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March 30, 2005

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Christopher Baus

You forgot to mention his expert understanding of the financial markets.

That was one of the most lucid descriptions of the implications of shorting I've ever read. Yep he's got billionaire written all over him.

And you're right. His blog rips. Right up there with Buffet's annual reports. He just lays it on the line. I love that.

Jason

He also makes really smart long tail investments. :-)

bob

not to interrupt the group hug for cuban, but does no one recall his bullying of local Dallas media for having the termerity to mention his fiance-- after he mentioned her on his own show:

"During a taped telephone call, Cuban pressured the magazine to drop the story because of "personal and security reasons" (apparently forgetting his televised reading of the bans), and then threatened the reporter with bodily harm. "

he also threatened to withdraw Mav advertising.
NOT a media hero

Theuser

On that first point: I wonder if that will dramatically lower the cost of seeing a movie?

Bill

This "maverick" free-thinker was largely responsible for putting a ton of small webcasters out of business through anti-competitive moves in his broadcast.com days. Cuban's strategy made sure the royalty rates for streaming broadcasters were set as a per-stream charge, not a percentage of revenue, thus squeezing out the little guys who couldn't afford that business model. For some revealing links, Google "Mark Cuban streaming royalties."

Alex Rowland

Mark Cuban is a technology and long tail evangelist, but that doesn't make him an angel. I can't think of many/any billionaires that are. Bill Gates has done some pretty evil things as the CEO of MSFT, but he's also done some pretty wonderful things for the world's poor and ill. Is he a bad guy?

dan bloom

I fear this whole long tail thing is alot of marketing gobbeldegook. Ten years from now, after the book comes out, no one will even remember the term. A new one will replace it. Even more hyped.

David Palmer

New terms always replace old ones. So what? The "long tail" metaphor is a good point of departure to discuss ways that the market is changing. Even though nobody talks anymore about the upcoming Industrial Revolution, it doesn't mean that the discussions people had about it were irrelevant.

Lexington Green

"... no one will even remember the term. A new one will replace it." This misses the point. A new term catches on if it describes a new phenomenon that no existing term captures. The Long Tail is a clear, simple way to capture an important phenomenon that is coming into existence because new technology has made it possible. Nor is it the case that this or any other new term is "hype". If they come into common use because they are helpful to explain things accurately, a new term will catch on. If it is just hype or a fad, it will not come into common usage. It is too early to say on the Long Tail whether it will catch on as a description of an important phenomenon. I think the underlying facts are real and are important and that the term has descriptive power.

Matt DeGeorge

Cuban's strategy made sure the royalty rates for streaming broadcasters were set as a per-stream charge, not a percentage of revenue, thus squeezing out the little guys who couldn't afford that business model.


My friends that's capitalism at its best. Make people play on your baseball field (figuratively) then sell them overpriced food . I admire guys like him and Gates. Right or wrong they made it to the top and all the rest of us are just looking up hoping for our cut of the capitalism pie.
I love capitalism and if you want a real good lesson read Den of Thieves , good book and after reading it you will see what a racket investing really is, smoke and mirrors.

John D. Watts

Mark Cuban should invent a way to pass on his can-do-will-do Lion Heart, Owl-Head Persona. Maybe a 100 kids?
Maybe a 1000 kid, 1st-12th Gr school?
Here's to ,you Mark.

jeux pc

Impressive person.. His personality is really an impressive in Longtail.. I also want to be Mark Cuban.. This post is really very nice..

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