Entrepreneur Stories Part 1

Entrepreneur Stories Part 1

At Sutherland Global Services, one of our core values is “Entrepreneurial Spirit.”  We nurture creativity and take risks to improve our service offerings.  Employees with this spirit strive to be the best.  They want to maintain our leadership position as a premier provider of BPO services.

Mark Cuban is an excellent example of entrepreneurial spirit. He is a renowned billionaire tech mogul and the outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks and sits on the panel of the show Shark Tank.  How did it all start for this self-made billionaire?

Mark started as an entrepreneur at the age of 12, selling garbage bags door-to-door!  That’s right. At age 12, Mark would go door-to-door trying to sell garbage bags to individuals and families.  He did this to help pay for expensive basketball shoes.  While in high school, Mark held many different jobs.  From bartending, to disco dance instructor, to party promoter, to even a stamp and coin salesman.  During college, he had various business ventures including owning a pub and giving dance lessons.  This led him to hosting lavish disco parties at the Bloomington National Guard Armory.  After college, Mark started working with a couple of companies involved in selling software.  He decided he could do better on his own.  Mark started his own consulting business, MicroSolutions.  In 1990, Cuban sold that firm to CompuServe for $6 Million!

In 1995, Mark and a business partner started AudioNet.  This started out of his desire to be able to listen to Indiana Hoosier basketball games online.  The company became a huge success and was renamed Broadcast.com.  In 1998, he saw its stock reach $200/share.   A year later, Mark and his business partner sold out to Yahoo! for nearly $6 Billion!

Mark has always had a dream of being a part of a professional sports team.  In 2000, the dream became reality when he purchased the Dallas Mavericks for $285 million.  Prior to that, Mark had been a long time ticketholder.  The Mavericks, however, were not the dream franchise to own.  The franchise had long been plagued by mediocre players and coaches.  The club also had faced more than a decade of non-playoff basketball.  Cuban helped revamp the team culture and roster.  His strategic decisions resulted in the team qualifying for the playoffs in 2001.  Eventually, the Mavericks won the NBA title in 2011 against the Miami Heat.

No matter what your dream is, learn from Mark.  Pursue something you are passionate about.  Doing something you are passionate about will help you achieve your dream.  Mark became an expert in the field of computers and computer networking.  By building a smart business from there, he was able to sell that business.   This allowed him achieve his ultimate vision of not just being a part of, but owning, a professional sports team.  Mark encompasses our core value of “Entrepreneurial Spirit.”  He was consistently innovating and taking calculated risks.  He took a futuristic approach to work that led to his success.

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