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This article was published on November 21, 2011


    The official Raise Cache music video of New York City startups

    The official Raise Cache music video of New York City startups
    Courtney Boyd Myers
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    Courtney Boyd Myers

    Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups gr Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups grow internationally. Previously, she was the Features Editor and East Coast Editor of TNW covering New York City startups and digital innovation. She loves magnets + reading on a Kindle. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CBM and .

    We recently wrote about Raise Cache, a sold-out, night-long event that took place last Thursday at the Lexington Avenue Armory and was organized by 21-year old Rebecca Zhou, a former Hackstar at TechStars. Raise Cache raised $103, 789.22 for hackNY, a non-profit that nurtures the next generation of New York’s hackers with frequent hackathons and a fellows program.

    To kick off the evening, attendees got to see the following music video, which was the brain child of Rachel Sklar, a “media addict on the loose” and the founder of Change the Ratio, an organization that aims to get women as represented in the business world as men. The video was produced and edited by Sklar and Phil Di Giulio, co-founder of FrameSocket. Recording and mixing was done by Venrock’s David Pakman.

    The video was filmed all over NYC startup hotbeds – TechStars, GA, 36 Cooper Square, The Makery, the OnSwipe office (which was the RaiseCache HQ). It opened up the Raise Cache fashion show to a massive applause. If you weren’t there, you can check it out below!

    Lyrics below:

    RAISE YOUR CACHE
    (To the tune of Pink’s “Raise Your Glass”)

    Hack, hack, get in the black
    Get on the ball there’s no turning back
    Show some stamina

    Think, think, energy drink
    Push some more code it’s swim or sink
    Want some ramen, ya?

    Founder, hacker
    Venture backer
    Maker, shaker
    Firecracker
    Trying, frying, odds-defying
    This shit’s serious

    So raise some cache if you’ll be here
    To hack one more day
    Startup underdogs
    We’ll just iterate, iterate – lighting up the night
    In New York City – til we get it right
    But until then until then we’ll raid your stash
    Just come on and come on and raise your cash!

    Pitch, glitch, scratching the itch
    Solving the problem to make us rich
    Can’t we just cash out (cash out!)
    Bootstrap, note with a cap,
    Building the userbase, build the app
    It’s so on right now (so fuckin’ on right now)

    Rip it, zip it,
    Ship it, flip it
    Read the blog from that guy from Yipit
    Flying, vying, Hack NY-ing
    This shit’s serious

    So raise some cache if you’ll burn on
    Without a runway
    Startup underdogs,
    We will never be never be anything but lean
    It’s better that than going to Wall Street
    So just come and come on and make your splash
    Just come and come on and raise some cash
    If you’re dorky, New Yorky then raise some cash
    Keep on wishin’ it, Tischin’ it – raise some cash

    (Bubble? This ain’t no Y2K, baby.)

    And if you’re short on the flow
    And the going’s pretty slow
    You can change that ratio
    We can always, we can always,
    Raise another round…

    (Aw, foo!)

    So raise some cash if you are in
    It for the long haul
    Startup underdogs,
    Keep on making things making things – every single day,
    In New York City
    Techie little geeks
    So – raise – some
    Cache if you are here,
    And you are staying
    New York underdogs,
    We can make it here make it here – only gotta try
    In New York City
    Here’s to us, NY
    And together together we’ll raise some cache
    With community, unity – raise some cache
    Just come on and come on and raise some cache
    Just come on and come on and raise your cache
    For me

    Startups/organizations repped in the video, in no particular order:

    Urtak, Piictu, Dispatch, Fashism, Curbed, Eater, Racked, Foursquare, Lover.ly, The Daily Muse, Honestly Now, Shelby.tv, Art.sy, The Geno.me, CityPockets, Bnter, LaunchPad LA, WantWorthy, 10gen, Sonar, The Difference Engine, Hashable, WellcomeMat, FrameSocket, Change The Ratio, Contently, NYTM, OnSwipe, KloudCo, Siftee, Hopscotch, Artsicle, Veri, TechStars, SideTour, TechCrunch, Aviary, Yipit, GirlDevelopIt, Elizabeth & Clarke, YouNow, Giftiki, Barbarian Group, Birchbox, Local Response, The Lean Startup Machine, Sailthru, Business Insider, Spark Capital, IA Ventures, HuffPost Tech, WSJ Social, The Daily, StockTwits, Uber, Wanderfly, Small Girls PR, Behance, BrunchCritic, Google, USV, WeFest, Guest of a Guest, RaiseCache, We Are NY Tech.

    Notable cameos:

    Rachel Sklar; investor Mark Suster; TechStars NY managing director David Tisch; investor & StockTwits founder Howard Lindzon; Fashism founder Brooke Moreland; industry leaders & investors Fred & Joanne Wilson; NYTM managing director Jessica Lawrence; IA Ventures’ Roger Eherenberg; Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley; Birchbox co-founders Hayley Barna & Katia Beauchamp; “The Daily” publisher Greg Clayman; OnSwipe founder (& TechStars TV breakout star) Jason Baptiste; Hank Williams, one of the stars of CNN’s “Black in America: Silicon Valley”; new YC admitees Kathryn Minshew Alexandra Cavoulacos & Melissa McCreery of The Daily Muse in front of the YC sign; GirlDevelopIt’s Sarah Chipps, Spark Capital’s Mo Koyfman, Caroline McCarthy & Allison Mooney of Google.