Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, celebrity investor, and famed entrepreneur, recently told NBC's Chuck Todd that, if asked, he would be interested in serving as Hillary Clinton's vice president. Earlier in the election, Cuban said the same thing about serving as Donald Trump's vice president.
But what does Cuban's interest in elected office, and the reaction to it, say about us?
1. Voters are really, really ready for something different.
In a campaign that has seen the rise of a self-proclaimed socialist and the self-proclaimed greatest wall builder in the history of wall building, it's no surprise that voters are interested in someone new and different. In fact, this desire to see a new type of candidate is about more than any one specific individual, including Donald Trump.
One only needs to look at the contrast between Trump's historically poor favorability ratings and his historic number of primary votes to understand that there are voters supporting Trump who actively dislike him.
Voters are ready for something different. Right now, that difference is coming in the form of Donald Trump.
In the future, it may come in the form of Mark Cuban.
2. Voters are interested in candidates with a track record of business success.
If you spend a lifetime in politics, what does a win really look like? What does a loss really look like? After more than just a few years in elected office, it becomes hard to tell. The complexities and opaque nature of the legislative process mean that eventually legislators are bound to vote for something, only to later vote against it.
Ask 2004 candidate John Kerry how that turned out.
And in the rare instances when impactful legislation is passed, it ends up having a million fingerprints and names attached to it.
Ironically, in an era when more information is available than ever before, it is almost impossible to figure out what any politician has accomplished--and even harder to figure out on whose behalf the politician was actually working.
That's a completely different background than you find with an entrepreneur such as Cuban, with his very visible successes and failures.
3. Voters want candidates who know their way down an unknown path.
Entrepreneurship requires moving toward an unknown future, driven primarily by the sense that where you are going has to be better than where you've been.
That's the same perspective many voters have right now.
We may not know exactly how to get to a better place, but we know we need to make the trip.
I remember the Dallas Mavericks when I was a kid. In the pre-Cuban era, they were one of the worst teams in all of professional sports.
They were awful.
The idea that they would ever become an elite franchise was pretty unlikely--just as unlikely as starting a billion dollar business or becoming a celebrity based on investing in startups.
And maybe voters understand that if you want the unlikely to become likely, a good place to start is by following someone who has walked that path before.