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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 10.12.11

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Just three more UP alumni posts before we’re all at UP 2011 meeting another class of great attendees and future alumni speakers. If you’ve been considering attending don’t wait any longer! A limited number of seats are still available, register now!

There has been some pretty incredible, heart breaking and amazing news in the past week. We’re sure there isn’t a single one of you who hasn’t read, commented on and discussed the passing of Apple’s Steve Jobs this past week. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is also an UP 08 alumni and he has some inspirational words and great memories to share about his friend and colleague in this video.

Fellow alumni from UP 09 David Pogue, tech writer at The New York Times also shared his thoughts on what Jobs career has done to the way we all live and communicate. Future UP alumni, Dan Pink also shared a poignant speech Jobs’ gave at Stanford University’s commencement.

Other UP alumni were receiving their own honors this week. UP 10 alumni Jessica Jackley along with Kiva co-founder Matt Flannery were honored as winners of The Economist’s Innovation Awards for their work in microfinance.

Also this week, UP 10 alumni Michael Eisner‘s The Eisner Foundation established a $100,000 award for those working to bridge the gap between senior citizens and young people, the first recipient is the Intergenerational Center at Temple University.

And last but certainly not least, UP 09 alumni Peter Diamandis and the X Prize Foundation announced the winner of the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE. The winning team, from Illinois, developed a system that skimmed oil out of water 3 times better than the industry standard.

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UP Alumni In The News 9.28.11

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Yesterday marked one month until UP 2011. We can’t believe its already here! We’d love to hear which speaker you are most excited to hear this year!

And, while we’re busy with final preparations for this year’s UP Experience, our UP alumni have been busy pushing their initiatives forward. This past week:

John Gerzema at Inc.com took a look at “Why You Should Hire E-lancers,” citing UP 08 speaker Sir Ken Robinson‘s work on learning that takes place outside of the classroom and what these “citizen-teachers” can offer the rest of us.

As always tech companies are making headlines and UP 10 speaker David Pogue is breaking down the details for us. Don’t miss his analysis of Netflix’ recent announcement that it will be splitting off its DVD service into a separate service, Qwikster.

UP 09 alumni Michio Kaku was in the news this week as physicists around the world commented on an experiment that appeared to call into question Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Get UP 09 speaker Dan Ariely's advice on how to pay employees. Image courtesy of flickr/aresauburn

Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely, who spoke at UP 09, took to BusinessWeek.com this week to talk about, “How to Pay People.”

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UP Alumni In The News 8.16.11

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

What a week its been! We announced the last speaker in our incredible lineUP for UP 2011. The days have flown by and it’s time for another UP Alumni In The News post. October 27th is right around the corner!

It’s never a dull week for our UP Alumni! This week:

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We wished a happy birthday to UP 08 speaker Steve Wozniak!

Meanwhile, Bloomberg Businessweek, reported on UP 09 speaker Dan Ariely’s research on cheating at Duke University.

UP 10 speaker and sleep expert James Maas was quoted in an article at Inc.com, “Should Your Employees Take Naps?” (Hint: Yes!)

The Business Insider reported on research from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that has identified UP 08 speaker Malcolm Gladwell’s tipping point - the exact point at which minority-held ideas go mainstream.

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UP Alumni In The News 5.25.11

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Another Wednesday another round of great UP alumni in the news stories!

We know there are quite a few iPhone users in our audience. If you count yourself as one of them, don’t miss UP 10 speaker David Pogue‘s tips for how to make your iPhone battery last longer.

As the school year wraps up, UP 10 speaker Adora Svitak has weighed on the American Prom tradition.

In addition to marking an UP alumni in the news post, today also marks Oprah’s last show. In honor of the landmark UP 08 speaker Craig Kielburger takes a look at the support Oprah has given his organization to help them build schools around the world.

UP 10 speaker Bill Nye was back in Texas this past week speaking in San Antonio about the money to be made in green industries.

Loved Michio Kaku at UP 09? Check out the space he works in everyday in “Desktop Diaries.”

As always we’d love to get your feedback on these stories! Surprised by Michio Kaku’s office? Are you making money in the green economy?

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UP Alumni In The News! 5.18.11

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Another Wednesday and another great installment of UP alumni in the news!

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“Math needs better marketing,” says UP 09 speaker Neil deGrasse Tyson in an interview with Soledad O’Brien on CNN on the drivers of tomorrow’s economy. A hint – math and science literacy today is the key to a successful tomorrow.

UP 09 speaker Peter Diamandis‘ X-Prize Foundation has partnered with Qualcomm Incorporated to launch the Tricorder X-Prize, “a $10 million prize to develop a mobile solution capable of diagnosing patients better than or equal to a panel of board certified physicians.”

UP 10 speaker and Blue Zones author Dan Buettner was cited in the an article detail the influence we have on our social networks and our network’s effect on us. “The ripples of our health behaviors travel much farther than anyone might expect,” says Aditi Nerurkar in The Huffington Post echoing the sentiments of several great speakers from The UP Experience.

David Pogue who spoke to us in 2010 took on the controversy surrounding Microsoft’s purchase of Skype on his blog this week.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on these stories! Are you a Skype user? What do you expect the impact of Microsoft’s purchase to be? Do you believe math and science literacy is the way forward? How is your social network impacting you or vice versa? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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UP Alumni In The News 5.11.11

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

It’s been a busy week here at The UP Experience, we’re finalizing the speaker lineup for UP 2011, announcing some of great new speakers and giving away great books from past speakers. But, our speakers have got us beat! Check out what some UP alumni speakers have been up to:

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UP 09 Speaker Dan Ariely’s research continues to make the news, this time the topic is lessons learned from IKEA’s success. Check out this great article from BNET, The IKEA Effect: Why Consumers Buy “Assembly Required” Products.

UP 08 speaker Steve Wozniak, gave a graduation address at Michigan State University where amidst upbeat advice to the graduates he warned that the artificial intelligence we’re so busy inventing will one day make our species irrelevant.

John Mariani, who took the stage at UP 08, has released his predictions on who will take home this year’s prestigious James Beard awards.

Our esteemed speaker and emcee David Eagleman continues to make appearances in major news outlets, this week with a profile in the Financial Times that takes a look at his work and upcoming book, Incognito.

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UP Experience Book Give Away: Making It Happen

Monday, May 9th, 2011

UP 09 Speaker Peter Sheahan released his new book Making It Happen: Turning Good Ideas Into Great Results in mid April. We were lucky enough to get our hands on one of the first copies and a few additional ones that we wanted to share with you!

Leave a comment below before noon on Thursday, May 12th, and we’ll draw two names from the group of commenters to receive a complimentary copy of Making It Happen.

If you loved Peter Sheahan at The UP Experience and enjoyed his earlier books, our bet is you’ll love this one as well. He has a knack for bringing a level of organization and process to tried and true business principles and advice that just makes sense.

In Making It Happen, Sheahan walks through a five-phase process for vetting your latest, greatest idea and turning it into a reality. He takes the reader through: packaging, positioning, influence, acceleration and reinvention. It’s an easy to follow guide that walks the reader through key questions that must be addressed to make your next business venture a success – whether it’s launching a new business or implementing a change in your existing position.

Don’t forget to leave us a comment below to get your copy!

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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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Tax Day!

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Good morning! We hope today you are taking it easy today with your taxes filed weeks ago and your refund burning a hole in your pocket.

If you are deciding what to do with your refund, check out this article from Carla Fried at CBS Money Watch and note #7 which cites the great research of UP 09 speaker Dan Ariely – “we derive more happiness from experiences than stuff.”

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