6-Figure Deals, Crazy for Manila, and How We Got Started in the Product Business

I’ve been SUPER busy trying to orient my actions on revenue-focused activities. Sean, Ian, and myself often use that sentence as a rubric for planning our days out. “Are these activities revenue-focused?” While part of me would prefer to be reading blogs, writing comments, and screwing around around on twitter, a lot of my non-revenue activties this month have involved banking, offices, personnel, and condos.  It can be a slow roll to get started in a new city.

We’ve made a lot of investments in 2010 and the impact is going to be profound if we can execute. That all means a little less Google Reader for me. None of this has stopped me, big ham that I am, from sneaking off to do some podcasting and videos here and there! Here’s a February roundup of TropicalMBA related content elsewhere on the web.


Baker @ The Best Personal Finance Blog in the Universe interviewed Ian and I about our approach to business and lifestyle, and how we got started in the product business. This interview was taken during our 2010 business planning trip to Thailand, where we met up with Sean and drank a lot of beer.

The “Do What You Love” Show: Episode 2 – Dan & Ian Put The Freedom in “Freedom Business” from Adam Baker on Vimeo.


This show has really been taking off in terms of listeners, subscribers, and email questions. We are getting overun by emails(!) which is a great thing,  so we are planning to open up a forum so our listeners can benefit from each others knowledge. Here’s the first episode we’ve recorded since returning from Thailand. Ian is polishing off some big deals for our business and we talk a little bit about the process of 6 Figure Deal Making.


A new blog designed to share my experience building an outsourcing office here in Manila, Philippines. I’m working on getting a Filipino to build this site, but all my guys are currently frying bigger fish. I’m looking forward to some guest posts and videos so you can hear it straight form people who are doing, including my employees. So far we’ve got 4 Episodes on the Itunes Feed. GRAB IT! (This link will open Itunes)

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And of course I’ve been tweeting @TropicalMBA. It seems the #1 question I receive from readers is How Do I Hire My Own Employees in the Philippines? This has been a tougher question for me to answer because the channels for people who do not travel to the Philippines are surprisingly time consuming, in my experience. Hoping some bright entrepreneurs will step up an change that. Since people are asking directly for a product with this information, I’ll be hiring a Filipino employee in the next few weeks to help me construct a complete resource for the readers of this blog. Just stay on me if you don’t see anything in 6-8 weeks!

Hope you’ll continue to follow our journey this year and share with us how you are taking steps to grow your business. If you are not on the Tropical MBA email list, dear reader, you will probably get struck by lightening. You can solve that liability with 1 email address and 15 seconds.