A business graduate, Cuban knew nearly nothing about computers when he took a job at a Dallas software store. The personal computer revolution was about to sweep the country, and he wanted in. He pulled all-nighters reading software manuals, learning everything that he could about the up-and-coming industry.
After being fired for closing an offsite deal rather than opening the shop, he developed and launched his own company MicroSolutions, which specialized in connecting the computers at a particular business to a common server, a radical notion in the 1980s. At age 32, he sold the company for 6 million USD. Nine years later, his next venture, an online streaming audio service, Broadcast.com, was acquired by Yahoo in 1999 for $5.9 billion in Yahoo stock.
Today, some of Cuban’s well-known companies include Magnolia Pictures, Landmark Theaters, AXS TV, and the Florida-based Alyssa’s Cookies, one of his most profitable Shark Tank investments. Since he joined Shark Tank in its second season, the ABC reality show’s ratings have steadily climbed and the program has snatched three Primetime Emmys for “Outstanding Structured Reality Program.”
Cuban has launched Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company on the belief that every American should have access to safe, affordable medicines. No American should have to suffer or worse - because they can’t afford basic prescription medications.
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