Note: The Skinny blog is written by Rick Smith, editor and co-founder of Local Tech Wire and business editor of WRAL.com.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Mark Cuban, who turned an Internet startup into a multi-billion dollar company and now owns the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, headlines a day-long venture capital event in the Triangle on Aug. 12.

Local Tech Wire, in partnership with venture capital firms Intersouth Partners and Southern Capitol Ventures, will host the event at the American Tobacco Historic District’s Bay 7. It is the latest program in LTW’s Executive Exchange program.

Forbes calls Cuban the "Dot-Com Billionaire," and in the words of Young Money he is the "coolest billionaire." And Triangle executives and entrepreneurs will have ample time to talk with one of the brightest entrepreneurs who turned ideas and products into global success in the Internet-driven "dot-com" boom.

The program will include a private breakfast with Cuban followed by a panel discussion about trends, obstacles and opportunities in venture capital, a networking lunch, a keynote presentation by Cuban about entrepreneurship and a Q&A session with the audience.

Cuban built Internet company Broadcast.com, which he sold to Yahoo! In 1999 for $5.7 billion.

As owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Cuban has built not only a championship-contending franchise but also generated many headlines – and fines – as a blogger and Twitter user about the NBA. Cuban also often writes about entrepreneurship and investing and is an investor in startups.

More details about the program and registration information will be announced shortly.

People wanting more details about the event as soon as available should e-mail me (rsmith@wral.com).

Firms interested in sponsorship should contact Joyce Kohn (jkohn@kohnassociates.net).

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