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Dan and Ian

In late 2007, we (Dan Andrews and Ian Schoen, that’s us above) started a product design and ecommerce company that grew to multi-seven figures in annual revenues. We exited that business in 2015 (wohoo!).

TMBA608: The History of Digital Nomadism

The term "Digital Nomad" has been beaten to death over the years, but it still means a lot to those of us who have identified with that label. James Clark is certainly one of those people. He's been a full-time nomad since the early 2000s, and we've shared many great memories with him around the world.

TMBA607: The Lonely Path of the Solopreneur

Longtime listeners know that Dan and Ian have been business partners for many years, and sometimes it's hard for us to imagine what it would be like to run a business on our own. So many entrepreneurs do choose this path, though, and the quest of a "Solopreneur" can be a long and arduous one.

TMBA606: Reflections on 10 Years of Running an Online Community

We aren't usually the type for navel-gazing, but this summer marks an important milestone for us. 10 years ago, our desire to "find our tribe" led us to form the Dynamite Circle, a private membership community of location-independent entrepreneurs. Since then, there have been dozens of DC events all over the globe, and it has truly become a life-changing adventure for so many of the people involved in the community over the last decade.

TMBA605: What Makes a Great Remote Employee?

This week's episode was inspired by a question from a listener. Katie recently graduated with her master's degree, and while she appreciated the insight that we've shared in the past about how to get a remote job, she wanted to know more about what it takes to succeed at a remote position once you get it. This got our wheels spinning, and we put together a list of five important factors that can help employees become "A Players" in their remote positions.

TMBA604: Is Real Estate the Endgame for Entrepreneurs?

Nick Huber has been on a wild ride since we last spoke to him in 2019. Nick is the host of a podcast called The Sweaty Startup, and at the time he was running a business called Storage Squad, a storage company that helped students store their belongings at universities all across America.

TMBA603: Returning to Nomadic Life

Summer is here, and it's starting to feel like things are returning to "normal." For many of us in the community, that means that we're finally going to have the opportunity to pick up our backpacks and return to nomadic life. Jesse Schoberg is the co-founder and CEO of DropInBlog.com, a Software as a Service platform that helps users add blogs to their websites.

TMBA602: 5 Strategies for Growing an 8-Figure Business

A few weeks ago we said something on this podcast in jest, but one of our more attentive listeners latched onto it. "I find myself some days waking up and saying 'are we going to make it?'" Our good friend John Ainsworth heard this and he reached out to us with a little bit of concern, hoping to find out more.

TMBA601: Creating Meaningful Online Communities

We've learned over the years on this show that being a part of a community of like-minded people is one of the most valuable experiences that you can have as an entrepreneur. This was our core motivation for forming The Dynamite Circle, our own online community of location-independent entrepreneurs, back in 2011. We originally built that community on a platform called Ning, largely because it was the best option on the market at the time, and it served us well for many years.

TMBA600: Why It’s So Hard to Replicate Success with Derrick Reimer

This week's episode is full of so many recurring themes that we've seen over the years on this podcast, from the unique struggles that SaaS businesses face, to the decision between bootstrapping and funding, and much more. Derrick Reimer has had a long and storied career as a software entrepreneur, but he is perhaps best known as the technical co-founder of Drip, which he built alongside our good friend and former guest Rob Walling.

TMBA599: The Art of Acquiring Businesses

We've shared a lot of stories on this podcast from entrepreneurs who have started their own businesses, but one strategy we've increasingly seen to accelerate the path to wealth is to purchase a business that already exists and to leverage debt to do so. Today's guest is an expert at that. Shakil Prasla has been acquiring businesses through his company SZ Ventures for nearly a decade.

TMBA598: Winning with Twitter and Writing for the Web with David Perell

Today's episode is all about creating content, in particular, how to create written content that people actually want to read. David Perell is the co-founder of an online writing school called Write of Passage, and he is an expert at teaching people how to cultivate ideas and distill them into writing. He's also an extremely savvy marketer, with tons of important insights into the future of social media and internet marketing.

TMBA597: Five Things We Can’t Stop Thinking About in May 2021

This week's podcast is a little bit out of the ordinary. While we have been busier than ever this month over at Dynamite Jobs, we still can't help but find things on the internet to get worked up about. We thought it would be fun to take a look at five specific news items and ideas that have recently come across our desk that we just can't stop thinking about.

TMBA596: What’s Really Stopping You From Achieving Wealth?

Welcome back to another episode in our long-running series The Re-Readables, where we revisit some of our favorite business books to find out if they stand the test of time. How to Get Rich was written in 2009 by author and entrepreneur Felix Dennis. Felix was the founder of Maxim magazine, and he aimed to create a book about getting rich from "someone who didn't need to write it". The result is incredibly funny, direct, and thought-provoking.

TMBA595: Hiring Tips for Remote Companies in 2021

This week's episode features insider knowledge on the processes behind hiring and recruiting remote talent from someone who has been deeply involved in the industry for over a decade. Greg is the Senior Recruiter at Dynamite Jobs, as well as one of The Bossman's closest friends. Avid listeners might remember his name from the "ferret story" that we've shared on this podcast in the past. (We'll touch on it again in this episode as well) His addition to our team has been pivotal as we've been developing our flat-rate done-for-you recruitment services.

TMBA594: Predictions About the Near Future – The Sovereign Individual

This week's episode is another installment of "The Re-Readables", a series in which we revisit some of our favorite business books to find out if they stand the test of time. Greg Gerber has become something of a regular contributor here on the Podcast. Greg is the founder of BitLift, and he is our go-to guy for all things blockchain and cryptocurrency. Greg joins us this week to talk about a book that has become eerily prescient, particularly among the cryptocurrency crowd.

TMBA593: How to Get a Great Remote Job

We've been seeing some truly explosive growth at Dynamite Jobs since the start of 2021, and we've been helping more businesses than ever find great remote talent for their teams. When our friend Brendan Tully reached out to us on Twitter recently with some suggestions on how we could help candidates find better jobs, we knew we had to talk to him.

TMBA592: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Investing

What if your knowledge as an entrepreneur could benefit you as an investor? We've talked about cryptocurrency and unorthodox investments in the past on this show, but the traditional financial system is still something of a mystery to a lot of entrepreneurs. Enter Simon Stock. Simon is a longtime friend of ours, who cut his teeth as an entrepreneur running eCommerce businesses. These days, Simon is a full-time investor, and his approach to the stock market is not unlike the way that many of us have run our own businesses.

TMBA591: The Surprising Habits of Wealthy People with Noah Kagan

Our good friend Noah Kagan recently published a video that caught our attention. Noah is the founder of AppSumo.com, and his YouTube channel has been one of our favorite destinations as of late for thoughtful content about entrepreneurship and creating wealth. That video was called 10 Surprising Things About My Richest Friends, and in it, Noah outlined some specific habits that he has seen time and time again among the wealthiest people in his social circle.

TMBA590: Mailbag: How Long Does it Really Take to Achieve Freedom?

We always love receiving thoughtful questions from Tropical MBA listeners around the world. A few weeks ago, a winter storm in Texas forced us to re-run one of our favorite episodes of this show called 7 Things to Consider When Selling Your Business, in which Dan and Ian describe the process of selling their eCommerce business back in 2015. Our decision to revisit that particular story elicited a ton of responses from those of you who had never heard it before, and from those who were listening to it with a fresh perspective nearly five years later.

TMBA589: Creating a Software Business Without Technical Expertise

We've been devoting a lot of time on this podcast recently to SaaS or "Software as a Service" businesses. That's because we love the upside of SaaS, including the potential for generating recurring revenue and creating life-changing exits. But is it possible to create a software business without knowing how to code?

TMBA588: Getting Comfortable With Failure

When it comes to entrepreneurship, failure can often be more important than winning. So many of the greatest success stories start with failure because it's what we learn from those failures that ultimately leads us to the success that we seek. Today's guest describes himself as "an expert at failure".

TMBA587: The Real Problem With Fake Reviews

When we received an email from today's guest, we were fascinated by his story and we knew that we had to speak to him. Curtis Boyd is the founder of two incredibly unique businesses. The first one is a bespoke consultancy for high-level service companies and the second one is a software as a service business called Objection.co. Both of these businesses were created with a singular goal in mind: to identify and dispute fake reviews on the internet.

TMBA586: The Reformed “Bad Boss”

After a wild and dramatic week in Austin TX, we are excited to return to our regularly scheduled programming and to highlight an entrepreneur with a unique career trajectory. Casey von Neumann started out as many of us do, by freelancing, teaching music classes to students in Atlanta, G.A. As her client base grew, she began scaling her services into a full-blown music school called Eclectic Music and has since built multiple businesses in the education space.

TMBA584: From Services Failure to Software Success

This week's episode features a story with a lot of familiar themes.  Today's guest started out as so many of us do, with a weekend side hustle.  Amar Ghose is the CEO of ZenMaid, a niche scheduling software for maid services that he co-founded in 2013.

TMBA582: The Upwork Hustle

Since the start of the year, we've been focusing heavily on stories about starting new businesses as well as what we believe are the "fundamentals" of being an entrepreneur. When we received a video message from today's guest, who was telling us how excited he was to finally join our private membership group The Dynamite Circle, we knew we had to hear more about his story.

TMBA581: 4 Frameworks for Starting a New Business in 2021

We've been spending a lot of time over the past few weeks talking about the "business fundamentals", or the everyday habits that we believe entrepreneurs should be practicing. In keeping with that theme, we've decided to revisit some specific concepts that we've spoken about on this show in the past, and that we have seen at the core of so many successful entrepreneurial stories.

TMBA580: Mailbag: Making New Moves in the New Year

January is one of our favorite months of the year because it's a time for starting over, setting new goals, and making plans for how to achieve them. It's no surprise then that our inbox starts filling up with messages from excited entrepreneurs who are looking for new ways to push forward with their businesses.

TMBA579: The Price of Tomorrow

Every once in a while a book comes around that completely captivates us and leaves us with more questions than answers. When we discovered "The Price of Tomorrow" by Jeff Booth, we knew we needed to hear more from the man who wrote it. 

TMBA578: It’s All About the Fundamentals

This is the time of year when so many people are making goals and resolutions. These types of things are great, but we've always believed that the best way to is to see real progress is to create healthy habits and practices. Successful athletes do this by continuing to practice their fundamentals, the core skills that are most important to their game.