Mark Cuban wants the economy to recover just as much as you do, and he's putting his money where his mouth is.

Right now you can apply for a piece of the Mark Cuban Stimulus Plan by sharing your business idea on his blog, where ideas that meet his criteria and are deemed worthy will receive funding. However, if you want to take part in the plan you won't be pitching to Mark Cuban in the corner of an upscale restaurant with only a bottle of scotch as your witness -- you have to share your entire business plan with the rest of the world!

That's right. In order to secure funding from Mr. Cuban, you have to post all the details of your business out there for the world to see, steal and improve. Cuban calls the process an "open source funding environment" and replication is exactly what he wants to accomplish with this project. Sharing the blueprint for a viable business for free can easily provide 10, 20, 100 times the impact on our economy that could be achieved with closed door private pitches, he says.

Right now there are 13 rules for potential businesses interested in applying for some of Mark Cuban's money. These rules are actually a good guide for anyone who wants to start a business, and as Seth Godin points out, even those people who don't get funding will be in a better place to start their business, since they've whittled it down to the necessities.

Not sure if you're ready to start your own business? Take a few days and read the "4 Hour Work week" by Timothy Ferriss. Aside from tempting you away from your office job with tales of the "New Rich," he goes into explicit detail on how to start your own low-maintenance business selling a product. If you have the motivation but lack an idea, there are an abundance of business ideas, 998 to be exact, compliments of Seth Godin's alternative MBA program.

The Mark Cuban Stimulus plan puts the power to change the economy into the hands of the people. I can't wait to see what happens as it gains speed. If I ever meet Mark I plan to buy him a drink, if only because of rule 13 -- No multi-level marketing programs! The last thing our economy needs is another recruitment based business.

For the rest of the rules and how to submit your idea, visit Cuban's Blog Maverick. And don't forget who tipped you to the funding when you're splitting up equity in your new company!


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wayne.corbin

Greetings Mark,
I have a true baseball story on the life of my nephew who went from sticks and stones to 13 years of professional baseball. Was featured in the Jet Magazine last year. His life story which began in Seaford, Delaware in the community of Blood Field, is a story in November to remember. It would The Jackie Robinson story a run for its money!!! Oh, I am talking about Delino Deshields, Seaford,Delaware's pride and joy.

October 28 2013 at 11:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shawn Price

Dear Mark
*****Voice to Text plus something else******. I have an idea that will save all business people time and cover their bases. I can't understand why it doesn't exist on any smartphones or how the big high tech companies haven't come up with it yet. I'd pay $5/month for this product and use it daily. Potential is in the billions of users. My idea could be integrated into salesforce for all users to utilize. It could also be interfaced into businesses LAN lines simultaneously tied into each users desktop computer. Or a company like Apple could license our idea or buy it and build it into future iPhone operating systems. I need your feedback. I believe this technology is at the right place in time. We just need to develop it and people will use it. I don't have any connections in the high tech industry and figured you have the resources to get this idea developed and protected very fast. Can I send you my ppt on it? would you sign an NDA ? and then partner with me if you agree? Please email me pricetransport@gmail.com.
Thank you
Shawn
Columbus Ohio

June 03 2013 at 12:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dbrob4

Hello Mark,
I have innovative business invention ready to make millions. Just need little help to get it going.. Please contact me at cbrown8916@yaho.com or call 949-390-3138.
Thank You In Advance,
Clarence

January 23 2013 at 7:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dbrob4

Hi mark

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dbrob4

Hi mark

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Jason

Mark, Im sure you wont get this but if by some miracle you do! I have some things that id love to talk with you about, im just a regular man with some business ideas that i believe could make a difference in the life of millions. I have things that target all age groups, all race, all people in the world! I dont want to put my phone number on here not knowing who all see's this but how about you email me bigsugdaddy@yahoo.com Who knows you may be surprised at what i have that I want the world to see.... Have a great day Jason

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