Mark Cuban Speaker
Owner of the Dallas Mavericks and Entrepreneur
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A true entrepreneur from his youth, Mark Cuban was born July 31, 1958 and is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, owner of Landmark Theatres, and Chairman of HDNet now called ASX.TV, an HDTV cable network.
He grew up in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon, in a Jewish working class family. The family's last name had been shortened from Chabenisky when his grandparents immigrated from Russia to America. Cuban's father Norton was an automobile upholsterer. Cuban's first step into the business world occurred at age 12, when he sold garbage bags to pay for a pair of expensive basketball shoes. While in school, he held a variety of jobs, including bartender, disco dancing instructor, and party promoter. He paid for college by collecting and selling stamps, and once gained about $1,100 from starting a chain letter.
Rather than attending high school for his senior year, Cuban enrolled as a full time student at the University of Pittsburgh. After one year at the University of Pittsburgh, he transferred to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and graduated in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
In 1982, Cuban moved to Dallas, Texas. Cuban first found work as a bartender, then as a salesperson for Your Business Software, one of the first PC software retailers in Dallas. He was terminated less than a year later, after meeting with a client to procure new business instead of opening the store.
Cuban started a company, MicroSolutions, with support from his previous customers from Your Business Software. MicroSolutions was initially a system integrator and software reseller. The company was an early proponent of technologies such as Carbon Copy, Lotus Notes, and CompuServe. One of the company's largest clients was Perot Systems. In 1990, Cuban sold MicroSolutions to CompuServe-then a subsidiary of H&R Block-for $6 million. He retained approximately $2 million after taxes on the deal.
In 1995, Cuban and fellow Indiana University alumnus Todd Wagner started Audionet, combining their mutual interest in college basketball and webcasting. With a single server and an ISDN line, Audionet became Broadcast.com in 1998. By 1999, Broadcast.com had grown to 330 employees and $13.5 million in revenue for the second quarter. In 1999, during the Dot-com boom, Broadcast.com was acquired by Yahoo! for $5.9 billion in Yahoo! stock.
After the sale, Cuban diversified his wealth to avoid exposure to a market crash. As of 2010, Cuban is #400 on Forbes' "World's Richest People" list, with a net worth of $2.4 billion. The Guinness Book of Records credits Cuban with the "largest single e-commerce transaction," after paying $40 million for his Gulfstream V jet in October 1999.
Cuban continues to work with Wagner in another venture, 2929 Entertainment, which provides vertically integrated production and distribution of films and video. On September 24, 2003, the firm purchased Landmark Theatres, a chain of 58 arthouse movie theaters. The company is also responsible for the updated version of the TV show Star Search, which was broadcast on CBS. 2929 Entertainment released Bubble, a movie directed by Steven Soderbergh, in theaters and on DVD on the same day in January 2006 as a simultaneous release.
Cuban was featured on the cover of the November 2003 premiere issue of Best magazine announcing the arrival of High Definition Television. Cuban also was co-founder (with Philip Garvin) of HDNet, the first high-definition satellite television network.
In February 2004, Cuban announced that he would be working with ABC television to produce a reality television series called The Benefactor. The premise of the six-episode series involved 16 contestants vying to win $1 million by participating in various contests, with their performances being judged by Cuban. It premiered on September 13, 2004 but due to poor ratings was cancelled before the full season aired.
Cuban financially supported Grokster in the Supreme Court case, MGM v. Grokster. He is also a partner in Synergy Sports Technology, a web based basketball scouting and video delivery tool, used by many NBA teams.
Cuban has spearheaded ventures in the social software and Distributed Networking industries. He's an owner of IceRocket, a search engine which scours the blogosphere for content. Cuban was also a partner in RedSwoosh-a company which uses peer-to-peer technology to deliver rich media, including video and software to a user's PC, later acquired by Akamai. He was also an investor in Weblogs, Inc. which was acquired by AOL.
In 2005, Cuban invested in Brondell Inc., a San Francisco startup making a high-tech toilet seat called a Swash that works like a bidet but mounts on a standard toilet. "People tend to approach technology the same way, whether it's in front of them, or behind them," Cuban joked. He also invested in Goowy Media Inc., a San Diego internet software startup.
In April 2006, Sirius Satellite Radio announced that Cuban would host his own weekly radio talk show, Mark Cuban's Radio Maverick. However, the show has not materialized.
In July 2006, Cuban financed Sharesleuth.com, a web site created by former St. Louis Post-Dispatch investigative reporter Christopher Carey to uncover fraud and misinformation in publicly traded companies. Experimenting with a new business model for making online journalism financially viable, Cuban disclosed that he would take positions in the shares of companies mentioned in Sharesleuth.com in advance of publication. Business and legal analysts questioned the appropriateness of shorting a stock prior to making public pronouncements which are likely to result in losses in that stock's value. Cuban insisted that the practice is legal in view of full disclosure.
In October 2008, Cuban started Bailoutsleuth.com as a grassroots, online portal for oversight over the US government's $700 billion dollar "bailout" of financial institutions.
On January 4, 2000, Cuban purchased a majority stake in the NBA Dallas Mavericks basketball team for $285 million from H. Ross Perot, Jr.
In the 20 years before Cuban bought the team, the Mavs had a winning percentage of 40%, and playoff record of 21-32. In the six years following, the team won 69% of their regular season games and reached the playoffs in each of those seasons. The Mavs playoff record with Cuban is 47 wins and 53 losses, including their first trip to the NBA Finals in 2006, where they lost to the Miami Heat, but then won the championship in 2011 against the Heat.
Historically, NBA team owners publicly play more passive roles and watch basketball games from skyboxes; Cuban sits alongside fans while donning team jerseys. Cuban flies his private airplane, a Gulfstream Aerospace Gulfstream V to attend road games.
Mark is also one of the main investors on ABC's Shark Tank aired on Friday nights, providing capital to inspiring entrepreneurs.
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Posted on 5 November 2013 | 1:53 am
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Longhorn Demo Day event at Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium on the University of Texas campus on December 5. The four hour event is a startup pitch event that will showcase pitches from 13 undergraduate startups generated by the Longhorn Startup Lab during the fall semester. A true entrepreneur from his youth, Mark… [Read More]
Posted on 2 October 2013 | 4:09 pm
Terrell Owens will join Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank co-star Mark Cuban for Dirk Nowitzki’s Celebrity Baseball Game on June 29th at the Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, TX. Proceeds will go to the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation, which brings sports training and competition to children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. For the… [Read More]
Posted on 27 June 2013 | 5:56 pm
Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban reportedly "wrote a check on the spot" after talking with New York Knicks correspondent and Today show contributor Jill Martin, a friend of the mogul's who donated supplies to the storm-devastated area, according to the newspaper which supported a Queens neighborhood that was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. Cuban donated $100,000 to support Hurricane… [Read More]
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