Soundwave Music Discovery App Backed By Mark Cuban

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What happens when your app manages to attract Woz as a fan, Mark Cuban as an investor, Stephen Fry to help launch, and you’re featured by Apple and Google in its respective app stores?

A shed load of downloads, that’s what.

In the case of Dublin-based Soundwave, the music discovery app that tracks the listening habits of you, your friends and other users you follow, we’re talking over 165,000 downloads in just shy of two-and-a-half weeks. However, perhaps the more interesting story is what the startup could do with all of the listening data its amassing should that traction continue.

First, though, let’s delve into the stats some more. Along with number of downloads, the iOS and Android app, which is able to track what you’re listening to on your phone’s native music player, as well as streaming services Spotify and Rdio, has tracked 3 million song plays. That figure gives us a good indication of actual usage and is one that Soundwave will be expecting to grow significantly if its app is to make it past the download and use-once hurdle.

Meanwhile, those app downloads span 182 countries, with its biggest market so far being the U.S., followed by the U.K., Brazil, Ireland, Russia and Germany. Notably, both Apple and Google have featured the app — the iOS version 443 times across 17 App Store categories in 144 countries since launch — including Apple making Soundwave the much coveted ‘Editors Choice.’ So it shouldn’t be surprising to see some decent traction.

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Traction, of course, is what Soundwave requires to create the listening data that is crucial to powering not only the consumer-facing app — to help you discover new music through the listening habits of your friends and influencers you follow — but also the startup’s broader ambitions to mine that data and possibly sell it back to the music industry.

Full Article & Source: http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/09/soundwave/

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Adam Carolla Teaming Up With Mark Cuban?

Fan of Mark Cuban? So is Adam Carolla as he shares something in common with Mr. Cuban other than having a great business mind.

Adam Carolla is currently dealing with patent trolls who are trying to extort Mr. Carolla with a bullshit patent lawsuit.

Awareness is a key to fighting this thing and you can listen to Adam discuss it with Lee Cheng — an expert in the field.

Note: Fans of Adam Carolla can find the latest updates at AdamDrewShow.com!

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ESPN: Cuban funds flopping study

While NBA commissioner David Stern says the league needs to expand its anti-flopping rules, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is funding a study on the practice.

One of Cuban’s companies has provided $100,000 to Southern Methodist University for an 18-month investigation of the forces involved in basketball collisions. The goal is to figure out whether video or other motion-capture techniques can distinguish between legitimate collisions and instances of flopping.

“The research findings could conceivably contribute to video reviews of flopping and the subsequent assignment of fines,” SMU biomechanics expert Peter G. Weyand, who leads the research team, said in a statement.

Cuban tweeted: “Is it a flop? Let the scientists figure it out . im paying for the research to find out.”

Full Article: http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/_/id/9352705/dallas-mavericks-owner-mark-cuban-funds-flopping-study

Dwight Howard To Mavericks? Mark Cuban Trying To Swing A Deal

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Could Dwight Howard be headed to the Mavericks? If Mark Cuban gets his way, the answer could be yes.

Dallas is reportedly trying to swing a deal that would give away the team’s No. 13 draft pick in order to clear up space for the former Lakers center. The Mavericks have been looking for another star to complement Dirk Nowitzki, and Dwight Howard is the biggest name out there this free agent season (Chris Paul is also a free agent but expected to stay with the Clippers).

Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/672148/dwight-howard-to-mavericks-mark-cuban-trying-to-swing-a-deal/#QSC8dryHMfWh271o.99

Five Cuban Mantras for Success

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I’ve recently stumbled upon the top 5 Mark Cuban mantra’s for success. I’m thinking mantra #1 for me in particular should be google the world mantra.

Anywho, thanks blog.bitmakerlabs.com for posting these 5!

1)    Time is more valuable than money

Time is far more valuable than money. If you use your time wisely, it will have far more impact on your life and success than any amount of money ever will.

2)    Commit random acts of kindness

No one gets to the top on their own. Being successful not only involves getting along with people, but also helping people and giving something back. If you meet new people with the intention of helping them rather than getting something, your network and relationships will grow stronger.

3)    No balls, no babies

Once you think you’re ready, you go for it. People spend far too much time planning, but at some point, you just have to go for it. There is no such thing as a perfect time to launch. You can wait and look at every angle, but sooner or later, you have to act. As Mark Cuban puts it, “no balls, no babies”.

4)    Work hard, play hard

A business can devour your life. You live and breathe it every second it’s there. It’s not just a part of your life, it becomes your life. It’s very much possible to not get any vacations for years, but you have to find ways to blow off steam to avoid blowing a gasket.

5)    Don’t let fear be a roadblock

Fear can either be a roadblock or a source of motivation. There will always be competitors in the market. You can either do nothing out of fear, or take on the challenge. As Einstein once said, “You never fail until you stop trying“. Failing is just finding another way that doesn’t work. You only have to get it right once.