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Take Risks, But Be Careful Online: Lessons From 2011’s First Mini UP!

Friday, April 15th, 2011

This past Tuesday brought us the first Mini UP of 2011 featuring guest speakers Ankit Fadia and Houston’s own Mathew Knowles.

Thank you to everyone who joined us – past attendees, friends and all those who are new to UP!

Ankit Fadia took the stage first for a fast 20 minutes on the many risks of using the Internet. He had the audience on the edge of our seats as he demonstrated again and again just how easy it is to access “secure” information on the web, on your computer and on just about any device connected to the Internet. Anything from your saved passwords to emails and the images being recorded by your webcam can be uncovered in seconds.

As Fadia said, if everyone understood the dangers of the Internet it would be a safer place. Thanks to him I think we can all say we’ve increased our knowledge.  And, for details on his recommended security solutions and practices, you can download an additional presentation at

The evening’s second speaker was Mathew Knowles. Most recognized as the father of Beyonce, Knowles shared his own incredible rise to success and some of the tips and advice that have helped him along the way.  The entrepreneurial spirit he learned from his father while growing up in rural Alabama has been a driving force in a career that has taken him from his childhood through several very successful sales jobs and into the music industry.

He discussed several keys to his success, including taking the right risks, always having a high “talk-to-do” ratio and thinking outside the box. Visit CultureMap for more details on Knowles’ talk, we couldn’t say it better ourselves!

If you attended on Tuesday, we’d love to hear your thoughts and highlights and welcome your comments below.

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Happy Friday!

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It’s everyone’s favorite time – UP alumni in the news!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Before we dive into this weeks links we want to say thank you to everyone who joined us for last night’s Mini UP. Ankit Fadia and Matthew Knowles each brought a unique perspective to the stage. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Photos and highlights will be posted here and on our Facebook page soon.

And, very importantly, we announced our very first speaker for UP 2011 last night, drumroll please . . . . Dan Pink! Pink is the highly acclaimed author of several books, the most recent of which is Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Pink focuses on businesses, technology and helping us make the most of ourselves in our day-to-day lives. We are so excited to bring him to UP this year.

Here are this week’s UP alumni making headlines:

Two big announcements for all of our Houston readers!

David Eagleman has won a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. The Houston Chronicle says this is the first time a professor at Baylor College of Medicine has received the award.

And TONIGHT UP 09 speaker Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson will be giving a free lecture at the University of Houston. Let us know if you attend.

UP 08 speaker Ray Kurzweil is in the news again. The much talked about futurist is nominated for the 2011 TIME magazine TIME 100 list. Voting closes April 14 so vote now!

Another inaugural UP Experience speaker, Steve Wozniak, was in the news this week when he said he would consider returning to a larger role at Apple if they asked him.

For the social media users out there, are you suffering from FOMO? That is “Fear of Missing Out?” The New York Times detailed the phenomenon in an article referring to UP 09 Dan Ariely’s work.

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