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Phin Upham, attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he won numerous awards for his research and served in leading community service roles. Phin edited a successful book titled Philosophers in Conversation in 2002 that was translated into Mandarin and sold in the US, Europe and China and has since edited two more. Phin has written a nationally syndicated newspaper column and had his work published in numerous scholarly journals.

Phin Upham works as an investor where he previously worked doing financial research and analysis for a bulge-bracket investment bank and most recently in macro-economic and technology investing at a leading hedge fund. Upham’s community service involvement has been extensive including serving as the youngest member of the Board of the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Young Friends where he led major aspects of its community outreach in West Philadelphia and was responsible for all graduate student involvement in the Museum. He received his undergraduate degree with Honors from Harvard University. He is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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  • 5 Things the Apple App Store Could Do Better July 1, 2015
    I haven't been thrilled with app discovery on the App Store for years, and while Apple has been tweaking things to make it better, it's pretty easy to enter the iOS App Store, look around, and come to the conclusion that only an infinitesimal fraction of 1.5 million apps must be worthy of showing off -- and unfortunately, Disney's "Palace […]
    Chris Maxcer
  • Faster, Cheaper Fiber Could Rev Up Internet June 30, 2015
    Researchers have found a way to significantly improve the performance of fiber networks, which could lead to benefits for both consumers and Internet service providers. Information in fiber optic cables degrades with the distance it travels. When you try to increase the speed at which the data is traveling by boosting the power in the network, degradation ge […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • ISS Cargo Lost in SpaceX Falcon Flameout June 29, 2015
    The SpaceX CRS-7 rocket failed minutes after Sunday's launch, blowing up in mid-air. Just after T+2 minutes, when the craft's altitude was 32 km, its speed was 1 km/second, and its downrange distance was 30 km, its flight path apparently began curving downward. Three explosions then occurred. "There was an overpressure event in the upper stage […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • Uncle Sam Wants a Hoverbike June 29, 2015
    The United States Army Research, Development and Engineering Command has commissioned two companies to develop hoverbike technology. The Army intends to operate the hoverbike as a new class of tactical reconnaissance vehicle. "This isn't for jungles or mountains, but could be ideal for patrols over deserts, swamps, or other open areas with mixed te […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • The Automobile as We Know It Is Dead June 29, 2015
    There's a massive number of efforts going on to kill the car as we know it. Among them are efforts to make it a tiny self-driving box that we'd likely be embarrassed to be seen in, efforts to make it highly customized and amazing, and efforts to change its fuel from gasoline to CNG, electricity or something else. There is no doubt that the car as w […]
    Rob Enderle
  • Gadget Ogling: Vertical Vinyl, Kid-Friendly Video Chats, and a Smart Pool Monitor June 27, 2015
    I enjoy music as much as anyone, though I'm no real audiophile and I have not an enormous passion for one format over another. I admire the romance of vinyl but find it unwieldy and cumbersome when digital recordings work just fine for me. The Floating Record turntable is beautiful, though, and I'm almost tempted to race to my record store to stock […]
    Kris Holt
  • Self-Driving Cars Avoid Collision, as They Should June 26, 2015
    Two self-driving prototype vehicles, one operated by Google and the other operated by Delphi Automotive, earlier this week avoided a collision in Palo Alto, California. Neither car touched the other, but the incident spurred a number of rattled headlines over the so-called "near miss." In actuality, both vehicles responded as they were supposed to, […]
    Peter Suciu
  • Oculus Rift: This Is My Final Form June 26, 2015
    No more screendoor-effect issues or motion-induced sickness. On-board power, outside power requirements under control. With each prior iteration of its Rift headset, Oculus VR assured gamers that they hadn't yet seen the its final form. Finally, in the run-up to this year's E3 and at the show, came the invitation for everyone to "step into the […]
    Quinten Plummer
  • Makulu 9 Aero Soars Above the Linux Distro Crowd June 26, 2015
    The special release of Makulu 9 Aero edition might seem like one flexible Linux offering too many. However, anyone hankering for a Windows-like operating system and the best of what is easy about using Linux could not make a better choice. The Linux OS is notorious for its great variety of distros. Linux is also infamous for having far too many choices. […]
    Jack M. Germain
  • 3D Printing Could Resurrect Custom Carmaking June 25, 2015
    Divergent Microfactories just introduced the world to the Blade, a 3D-printed supercar it designed as a proof of concept to spur the establishment of other microautomakers and reshape the auto industry. Divergent Microfactories envisions microautomakers emerging similar to the way microbreweries have popped up across the U.S. It wants to "democratize th […]
    Quinten Plummer

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  • Join Us At Our TC Pitch-Off Next Week In Budapest July 1, 2015
     On July 10, 2015 I’ll be rolling into Budapest to hold our first official TechCrunch Pitch Off in the city of my forefathers (my grandfather’s name was actually Nagy!) We’ll be inviting eight startups on stage to compete to win a table at TechCrunch Disrupt or, for second place, two tickets to the event in SF on September 21-23. You can grab tickets here. T […]
    John Biggs
  • Smart Android Launcher Yahoo Aviate Gets Overhauled, Accused Of Being A “Google Now Clone” July 1, 2015
     Yahoo’s Aviate Android launcher, which the company acquired for $80 million in order to own a piece of the growing mobile ecosystem, as it doesn’t have its own mobile operating system or hardware in play, has seen continued development in the months following the deal. The latest addition to this intelligent homescreen application is something Yahoo is call […]
    Sarah Perez
  • Splacer, With $1.4M In New Funding, Is Airbnb For Event Spaces July 1, 2015
     Splacer, the Tel Aviv-based marketplace for listing and renting out creative event space, today announced that it has raised $1.4 million in seed funding led by Carmel Ventures. A number of angel investors, including Shlomo Kramer, Sam Ben Avraham, and Eyal Shaked, also participated in the round, Alongside the funding announcement, Splacer is also going liv […]
    Jordan Crook
  • Tour Booking Startup ZOZI Raises $30 Million From Richard Branson, Others To Expand Its Reservation Platform July 1, 2015
     ZOZI, a startup that hooks merchants up with those seeking travel experiences using proprietary software, has closed on $30 million in Series C funding. Pritzker Vlock Ventures led the round, with participation from Sir Richard Branson, Par Capital Ventures, 500 Startups, Dolby Family Ventures and Bridge Bank also participated. ZOZI raised $21.3 million in […]
    Sarah Buhr
  • India Now Uber’s Second Largest Market Following Expansion To 7 New Cities July 1, 2015
     Uber is continuing its focus on Asia after announcing that it will expand into seven new cities in India, taking it to a total of 18 locations in the country. Read More […]
    Jon Russell
  • Minute Is a Video Watching App For The ADD Generation July 1, 2015
    Viral video has become a big business. Companies like Vodio and 5by have come in to serve this space, ‘viralising’ short form video, especially for mobile. Now Minute, a new startup, has developed a new Android and web application that draws on big data and crowd data to determine the most viral part of an online video. It then turns these moments into short […]
    Mike Butcher
  • PubNub Gets Another $20M To Scale Up Its Low-Latency Messaging Network July 1, 2015
     PubNub, a startup out of San Francisco that has built a data network focused on messaging for apps, IoT hardware and other low-latency services, has raised another $20 million in a Series C round of funding. It seems that 20 million is the magic number for PubNub at the moment: the company — which works with some 2,000 businesses and partners including high […]
    Ingrid Lunden
  • Sweetgreen Harvests $35 Million To Satisfy Millennial Salad Cravings July 1, 2015
     Trendy farm-to-table salad shop sweetgreen has raised $35 million in additional venture funding to scale its healthy and affordable restaurant chain nationwide. The most recent cash infusion, led by T. Rowe Price with participation from prior investor Revolution Growth, brings sweetgreen’s total venture funding to $95 million. Headquartered in D.C., sweetgr […]
    Christine Magee
  • The Tale Of The Talented Mr C. — Who Used TechCrunch To Get Into A 5-Star Hotel July 1, 2015
     “Good Evening,” began the polite email. “I recently transitioned into the role as Foreign Media Specialist for TechCrunch magazine here in San Francisco. As part of my new position I will be traveling first to South East Asia to show potential Tech Executives various locations to take Personal Vacations, Tech Conventions, Weddings, and to host Corporate Vac […]
    Mike Butcher
  • Why You Should Advertise Your App On Television July 1, 2015
     From ad networks and exchanges to demand-side platforms and other app publishers, app marketers have left no stone unturned when it comes to finding new mobile channels on which to advertise their apps. And yet, as the market matures and evolves, most developers are finding mobile as a channel to be saturated, competitive and increasingly expensive. Read Mo […]
    Oren Kaniel

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