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5 Hidden Gems in New Orleans

January 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Posted By Samuel Phineas Upham

New Orleans is not a big city, at least not in the traditional sense, but you’ll find more heart and local culture in “The Big Easy” than most other cities around the world. Once you’re there, try asking the locals for their favorite spots. This guide is meant to get you off the beaten path, but the locals will help you truly find your way.


Looking for a spot to watch the birds? Bayou Sauvage is a pretty amazing outdoor place for local flora and fauna. It’s about a twenty-minute drive towards Mississippi.

Something Adventurous

Follow the trains to the marigny and bywater divide. Jump the fence on the river side and you’ll find yourself on the grounds of a new park that hasn’t opened yet. It’s one of the best views in the crescent city, just be careful you don’t get ticketed in the process.


There are great bars like Snake and Jakes all over the city, but tourists aren’t usually prone to them. If you find yourself near the Marigny, take a trip to Always Lounge or Siberia. For wine connoisseurs, Fabourg Wines is an excellent spot to hang your hat for a bit.

A Freebie

Walk the sculpture garden in the New Orleans Museum of Art.  The garden is free, the walk is challenging, and the restrooms are clean.

The Moonwalk

The Mississippi river, up until recently, has been a river for commerce. That began to change during the 1970s and 80s. One of the spots that changed was the Moonwalk, a boardwalk path named after former New Orleans mayor Maurice “Moon” Landrieu.

About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media & Technology group. You may contact Phin on his Samuel Phineas Upham website or Twitter.

What’s Happening with Hong Kong Startups

January 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Posted by Phineas Upham

Hong Kong is a bustling city with a growing tech scene. A rise in networking events, coupled with more opportunities for funding has fueled a series of intriguing startups in various industries.


FlyTaxi is like Hong Kong’s answer to Uber. The company promises a reliable method for passengers to book a ride, while cabbies benefit from reduced idle time and the ability to plan routes in advance.


Co-working is the idea that developers working on different projects, but together in the same room, will feed off of each other’s creativity. bills itself as Hong Kong’s first co-working space, but the idea has spawned many knockoffs. Boot routinely holds startup networking events, encouraging team work through association.


Imagine a classroom where you can interact with the objects you study, in real-time. That’s the thinking behind 3D Avatar school, a classroom that promises real-time analytics with live teacher instruction. Professors take students through a virtual world designed around their lesson plan, and students learn through “gamification” techniques that reward studious behavior.


CallTracking is a Hong Kong based startup that claims it can define what makes your phone ring. This important breakthrough in analytics means that businesses can hone in on messaging that actually generates motivated leads.


A new wearable wrist band is disrupting fitness technology with longer battery life and a sleek look. The Digi-Care ERI uses magnetic data from the Earth to measure where you are and where you’ve traveled. That lack of GPS means you need to give the watch only two charges a month to keep it going.

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