Mark Cuban
Title: Co-founder and Chairman, AXS TV
Number of Years in Cable: 12
Education: Indiana University – Hoosiers!
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Follow your effort, not your passion. Sweat equity is the best capital.

Why Him? He’s known for his billions, his Dallas Mavericks and his ballsy business sense. To be sure, this guy doesn’t shy away from risk. Last year, Cuban relaunched HDNet as AXS TV with the help of pop culture darling Ryan Seacrest, entertainment and music venue company AEG and CAA, and recently launched a live music concert series that starred the best tribute bands around (We’ve been to the Roxy in L.A. for a few of these Monday night performances, and they’re off da hook). With plenty of projects and even a starring role on ABC’s entrepreneurial reality show “Shark Tank,” Cuban knows how to stay busy. Meanwhile, his partnership with AEG is beginning to bear fruit. One thing is certain: He has assembled a strong team to reinvigorate on-air live entertainment.

Apple or Samsung? Samsung

Beatles or The Rolling Stones? Beatles

The one thing I’d do differently if I could go back to high school: Cut my hair.

On a Saturday afternoon, you can find me… at a kids soccer game.

Film fest or music festival? Music festival

Favorite decade? T his one

I watch the majority of programming on this device: Slingbox

Netflix or Hulu? Neither. TV. Or TV via Slingbox.

The other subject I wish I’d picked for my college major: Music

Celebrity, sports figure or politician I’d most want to have dinner with? Howard Stern

Celebrity, sports figure or politician I’d most NOT want to have dinner with? Ross Perot Jr.

Cable exec I wish had done a Harlem Shake video? Jim Dolan

If I could tell my 21-year-old self something today, it would be… I would just smile…

Dish I can make and that would impress a celebrity chef: Hot dog

I wish Congress would just… ban or limit software patents.

Favorite business and/or motivational book? Mine. How to Win at the Sport of Business

Favorite vacation spot? Cayman Islands ?

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