Story of how I met Mark Cuban, got business advice & 2 tickets to the NBA Finals

Posted on October 5, 2014

Five years ago I got a phone call that got me pretty excited! My friend said he heard about Mark Cuban‘s stimulus plan for the economy on the Adam Carolla podcast. He said Cuban was investing in small businesses and that I should apply for him to invest in my business.

The reason this news got me so excited is because if he had told me any other billionaire, I would have just been another drop in the internet bucket of applications. But since I was waitressing at the Timberwolves games at the time and had actually served Mark Cuban before, I knew I would have an opportunity to ask him in person.

So, the next time the Dallas Mavericks came to town I kept walking behind his seat, half concentrating on where I was supposed to bring the drinks on my tray to, but mostly trying to rehearse what I was going to say to Mark. Towards the end of my shift I knew it was now or nothing, so I put on my big girl pants and nervously approached Mark. I could feel my face turn bright red as I asked him if he was still investing in small businesses to stimulate the economy. He surprised the heck out of me when he not only said yes, but grabbed my pen and paper, wrote down his email address and told me to send him my business plan! (Which was recently launched on kickstarter, thank you for backing it!)

Eliza Anne Handbags on Kickstarter

Pretty sure I floated home with the same shit grin smile that a teenager has after their first french kiss. You couldn’t have wiped the smile off my face if you tried! I rushed home and vigorously started updating my business plan to make sure it was perfect for Cuban. I had multiple people review it and help me perfect it before sending it to him a few days later (I didn’t want to seem too eager). …but unfortunately this was his response: mark cuban rejected my business idea I I I was crushed. After working so hard on filing for my patent and working to get my business off the ground for two years at this point, I really thought that this was my big break! But I didn’t take it personally, and really appreciated his advice and willingness to answer any questions. The next time the Mavericks came to town I emailed him and asked if I could buy him a drink for taking the time to look at my business plan and offer advice. Again, to my surprise he responded yes! He was AWESOME to hang out with! He told me his story and gave me tons of business advice – all while still taking pictures with fans that came up and asked for autographs. The best part is that he told me if the Mavs made it to the NBA Finals that year, he would give me tickets…. And he did!

NBA finals mavericks beat heat

My friend Bill and I didn’t want to make it too obvious we were rooting for the Mavs while we were in Miami

And they ended up winning at the game he gave me tickets to!

Thank you for knowing more about how to dress yourself than Mark Cuban and backing my business on Kickstarter!

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