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Issue 5 | Success & Motivation: from Joe Schmo to The Benefactor

By Mark Cuban
Published Oct. 5, 2004 5:02 p.m.
Self-made billionaires don't come around too often. Self-made billionaires who still enjoy watching basketball and having a beer with friends are even rarer. Recounting his story from his days as a twenty-four year-old living with five friends in a three-bedroom house, to getting his first job, to starting his first business, Mark demonstrates the values that led to his success.

About Mark Cuban | When Mark Cuban purchased the Dallas Mavericks on January 14, 2000, the face of the organization began to change immediately. Cuban was not only successful at instilling a sense of pride and passion into Mavericks fans by presenting himself as the ultimate role model, but he also became the first owner in team sports to encourage fan interaction through e-mail on his personal computer. Cuban's whatever-it-takes attitude and commitment to winning has everyone's attention. Cuban has promised to do everything in his power to improve the team.

Prior to his purchase of the Mavericks, Cuban co-founded HDNet, an all high-definition television network on DIRECTV channel 199 which launched in September 2001. Cuban also co-founded Broadcast.com, the leading provider of multimedia and streaming on the Internet, in 1995, selling it to Yahoo! in July of 1999. Before Broadcast.com, Cuban co-founded MicroSolutions, a leading National Systems Integrator, in 1983, and later sold it to CompuServe. Today, Cuban is not only an active investor in leading and cutting-edge technologies and a highly sought-after speaker, he is also a co-producer and the star of the ABC reality show, "The Benefactor," which appears on Monday nights at 8pm. http://abc.go.com/primetime/benefactor/

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