Mark Cuban is no stranger to political controversy. After all, he has discussed his political aspirations on more than a few occasions. But he's not willing to say he'll take on Trump in 2020 just yet.
"I'm not making any proclamations yet," Cuban confirmed before a crowd of thousands in Central Park on Saturday. "But there's potential," adds Cuban, who was speaking with OZY Media's CEO and co-founder Carlos Watson at his company's OZY Fest 2017, an annual event in New York City, which pairs entrepreneurial luminaries with politicians and entertainment personalities.
The Shark Tank host is certainly no stranger to bold political statements, as he has been outspoken against President Donald Trump in the past. Though, he has also weighed becoming his running mate. Nor is he a stranger to trying new things or taking risks.
On stage, he noted his admiration for media mogul Ted Turner. "He didn't care [what people said], he just went for it," Cuban said. "And after he went for it, he bought a baseball team. He lived it the way he wanted to live it, and to me that's a beautiful thing." Cuban himself seemed to take that path: He founded what became Broadcast.com and made his fortune. Then he bought the Dallas Mavericks in 2000.
But one thing Cuban says he misses from his early days is the ability to take risks. "When you're just getting started, you've got nothing to lose," he said. "When I went for it, I had nothing to lose." Cuban described how he was living in an apartment with six other roommates and was sleeping on the floor: He could keep living in this situation, he said, or he could change it. So he chose to change it, but now he lacks that sense of urgency, and has more to lose.
His last point of advice for entrepreneurs on Saturday was to look to the future. Cuban made his fortune in tech at a time when the Internet and computers were just getting started, and now he says that artificial intelligence is the future. "The world's going to change," Cuban said. "What's happening now, because things are getting faster, machines are starting to think. Either you make them think for you, or they take your place and do your thinking for you." Cuban himself is studying up: Books he's reading includes The Master Algorithm by Pedro Domingos and Machine Learning for Dummies.