TMBA515: Dan and Ian: The Full Backstory. Part 1

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In the ten years that Dan and Ian have been recording this podcast, the number one thing that they hear from listeners is that they want to know more about their backstory.

Today’s episode is the first part of a two-part documentary series where Dan and Ian open up about their own personal history.

In this episode, you will hear why they each decided to move to San Diego, California, the circumstances that led to their meeting, how they became friends, and ultimately how they decided to become business partners.


Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • Why the two of them moved to San Diego. (7:03)
  • How they each struggled finding work in their new city. (12:20)
  • Dan and Ian’s first impressions of each other. (31:55)
  • The moment that the two of them knew they were going to be friends. (41:48)
  • How a meeting at a bar set the stage for their business partnership. (46:10)

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Thanks for listening to our show! We’ll be back next Thursday morning 8AM EST. Cheers, Dan & Ian