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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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  • Gadget Ogling: Shooting Flames, Flowing Time, and Locked-Up Temptation March 28, 2015
    Someway, somehow, it's apparently legal to own the XM42 flamethrower in the United States, unless you happen to live in California or Maryland. I can't fathom any circumstance under which a weapon -- let's not mince words here -- capable of shooting flames 25 feet should be available for anyone to pick up if they have $700 lying around to back […]
    Kris Holt
  • Big Money Helps Cyanogen Go for Android's Jugular March 27, 2015
    Cyanogen has announced the completion of a financing round that brought $80 million in new funds to pay for more hiring and accelerated development of its open platform software development kit. Cyanogen is committed to liberating the Android OS from the financial grip of Google. Cyanogen has spurred a developing secondary app market for an alternative Andro […]
    Jack M. Germain
  • Facebook Invites App Devs to Join in Messenger Family Planning March 27, 2015
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week told an audience at the F8 conference for Facebook developers that the company's future lies in its family of apps and in giving the network's members the ability to share what they want, where they want. "We're building this family so we can offer unique, world-class experiences for all of the ways […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • The Internet's Split Personality March 27, 2015
    The Internet has been good for education but bad for morality, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. Researchers conducted face-to-face surveys with 36,619 people in 32 developing countries. A median of 64 percent of respondents said the Internet has had a good influence on education. On the other hand, a median of 42 percent said the Internet has […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Twitter's Periscope Allows Live Stream Replays March 26, 2015
    Live streaming from mobile devices has been having a rebirth of sorts with the proliferation of 4G, the continued rise of smart devices and the quickening pace of the demise of feature phones. Twitter has been seeking its own rebirth, and it's wagering that its renaissance will be influenced largely by Periscope, a new live-streaming app that just surfa […]
    Quinten Plummer
  • CAPTCHAs May Do More Harm Than Good March 26, 2015
    If an annoyance contest were held between passwords and CAPTCHAs, passwords would probably win, but not by much. CAPTCHA -- Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart -- was created to foil bots attempting to mass-create accounts at websites. Once created, those accounts could be exploited by online lowlifes for malicious ends […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Ford Tech Could Put an End to Speeding Tickets March 26, 2015
    Ford Motors on Tuesday unveiled a new technology that can scan traffic signs and automatically adjust a vehicle's speed accordingly. The Intelligent Speed Limiter was demonstrated in Germany, but it will be available worldwide in the newest edition of Ford's S-Max cars. The technology features a camera mounted on the windshield that works with a re […]
    Peter Suciu
  • Bodacious Bodhi Broadens Linux Desktop March 26, 2015
    Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC3's implementation of the Enlightenment desktop, makes an awesome desktop computing platform for office or home. Bodhi is one of only a handful of Linux distros embracing the Enlightenment environment. Its developers call Bodhi the Enlightened Linux Distribution. Beware if you try it: Bodhi Linux could easily become your favorite Lin […]
    Jack M. Germain
  • Leap Motion Faceplate Lets OSVR Head Talk to the Hand March 25, 2015
    It looks and sounds good, but virtual reality is still establishing how to get around in the digital worlds it creates. OSVR has placed the controls in the hands of Leap Motion, which may be a stellar move. Leap's novel approach embeds the VR controls in a faceplate that can be attached to an OSVR-compatible headset. The faceplate will be bundled with O […]
    Quinten Plummer
  • What's in an Apple Name? March 25, 2015
    Apple has chosen some iconic names in the past, like the "iPod" and "iMac." Apple even managed to take "iPad" -- which was widely panned for evoking a feminine hygiene product -- and transformed it into the popular lexicon of children and Wall Street analysts alike. However, Apple does far more than give big and bold names to pr […]
    Chris Maxcer

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  • XO Group CEO Michael Steib Talks About Reinventing A 20-Year Old Media Company March 29, 2015
     XO Group isn’t a company where you’d expect big, dramatic changes — after all, it was founded nearly two decades ago (with seed financing from AOL, which now owns TechCrunch), its flagship wedding planning site The Knot launched in 1997, and it went public in 1999. But CEO Michael Steib told me that the company (which also owns pregnancy site The Bump and h […]
    Anthony Ha
  • How Google, Facebook And Others Pay Their H-1B Employees March 29, 2015
     Legislative debate regarding expanding the H-1B visa program is heating up in the U.S. Senate. H-1B visas allow foreign workers—specifically those in technical roles—to legally work in the United States. In lobbying for an expansion of the current H-1B visa program, Google executive Eric Scmidt summarized, “We take very, very smart people, bring them into t […]
    Kiran Dhillon
  • Mobile Payment Startup MyCheck Raises $5M From Santander’s Innoventures Fund March 29, 2015
     MyCheck, another startup that wants to make it easy to pay your restaurant bill using your mobile phone, has closed a $5 million Series B. However, perhaps more noteworthy is the company’s new backer: the Spanish bank Santander via its recently launched Santander Innoventures Fund. Read More […]
    Steve O'Hear
  • Mobile Marketing Trends To Follow From The Israeli Elections March 29, 2015
     The impact of mobile and social media on every aspect of our lives is nothing new, but certain events can really shine a light on how mobile has changed our way of conduct. The presidential elections do just that. During the 2012 elections, mobile was already at the center of everything, but the smartphone industry was relatively in its diapers and smartpho […]
    Gilad Bechar
  • The Sharing Economy Is On The Brink Of Disrupting Business Travel March 28, 2015
     The foundations of the business travel ecosystem are under more strain than ever before. U.S. companies are projected to spend $310 million on business travel in 2015 (up 6.2% from last year), but how they spend that money has become a source of tension and uncertainty. Sharing economy startups like Airbnb and Uber are challenging traditional travel vendors […]
    Dan Ruch
  • Gillmor Gang: Happy Medium March 28, 2015
     The Gillmor Gang — Steven Levy, Erick Schonfeld, John Taschek, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Steve Jobs lives on in a new light, Periscope and Meerkat duel for attention, and Marc Benioff v. the state of Indiana. Plus, the latest G3 (below) with Halley, Mary, Francine, and Tina. @stevegillmor, @stevenlevy, @erickschonfeld, @kteare, @jtaschek Produced […]
    Steve Gillmor
  • European Tech Verticals To Track March 28, 2015
     While the high-level investment trend in innovative technology is similar between the U.S. and Europe, digging deeper exposes interesting differences. Europe seems to be punching above its weight in some predictable areas like banking and hospitality while being weaker in historically strong areas like fashion and insurance. At a high level, the trend of ea […]
    Suranga Chandratillake,Ferenc Huszar
  • A Farewell To Jobs March 28, 2015
     Few subjects elicit more skepticism than the so-called “sharing economy.” Kevin Roose argues: “The Sharing Economy Isn’t About Trust, It’s About Desperation.” Catherine Rampell warns: “there’s a dark side to these work arrangements … the shifting of risk off corporate balance sheets and onto the shoulders of individual Americans.” Read More […]
    Jon Evans
  • Two Jurors On Opposite Sides Share Their Pao Vs. Kleiner Perspectives March 28, 2015
     It’s been a very suspenseful day for all of those involved in the Pao vs. KPCB trial (well, maybe not “Sleeping Guy”). We had a verdict, and then suddenly we didn’t, because a juror had changed his mind on the walk up from the jury room to room 608. When the final verdict did come in, again, many were stunned and many, especially those on the KPCB side, wer […]
    Alexia Tsotsis
  • TC AppleCast 11: If You Had To Choose Just One – Apple Hardware Or Apple Software? March 28, 2015
     On this week’s episode, we discuss both a lengthy profile of Tim Cook, as well as a full biography of Steve Jobs. We also cover some concrete announcements, including the open-sourcing of React, Facebook’s (potentially better than UIKit) UIKit alternative, and the acquisition of database company FoundationDB by Apple, and what that might mean. But wait, tha […]
    Darrell Etherington,Kyle Russell

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