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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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  • Blue Origin Rocket Sticks Landing November 27, 2015
    Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket this week made history when it landed intact in Texas. The unmanned crew capsule returned safely from a test flight that took it 330,000 feet into the air. The New Shepard could become the first reusable booster -- it's scheduled to return to space in a few months. It's now tucked into a storage facility at a l […]
    Quinten Plummer
  • UHD TV - What's the Damage? November 25, 2015
    TV manufacturers could have a very good holiday season. Sales of Ultra High Definition TV sets will exceed 330 million units by the end of 2019, according to Parks Associates. However, while the price of those sets has fallen sharply, a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council contended that UHD models use 30 percent more energy than their HD predeces […]
    Peter Suciu
  • Facebook Tests Tools to Make Breakups More Bearable November 24, 2015
    Facebook last week announced it was testing tools that will let people manage their post-breakup life on its pages. "Today social media means that you are guaranteed to run into your ex, and he or she might very well be wrapped around a new partner," relationship expert Wendy Walsh said. "Research has shown that those who don't disconnect […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • Is This VR's Mainstream Moment? November 24, 2015
    Samsung last week began fulfilling orders for its Oculus-power Gear VR headset, giving U.S. consumers their first taste of Oculus VR's brand of virtual reality. International preorders have opened as well. It won't be until early next year that Oculus VR begins shipping its full-featured Oculus Rift headset, but as a Gear VR collaborator, it has be […]
    Quinten Plummer
  • Vinux Enhances Productivity for Visually Impaired Users November 24, 2015
    Vinux 5.0 is a striking example of the flexibility and usability of the Linux OS. Vinux is a fully functional Linux distro that caters to blind and partially sighted users. It's based on Ubuntu Trusty Tahr 14.04.3 LTS and gives users support through 2019. The latest version was released earlier this month. It greatly improves on the usability features o […]
    Jack M. Germain
  • Fitbit Amps Up Tracking Features November 23, 2015
    Fitbit on Monday announced the addition of PurePulse heart rate tracking and SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition to its Charge HR and Surge devices. The PurePulse monitoring will be activated whenever the devices are used in Exercise Mode, providing users with continuous, automatic tracking of heart rate trends over time without the need for a chest st […]
    Peter Suciu
  • New Tech Targets Enterprise Ransomware November 23, 2015
    SentinelOne last week introduced an addition to its behavioral solution designed to address the problem of ransomware scrambling files on a computer. Ransomware has been a scourge not only for consumers, but for the enterprise, too. The malicious software can be particularly nettlesome for enterprises because they have to protect many endpoints -- phones, ta […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Escape From Silicon Valley November 23, 2015
    I started planning to escape the Valley a long time ago, due to very high taxes, a crumbling infrastructure, worsening crime, a massive increase in traffic, and a rather nasty water shortage problem. My wife and I originally planned to escape to Belize but found the unreliable infrastructure, lack of good medical care, and massive crime problem there were no […]
    Rob Enderle
  • Gadget Ogling: A Dumb Watch Dock, a Smart VR Phone Case, and a Fantastic Fireball Thrower November 21, 2015
    No longer leaving it up to third-party companies to create charging docks for its Apple Watch, Apple has released its own official dock. It allows Watch owners to rest the smartwatch in nightstand mode -- a feature introduced in the latest version of the operating system that essentially turns the Watch into a bedside clock -- without tangling it up with the […]
    Kris Holt
  • Microsoft HoloLens, Volvo to Pioneer Augmented Car Showroom Experience November 20, 2015
    Microsoft HoloLens on Thursday announced a partnership with Volvo Cars to develop a new holographic technology that could change the way consumers experience auto showrooms. The tech would let potential buyers stay put in the physical world while experiencing an automobile in an entirely new way, suggested Scott Erickson, senior director of Microsoft HoloLen […]
    Peter Suciu

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  • Amazon Shows Off New Prime Air Drone With Hybrid Design November 29, 2015
     Amazon delivered a lovely update on its ‘Prime Air’ project. You know, the flying delivery drone that some thought was a massive joke meant for April 1st. Included are some high-res shots and two new videos. Amazon releases a vid with a new Prime Air drone design https://t.co/HCIjXZQkWN — Nick Wingfield (@nickwingfield) November 29, 2015 Check out the video […]
    Drew Olanoff,Frederic Lardinois
  • The True Impact Of The Snapchat Writedown For Entrepreneurs November 29, 2015
     Writing down unicorns benefits everyone. Read More […]
    Aziz Gilani
  • The Last Bus Startup Standing: Chariot November 29, 2015
     In the beginning, there were three. There was Leap Transit, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed bus startup stocked with Blue Bottle Coffee and furnished with plush stool seating for morning and evening commuters. Then there was the Nightschool’s nostalgic take with off-duty schoolbuses for late-night transport between the East Bay and San Francisco after the re […]
    Kim-Mai Cutler
  • The Meme Election November 29, 2015
     Social media has been playing an increasingly critical role in political elections. The 2008 presidential election, dubbed the “Facebook Election,” was the first time voters could view and share debates, interviews, commercials and statements on-demand. 2012 saw the evolution continue with Barack Obama utilizing social platforms to not just distribute his m […]
    Ophir Tanz
  • Li-Fi Probably Won’t Be The New Wi-Fi For Most People November 29, 2015
     Long restricted to the academic domain, Li-Fi, a light-based data delivery method is suddenly getting all sorts of attention. An Estonian startup Velmenni recently tested an commercial implementation and found it to be superior to Wi-Fi in almost every way – except as something you and I will probably ever use. Velmenni’s technology, called Jungru, uses an […]
    Nitish Kulkarni
  • 11 Actual “Rooms” For Rent In SF That Are More Than Your Midwestern Mortgage November 29, 2015
     Let’s be honest, every apartment for rent in San Francisco is more than the average Midwestern mortgage. An ordinary 35-44-year-old homeowner in the U.S. hands over about $1,073 per month for their house payment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The SF average for a one bedroom apartment is nearly three times that, at $2965 per month. Of course, […]
    Sarah Buhr
  • The Future Of Trans*H4CK November 29, 2015
     Despite his degree, Ziegler said he had a hard time finding a job as a black trans man. “I finished school at 29, and spent all these years at school and then struggled with transgender discrimination in a way that I had never, ever before,” Ziegler told me over coffee at Oakland’s Awaken Cafe, located just down the street from where he hosted the first-eve […]
    Megan Rose Dickey
  • Calling All Hardware Junkies! November 29, 2015
     With CES around the corner, we know that you hardware junkies are starting to salivate! We are searching far and wide for the best hardware product of 2015 for the 9th Annual Crunchies Award show, and we need your help. The Best Hardware of 2015 is one of 12 categories we’ll have at the Crunchies, the tech world’s premier awards show, which will take place […]
    Chrystine L. Villarreal
  • GoTenna Keeps Your Cell Phone Connected, Even When You Don’t Have Cell Service November 29, 2015
     GoTenna co-founder Daniela Perdomo knows that her startup has been “quiet for a long time,” but she said it’s for a good reason — the team has been busy turning its prototype into something that could be “manufactured at scale.” The company aims to help users to communicate even when they don’t have any cell signal, whether it’s because… Read More […]
    Anthony Ha
  • Don’t Compare Blue Origin’s Success to SpaceX’s Failures November 29, 2015
     The space industry is more diverse today than ever before and not all reusable rockets are created equal. After Blue Origin’s successful test many suggested that SpaceX, who is working on their own reusable orbital rocket, was falling behind. Read More […]
    Emily Calandrelli


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