Flynn holds a B.A. degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. After graduating he found work as a Job Captain in an architectural firm but was laid off in 2008 during an economic downturn. While at the firm he was blogging his notes in preparation for taking the LEED exam (an architectural exam) which started to get traffic from the search engines. Readers of his content began emailing him suggesting he turn his notes into an eBook, and a month and a half later he released his first information product online at GreenExpertAcademy.com. Flynn says the eBook was a life saver for him as he was trying to decide on his next career move. Fortunately this decision became easy when the eBook took off and made sales of over US$8000 in the first month.
Following on from his eBook success he decided to create a resource to share what he learned during the process and try to help others replicate his success. Thus the Smart Passive Income blog was born and made over US$200,000 in the first year.
Forbes recently named him one of the ten most transparent leaders in business. The New York Times profiled him as a case study in smart online business building.