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MC Hammer to judge in $15,000 'startups' competition

Posted: April 10, 2014 - 12:23pm
This illustration of a frog on a lily pad is the logo for LaunchPad, a Toad Suck Daze 'startup' business competition to be judged by Stanley Burrell, A.K.A. MC Hammer.
This illustration of a frog on a lily pad is the logo for LaunchPad, a Toad Suck Daze 'startup' business competition to be judged by Stanley Burrell, A.K.A. MC Hammer.

The Conway Chamber of Commerce has revealed its main reason for choosing Stanley Burrell (A.K.A. MC Hammer) as this year’s headline act at Toad Suck.

 

Hammer achieved the highest levels of fame back in the day performing under his stage name, and Toad Suck goers will certainly get to see MC Hammer the artist perform. They’ll also see Stanley Burrell the businessman doing what Stanley Burrell does best — pick winning technology startup companies in the newly announced “LaunchPad” competition.

 

Burrell will be part of a panel to judge thirteen “pitches” from Arkansas entrepreneurs, including three video submissions. The best pitch wins $15,000.

 

“Most people know his music, but they don’t know that he is a major player in Silicon Valley,” Chamber CEO Brad Lacy said in a news releaseon Thursday. Also judging will be Nada Stirrat, Chief Revenue Officer for Acxiom and Jonathan Sasse, a consultant who helped launch Slacker Radio and was President/CEO of iRiver America.

 

Burrell has lectured about business and social media at Stanford and Harvard and has been a founder and early investor in a number of successful tech ventures, according to the release.

 

“Toad Suck Daze is a festival founded on fun but grounded in education,” LaunchPad organizational team chairman Jeff Standridge said in the release. “LaunchPad will be an exciting way to celebrate new ideas and reward entrepreneurs.”

 

To submit a pitch, go to Startup.buzz.

 

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Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 04/10/14 - 12:35 pm
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And then: Perfection

Something about, and this'll take a while to percolate to a specific understanding, about M.C. Hammer, tech startups and Toad Suck days coming together at the same time and place brings us very close to metaphorical singularity.

Really, it's like a beautiful picture.

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 04/10/14 - 03:26 pm
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Major player

in Silicon Valley my foot. According to media reports his net worth is only 1.5 million. Heck secretary's in the valley are worth more than that.

Free agent
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Free agent 04/15/14 - 11:13 am
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Can't touch this

Leave Hammer alone. He's being a good dude by agreeing to be the judge at a contest earlier in the day. Maybe that means he's not just rolling into town and then rolling back out. Maybe everybody who cares to will get a chance to meet the man. Who knows.

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 04/15/14 - 02:44 pm
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Free agent

I have no problems with Mr. Burrell just the foolish hype put out by the Conway Chamber. You know the same folks that tried to sell us on the 135k Christmas tree, 35k fountain and the thing that is supposed to be a arch among other follies.

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