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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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  • Twitter Creates Advisory Panel on Tweet Speech February 10, 2016
    Twitter on Tuesday announced the formation of a panel to advise it on speech, abuse and safety issues. The Trust & Safety Council, which has more than 40 members, will be part of a strategy to help people feel safe when they express themselves, said Twitter's Patricia Cartes. The council "will help us tap into the expertise and input of organiz […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Gadget Ogling: A Personal Padlock, a Grown-Up Desk, and an Informative Mirror February 10, 2016
    Tapplock is a padlock that unlocks when you press your finger against a sensor to let it read your print. There are other smart padlocks on the market you can unlock using your smartphone via Bluetooth, though there are a couple of points that help Tapplock stand out. First, the price for backers of the crowdfunding campaign is reasonable, at $29 for the bas […]
    Kris Holt
  • Facebook Warned to Toe France's Privacy Line February 10, 2016
    CNIL, France's data protection authority, on Monday formally gave Facebook three months notice to comply with the French Data Protection Act. A working group of regulators from several countries recommended the action. On-site and online inspections, along with a documentary audit, disclosed that Facebook had failed to meet the requirements of the Frenc […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • Rosa Is a Real Powerhouse February 9, 2016
    The Rosa Desktop Fresh R series optimizes desktop usage and targets advanced users and enthusiasts looking for rich functionality. Add to that mix the default KDE flavoring and you have a compelling Linux distro. The typical Rosa user already is familiar with basic Linux offerings and wants a product with customization and personalization possibilities. That […]
    Jack M. Germain
  • India Trades Free Basics for Internet Freedom February 9, 2016
    India's Telecom Regulatory Authority on Monday ruled in favor of Net neutrality, effectively banning Facebook's Free Basics Internet access app. "This is a very important decision for the future of the Internet in India," said Barbara van Schewick, director of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, whose paper the TRA […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • Hacker Posts Stolen Data on FBI, Homeland Security Employees Online February 9, 2016
    The U.S. departments of Justice and Homeland Security on Monday announced they were investigating reports that a hacker broke into government computer systems and stole sensitive information about employees at the agencies. The hacker posted stolen information for about 9,000 DHS employees online Sunday and made public data on 20,000 FBI employees Monday. […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Twitter Clobbered Over Timeline Algorithm Plans February 9, 2016
    Twitter plans to introduce an algorithmic timeline, possibly this week, according to a report last week. The algorithm would organize tweets based on relevancy. Twitter users criticized the idea using the hashtag #RIPTwitter, prompting CEO Jack Dorsey to respond: "Regarding #RIPTwitter: I want you all to know we're always listening. We never planne […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • New Safe Harbor Pact Offers Temporary Port in Storm February 9, 2016
    Through an eleventh-hour maneuver, the United States and the European Union last week avoided action that could have choked the movement of data between the regions and caused financial harm to U.S. companies. It may be only a temporary respite, however. The problem stems from a European Court of Justice decision in October that blew up an agreement between […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Old-Timey Mischief on Display at the Malware Museum February 9, 2016
    The Internet Archive on Friday cut the ribbon on its online Malware Museum, an online compendium of malware programs computer users in the 1980s and 1990s sometimes encountered. Everything old is new again, apparently. The museum presents examples of the viruses, complete with the messages or animations they would have shown when infecting a computer. […]
    Jim Algar
  • Keybase Releases Encrypted File-Sharing iPhone App February 8, 2016
    Keybase last week announced the alpha release of the Keybase app for the iPhone with a cryptographically secure file mount. Users can write data in an automatically created folder in this format: /keybase/public/username. Files written in the folder are signed automatically and appear as plain text files. The folder prevents server-side and man-in-the-middle […]
    Richard Adhikari

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  • Twitter Plans Changes To @Replies And Other Confusing Rules February 10, 2016
     Twitter can be an incredibly confusing service for new and existing users, and Twitter says it’s now planning to address some rules that might make it unwieldy. In the company’s letter to shareholders, the company said that changes were coming to rules like the @reply and the .@name syntax. We don’t know what that looks like just yet, but that the company p […]
    Matthew Lynley
  • Bullish: A New Era February 10, 2016
    After a short hiatus, Bullish has returned. The talk show is exactly how you remember it, except with a new host (that’s me, MRD!) and way better music. Sorry I’m not sorry, Alex! Anyway, this week we brought in Matthew Schwab, president of on-demand flower delivery BloomThat, to shed some light on the on-demand economy, expectations around liability and del […]
    Megan Rose Dickey
  • The Mobile Health Paradox: Why Data Isn’t Nearly Enough February 10, 2016
     Across most developed economies, healthcare costs are rising faster than inflation. A key cause of the rise in healthcare spending lies in the spiraling costs of treating preventable chronic diseases. These facts suggest that many of the key healthcare challenges of the twenty-first century lie in how we tackle chronic disease. This article will explore the […]
    Yusuf Sherwani
  • Facebook Distances Itself From Marc Andreessen’s Statements On Free Basics February 10, 2016
     Marc Andreessen, noted Venture Capitalist and General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz is having quite a contrite Wednesday. Andreessen, who currently sits on Facebook, Inc.’s board, caused a stir last night with his online response to Indian internet regulator TRAI nixing Facebook’s plans to implement its ‘Free Basics’ program in India. Updated with statemen […]
    Nitish Kulkarni
  • Twitter’s Monthly User Count Actually Shrunk If You Exclude SMS February 10, 2016
     It was bad enough that Twitter’s total user count is stuck at 320 million with zero growth this quarter. But if you don’t count “SMS Fast Followers”, or people that only use Twitter via text message and don’t see ads, its monthly user count went down from 307 million to 305 million monthly active users. Considering this earnings report was all about appeasi […]
    Josh Constine
  • Tesla Will Unveil Its $35,000 Model 3 On March 31st February 10, 2016
     We’re just about an hour away from Tesla’s quarterly earnings calls, but the news is already starting to trickle out. The biggest detail so far: you know the Model 3? Tesla’s more affordable car, meant to bring their entry-level line down to roughly $35,000? We’re finally going to see what it looks like, and hopefully a bit about just what it can do, on Mar […]
    Greg Kumparak
  • Twitter’s User Growth Goes Nowhere As It Meets Revenue Expectations Of $710M February 10, 2016
     Twitter today reported its fourth-quarter earnings — one of the most important quarters of the company’s history — and basically fell flat on its face. Twitter’s monthly active user growth, on a quarterly basis, was flat, compared to a slight jump that what analysts were expecting. Last quarter, the company had 320 million monthly active users, and this qua […]
    Matthew Lynley,Josh Constine
  • You Should Be Using 1 Second Everyday February 10, 2016
     As a writer at a site that covers a lot of startups, I hear the same line a few times a week: “We just wanted to make something that makes peoples lives better.” 1 Second Everyday actually has made my life better… and it’s done so without really having to do much of anything at all. Read More […]
    Greg Kumparak,Khaled "Tito" Hamze
  • You Have One Day Left To Apply To TC Pitch-Offs In Boston And Atlanta February 10, 2016
     You have exactly one day left to apply for the TC Pitch-offs in Boston and Atlanta, which will be held on February 23 and February 25 respectively. Why have you put it off until now? Who knows? Maybe you procrastinate. Maybe you’re plagued by overwhelming self-doubt and would rather not try at all then try and fail. Maybe you’re just lazy. Or maybe you hadn […]
    Jordan Crook
  • Google Forms Gets Templates, Add-On Support And More February 10, 2016
     Google Forms, the company’s tool for creating and analyzing surveys, is getting a major update today. Google is adding a slew of new features to the service that range from support for templates to new options for analyzing surveys. Google’s last update to Forms brought a design update and added the ability to add logos, videos and GIFs to surveys. With tod […]
    Frederic Lardinois


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