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Entrepreneurs of my Life TIme: Mark Cuban
There may not be many people who recognize Mark Cuban, unless said person is either a) an NBA fan (Mark is the crazy owner of the Dallas Mavericks), or b) a fan of the show "Shark Tank," where investors such as Mark invest on ideas they hear. The fact of the matter, though, is that Mark is one of the most influential tech people of the past 20 years. He was able to take advantage of the dotcom bubble, and then forsee how to avoid going bankrupt from it. So who is he? In 1982, Cuban moved to Dallas, Texas. Cuban first found work as a bartender, then as a salesperson for Your Business Software, one of the first PC software retailers in Dallas. He was fired less than a year later, after meeting with a client to procure new business instead of opening the store. Cuban started a company, MicroSolutions, with support from his previous customers from Your Business Software. MicroSolutions was initially a system integrator and software reseller. The company was an early proponent of technologies such as Carbon Copy, Lotus Notes, and CompuServe. One of the company's largest clients was Perot Systems. In 1990, Cuban sold MicroSolutions to CompuServe—then a subsidiary of H&R Block—for $6 million. He made approximately $2 million after taxes on the deal. In 1995, Cuban and fellow Indiana University alumnus Todd Wagner started Audionet, combining their mutual interest in Indiana Hoosier college basketball and webcasting. With a single server and an ISDN line,[26] Audionet became Broadcast.com in 1998. By 1999, Broadcast.com had grown to 330 employees and $13.5 million in revenue for the second quarter. In 1999, during the dot com boom, Broadcast.com was acquired by Yahoo! for $5.9 billion in Yahoo! stock.
What's Going On At This NBA Game?
Hello, Funny Community! It's about that time for our weekly Funny Caption Contest! Last week's winner was @Jinki5. This time, will it be YOU? This week's challenge is dedicated to @mchlyang, the moderator of the Sports Community and one of the coolest peeps on Vingle. (So if you see him floating around on here, go say hi. Don't ask questions. Just do it, you guys.) Can you figure out a funny caption for the photo posted above? Why's that shooting guard getting a nose full of the opposing teammate? What's that guy in the back thinking? Or maybe the announcers? The Rules: 1) You can comment with as many caption ideas as you'd like. 2) 'Like' the captions you find the funniest. (Even non-participants can upvote their favorites!) 3) Voting ends at Friday, Midnight EST. The winner will be announced in a special post on Monday. 4) The winner's entry becomes the Funny Community's featured card of the week! Now, let's get this started! @InPlainSight @JonPatrickHyde @Exoexo @RaquelArredondo @Zelda27896 @LAVONYORK @GingerMJones @Karthikkrazzy1 @GalaxyTacoCat @biancadanica98 @amandamuska @amobigbang @NerukaWong @inuyashagal @WiviDemol @TashaBitner @raenel @AlexanderBeta @Matokokepa @B2STANG88 @katekendrii @chris98vamg @melifluosmelodi @shantalcamara @GuerlyReyes @DeliaBray @thePinkPrincess @ElizabethT @trin1991 @Danse @CreeTheOtaku @MisakiNguyen @JoemichealBourg @HardikPatel @masonkeller @NancyVongvilay @jasminetimple @DevonArce @JayHaley @animechild51 @jacobweigh0 @blitz12345100 @lilmisa28 @Bakuman247 @BoltofGreece @kneelb4zod @gymnast3191987 @kawaiiporpoise @AndyCehonski @otakukpopgirl @SeoInHan @Baekyeol27 @StevenBowman @Kamiamon @EdwinHernandez @MissB82 @RosePark @JoelCarmonaRoja @JRGrimes @MelissaMae @phillipconijn @stevend1428 @JayHaley @ankitj @VeronicaArtino @Jonathan3 @ColeKat13 @ObscurePoet @MattSloan @briandiana11 @AGale @tinkdot29 @kneelb4zod @Jinki5 @JoelCarmonaRoja @kawaiiporpoise @Rockron97 @IronDeath @GossamoKewen95 @loftonc16 @mutakubot
'Space Jam' Is Still The Best Movie Ever.
So you've read the title of this card, and I already know what you're thinking. "Dani, does 'Inception' mean nothing to you?" or "You're trying to tell me that you think 'Space Jam' is a better movie than [Insert the title of a Quentin Tarantino movie here.]?" And I'm here to tell you - yes, you insolent fools. 'Space Jam' is the 'Citizen Kane' of our time. And here's why: First off, it stars Michael Jordan, arguably the most beloved sports celebrity of the past 30 years or so. Think about it. Tiger Woods? Scandal. Lance Armstrong? Scandal. Michael Jordan? Selling Nikes to you, your friend, your brother, and your dad easily since 1984. (That's right. 1984.) Secondly, it lets kids imagine a world where their favorite 'Looney Toons' characters live among humans. Porky Pig asking for Michael Jordan's autograph? Daffy Duck spraying his spit all over as he argues with Bill Murray? Newman from 'Seinfeld' being flattened out like Wyle E. Coyote under an Acme anvil? Priceless. So much priceless. Plus, I think every 90s kid is STILL obsessed with the movie's soundtrack. "COME ON AND SLAM AND WELCOME TO THE JAM." will always be all that needs to be said before a party starts in any given room. Plus, "I Believe I Can Fly", "Hit 'Em High", "Fly Like An Eagle", and "For You I Will" are singles that are just as great to listen to today. The roster of NBA stars that get their skills stolen by the Monstars reads like an MVP blast from the past. Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley -- These guys were the absolute kings of basketball in the 90s, and seeing them all act in this movie is SUPER amusing, but also makes you feel kind of old now. (I mean, Muggsy Bogues is 50 today, you guys.) 'Space Jam' inspired a whole generation of kid athletes and non-athletes - including NBA power forward Blake Griffin. I mean, I'm not saying that Little Kid Blake Griffin was watching 'Space Jam' in the movie theater, thinking something like "Hey, maybe if I get 'NBA Rookie Of The Year', it'll up my odds of meeting Bugs Bunny'." But I'm also not NOT saying that. And so, my fellow Vinglers, I hope that I have made you reconsider where your previous loyalties laid and will join me in the 'Space Jam Is The Coolest' Vingle Fan Club - where the current members are Me, Me, Me, and @christianmordi over in the Sports Community. What was YOUR favorite part about 'Space Jam'?
The 5 Strangest Superstition in Sports!
Hello sports fans! It's Friday the 13th! Here are some of the strangest superstitions in sports! Michael Jordan Michael always wore his UNC shorts under his NBA shorts. Thus, he wore longer shorts than his fellow players at that time. In the end however, his fellow players followed suit after the legend. Serena Williams Serena Williams is known for not changing socks once during a tournament. It sucks to wear a pair of socks for more than a day...imagine how it would feel to wear the same socks for an entire tournament! I guess Serena doesn't mind it considering the number of tournaments she has won. Brian Ulracher Brian Ulracher ate two chocolate chip cookies before every game. Maybe that was the secret to his muscular body. I think it'd be fair to call him the "Cookie Monster". Caron Butler Caron Butler was known to be an avid fan of Mountain Dew. He loved the drink so much that he drank before and during every game. During his UNC days, he asked his wife to pick him a 2-L bottle of the green stuff, and drank half of it before the game, and the rest during half-time. In 2007, the Wizards and NBA banned him from drinking it during games so he eventually quit the whole thing in 2009. Moises Alou This one has to be the most f*cked up one out of all of them. Moises Alou used to pee on his own hands to harden them! Should we see that as commitment to the game of baseball or just some pretty weird ass shit? Oh and by the way, don't try to harden your hands by peeing on them ladies and gentlemen, because doctors have confirmed that peeing on your hand doesn't harden them. It actually softens them. @jeff4122 @ButterflyBlu @superiorsl @Starbell808 @DonnaMelton @InPlainSight @jokes @BEAUTYgirlARIEL @David19Flo23 @karencorchado @salahabdalla @Moose892 @BrookieyElba @SamuelRodriguez @ValerieAlissaPa @xitlalicordova1 @AndrewMaldonado @Jovi @Shippudenguy21 @AbdulrahmanSaad @trinityarcangel @thefeels @Link4TW @ChriSingularis @sanazsanaz @WilliamBrown @DannyMoses @ClaySharko @Ravenwing92 @FromBlue2U @TravisBeck @LemissaNicole @BossDominata @gatorchick96 @MatthewBoughton @MarcusJiles @BrandonMcNeil @MalikLawary @KyleBerke @manbungo2000 @DerekGumtow @havic @Straightshooter @PhilAnthony @Kirooken @yaakattackk @RodneyYoung @DreJones @JonathanKerns @bnzattoni @TravisManning @GalacticChakra @smothgreen @afxs @johnnolastname @ChristopherKenn @ChasePage @coreywriley91@MikeWolf @MrTenThirty @JasonNilsson @BrunoDutch @SherzTYC @krishntejanand @addri @ChrisStephens What was your favorite one from the list? Do you have any superstitions when it comes to sports?