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Financial Hackers, The FED, Dallas Mavericks, Entourage and Stocktwits with Mark Cuban

It’s true…billionaires smile better.

When I sat down to chat with Mark Cuban recently in his office at the Mavs Arena, Mark gave me so much freedom and time that we were not sure how to run the whole interview.

He was EXTREMELY trusting and open and of course frank about so many topics I am passionate about that editing became super important to Jon and I.

I learned a shitload and enjoyed the hell out of it so I hope you enjoy it too.

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  • denali92

    Did not know much about him, so I came away very impressed – does sound like he has a lot of fun, but also serious smarts and drive!


    • howardlindzon

      you are welcome. He was very open and friendly and we hit it off re phoneix and the suns and tech

      • Nucky

        Maybe you can put all the parts you cut out from the orginal interview online as well? Because the Maverick tells a lot of interesting stuff.

        • howardlindzon

          yes there will be ten or 12 short vids over time so funny

          • ks


  • Anonymous

    “I learned a shitload”

    Keep it classy Lindzon.

    • Nucky

      Relax kid, it is what Howard wants

      • howardlindzon


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  • KS

    Wow, great interview. Especially the finance stuff.

    • howardlindzon

      i love empire boardwalk and nucky thomspson

  • Ross Whiting

    You didn’t have to post this. Thank you.

    • howardlindzon

      i did i did. he was so willing and hilarious

  • Adrian Meli

    Love Mark. He has been incredibly successful mutliple times, but the smartest thing he has ever done by far is hedge that Yahoo stock. Very creative guy with very good ideas. Had never heard the story of exactly how he hedged so thought that was very interesting! – Adrian Meli

    • howardlindzon

      great. thx

    • Dave Pinsen

      Agreed. He also was loaded up with DIA puts when the market crashed in ’08. Cuban is such a successful entrepreneur that his virtuosity as an investor doesn’t always get as much attention as it should.

  • Guest

    awesome interview howard! thanks for this as usual. you mention mentoring in there, and that’s the big thing i think all of us get from all these great video interviews you’re doing and sharing w/ us. hope you keep it up.

    hoping a big 2011 for stocktwits

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  • nickfenton

    Good stuff Howard! A lot of people hate on Mark Cuban, but I’ve always had love for him. Dude’s a genius, plain & simple. You have to respect genius.

    • howardlindzon

      totally. as a phoenix person i have def hated on him.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe this will come in future videos but was there any more follow up or interaction on Mark’s view that Stocktwits is essentially the fantasy basketball of finance with the implication that it is for entertainment rather than a basis for investing real money? (not trying to be an *ss, I am a fan of stocktwits)

    • howardlindzon

      Mark has strong opinions we thought about it and we showed them. he thinks
      people will end up with thier ass in the air as we quoted. i dont think its
      black or white. we provide the best tools and focus our best efforst on
      people sharing ideas and not words like MUST buy or explode or destroyed.
      opinions are like assholes, , diarizing and ideaas are fine infineoeum….

      I may not have asked and it may be on cutting floor but I think Mark as I
      think people should invest in their passion, mainly themselves.

      • Dave Pinsen

        You did the right thing by showing them. And frankly, you two didn’t seem that far apart on the issue. In rocky markets, a lot of people will end up with their ass in the air regardless. If some investors benefit from its premium tools or find a few good ideas on the stream, then StockTwits has added value.

      • Hannah Tran

        Didn’t Mr Cuban do a bit of insider trading? Also, blogging about start-up companies he’s invested in, pumping them up, and then dumping them? How is Mark Cuban ideas any good for free market capitalism? His actions don’t really represent his words or beliefs that he blogs about.

    • Dave Pinsen

      To put Cuban’s comments in perspective, it’s worth noting that he thinks most retail investors would be better off not investing in stocks, because he believes you should only invest when you have an information advantage, and most retail investors don’t have one. He was blogging about that long before StockTwits started, so his comments in the interview are, I think, not so much a reflection on StockTwits per se as an extension of Cuban’s long-held views.

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  • BeachO

    There is this thing called the iPad and iPhone. People watch videos on them. They are super popular and millions use them. Your video doesn’t play on them.

  • Ross Whiting

    Cuban, has yet to give 100 million to the Newark School system. :)

  • raznick

    You know I’ve been waiting for this one for awhile as you gave me sneak peek some time ago. Well, I have to say it was worth the wait!

    I learned a ton and among many other tidbits, I enjoyed hearing how he met w Goldman to work on his yahoo hedge & how so many people thought he was dumb to put it on.

    Also, interesting to hear that the Mavs looked at LeBron, but it couldn’t find a way to take all 3 players.

  • Dave Pinsen

    Great interview, Howard. In addition to being a brilliant entrepreneur and investor, Cuban is consistently entertaining. He also offered a unique take on Steve Jobs toward the end of the interview.

  • David

    Awesome! Simply awesome!

  • RacerRick

    That was terrific. Great conversation. He is amazing in many ways.

    Also great job, Howard.

    • howardlindzon

      thx bud. happy new year

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