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TCU MBA Swaps Community Service for Insight from Mark Cuban

Bryan Redd took an innovative approach to asking Mark Cuban for entrepreneurial advice: He offered three hours of service for answers to three questions. 

November 21,  2014

By Elaine Cole

TCU MBA Bryan Redd knows that Mark Cuban receives thousands of requests daily from people all over the world. So he took a path he thought might get him noticed.

And it did.

Within minutes of emailing the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and star of “Shark Tank,” Bryan received an answer.

Yes, Cuban would answer three questions in exchange for Bryan giving three hours to a charity or project of Cuban’s choosing. Cuban suggested volunteering at a women’s shelter.

Bryan jumped at the chance. But instead of simply volunteering, he is using his TCU MBA marketing skills to help SafeHaven of Tarrant County promote their first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, December 13, in Fort Worth and Arlington.

“They really wanted my help with marketing and community engagement. It’s going to add up to more than three hours, but it is a great cause and I’m excited to be helping SafeHaven. That it’s in exchange for advice from one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs makes the experience that much more rewarding,” said Bryan, who is founder and president of the TCU Graduate Entrepreneurship Club.

For the event, hundreds of men take to the streets on December 13 to walk a mile wearing high heel shoes to raise awareness of violence against women. Women are welcome to encourage the men along the walk and at the start and finish. There is no registration fee, but men are asked to bring a toy or gift card to donate to Santa’s Sack, for women and children staying in shelters for Christmas. The Fort Worth event begins at 9 am at The Woodshed Smokehouse. The Arlington event begins at 9 a.m. at the Safehaven shelter and ends at Olenjacks. For more information: https://www.safehaventc.org/events/walk-a-mile.

As for Bryan’s Q&A with the Mavs owner, here are the results:

BR: When you consider your experiences as an entrepreneur, investor in startups, and father/mentor, how do you manage in a way that doesn’t demotivate, specifically at times when you face road blocks?

MC: I’m just wired in a way that keeps me focused on the goals, and I try to instill that in anyone [who] works for me. Success is never a straight line.

BR: Recently, you made a deal with two women on Shark Tank. One of your terms was  that they had to agree to mentor your daughters. In cases like these, how do you recognize and evaluate potential?

MC: The entrepreneurs were smart. The product was one that I could see my kids using. And it filled a niche in the world of products that are marketed towards girls. So I liked it.

BR: What important truth do very few people agree with you on?

MC: The Mavs are the best organization in pro sports!