John Diep

John Diep

Founder, Editor-In-Chief // A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, ICANN, and Raytheon. A mentor at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Entrepreneur School, Dr. David Choi. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; and invested in some. // Let's Connect: [email protected]

11 Health Benefits of Regular Cycling

Yes, cycling offers benefits for your physical health. But did you know that riding a bike offers a whole host of additional health benefits besides the physical exercise? It can enhance your brainpower, boost your self-esteem, and make you seem sexier too! These 10 health benefits of cycling will make you healthier, sexier, and live longer. 1. Weight Loss Shedding weight and losing excess fat is one of the most...

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Why Working From Home is So Exhausting – Here’s What You Need To Do

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, our lives have changed in so many ways, especially with most employees being asked to work from home.  Sure, most people thought that working from home was going to be a breeze, imagining they could get out of bed at 8:30 A.M. and start working in their pajamas on their couch by 9:00 A.M. However, working from home has turned out to be more of...

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GreatBuildz Launches a Marketplace to Connects Homeowners With Reliable General Contractors

It used to be one of the most time-consuming tasks before finding the right contractor to remodel a house. You've got to rely either on just word of mouth or to a directory that takes hours to verify and months to gain their trust. But not anymore. With the simplified, intuitive, and remarkably easy and free-to-use GreatBuildz, finding the renovation contractor that can best deliver the quality you need will...

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Los Angeles Restaurants Can Use Sidewalks for Outdoor Dining As Part of L.A. Al Fresco Initiative

Restaurants in Los Angeles were recently given the green light to open their dine-in services to the public after more than ten weeks of shutdown restrictions. Now, restaurants can serve sit-down customers as long as they follow guidelines such as; making sure customers are 6 feet apart, the customers wear face masks when not eating, keep disposable menus, thoroughly disinfect dining areas after each customer and open at maximum 60% capacity....

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15 Superfoods That Will Boost Your Mood & Energy

For some people, eating anything is a great idea whenever they feel down and depressed. That problem with such an approach is that it can turn you into an overweight mess. You may end up gaining too many pounds that your health suffers, and ill health often leads to bad moods. It’s a vicious circle. But there are food options you can go with that are especially effective in uplifting your mood....

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How To Sell Without Selling – Follow These 6 Steps

The best sales professionals know that selling isn’t the end goal! Instead, the heart of selling is providing other humans with assistance in solving their problems, big or small. Keep it in mind and you’re likely to sell more of your products and services because you’re treating every customer interaction with empathy, particularly in providing solutions for their problems.   Here are more ways of increasing your sales without appearing like...

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Happy Returns Makes Returns Faster, Simpler, and Eco-Friendlier

Online shopping might just be the most convenient way to shop nowadays but it’s not foolproof. There are occasions that your purchase didn’t work out, one way or another, or the product sent to you was wrong. Buyers can also change their minds. No matter what it is, the hassle of handling returns proves to be the biggest drawback of buying stuff online. Many businesses have already tried addressing the...

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Kippo Gets $2M For a Gamer-Friendly Dating App

Video gamers aren’t exactly known as a big-time catch when it comes to dating because of stereotypes about them. But this will likely change in the near future! Among the reasons for the shift: Kippo gets $2 million in funding for a gamer-friendly dating app! Attacking the Old Tropes We’ve heard one or two stereotypes of avid gamers and many of these stereotypes still exist. There’s the stereotype of the...

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Brainbase Raises $8 Million For Its IP Licensing Management Technology

Los Angeles-based tech startup Brainbase has bagged $8 million in funding to advance their work in the intellectual property (IP) licensing management platform. Through Brainbase Assist, which is an IP licensing platform, Brainbase helps companies, especially in Hollywood, manage their intellectual rights by safeguarding the sponsorships, licensing, and partnership deals. The funding is from new investors, Nosara Capital and Bessemer Venture Partners, the traditional funders Alpha Edison, FJ Labs, Struck...

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The Best Pizza Restaurants in Los Angeles for Lunch

People loving pizza is universal, but it doesn’t mean everything is equal in quality. It’s the golden age of pizza-making in L.A., but disappointing pizzas are still out there. But with years of experience, the places listed in this post offer some of the best pizza in Los Angeles. As proof, here’s our list of the most essential spots to get the best pizzas in town. 1. Crossroads Kitchen It’s...

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15 Best Restaurants in Orange County, California

With Orange County’s vibrant culture, it comes to no one’s surprise that its restaurant scene is just as lively. From classics that always know how to hit the right spot to new openings that are truly exciting, anyone who loves to dine out will surely find the area to be the perfect dining destination. So if you’re looking for great places to try out in the OC, here are 20...

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A Guide to Becoming a Very Competent Remote Worker

Beginning to work from home can be a very daunting experience, especially for people who have never done it before. It is especially hard for extroverted people because working from home means that mostly you’re stuck in your home office. Getting into the mood of working can be difficult too, it would be hard to direct your focus to the things that you should be working on, that is assuming...

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17 Creative Ways To Cheer Someone Up

Life can get pretty rough sometimes, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic where people you know are getting laid off or have gotten the illness. There is nothing worse than seeing a friend or a loved one in pain.  If you have a friend who’s feeling down, the natural reaction is to try to cheer them up. But how exactly should you do that? Maybe you can tell a joke, but...

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How To Choose The Right Foam Roller

We’ve all heard how stress can be dangerous for our health. We have also learned from countless experts how a good massage can be a wonderful and terrific solution for stress relief. However, actually getting a massage from a professional masseur on a regular basis can be a bit impractical. It can be an expensive process, and you can’t just get a message the minute you need it. But then...

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GMass: Powerful Mail Merge for Gmail – Send & Schedule Mass Email

Among the many online marketing techniques available today, e-mail campaigns prove to be highly effective when done correctly. This is why there are tons of mass emailing software programs available today as they prove to have a very robust market. When it comes to these tools, however, GMass proves to be cut above the rest with what it can offer. The first thing that sets GMass apart is its interface....

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For Days Launches Stylish Zero Waste, Closed-Loop Clothing in LA

With the massive amount of waste they make on a daily basis, it’s no secret that businesses should be the first ones to embrace sustainability in order for all of us to see some significant change. One factory will make a bigger impact than a singular household, so if we’re after immediate results, corporations should be pushed to do their part. The good thing is, aside from existing companies tweaking...

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How To Handle Customer Complaints During The COVID-19 Pandemic

First and foremost, your customers are looking to the companies they rely on for guidance and clarity in uncertain times (ie. COVID-19 pandemic.) And, the best way to calm anxiety and nerves is to communicate periodically to keep them informed. Find out what the most common types of customer complaints and how you can resolve them. You can even prevent them from happening in the first place! Customer complaints are...

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RepairSmith Launches Convenient Car Repair Service – Delivered to Your Driveway

Maintenance is possibly one of the biggest hassles that come with car ownership. Finding a mechanic can be a hassle and the services can get costly. Then there’s also the scheduling that comes with having to take your car to a shop and the inconvenience of having the vehicle out of commission. RepairSmith aims to deal with all of these by providing some of the most convenient services ever known...

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Expert Tips to Exercise Your Dog When You’re Stuck Indoors

Most dogs are accustomed to regular exercise and having their social needs met by playing in public areas with other dogs. Due to the current social distancing regulations as a result of Covid-19, pet owners may find their dogs unusually active, mischievous, and frequently interrupting them from getting any work done at home. According to Robert Haussman, co-founder and behavior consultant of Dogboy NYC, our dogs need exercise and mental...

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