I'm a big fan of Mark Cuban. He's a savvy business leader and has smart ideas. There's a reason so many people follow his advice. I also like how much he supports his NBA team from the sidelines, jumping up and down like their Number One Cheerleader. That's a good model for leadership for anyone in business, realizing that your primary job is to inspire and motivate. Also, he's the best Shark hands down.
As far as his political aspirations? I'm not so sure.
I'm in an odd position here, because I don't usually comment about politics. As a journalist, I'd rather not take sides or reveal any of my own political opinions. I want to be unbiased. If I'm only interested in one side or the other, it makes it much harder to cover controversial topics.
However, I did take a stand on Donald Trump and how I see him as more of a dictator than a leader. I won't say the same thing about Mark Cuban, but I will say he seems to have very little political experience. Recent reports suggest he is interested in eventually running for office, that he might meet with Hillary Clinton to discuss serving as her running mate, and that he is also open to the idea of running as a vice presidential candidate with Trump. He's recently stated that he could fit within either campaign if Clinton or Trump moved closer to center.
But that's not the real reason I have an issue with Cuban running for office. Trump has already proven that political experience isn't as important as we once thought. My issue is that the entrepreneurial market needs Cuban to stay where he is. He would add some insight to the political spectrum and would become a major advocate for the startup sector, but this idea of jumping over to politics and still maintaining your position within the business realm seems ludicrous. There's a reason President Obama now has gray hair, other than his age after eight years in office. There's a reason Trump has stated many times that his kids are running his business interests. You can't become the Vice President of the United States and moonlight as a Shark and still stand on the sidelines at a Dallas Mavericks game, or mentor young companies, or pick investment opportunities. You'd have a day job.
It's surprising how many emails I receive on a weekly basis from entrepreneurs who say flat-out that they started a company because of Cuban, either due to his direct advice, because they were on Shark Tank, because they have investment money from him, or because they were just inspired by his track record. I'd be willing to share some of these if it impacts his plans. There are few true oracles in the startup world, and is Cuban does decide to run, he will leave a gaping void. In fact, there are two scenarios here. Either he leaves for office and the business world suffers without his influence, or he attempts to maintain his business interests and the vice presidency suffers (or at least the campaign of the losing candidate who picks him to run).
Is any of this even a possibility?
From what I've seen, there are always early rumblings like this before major decisions come to light. I would not be surprised if Trump picked him. They do tend to match up in terms of their strongly held opinions. Trump is not going to pick a wimp. For Clinton, it would be an interesting pick as well because she could use the support of the business community and Cuban has at least some views that match up with hers.
What's your view? Where do you stand on Vice President Cuban? Post in comments.