with fear of being critical of people who work with me, and I feel like it really holds me back in my business. I find myself avoiding situations where I might need to be critical, and therefore not delegating tasks very well. Any thoughts or resources about how to be braver about criticizing the people that work for me?

  • Y’all mentioned it on this episode, but I think you probably undersold the value of the relationships that are built in here.

    I remember applying to work with you guys and thinking “look at all these great skills I’ll learn.” That is important and valuable. There’s no shortcuts around doing the work and, as Dan mentioned, frequently redoing it.

    Yet, there’s a strong tendency to undervalue relationships. The societal narrative around work and career opportunities is often very structured around degrees and getting more qualifications. Probably because that’s a lot more politically correct than honestly who you know is just as, if not more important, than what you know.

    The opportunity isn’t learning how to manage a community or host events, it’s the relationships the you can build as a result of doing the work in front of a very cool and inspiring group of entrepreneurs.

    P.S. Is it too late to apply – I happen to know a LOT about your business and live in Austin :)

  • cheers I think now that we can offer more we can have this standard, agree that over time you can evolve things!!

  • hey Laura certainly something that many of us struggle with, myself especially, and off the top of my head the only thing I can think of is Ray Dalio’s principles…. in it he outlines a style of MGMT that’s direct and honest and structured enough to make conversations easier–principles.aspx

    I’ve heard there are a few books on “hard conversations” but I have yet to read them.

  • Rafael Herrera

    Hey guys just wanted to say thank you for posting this. I currently can’t get enough of your podcast. I currently am working at a start up in Playa Vista, California and have been with this company since the day’s when it was located in a house to now having an office alongside where the new Google and Yahoo offices are being built. I have a strong desire to grow, and you guys help motivate me. I have learned a tremendous amount doing sales here, and am really looking forward into starting my own company in the future. What are your thoughts on the start up culture? Do you think it is a good place to start my career? Cheers!

  • thank you Rafael!!! glad you are enjoying it, generally if you can hack it in sales you can do anything! :) I personally think that’s the single best skillset for starting a new company. I’ve never personally worked for a startup so can’t talk from experience. here’s some thoughts we’ve recently had about startups:

    Also Patrick McKenzie’s thoughts are interesting:

  • Rafael Herrera

    Thanks Dan! I really appreciate response. I’ll definitely check these two episodes out.

    On another note Dan are you still accepting applications? Or do you know when the next hiring phase may be? I’d love to speak with you guys about an opportunity to work with you. Thanks again!

    I look forward to listening to future episodes! Best wishes!

  • Hey Rafael no internal opportunities at this time, however, we mention most of them at the blog!

  • Rafael Herrera

    Alright awesome, I’ll definitely keep an eye/ear out! :) Cheers!

Next post: