European Business: Mr Cuban, with your launch and selling of the Internet streaming company ‘Broadcast.net‘ in 2000, you became one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the time. You achieved extraordinary success with your eCommerce-Business, as well as being the Co-Founder of ‘2929 Entertainment‘ and Chairman and CEO of ‘AXS TV‘. What drives you to always implement new projects?
Mark Cuban: I’m very competitive. I want to not only have an impact but challenge myself and show I can create successful companies.
European Business: Your second passion is basketball. Has a dream come true, that you were able to buy the ‘Dallas Mavericks‘ basketball team in 2000 and, as the owner of the team, could even celebrate the biggest success in the club's history by winning the NBA Championship in 2011 - with NBA-Legend Dirk Nowitzki as leader of the Mavs?
Mark Cuban: Definitely. As a kid growing up I never imagined I would be in this position. To actually be here and own the Mavs is a dream come true.
European Business: As an icon of entrepreneurship: Which advices could you give other entrepreneurs for growing a successful business - and in the realization of their dreams?
Mark Cuban: Like anything else it’s about hard work. You have to put in the time to know your industry and business better than anyone. You have to always continue to learn and improve so that you can compete against whatever changes may come.
Interview: Andreas Detert | Photos: AXS TV, Dallas Mavericks, NBAE