Hate him or love him, Mark Cuban is an incredible entrepreneur. I am a big fan of him and his take no prisoners attidtude, and I have blogged about him a lot in the past. Check out the start-up story I wrote on him here back in 2010. He was recently interviewed by Entrepreneur magazine, and I really wanted to share this interview with y’all today.
Entrepreneur: What’s key to being successful as a technology entrepreneur?
Cuban: Busting your ass. It’s not about money or connections — it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone when it comes to your business. And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time.
As I say in my book, “it doesn’t matter how many times you fail. You only have to be right once and then everyone can tell you that you are an overnight success.”
Entrepreneur: What was the one thing that helped you the most in becoming a success?
Cuban: I was relentless in learning new tech as it came out. If it had anything to do with the PC or networking industry I was on top of it. I bought manuals. I read every book and magazine. Then I would get involved with industry conferences and put myself out there.
Entrepreneur: When did you know you’d made the leap from small-time to big-time? What changed?
Cuban: At MicroSolutions, it was when we had much bigger companies coming to us for high-end technical knowledge and support — and when I passed $1 million in the bank. That was a nice thing to happen at about age 28 or so.
Entrepreneur: Who is your tech hero?
Cuban: CNN founder Ted Turner. Most people don’t see him as a tech guy, but he recognized the value of satellite technology and cable far before most anyone else.
Entrepreneur: What’s a day in the life of Mark Cuban like?
Cuban: My days are straight out of the movie Groundhog Day. I wake up, check my email, news feeds and eat. I kiss my wife and kids, and get them to school. I come home and get back in front of my computer. I’ll go workout. I’ll play with the kids when they come home. I’ll sit in front of my computer some more. If there is a Mavs game I check my email at breaks and go to my computer at halftime. After the game, I do the same thing until I go to bed.
As brutally boring as it sounds, I love it and make it work.
Link to the entire article can be found here