Back in 2000, my business partner and I were toying around with an idea for a web-based business. My partner was the former CEO of Apple, John Sculley.
John suggested I contact Mark Cuban and toss our idea past him.
I had never heard of Mark Cuban, but I came to learn two things very quickly:
1) John Sculley was correct, Cuban and I are similar looking.
2) In the 1990s, Cuban started an Internet radio company and sold it to Yahoo for an obscene amount of money ($5.7B). Back in those days Yahoo overpaid for new companies based on future promise. I’m pretty certain the company they bought from Cuban is no longer in operation.
Cuban used the money to build an empire of his own. He purchased an NBA basketball team, he started a movie production company, he invested in countless businesses and hosts a TV show about the investments (SHARK TANK).
I contacted Cuban by writing, “My partner John Sculley thinks I look like you.” Cuban responded, “I feel bad for you.” We chatted back and forth via email and I sent him our business plan. He showed no interest but appreciated the opportunity.
I respect Cuban. Much like myself — and like Trump — he doesn’t hold back from saying what’s on his mind whether you like it or not. Furthermore, Cuban cannot be controlled or contained, and he is no conservative. Thus, I am baffled as to why the GOP elite recently reached out to Cuban asking him to run for president as a 3rd-party candidate?
In a recent blog post, Cuban wrote the following:
“I would prefer to be a Republican. I want smaller government. I want smarter government. Just like most Republicans.” — “Put aside that I disagree with Republicans on most social issues — The Republicans have a much bigger problem that will crush them in every presidential election until this changes. The Republican Party requires that all their presidential candidates conform to consensus.”
Reading into his statement, I assume Cuban stands for gay marriage, abortion, and a transgender using any bathroom he or she identifies with? And from what I’ve read it appears he is against the deportation of illegal aliens.
Basically, the GOP is trying to recruit a free-thinking billionaire who has left-leaning ideas. Isn’t this what they claim about Trump?
In another blog post, Cuban rips at all the presidential candidates, including Trump:
FROM MARK CUBAN:
The democrats argue about who can give away more stuff and is more progressive. The republicans argue about who is the purer conservative and how hard they will work to undo what is already done. Both sides stick purely to issues that are raised in polls and in debates. None of the candidates have moved into new territory.
It’s as if there is an island for democrats and an island for republicans and no one ventures off.
A leader would come up with new ideas and new solutions for issues that are outside what everyone is talking about and make people realize just how important they are to the country.
Problem! Donald Trump has offered new ideas — “build a wall” — “deport illegals” — “implement a temporary ban on Muslims until we can get our act together and keep America safe” — “build up our military” — “take back jobs from China and Mexico” — the list goes on.
Here is another quote from Cuban:
“There’s that guy who’ll walk into the bar and say anything to get laid. That’s Donald Trump right now to a T. But it’s all of us who are going to get f****d.”
But the best is his latest rant: “Hillary should get a VP like me who can throw bombs at Trump and say things like, Donald you’re a friend, but you are an airhead.”
Wow, with friends like Cuban who needs enemies? If I had a business to launch, I would call Cuban first. But in terms of running a country? I think I stick with Trump!