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UP Alumni In The News 10.19.11

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Just 9 days stand between us and The UP Experience 2011, can you believe it? Time sure flies when you are discovering the people and achievements who are determining today what the world will look like tomorrow.

We hope we’ll see all of you on October 27th! Check out our Facebook page and Twitter feeds for live updates from UP on the 27th!

UP 09 alumni, Peter Diamandis, kicked off a week-long program for entrepreneurs at Singularity University this past week by saying that optimism is the key to business success. Check out why he says, “the world is getting better at an accelerating rate.”

rethink your workplace at UP 11! Photo Courtesy of Flickr/Michael Lokner

And as the world gets better some of us are feeling the stress of so much to do. If that sounds like you check out this post on how to be more positive at work that cites the research of UP 08 speaker Shawn Achor.

UP 10 alum Richard Florida tackled business from another angle, examining, “How Startups Have Changed the Way American Business Thinks” in The Atlantic.
Can’t wait until October 27th for your next dose of UP? Get your fix now on The UP Experience YouTube channel!

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UP Alumni In the News 6.1.11

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Welcome to June! We are just five months away from UP 2011. The speaker lineup is almost set and we can’t wait to announce the rest of the amazing individuals that will take the stage on October 27th.

This week some of our 2011 speakers and UP alumni highlighted the biggest stories making headlines.

David Eagleman is in the news again, this time for the U.S. launch of his latest book Incognito. Congratulations go out to David, this morning his book was already at #10 on Amazon’s best seller list. Visit for a great story on his work and the new book.

Chef Jeff Henderson, who we announced as part of the UP 2011 speaker lineup earlier this month, made a preview appearance in Houston at a luncheon benefiting the Living Forward Alliance, highlighting how he turned around his own life to become a renowned chef.

UP 08 speaker Craig Kielburger‘s latest project Me to We is honoring socially conscious youth, adults and educators for their work to better their communities and the world. See the amazing nominees and vote here.

Image Courtesy of NASA

David Pogue, who amazed us with the latest technology at UP 10, reported for CBS News this week on the end of NASA’s shuttle program. While his fellow UP 10 speaker, Richard Florida, examined the changing geography and dynamics of NBA dominance as the league heads into its final games of the season.

And, Kevin Kelly, who also took the UP stage in 2010, shared the challenges of publishing an ebook. Good lessons for us all as technology continues to change our daily lives.


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UP Alumni In The News 5.4.11

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

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Happy first Wednesday in May! We hope you caught yesterday’s latest speaker announcement – we are particularly proud to be bringing Dr. Anthony Atala to Houston.

As always, UP speakers past and present continue to make news. Below are some of this week’s biggest stories.

With gas prizes on the rise and summer vacations looming, U.S. News took a look at “Why $4 Gas Makes Consumers Freak Out” and cited a fantastic New York Times op-ed from way back in 2008 authored by UP 09 speaker Dan Ariely that is suddenly very timely again.

UP 08 speaker Malcolm Gladwell explained to The Atlantic why he is almost always 24 hours behind the news cycle. It was also announced that Gladwell’s work will be featured in a new sports and pop culture website being launched by ESPN’s The Sports Guy, aka Bill Simmons.

Also from The Atlantic, they’ve announced thatUP 10 speaker Richard Florida’s position as a senior editor there is expanding. Atlantic Media is now launching a website based on his work and vision, and if you’re in the job market, they’re looking for an editor.

UP 10 speaker David Pogue closed out the news cycle on Apple’s “Locationgate” in a write up on his blog.

Luis Von Ahn, another UP 10 speaker and inventor of reCAPTCHA has announced his next venture. A new site called Duolingo that will work on translations and help users learn new languages.

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UP Alumni in the News 4.27.11

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

In addition to our big speaker announcement yesterday, our former speakers continue to be front and center in the news!

Fast Company profiled the “Visioneering” process through which UP 09 speaker Peter Diamandis’ X Prize Foundation decides on its next conquests. A-listers ranging from James Cameron to Eric Schmidt to Will.I.Am attend the unique session to fight for their favorite topics and vet others’ ideas.

Turning from the future to come to the future that hasn’t come to pass, The Economist cited UP 10 speaker Luis von Ahn in an article comparing Hollywood’s predictions of man vs machine to the actual state of affairs.

The Baltimore Sun gave a nod to UP 10 speaker Richard Florida in its examination of a new trend in work – the digital nomad. Dream of living anywhere you want? Working from the beach, the mountains, or great coffee shops around the world with free wifi? Don’t miss this article.

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UP Alumni In The News 4.6.11

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

It’s Wednesday again! We took a brief hiatus last week, but are back this week with a double installment of our weekly blog feature, UP Alumni In The News.

Here are the biggest stories from past UP speakers. As always, please use the comment section below to add your thoughts and share any stories we may have missed.

And, don’t forget about our first Mini UP of the year this coming Tuesday. We can’t wait to see you there!

Just yesterday Peter Sheahan, one of the most engaging speakers to have taken The UP Experience stage, released his latest book, “Making It Happen: Turning your Good Ideas into Great Results.” We’ve got a copy and will be sharing some thoughts and juicy tidbits next week. Let us know if you pick up a copy so we can trade notes.

Esteemed UP speaker and MC David Eagleman has been on a speaking tour in London to promote his upcoming book, Incognito, which will explore the relationship between our minds and our legal system. As part of his travels Eagleman authored a great piece for The Telegraph outlining some of the main arguments of his book.

Shawn Achor launched a new app for Android and iPhone/iPad devices. The app, I Journal, follows the advice of Shawn’s latest book, The Happiness Advantage, and helps users maintain a regular journaling habit, which, you guessed it, has been shown to increase happiness. The app makes it easy to record your thoughts via voice recording, photos and writing updates. Let us know if you try it out!

UP 2008 speaker and Esquire food writer John Mariani spoke to NPR about his book, How Italian Food Conquered the World. The book examines the cuisine’s journey from one time “poor mans food” to plates hitting tables in kitchens and restaurants all over the U.S. nightly. Check out the interview and read an excerpt here.

Last but not least, UP 2010 speaker Richard Florida used his regular column at The Atlantic to examine the question, “Why Are Some Cities Happier Than Others?”

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Keep It UP!

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Thank you to everyone who joined us at UP 2010. Every year we are truly amazed at the discoveries shared on our stage and the connections made both within the audience and between attendees and speakers. And, without a doubt our favorite part is hearing about the ideas sparked over the course of the day.

Now it is up to all of us to keep it UP! It is our goal to make The UP Experience a year round inspiration, a community where exploration, innovation and entrepreneurship are happening every day.

Please post comments here and contact us at to share how you are staying UP, and let us know how we can help! We’ll be using this blog and a few other means to keep things going in the coming months. Check back for more news on how to stay connected and involved.

Follow your favorite speakers on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and visit their websites and blogs to get the latest news on their work. And, don’t forget about us at UP!

The UP Experience:

On the web:

Twitter: @theupexperience



Linked In:

Michael Eisner:

On the web:

Dan Buettner:

On the web: (check out the bottom right-hand side of the site to sign up for Dan’s newsletter)

Twitter: @BlueZones



David Pogue:

On the web:

Twitter: @Pogue




Luis Von Ahn:

On the web:

Twitter: @LuisvonAhn



Adora Svitak:

On the web:

Twitter: @adorasv



Gracie Cavnar:

On the web:

Twitter: @r4shouston




Steve Thomas:

On the web:

Kevin Kelly:

On the web:

Twitter: @kevin2kelly




Wendy Schiller:

On the web:

Richard Florida:

On the web:

Twitter: @Richard_Florida


David Eagleman:

On the web:

Twitter: @davideagleman


Jessica Jackley:

On the web:

Twitter: @jessicajackley @kiva @teamprofounder



James Maas:

On the web:

Bill Nye:

On the web:

Twitter: @TheScienceGuy



Dennis Littky:

On the web: – check out “stay informed” to sign up for the newsletter

Twitter: @Dennis_Littky @bigpiclearning



Shawn Achor:

On the web: – newsletter sign up on the left



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