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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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  • User Info Safe After LoopPay Attack, Says Samsung October 9, 2015
    Samsung has assured users that their information is safe following a computer intrusion of a key company linked to its mobile payment system. The intrusion may have occurred as early as March. Samsung purchased LoopPay for $250 million in February. Its technology allows mobile phones to perform payment card transactions with older POS terminals that recogniz […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Amazon Casts Its Net on the Internet of Things October 9, 2015
    Amazon on Thursday leapt into the Internet of Things market with the announcement of its AWS IoT platform. AWS IoT lets devices -- ranging from cars and turbines to sensor grids and light bulbs -- connect to services from Amazon Web Services. That in turn allows companies to store, process, analyze and act on the mountains of data generated by connected devi […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • Facebook Tests New Button-Pushing Plan October 8, 2015
    Facebook on Thursday announced a pilot test of "Reactions," a way to respond to posts on the network in a more nuanced way than its Like button allows. The new feature is live in Spain and Ireland. CEO Mark Zuckerberg previously alluded to the eventual landing of a Like alternative, although he said it would not be a much-requested Dislike button. […]
    Quinten Plummer
  • Google Spearheads Effort to Hook Mobile Web on Speed October 8, 2015
    Google has announced Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, an open source initiative to speed up mobile Web page loading. The aim is to have Web pages with rich content -- such as video, animations and graphics -- work alongside smart ads and load instantly, with one code working across multiple platforms and devices. The project will use AMP HTML, an open frame […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • App for Rating People Draws Withering Scorn October 7, 2015
    Canadian businesswoman Julia Cordray's plan to launch Peeple, a Yelp-like app that would let people post reviews about other people, has drawn fierce criticism in the tech press and the blogosphere, including a petition against the app's launch and a Twitter campaign to boycott it. "It's a legal and ethical minefield," said Alan Pelz […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • Philips Smart Hub Embraces Siri, HomeKit October 7, 2015
    Philips on Monday unveiled Hue Bridge 2.0., which integrates the company's smart home products and iOS's HomeKit, giving users the ability to dictate to smart things from a Siri-enabled smartphone. Replacing its round predecessor, the square Hue Bridge 2.0 is compatible with Philips' legacy smart lights and controls. The hub will support new s […]
    Quinten Plummer
  • Canonical Plays With Internet of Toys Idea October 7, 2015
    Canonical last week announced plans to launch the Internet of Toys, an open source initiative calling on toy makers, hackers, Internet of Things fans and innovators to build the next generation of Web-accessing toys. Participants will build the next generation of toys around open source tools such as Cylon JS, Gobot, Snappy Ubuntu Core, Snapcraft, ROS and Er […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • DDoS Attacks Create Smokescreens for Larceny October 7, 2015
    DDoS attacks have evolved from protest tool to criminal weapon. More than one in three DDoS attacks are used to plant malware or a virus on company systems, and 40 percent of them result in data theft, according to NeuStar's semiannual DDoS attack and protection report. "Until two years ago, DDoS attacks were really seen as just a disruption and an […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Microsoft Throws the Book at Apple October 6, 2015
    Microsoft on Tuesday held an event in New York City where it unveiled a laptop, a tablet, three Lumia smartphones and a fitness band -- all running Windows 10 -- along with a slew of other products. It also announced new apps for Windows 10, including Box, Facebook, Instagram, Flipagram, Candy Crush Soda Saga and Uber. All of the apps will be available on th […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • Slackel Linux: Not Your Father's Slackware October 6, 2015
    Slackel is a Linux distro a step away from the mainstream Debian-based Linux OS line. It is based on Slackware and Salix. Users already familiar with that lineage are more inclined to like Slackel. Slackel offers a few advantages not usually found with the Slackware Linux lineup. The main difference is that its repository includes the current version of Slac […]
    Jack M. Germain

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  • T-Shirts And Tech: Solving The Sartorial Equation October 10, 2015
     I don’t normally pay much attention to fashion. I’m not a fashion blogger. I don’t read fashion articles. If I think something looks good, I wear it. That being said, there’s a really interesting trend in tech whereby dressing down is dressing up. If you show up to a VC pitch on Sand Hill Road wearing a suit, you’d look out of place. I’ve seen the same… Rea […]
    Zack Fisch
  • Siliconvicts Are The Tech Slogan T-Shirts You’ve Always Talked About Making October 10, 2015
     Remember all those jokes about Silicon Valley you always said you’d put on t-shirts? Siliconvicts Clothing Co., a shirt company from Malibu, just beat you to it. With slogans ranging from ‘Unicorn Hunter’ to ‘Coding Is My Cardio’, recent Stanford grad Cameron Lindsay’s side project will probably be the source of your next favorite t-shirt. Sitting on… Read […]
    Nitish Kulkarni
  • CrunchWeek: Jack Has A Moment, Microsoft Goes Big, And Pandora’s Selling Tickets October 9, 2015
     It’s Friday, Friday, gotta crunch down on Friday. Welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek, TechCrunch’s weekly roundup show where we talk the biggest things in tech. This week we’re chatting about Jack Dorsey’s return to Twitter and the launch of Moments, Microsoft’s massive hardware event and Pandora scooping up TicketFly. Also, our host Matt Lynley conti […]
    Drew Olanoff,Matthew Lynley,Megan Rose Dickey
  • Is China Coming Around On Cybersecurity? October 9, 2015
     The Chinese government arrested hackers at the request of the U.S. government just two weeks before Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the United States. The arrests, reported by the Washington Post on Friday, signal slight progress with China on cybersecurity. They came amid high tensions as the Obama administration threatened to impose harsh economic sa […]
    Cat Zakrzewski
  • Code Tenderloin Connects Tech Companies With The Community October 9, 2015
     Seymour, who spent 18 years homeless on the streets of the Tenderloin, leads walking tours through the Tenderloin and recently started Code Tenderloin to help people in the community get jobs at tech companies. “I see it as a need for the most unrepresented people in the city of San Francisco, who are struggling in neighborhoods like the Tenderloin,” Seymou […]
    Megan Rose Dickey
  • What Car Dealers (Still) Think About Elon Musk and Company October 9, 2015
     There’s no end to talk about electric and self-driving vehicles in Silicon Valley, but most of the country seems perfectly happy continuing to buy traditional cars. In fact, new cars sales in the U.S. will probably surpass 17 million units in 2015. The last time we saw those kinds of numbers was back in 2005, says Max Zanan, a longtime New York-based automo […]
    Connie Loizos
  • Open Bionics Creates Disney-Inspired Bionic Hands For Amputee Kids October 9, 2015
     Bionic hands startup Open Bionics now makes Iron Man and Elsa-themed hands and arms for the smallest of amputees – kids. Open Bionics hopes to get kids excited about their prosthetics with designs from Marvel, Frozen and Star Wars. “[Kids] won’t have to do boring physical therapy, they’ll train to become heroes,” reads the Open Bionics website about the… Re […]
    Sarah Buhr
  • Sell SaaS, They Said … It Will Be Easy, They Said October 9, 2015
     It has never been easier for customers to buy software. A couple of clicks or taps, depending on your device of choice, and you can be up and running with even the most sophisticated enterprise business applications. The result of all of those fast, easy transactions is impressive: According to Goldman Sachs, SaaS revenue is predicted to reach $106 billion […]
    Daniel Saks
  • SF Nerds Can Now Impress Dates With UberSELECT October 9, 2015
     UberSELECT, Uber’s higher-end car offering has finally rolled out to those in San Francisco. The service allows folks in the 7×7 to choose luxury cars for their ride, including BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, and Mercedes C-Class, according to a post on Uber’s blog. UberSELECT rolled out to other cities around the world such as Toronto and Seattle earlier this year […]
    Sarah Buhr
  • OneGo Goes Nationwide With Its Subscription Plans For Unlimited Flights October 9, 2015
     OneGo promises to give subscribers unlimited flights for a monthly fee. I first wrote about the company in June — at the time, its offerings were limited to a West Coast flights. More recently, it’s added plans covering the different regions of the United States, as well as a nationwide plan for $2,950 per month. Read More […]
    Anthony Ha


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