James has been searching all his life for the best ways to change himself and change the world. Growing up in poverty, he started as an entrepreneur at age 6 and since has co-built 9 startups and 16 organizations, including the premier conference for the effective altruism movement, the world’s first global lifehacking event series, Southeast Asia’s first social innovation hackathon series, and a university for today’s Leonardo da Vincis. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin as a triple major/quadruple minor. He’s spent 20 years unsystematically upgrading himself.
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We build tailored UP Teams from our advisory network of 30+ experts, depending on the specific needs of the client. These UP Teams generally are composed of 1-10 people and may include a coach, psychotherapist, physician, exercise physiologist, registered dietitian, financial advisor, publicist, and personal stylist, among others. Some operate for short periods and some for longer.