There is unsurprisingly fun reading — for entrepreneurs, VCs, and media sorts alike — in the transcript of Mark Cuban’s appearance on C-Span’s Q&A show last weekend. I hardly know where to start, so just read it. A snippet:
LAMB: And do you notice that more people come after you for money?
CUBAN: Oh, yes, hundreds of times a day because my email is so readily available. I mean everything from, you know, shoes to braces to, you know, hair transplants. I mean it’s crazy the stuff.
LAMB: Just asking you to pay for them?
CUBAN: Every day. And you know, I — the way I look at it, I mean what a great problem to have on my end, right, because I’ve been on the other end. But you know, everybody — I don’t blame people for asking, you know, you never know until you try.
LAMB: Do you have somebody going through it? Do you do it all yourself?
CUBAN: Because there might be that one. I mean I’ve paid for things when I felt it was really, you know, there was a reason to — just from random emails. I’ve paid for a transplant just from somebody who sent me — and multiple times — people who have sent me an email.
You know you sit there and you read this email and someone is saying, “My son is going to die unless I get $250,000 to put him on a kidney transplant list.” What am I going to do, say no? You know it’s a lot of money but it’s not going to change my life but obviously — and so, you know, there is — you know I’ve thought about putting together organizations that deal with that but then it gets so complicated and it becomes a slippery slope. And, you know, people are tending to find me now, doctors are recommending that they find me and that’s OK, it works out better that way.