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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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  • Monster Problem Threatens New US Cyberthreat Plan March 3, 2015
    President Barack Obama last week made good on his promise to establish a center for cybersecurity information gathered by agencies of the federal government. It's a laudable initiative -- if it works. The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center will connect the dots regarding malicious foreign cyberthreats to the nation and cyberincidents affecting […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • The Open Source Squad at the GSA March 3, 2015
    18F, a development unit within the General Services Administration, was established a year ago to tap into the success of the United Kingdom's Government Digital Services unit by pursuing a similar strategy. The unit is tasked with getting developers from Silicon Valley and the ranks of civic developers all over the country to change how federal technol […]
    Jack M. Germain
  • Samsung's New S6 Line Atones for S5's Plastic Sins March 2, 2015
    Samsung on Monday announced its much-anticipated Galaxy S6 line at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. In the S6, the strongly disliked plastic body of the Galaxy S5 is replaced with a combination of aluminum and Gorilla Glass. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge both come in white, black and gold. Blue will be available only for the S6, while green will be […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • Mobile World Congress 2015, or Why Your Smartphone Is Crap March 2, 2015
    Don't you just love big industry events like Mobile World Congress? I mean, you've had whole weeks to enjoy the new phone you got last quarter, and now you'll hear about a bunch of incredibly wonderful stuff that will make that new phone look like your grandmother's favorite car -- you know, the one she fell in love with in the 1960s. Unf […]
    Rob Enderle
  • Gadget Ogling: Scooting Around, Scratching Wood, Knocking on Doors February 28, 2015
    Even for someone endlessly in awe of our ability to traverse continents in just a few hours, traveling is increasingly a chore. Anything I can add to trips to make them even a touch more enjoyable is nothing to sniff at. A suitcase with a built-in, motorized scooter may be just what I need to freshen up journeys. Warning: It's carry-on size, but it […]
    Kris Holt
  • The Apple Watch Mystery Won't Be Solved March 9 February 27, 2015
    The fog shrouding the Apple Watch won't be lifted on March 9. Apple's invite to its media event displays the tease "Spring Forward," which likely refers to the shift in daylight savings time -- and time itself. Sure, we'll learn more about the Apple Watch's functionality, but the mystery is whether most of us new buyers suddenly […]
    Chris Maxcer
  • DeepMind AI Exterminates Space Invaders, Pac-Man February 27, 2015
    Researchers at Google's DeepMind subsidiary in England have developed an artificial agent they call a "deep Q-network" that learned to play 49 classic Atari 2600 arcade games by just diving in. The DQN algorithm performed at more than 75 percent of the level of a professional player in more than half the games. It achieved the maximum attainab […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • Malicious Emailers Find Healthcare Firms Juicy Prey February 26, 2015
    Healthcare providers have garnered growing interest from hackers in recent months. More evidence of that trend appeared last week in a report on email trust. An email that appeared to come from a healthcare company was four times more likely to be fraudulent than an email purportedly from a social media company like Facebook, one of the largest creators of e […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Pearl OS Could Be a Gem in the Making February 26, 2015
    If you favor the OS X environment, Pearl OS might be a Linux distro to feed your fancy. Pearl OS is a revival of the discontinued Pear OS distro. It picks up where Pear left off in early 2014. Pearl OS has two desktop versions: XFCE and MATE. Both are based on Ubuntu Linux distro version 14.04 Mini release. The two flavors of Pearl OS are customized to look […]
    Jack M. Germain
  • Volvo Talks Up Its Self-Driving Cars February 25, 2015
    Volvo last week revealed the latest developments in its Drive Me project, showing off a complete system that could make it possible to integrate self-driving cars into regular traffic with drivers behind the wheel. Volvo is making progress toward its goal of releasing 100 self-driving vehicles to consumers on selected roads around Gothenburg -- Sweden's […]
    Peter Suciu

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  • Pebble Time Is Now The Most-Funded Kickstarter Project Ever March 3, 2015
     Pebble’s extra bump from the Pebble Time Steel announcement has put it over the edge, helping it break the record for most-funded project of all time on Kickstarter. The Pebble Time campaign beats out the Coolest Cooler, a camper cooler with various tech-friendly additional features. It’s currently sitting at just under $13.5 million, with 24 days left in t […]
    Darrell Etherington
  • Google Stops Updating Chrome For Android 4.0 March 3, 2015
     Google today announced that Chrome 42 will be the last version of its mobile browser to run on devices that still use Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), which launched in 2011. Chrome will still continue to run on these devices, but Google will freeze development and Android 4.0 users will not receive any updates beyond Chrome 42, which for release in mi […]
    Frederic Lardinois
  • BriefMe Launches Socially-Ranked News App In Latest Entrant In Front Page Revolution March 3, 2015
     Primacy is the most important decision facing news editors on a daily basis. What stories do they want to bring attention to? Newspapers can showcase their best content by placing it on the front page, above the fold. Television news programs can place it on the chyron at the bottom of the screen, boldly demanding the attention of viewers. And websites show […]
    Danny Crichton
  • Orange Is The New Black Returns To Netflix On June 12 March 3, 2015
     Orange Is The New Black (or OITNB for those of us in the know) is returning to a screen near you on June 12, according to Netflix. The Netflix original program, which is going into its third season, has been a smash hit with consumers and critics alike with more than one Golden Globes nomination this year (but sadly, no wins). Turning up the heat! New origi […]
    Jordan Crook
  • Cylindo Raises $1M To Create 3D Furniture Models And Expand In The US March 3, 2015
     Product visualization startup Cylindo has raised $1 million in new funding. CEO Janus Jagd told me the company emerged from his own struggles moving into a new apartment, where he and his girlfriend wanted to visualize how their living room would look with a bunch of new furniture. To do that, Jagd said he built a 3D room model on his own and gave it to fur […]
    Anthony Ha
  • YC-Backed TeamNote Provides Enterprise Communications For Companies With People Out In The Field March 3, 2015
     Y Combinator-backed TeamNote is building an enterprise communication app that isn’t so much focused on the team, but on helping home base get important information to and from workers in the field. Read More […]
    Kyle Russell
  • Hold My Beer, Because You’re About To Ride A DIY Gas-Powered Go-Kart March 3, 2015
     If you’ve ever dreamt of pulling a Little Rascals and riding down a massive hill on a wooden scooter, have we got a Kickstarter for you. The PlyFly Go-Kart is a flat-pack built-it-yourself go-kart that runs on a gasoline engine and can go up to 25 miles per hour. The kit is made of cut wood and assembles in about a day. It includes a 2.5 or 4 HP gas engine […]
    John Biggs
  • Sync, BitTorrent’s Free File Sharing Service, Exits Beta With A $40 Pro Tier March 3, 2015
     BitTorrent is today taking one more step ahead in its bid to create a revenue-generating business out of its peer-to-peer file-sharing network. Sync, the desktop and mobile file synchronising service that BitTorrent presents as an alternative to cloud-based services like Dropbox, is today exiting beta as Sync 2.0. As part of that, BitTorrent is introducing […]
    Ingrid Lunden
  • Luxe Confirms $20M In New Funding, As It Hires A Business Chief And Expands To New Markets March 3, 2015
     Last week we reported that on-demand valet startup Luxe had raised $20 million in Series A funding from Venrock Partners and Redpoint Ventures to expand its service into new markets. Today the company is confirming that funding, while also providing a bit more detail about where and how it hopes to grow. Read More […]
    Ryan Lawler
  • Hulu’s Latest Kids’ Deal Brings Disney Jr. Content To Its Service For The First Time March 3, 2015
     Hulu announced this morning an expanded deal with the Disney-ABC Television Group which will see the streaming service gain the exclusive rights to one of Disney Junior’s top-rated shows, Doc McStuffins as well as Bunnytown, in addition to the non-exclusive rights to stream all the episodes from another Disney Junior title, Handy Manny. What’s notable about […]
    Sarah Perez


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