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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: Useful Smartwatches, Orbital Cameras, and an Un-Procrastinator August 1, 2015
    Dot is a smartwatch that may have life-changing implications. Rather than trying to convey information through tiny text on a small screen, Dot intends to provide visually impaired wearers with notifications through Braille. Four sets of the six dots that signify characters in the Braille system raise and lower as quickly as 100 times per second to denote fo […]
    Kris Holt
  • Angry Birds 2: Freemium Clips Its Wings July 31, 2015
    Angry Birds 2 -- the 13th installment of Angry Birds and the original game's first proper sequel -- on Thursday became available for iOS and Android. The free-to-play model is a call to players beyond its base. However, those new players may slip through developer Rovio's fingers if the game's features fail to motivate them to play with real m […]
    Quinten Plummer
  • Mozilla Gripes at Microsoft for Giving Edge an Edge July 31, 2015
    Mozilla CEO Chris Beard has published an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, calling on him to offer Windows 10 users an easier way to set their browser preferences. Beard characterized the lack of choice in the Windows 10 experience as "very disturbing." It appears to have been designed to force users into an experience Microsoft wants the […]
    Peter Suciu
  • Hackers Make Smart Rifle Go Rogue July 31, 2015
    Security researchers Runa Sandvik and Michael Auger have hacked a TrackingPoint smart rifle that was designed to deliver sharpshooter results, even for novices. They demonstrated their feat for Wired and will present their findings at the week-long Black Hat 2015 security conference in Las Vegas, which begins Saturday. The two purchased a pair of $13,000 rif […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • OpenDaylight Project Picks Up Steam July 30, 2015
    The OpenDaylight Project this week announced that AT&T, ClearPath Networks and Nokia Networks have joined, bringing its membership total to 359. OpenDaylight is a collaborative open source project hosted by the Linux Foundation. Its goal is twofold: accelerate the adoption of software-defined networking; and create a solid foundation for network function […]
    Jack M. Germain
  • Commerce Dept. Caves on Security Export Rules July 30, 2015
    Some proposed federal rules on the export of security tools created a tumult in cybersecurity circles -- a tumult that's pushed the rules into limbo. The comment period for the rules, which the U.S. Department of Commerce first aired in May, ended July 20 -- and although the regulations have noble intentions, they also could have dire consequences. […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Microsoft Fans Embark on Windows 10 Migration July 30, 2015
    Microsoft on Wednesday began offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8 users in 190 countries. Eligible users began receiving taskbar notifications, beckoning them to begin the migration to Windows 10. To encourage migration, Microsoft has asked the first flock of digital pilgrims to use the hashtag #UpgradeYourWorld and to tag a nonprofit org […]
    Quinten Plummer
  • Consumers Fret Over Health Wearables Security July 29, 2015
    Collecting health and fitness data through wearable devices is raising concerns among consumers about the security of that information. Twenty-five percent of more than 3,500 consumers who participated in a recent survey did not believe their personal health data was safe on fitness trackers or in health-tracking apps, reported Healthline -- and that number […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Motorola Promises Its Smartphones Will Love You Back July 29, 2015
    Motorola, on Tuesday launched three new handsets -- Moto X Style, Moto X Play and a refreshed Moto G -- designed to end the "one-sided relationships" between smartphones and consumers. People have been living with phones that nag during drives, make outbursts during meetings, and run out of juice just when they're most needed, the company said […]
    Quinten Plummer
  • AI, Robotics Wonks Urge Autonomous Weapons Ban July 28, 2015
    Leading artificial intelligence and robotics experts have issued an open letter arguing against the development of autonomous weapons. Its publication coincides with the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, which ends Friday in Buenos Aires. If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development, a global arms race is […]
    Richard Adhikari

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  • Snapdeal, One Of India’s Largest E-commerce Players, Reportedly Gets $500M From Alibaba, Foxconn And SoftBank August 3, 2015
     Snapdeal, one of India’s biggest e-commerce companies, has scooped up $500 million in funding from Alibaba, Foxconn, and SoftBank, according to Re/code. Read More […]
    Catherine Shu
  • Nokia Sells HERE Mapping Business To Group Of European Car Makers For $3.07B August 3, 2015
     Nokia has announced that it has agreed to sell its HERE mapping business to a consortium of automobile makers for €2.8 billion ($3.07 billion), ending months of speculation over its future. Read More […]
    Jon Russell
  • Drawing Lessons From July’s Jeep Hack August 3, 2015
     If you were anywhere near the internet in late July, you probably read the news: Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, two security researchers who specialize in hacking cars, figured out how to remotely take control of a Jeep. They didn’t just take control of the vehicle from ten miles away— the hacking duo exploited a software flaw that shut down the Jeep’s e […]
    Jessy Irwin
  • Government Should Think Before Imposing Heavy Regulation On Fintech August 3, 2015
     On July 16, the U.S. Treasury Department finally made a move that many fintech professionals have expected – and some dreaded – for years. They issued a Request for Information (RFI) for online marketplaces. Their goal is to “allow policymakers to study the various business models and products offered by online marketplace lenders, the potential for online […]
    Rohit Arora
  • Ephemeral Vs. Perpetual Messaging: Thinking Outside The Timeline August 2, 2015
     If you are following the battle of the short messaging systems, you might think it is a one-dimensional contest between the systems that maintain your chat history for all time – like Twitter and Facebook – and the so-called disappearing messengers – like Snapchat – where messages vanish after being read. Read More […]
    Dave Vronay
  • BestTechie Founder Creates KYA Analytics To Provide A Better Understanding Of Your Audience August 2, 2015
     The K-Y-A in KYA Anlytics stands for “Know Your Audience,” and founder and CEO Jeff Weisbein said that’s exactly what he’s trying to help online publishers do. Weisbein has been in those shoes himself, have created and run the tech site BestTechie for more than a decade (though he took some time away from it to work as an analyst at Mashwork, now known as C […]
    Anthony Ha
  • Startups Rocket To The Front Of The Space Race August 2, 2015
     Capitalizing on the falling cost of launch services and the miniaturization of satellites, a new breed of startups are gearing up for the space race under the moniker of NewSpace. At a recent conference in San Jose, Calif., leading figures in this NewSpace movement (a term used to describe the startups that stand in the shadows of space industry giants such […]
    Tim Reyes
  • Your Banking Future And The Big Brother Fed August 2, 2015
     Manhattan, 2040: Alice wants to open an antiques store. Chelsea seems like a good location. She has to find 150 square meters to move the items that she has collected over the years, and to go on a tour of flea markets in Eastern Europe, her area of expertise. She needs to finance the imports. The problem? She doesn’t have enough money to get started. Read […]
    Ushi Shoham Krausz
  • 10 Lab-Made Meats, Cheeses And Other Odd Startup Foods August 2, 2015
     It’s still early days in the bacteria becomes our food production process. However, several Silicon Valley scientists are creating lab-grown edibles of the truly bizarre or mixing up animal substitutes based on some interesting ingredients. Here are 10 of them. Read More […]
    Sarah Buhr,Anna Escher
  • Machine Learning And Human Bias: An Uneasy Pair August 2, 2015
     “We’re watching you.” This was the warning that the Chicago Police Department gave to more than 400 people on its “Heat List.” The list, an attempt to identify the people most likely to commit violent crime in the city, was created with a predictive algorithm that focused on factors including, per the Chicago Tribune, “his or her acquaintances and their… Re […]
    Jason Baldridge

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