TMBA454: What Does Your City Whisper?

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Dan and Ian have spent many hours on this show talking about location and in particular the cities that location-independent entrepreneurs choose to live in.

A little while ago, Dan ready an article called Cities and Ambition by Paul Graham which theorizes that the cities we visit actually send signals to us in a variety of unspoken ways.

Afterward, he felt compelled to write a blog post about the ways that certain cities “whisper” to us.

On today’s episode, you will hear that blog post, as well as some thoughts and reflections on some of our favorite cities.

We’ll be sharing what we love about those cities, why we can’t stop visiting them, and what each of those cities has been “whispering” to us. And we’d love to hear from you about what different cities whisper to you.


Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • What it means when a city “whispers” to you. (3:12)
  • Some of our favorite US cities and what they whisper to us. (13:41)
  • Our thoughts on some of our favorite Vietnamese cities. (18:38)
  • Some of our favorite North American cities outside of the United States. (29:09)
  • Which cities we’ve challenged each other to visit. (38:44)

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This week’s sponsor:

This week’s episode is sponsored by Noviland.  If you’ve ever run a product-based business, you know that sourcing from overseas is frustrating from beginning to end.  Noviland is a US-based, free-to-use eProcurement platform with a network of over 2,000 custom manufacturers overseas.  They can help you to get factory pricing on a wide array of products quickly and easily. Once you create a free account at, they will walk you through the entire sourcing process. To get started, visit now and use promo code TMBA20 to get a $20 credit added to your account. Big thanks to Noviland for sponsoring this week’s show.

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