mark cuban

  • uBeam’s Ultrasound Wireless Charging Is Real, And About To Be Really Funded

    uBeam’s Ultrasound Wireless Charging Is Real, And About To Be Really Funded

    What if wireless power at a distance actually worked? It does. uBeam invented a way to wirelessly send energy up to 15 feet away with ultrasound. What if you could slap a wireless charging case on your phone and charge it while you move around or use it? uBeam invented that too. While early uBeam prototype were massive, non-portable boxes that merely shot power around, it now has a working… Read More

  • Don’t Turn Internet Independence Into Government Dependence

    Don’t Turn Internet Independence Into Government Dependence

    April marks the 20th anniversary of the commercialization of the Internet, ironically, the very same month that the Federal Communications Commission’s new Open Internet regulations were officially published, tossing the Internet into a public utility model characterized by stagnation and ambiguity. The rules kill the “permissionless innovation” they purport to protect by… Read More

  • The “Shark Tank” Effect On Apps

    The “Shark Tank” Effect On Apps

    Sitting at the top of the iTunes App Store for the fourth day in a row and counting is Scholly, another one of the many mobile applications that found its way onto the national stage by way of ABC’s popular TV pitch competition Shark Tank. The show now has a history of being able to move the market when it comes to turning apps that would otherwise be also-rans into mobile hits –… Read More

  • 13 Questions With Mark Cuban

    13 Questions With Mark Cuban

    Welcome to 13 Questions, a series aimed at bringing a human face to notable figures in the world of startups, hardware, and tech. Ever wonder how your favorite designer learned to love tech? Curious what’s on your favorite VC’s bucket list? Want to see the person behind the media hype? 13 Questions is here. This week Mark Cuban talks about his upbringing and road to becoming an… Read More

  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    It’s been an exciting week for us here at TechCrunch with the Hackathon, Disrupt SF and Apple’s product launch all taking place within a few days. Here are 11 of our best stories from the past week (9/6-9/12). 1. Apple had a number of new product releases this week. We introduced you to the Apple Watch, the company’s highly anticipated first foray into the world of… Read More

  • Mark Cuban's Cyber Dust Shrinks Your Digital Footprint | Full Interview

    Mark Cuban Explains The Four Parts Of An Ideal Investment Pitch

    Mark Cuban sat down at TechCrunch Disrupt SF today to talk privacy and founding businesses. However, from Shark Tank to his own investment firm, Mr. Cuban, is also a prolific investor, which lead to questions about the best ways to get his investment. “I’m very transparent with my companies,” Mark said. “You should know the companies I’ve invested in, why I… Read More

  • Mark Cuban's Cyber Dust Shrinks Your Digital Footprint | Full Interview

    Mark Cuban Talks His Drive To Build Companies, And How He Wants To Destroy Silicon Valley

    Dear Silicon Valley: Mark Cuban wants to kick your ass. At Disrupt SF today, the noted investor and bon vivant talked about his drive to build companies and his feelings about San Francisco. “Fuck y’all. I want to win,” he said, talking about his drive to found companies. Read More

  • Iconoclastic Billionaire And Investor Mark Cuban To Join Us On Our Disrupt SF Stage

    Iconoclastic Billionaire And Investor Mark Cuban To Join Us On Our Disrupt SF Stage

    I’m personally excited to announce that the one and only Mark Cuban will be joining me on stage at Disrupt SF for a fireside chat. From early an dot.com success to an outspoken sports team owner to household TV personality, Mark Cuban is seemingly everywhere. His accomplishments read like a bucket list. And the man just keeps going, recently launching an ephemeral messaging app. Read More

  • Virtuix Steps Into $3 Million For Its Virtual Reality-Linked, Omni-Directional Treadmill

    Virtuix Steps Into $3 Million For Its Virtual Reality-Linked, Omni-Directional Treadmill

    Expanding the experience of virtual reality gaming has landed the omni-directional treadmill manufacturer Virtuix $3 million in its first institutional financing. Banking on the company’s premise that it can make the experience of virtual reality gaming more immersive, new investors including Mark Cuban, Scentan Ventures, Maveron, Scout Ventures, Partech Ventures, StartCaps Ventures… Read More

  • Soundwave, The Music Discovery App Backed By Mark Cuban, Is Placing A Big Bet On Big Data

    Soundwave, The Music Discovery App Backed By Mark Cuban, Is Placing A Big Bet On Big Data

    What happens when your app manages to attract The Woz as a fan, Mark Cuban as an investor, Stephen Fry to help launch, and you’re featured by Apple and Google in its respective app stores? A shed load of downloads, that’s what. Read More

  • LinkedIn Steps Up To Help Children In Need After Hurricane Sandy Devastation

    LinkedIn Steps Up To Help Children In Need After Hurricane Sandy Devastation

    Today, LinkedIn’s CEO Jeff Weiner tweeted out a link to a new initiative that his company is participating in. As I noted over the weekend, people really need to step up when it comes to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Things aren’t kosher on the East Coast, and we all need to help. Read More

  • In Defense Of The High-Frequency Hackers

    In Defense Of The High-Frequency Hackers

    It’s a potential “doomsday machine.” It’s “quite literally out of control.” Hedge fund managers and Nobel winners say it should be banned. Others insist it should at least be regulated. Its practitioners are “parasites.” Mark Cuban says they are “the ultimate hackers,” who “scared the hell out of me.” Last week they wiped… Read More

  • Backed By Mark Cuban, WhiteyBoard Launches v2 Of Its Paint That Turns Walls Into Whiteboards

    Backed By Mark Cuban, WhiteyBoard Launches v2 Of Its Paint That Turns Walls Into Whiteboards

    Two years ago, WhiteyBoard founders Saachi Cywinski, Sherwin Kim and Jason Wilk set out to re-think those clunky, inflexible whiteboards found in classrooms and offices around the country. They developed a portable, flexible alternative: An inexpensive, “instant” plastic board that weighs less than two pounds and adheres to any surface without screws. Wilk tells us that… Read More

  • A Very Special Episode: TV Takes On Patent Trolls

    A Very Special Episode: TV Takes On Patent Trolls

    While I find most reality TV abhorrent, last week’s Shark Tank brought a very interesting concept to the usual babble that is the modern “boss” show. In this episode, Scott Jordan, creator of ScottEVest, appeared in front of a motley crew of entrepreneurs including Mark Cuban and Kevin O’Leary to pitch his patent licensing business, Technology Enabled Clothing or TEC. Read More

  • Startups, Investing, And Daily Deals: Five Questions With Mark Cuban

    Startups, Investing, And Daily Deals: Five Questions With Mark Cuban

    Some think Mark Cuban is a genius, some think he’s lucky. Either way, the guy has a knack for seeing value where others may not, for locating long-term investments, and for ending up on the right side of the deal. Some may disagree with his approach, but Mark Cuban is a billionaire, and while making money is a lot easier when you have stacks of it to play with, becoming a billionaire… Read More

  • Mark Cuban Invests $250,000 In Social Games Maker Mention Mobile

    Mark Cuban Invests $250,000 In Social Games Maker Mention Mobile

    Exclusive – Social gaming startup Mention Mobile has raised $250,000 from billionaire, entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in exchange for a minority equity stake in the company. Mention Mobile says it specializes in apps that are ‘infused with Facebook content’, and the capital injection is meant to fund the development of new single-title apps that… Read More

  • In The Halls Of The Hedge Fund Hackers

    In The Halls Of The Hedge Fund Hackers

    I went down to the demonstration today, to get my fair share of bemusement. Occupy Wall Street seemed drizzly, dejected, and oddly disconnected from the world around it. I approve of their goals, and I think their message is very clear indeed, but I’m not so sure their methods are effective. We’ll see. But they did spur me to go back and reread, of all things, some Mark… Read More

  • Mark Cuban Teams With Qualcomm To Bring Augmented Reality To Mavericks Tickets

    Thanks to the influence of owner and tech entrepreneur Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks season ticket holders will be able to enjoy a touch of the technological when claiming their 2011 playoff tickets. The Mavericks have teamed with Qualcomm to add augmented reality to this year’s playoff tickets. Augmented Reality — or “AR” for those “in the know” —… Read More

  • Mark Cuban And Kevin O'Leary Invest In Online Toy Rental Service Toygaroo

    Just in case you missed it: Mark Cuban’s most recent investment took place in what is a fairly unusual setting for early-stage startup seed funding — a shark tank. That’s right, the controversial billionaire and media mogul was a recent guest shark on ABC reality show “Shark Tank”, in which 5 business moguls listen to entrepreneurs pitch their companies and… Read More

  • Mark Cuban Dreams Of Minority Report. So Do I. But We're Not There Yet

    Mark Cuban Dreams Of Minority Report. So Do I. But We're Not There Yet

    “Location Check in is so 2010,” Mark Cuban writes today on his blog. His thought is that facial recognition hardware/software installed in public venues is going to replace the need for users to actually check-in to a place. I absolutely agree. But I think we’re ten years away from that happening. And maybe more. If you’ve seen the Steven Spielberg movie Minority… Read More