That point resonates with least one fellow billionaire.
″[E]verything is a remix,” Cuban said, referring to the 2010 film by Kirby Ferguson that also features Jobs’ quote. “That’s what I learned early on in technology.”
Steve Jobs once said:
“It comes down to trying to expose yourself to the best things that humans have done and then try to bring those things in to what you’re doing. I mean Picasso had a saying. He said, ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal.’ And we [at Apple] have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”
“When I was first getting started, I told myself that there’s two people in the world when it came to technology: There’s the people who created it and there’s everybody else. I was with everybody else,” Cuban told Twitch co-founder Justin Kan on a recent episode of “The Quest” podcast.
“So, if I just put in the work, then I could get ahead of everybody else. I may not know as much as the creators, but if I dealt with the creators, then they could teach me.”
“As I started doing that more and more, reading manuals, reading books, whatever it took, you started to understand all the concepts. Then I taught myself how to program, basic languages, and then you understand the constructs of programming. Then, I got into networking and I understood networking. Every step along that, there’s commonalities all the way through,” Cuban told Kan.
After a few failed gigs after college, Cuban started his own computer systems company, MicroSolutions, which he sold to CompuServe for $6 million in 1990. Five years later, Cuban and a friend, Todd Wagner, started internet radio platform Broadcast.com, which was acquired by Yahoo in 1999 for $5.7 billion in stock. Since then, Cuban has invested in hundreds of successful companies.
And constantly learning still serves Cuban today. “Now, I know if I keep up with it, whether it’s artificial intelligence, blockchain, tokens, NFTs, whatever it is, there are common threads across all of those things that make it easier to understand if I just put in the time,” he says. “If I do some tutorials, if I mint something [like an NFT] and go through the entire process, I’m going to understand it.”
Then, there’s “the ‘Shark Tank’ side of me,” Cuban says, when he asks himself, how could this be a business? “And that’s when I start thinking in that direction.”
Source: CNBC, Mar 2, 2021