Tag Archives: travel

Should You Base Yourself in Andorra or Panama?

TMBA386: Should You Base Yourself in Andorra or Panama?
Date: 2017-04-27
Link: Tropical MBA
Tropical MBAAustin has the highest density of entrepreneurs doing interesting things (in a place that is) accessible.
Andorra is a small country between Spain and France.
France and Spain have economic problems.
Andorra has a really clear residency program.
Panama is the most cosmopolitan place in Central America.
The Panama Canal is the world’s greatest shortcut. It changed the world of trade.
A lot of people are complacent everywhere.

To Headquarter or Not to Headquarter?

TMBA385: To Headquarter or Not to Headquarter?
Date: 2017-04-20
Link: Tropical MBA
Leases make you take too much space for too long in a world where you cannot predict anything.
There are some people who are foxes (has many things and moves between topics) and some people that are hedgehogs (has one big thing).
Most of the world are not startups.
The story of the last 125 years is a story of urbanization.
Cities are 24/7 integrated lifestyle spaces.

Should You Base Yourself in Eastern Europe?

TMBA376: Should You Base Yourself in Eastern Europe?
Date: 2017-02-16
Link: Tropical MBA
You have to continue to evolve.
(In Georgia) the people are friendly in an Eastern European way. You need to get to know them a bit before they become extremely hospitable and very friendly.
For a lot of Western countries, including America, you can stay for 90 days out of 180.
In Budapest it is relatively easy to get a residency permit. It is a visa that allows you to stay for an extended period of time.
Lawyers aren’t all bad. They can offer you strategic guidance.

Should You Base Yourself in Southern Europe?

TMBA373: Should You Base Yourself in Southern Europe?
Date: 2017-01-26
Link: Tropical MBA
Tropical MBAYou just have a feeling when you love a place.
Barcelona is the third densest city in Europe. It has a lot of the energy of SE Asia.
If you come from a former colony of Spain you can get citizenship in Spain in two years.
Timezones is a really big factor.
(When being a digital nomad) you spend 25% of your waking hours thinking about how you are going to get to the next country and how you are going to stay there.
If you plan to stay in Portugal you should apply for “non-habitual tax residency”.
(If you want to move to Spain) meet with a minimum of three lawyers. Ideally they would have different backgrounds and styles.
Legal services are surprisingly affordable in Spain.

The Long View on Location Independence

TMBA335: The Long View on Location Independence
Date: 2016-05-05
Link: Tropical MBA
Tropical MBAYou have to be in the moment (as a digital nomad).
“Why are you here?” is a very appropriate question to be asking.
There are certain things that are a really big deal in your life that you don’t realize until you are taken out of your comfort zone.
When you partner up with a person you are also partner up with a passport.
As businesses grow (people) need more stability.
Borders are turning into fences and some day they might be suggestions.

No Office Required

TMBA323: No Office Required
Date: 2016-02-11
Link: Tropical MBA
Tropical MBAIt is different to start remote and grow remote.
It is about figuring out how to communicate with people in remote locations and do it as effectively as you would in person.
A distributed team means that someone can perfectly integrate work/life balance in a way that works for you.
A lot of times your best ideas aren’t your initial reaction.
An office isn’t absolutely necessary to run a business. For some people it is a better way to run a business and for some people it is a non-issue.
People that are really good at written communication do really well (working remotely).
Zoom.us for videoconferencing.
In a remote team every meeting has an agenda, action items, and next steps.

How to Embrace Changing Priorities

TMBA317: How to Embrace Changing Priorities
Date: 2015-12-31
Link: Tropical MBA
Tropical MBAAustin, TX is the number one city in the Dynamite Circle community in terms of number of people that live there.
Portland is more artisanal than Austin.
What you do shapes a large part of your life. So does where you live.
As people are becoming more remote and mobile they are having the freedom to go somewhere and that allows people to congregate around shared interests.

2015 Packing List Updates

TMBA301: 2015 Packing List Updates
Date: 2015-07-30
Link: Tropical MBA
Tropical MBAAudio-Technica 2100 microphone is a USB microphone that is dynamic.
Use a laundry sack as you really want a way to keep your laundry away from your clean stuff.
JBL Flip2 Portable Speaker
Not all cool and useful technology needs to be expensive.
Noise cancelling headphones are well worth the money if they have some durability.