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Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

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The Last Word In Business

May 29, 2013
Originally published on May 29, 2013 10:47 am



And we'll end this hour on a different note. Our last word in business is: Ap cappella.


NYC SHARP: (Singing) When we launched you treated me, we should patch up. But the next dream meeting wasn't for six months. This time I'm not leaving without you.


We're hearing the group that bills itself as New York City's all-tech a cappella group. In this video, they're rehearsing Lady Gaga's "You and I." Except in this version, the lyrics lament a different kind of breakup with an investor.


SHARP: (Singing) There's only three men that I deserve in my whole life; it's my dad, my investor and Jesus Christ.

GREENE: OK. The group got this gig singing for the venture capitol firm DFJ Gotham after debuting at the New York Tech Meetup.

MONTAGNE: They started performing together at the tech company Foursquare under the name Fours Acquire. The Wall Street Journal reports that the group tabulates votes on which songs to perform using a spreadsheet.

GREENE: Of course, they do. and the group's current name also has some technology edge. It's pronounced NYC Sharp. But those of you familiar with sheet music Wall Street understand that sharp is actually a hashtag.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.