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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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  • The Untold Stories of 2014 December 22, 2014
    It is time to look back at 2014, so I'll focus here on a series of stories I thought were interesting but didn't seem to catch much or any real air. Some, like what is really behind Sony's decision to pull The Interview still might take off. Hadoop analytics is one of the most powerful platforms to come to market, and one vendor stands out abo […]
    Rob Enderle
  • Which Stars Will Shine Brightest in Apple's Brilliant 2015? December 20, 2014
    The end of the year and holiday season is a natural time to look back -- and then look forward to the year to come. Apple started 2014 slowly, but more than made up for it in the long haul, introducing the Apple Watch, Apple Pay, Mac OS X Yosemite, iOS 8, an iPad Air 2 with a super-fast processor, the massively selling iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, and a lusc […]
    Chris Maxcer
  • Defending the Free Linux World December 19, 2014
    The Open Invention Network, or OIN, is waging a global campaign to keep Linux out of harm's way in patent litigation. Its efforts have resulted in more than 1,000 companies joining forces to become the largest defense patent management organization in history. The Open Invention Network was created in 2005 as a white hat organization to protect Linux fr […]
    Jack M. Germain
  • US Mulls Response to Sony Hack December 19, 2014
    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Thursday said the United States "is actively considering a range of options" to take in response to the Sony hack. The hack is "very serious," Johnson said, though he refused to label it as a terrorist attack. There has been widespread suspicion that North Korea engineered the hack. […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • Docker CTO Solomon Hykes to Devs: Have It Your Way December 19, 2014
    Docker has moved from an obscure Linux project to one of the most popular open source technologies in cloud computing. Project developers have witnessed millions of Docker Engine downloads. Hundreds of Docker groups have formed in 40 countries. Many more companies are announcing Docker integration. Even Microsoft will ship Windows 10 with Docker preinstalled […]
    Jack M. Germain
  • Minecraft Players Will Get to Shape the Game's Story December 19, 2014
    Mojang has partnered with Telltale Games to create a brand new Minecraft game that will be narrative-driven. Dubbed "Minecraft: Story Mode," the series will be set in the world of Minecraft, but it will feature an original story that combines new characters with familiar themes and is driven by player choice. It will be a separate standalone produc […]
    Katherine Noyes
  • Experts Forecast the End of Privacy as We Know It December 18, 2014
    Privacy's future appears muddy at best, judging from a survey released Thursday by the Pew Research Center and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center. More than 2,500 Internet experts and analysts were narrowly divided on whether policy makers and technology innovators would create a secure, popularly accepted and trusted privacy-rights in […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • BMW's Self-Parking Tech Relieves Drivers From Circling the Lot December 18, 2014
    BMW Group this week previewed the automated parking technology it will showcase at next month's International CES in Las Vegas. The Remote Valet Parking Assistant features 36-degree collision avoidance with secure position and environment recognition. It can be controlled via a smartwatch. The technology will be demonstrated at the trade show in BMW […]
    Peter Suciu
  • Terrorist Threats May Blow Up 'The Interview's' Box Office December 18, 2014
    The now-notoriously controversial action comedy The Interview, which was expected to deliver profits of $90-$95 million for Sony, may have become a financial black hole. The movie's Thursday premiere in New York has been cancelled, and several movie theater chains have scrapped plans to screen it, following a hacker message referencing 9/11 and threaten […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • FIDO Pursues Vision of a Password-Free World December 17, 2014
    A group of some 150 companies last week moved closer to eliminating the bane of many an online user: the ubiquitous password. The FIDO Alliance, which counts among its members Microsoft, PayPal, Google, Bank of America, Visa and MasterCard, released version 1.0 of its open specifications for strong authentication on the Internet without the use of passwords. […]
    John P. Mello Jr.

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  • The Blackberry Classic Is A Noble Throwback To The QWERTY Era December 22, 2014
     “You think you’ve got it/ Oh, you think you’ve got it/ But got it just don’t get it when there’s nothin’ at all.” Fast forward. It’s a week until 2015. Blackberry is on the ropes. The effort to bring Waterloo’s pride into this decade has largely fallen flat. New devices, slabs of glass with touchscreen keyboards, rule the day. And the… Read More […]
    John Biggs
  • What Basketball Would Be Like If We All Had Portal Guns December 22, 2014
     You know those basketball trick shot videos that were all the rage not long ago? The ones where a flock o’ fauxhawks make 47,000 attempts at some ridiculously complex basketball shot, then upload the one where it actually works and everyone goes nuts? This is like that, but with science. And by science, I mean 100% fictional Portal guns. Read More […]
    Greg Kumparak
  • Built In Brooklyn: Farmigo Brings Local Produce To Schools, Offices, And Homes December 22, 2014
     Food startup Farmigo is a San Francisco transplant — like me. The company was initially based on the West Coast, and it still has team members there (as well as in Tel Aviv, Israel). But two years ago, Farmigo’s headquarters, as well as its founder and CEO Benzi Ronen, moved across the country to Brooklyn, giving us an unusual perspective for the latest epi […]
    Anthony Ha
  • Everplans Raises New Cash To Expand Its End-Of-Life Planning Services December 22, 2014
     Everplans, the online service that helps people plan for the only certainty in life besides taxes, has raised new cash to bring to market a product for financial advisers and service providers in the new year. “We launched the product to consumers and we started to get calls from financial advisers, and insurers,” says Everplans co-founder and chief executi […]
    Jonathan Shieber
  • Who Do You Want To Give A Crunchies Award To Next Year? December 22, 2014
     It’s the holiday season, and in the spirit of giving, the Crunchies Monkey made a visit to the TechCrunch office during our annual holiday party. He celebrated the year by exchanging gifts with a few of our TechCrunch staffers, handing out invitations to the 8th Annual Crunchies Awards Ceremony in the process. Read More […]
    Ryan Lawler
  • Twitter Users Can Now Track Tweet Impressions, Engagement Numbers Right In The iOS App December 22, 2014
     Twitter has once again expanded access to its analytics data, today introducing the ability to view your “tweet activity” on mobile. In the latest version of Twitter’s iOS application, a new feature allows users to tap on a “View Analytics Details” option from any tweet’s detail page in order to see data related to that post, including total impressions… Re […]
    Sarah Perez
  • Twitter Rallies On CEO Rumors, Positive Analyst Attention December 22, 2014
     Twitter had a strong day in the market, spiking more than 4 percent in midday trading before ending the day up a slightly more modest 3.67 percent. The company’s shares benefited from a positive ‘buy’ rating from Argus that included a $44 per-share price target. The company’s shares closed the day at $38.44 per share. More dramatically, SunTrust’s Bob Peck, […]
    Alex Wilhelm
  • Datanyze Acquires LeadLedger, A Sales Tool That Tracks Tech Product Market Share December 22, 2014
     Sales startup Datanyze is announcing its first acquisition — it’s buying a similar service, LeadLedger. On a broad level, Datanyze and LeadLedger basically promise customers the same thing — they’re trying to help salespeople find new leads, particularly by tracking which websites are using competitors’ products, as well as overall market share. Read More […]
    Anthony Ha
  • Influencer Marketing Is Killing Santa December 22, 2014
     It’s the final week of the Christmas season, and the holiday shopping advertisements are flowing through my inbox faster than startup pitches. While endorsements from celebrities occasionally show up, there is one uber-influencer that seems to appear more than any other. Jolly St. Nick, the rotund and red-clothed Santa character partially popularized by Coc […]
    Danny Crichton
  • Yahoo Aviate Can Now Search For Apps, Contacts And The Web – Without Launching A Browser December 22, 2014
     Aviate, the mobile homescreen application Yahoo acquired at the beginning of the year, has today received a notable update that will allow Android smartphone owners to search for contacts or apps installed on their device, or search across the web, all from a single interface. The web search is powered by Yahoo, the company notes – which means that Aviate u […]
    Sarah Perez


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