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Mark Cuban          

Owner of The Dallas Mavericks; Investor on ABC's "Shark Tank"

When Mark Cuban purchased the Dallas Mavericks on January 14, 2000, the face of the organization began to change immediately. Once again Mavericks games had a party atmosphere as Reunion Arena rocked with the return of the "Reunion Rowdies." Mavericks games became more than just ordinary NBA games - they were a total entertainment experience.

Cuban was not only successful at instilling a sense of pride and passion into Mavericks fans by presenting himself as the ultimate role model by cheering from the same seats he had in years past, but he also became the first owner in team sports to encourage fan interaction through e-mail on his personal computer. It was through this personal touch that fans throughout the Metroplex, and around the world, began to notice Cuban's energetic personality and take notice of the Mavericks. He has personally responded to thousands of emails, and several suggestions from fans have led to innovative changes such as a new three-sided shot clock, which allows line of site to the 24-second clock from anywhere in the arena.

Cuban's whatever-it-takes attitude and commitment to winning has everyone's attention. From his first introduction to the team to the end of his first season as owner, the players responded with a 31-19 record, including a 9-1 mark in April 2000. In addition to hiring special coaches for offense, defense and shooting, Cuban has promised to do everything in his power to improve the team. This goal was achieved as the club finished the 2000-01 season with a 53-29 record en route to their first playoff appearance in 11 years where they became just the sixth team in NBA history to be down 0-2 and come back to win a five-game series vs. Utah in Round 1.

Before the start of the 2001-02 season, American Airlines Center, the Mavs new home, opened and Cuban co-founded HDNet, an all high-definition television network on DIRECTV channel 199 which launched in September 2001. As with his other ventures, Cuban is revolutionizing the television industry with HDNet. He is planning to expand HDNet to include three more networks showing high-def sports, movies and entertainment by the end of 2002.

Prior to his purchase of the Mavericks, Cuban co-founded, the leading provider of multimedia and streaming on the Internet, in 1995, selling it to Yahoo! in July of 1999. Before, Cuban co-founded MicroSolutions, a leading National Systems Integrator, in 1983, and later sold it to CompuServe.

In addition to his ownership of the Mavericks, Cuban is an active investor in leading and cutting-edge technologies and continues to be a sought-after speaker.

Cuban has become known for his eccentric personality and has translated that into a television career. He appeared as a contestant on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" and joined the network's series "Shark Tank" in 2011. It doesn't take a business genius to see the correlation between Cuban's promotion to full-time Shark and the large increase in the show's ratings.

Speech Topics

Sparking Your Life: The Power of Creativity

Cuban Business; Marketing and Strategic Planning

Sports from a "Beer and Pretzel Guy"


Mark Cuban Cleared in Insider-Trading Case

DALLAS—A federal jury cleared Mark Cuban of insider trading, giving the outspoken billionaire a decisive victory and dealing a setback to the Securities and Exchange Commission's toughened enforcement stance...

Mark Cuban's most important lesson from his 20s - Business Insider

Shortly after Mark Cuban got his bachelor's degree from Indiana University in 1981, he moved in with some friends in Dallas and became a bartender.

Tech More: Features Mark Cuban Indiana University Bars Here's what happens when billionaire investor Mark Cuban returns to his college town

Mark Cuban, billionaire investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is a proud member of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business class of 1981.

He often returns to the school's Bloomington campus to offer his business advice and conduct Q&A's with students.

Mark Cuban invests in new pro sports league

The owner of the National Basketball Association's Dallas Mavericks has taken a principal ownership stake in the Professional Futsal League, the league said Wednesday. Futsal is a modified version of soccer, typically played indoors with five players on each team.

Mark Cuban: There are three types of entrepreneurs - Business Insider

After seeing hundreds of entrepreneurs pitch their businesses over six full seasons of "Shark Tank," Mark Cuban said there are only three primary categories ...

Mark Cuban Changes His Mind

After Donald Trump announced his candidacy in 2015, Mark Cuban—the ... A year later, Cuban endorsed Hillary Clinton at a rally, asking: “Is there any bigger ...

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