Google Ventures wasn’t the only fresh face at the TechCrunch Disrupt after-party last night — funk master MC Hammer also brought his talents to Silicon Valley in celebration of TechCrunch’s recent acquisition by AOL, dropping his tunes for TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington and company.
Even angel investor Ron Conway was too legit to quit as he and the TechCrunch staff went on stage to dance alongside MC Hammer to the tune of “can’t touch this” (you can catch the video after the break). Although the piercing cries of Silicon Valley investors and techies managed to muffle my poor iPhone’s microphone, MC Hammer’s funk-tastic beats seem to come through alright.
Hammer is actually an accomplished entrepreneur himself. Hammer has offered ministerial advice to entrepreneurs in the past at events such as the Intel Capital annual dinner. He has his own music label and runs strategy at startup DanceJam.com, funded by SoftBank and Rustic Canyon Ventures.
Hammer (Stanley Kirk Burrell) started on the road to fame as a bat boy for the Oakland A’s baseball team. Slugger Reggie Jackson gave him the nickname “Hammer” because he thought the youngster resembled “Hammerin’ Hank Aaron.” Hammer said he was an entrepreneur from the start, selling tickets that the A’s players were allotted but didn’t use. Charley Finley, the legendary coach of the A’s, kept Hammer aboard as a child “executive vice president.” By the time Hammer was 14, Finley was asking Hammer to fire people. He then went on to music career with smash hits such as U Can’t Touch This.
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