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]

Making a Case for Flexible Remote Work

With the pandemic still raging on, lots of workplaces that can allow their employees to work from home changed up their setups. It just makes sense for many offices to allow their people to work from home as it’s safer. As long as there are already measures set in place, it promises better conditions and even lower operational costs for many companies. However, working from home is not for everyone....

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How to Virtually Recruit New Employees (Step-By-Step Guide)

Remote work has been steadily rising in popularity even before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Small, medium, and even enterprise-level businesses have started adopting more and more of their traditional office-based roles to remote work positions. This means that there is a big demand for remote-based talents and it is increasingly becoming a challenge for businesses to find the right remote candidate because of the competition. Virtually Recruit New...

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5 Simple Strategies For Achieving Inbox Zero

The email inbox is either your friend or your foe, but most of the time, if managed poorly, it becomes Pandora’s box, it gobsmacks you with a ton of headache and frustration, and it’s the perfect way to cripple or even hinder your productivity. But, if it’s properly managed, the email can be a very good friend of yours that leads you to productivity and efficient collaboration. This quick guide...

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50 Los Angeles Startups To Watch 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the tech industry just as hard as the other business sectors. While some companies have thrived in this social distancing life, others have been finding it difficult to stay afloat. Almost all companies, tech and non-tech, have had to change their business and operational models. Despite rocky times, the tech industry is still paving the way to the future. Rain or shine, tech startups are...

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The 2021 Guide to 15 Coolest Restaurants in Los Angeles

Find where you can go in Los Angeles for the trendiest dining establishments to satisfy your foodie cravings. Are you in Los Angeles right now? Whether you’re just visiting or you live here, you really ought to try one of these dining establishments for a great dining experience. In fact, no one’s stopping you from trying them all! Best Trendy Restaurants Los Angeles 1. Xiang La Hui Location: 621 W...

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7 Straightforward Ways to Improve Small Business Performance in 2021

Growing a small business will always seem like a daunting task for the inexperienced. However, it’s not impossible to do. Many big corporations today started small and some of them did not take decades to be where they are right now. Sure, it’s a mix of lots of hard work, a pinch of good luck, and a very good concept but it doesn’t mean that you can’t attempt to replicate...

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Yardi Relaunches Popular CRE Marketplace CommercialSearch.com

Yardi continues to enhance its suite of commercial real estate data and marketing services with the acquisition and rebranding of CommercialSearch.com, a popular online marketing platform for brokers and tenants. The redesigned website offers a free-to-list and free-to-search commercial property search engine that features more than 175,000 listings nationwide across multiple verticals, including office, retail, multifamily, and industrial. The intuitive platform is designed to provide an efficient and streamlined experience for...

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21 Best Burger Restaurants in Los Angeles You Absolutely Have to Try

Hamburgers are pretty much the global definition of American cuisine so why should you settle for anything less than stellar? Here are twenty-one top-notch places in LA so you can always get the tastiest options around. When you think about it, burgers seem so simple. They’re practically just sandwiches but with some rounded bread and beef patties. Surprisingly, it’s also very easy to get them wrong so not all burgers...

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How To Find The Right Veterinarian For Your Pet

Just like us humans, our pets do have preferences too, some pets may be comfortable with one thing and others may not. And finding the right veterinarian for your pet is just one of those things that could make or break your relationship with them. Your pet’s vet is what would keep them in tip-top shape, and you really should make sure you tick all the right boxes before you...

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10 Ways to Show Customers You Appreciate Them

Gratitude is always a great thing to show, especially if you’re a small business owner that has been seeing a great response from your target market. Here are some ways to show your customers that you’re thankful and that you care about them. Oprah Winfrey once said, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.” This embodies the concept of giving to the universe what you want...

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Glassdoor’s New Feature Will Let Employees Review Their Company’s Diversity and Inclusion Situations

In the midst of America’s racial turmoil, Glassdoor introduced a very timely addition to their platform. Glassdoor has always been one of the most valuable websites for job seekers who are not just looking for employment but are also after professional fulfillment, growth, and satisfaction. By being a great source of employer reviews, they are able to paint a unique picture of businesses which can be very different from how...

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40 Health Tech Startups Seeded by Y Combinator in 2020

While the desire to monitor one's health and fitness has always been important, the COVID-19 pandemic has made the world even more conscious of their health. Thanks to new wearable technology and instant result monitors, this has paved the path for the establishment of various healthcare startups around the world.  Statistics suggest that 15% of users (age 18-29) and 8% of users (age 30-49) use a health application.  These ranges anywhere...

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15 Best Korean Restaurants in Los Angeles – Revealed 

Los Angeles' Koreatown is the pinnacle of Korean cookery in the United States, without any doubt. The food offered is astonishingly delightful, making even the most obsessive foodies from Seoul awestruck at both its quality and quantity. It’s the perfect setup since this vibrant neighborhood has a lot of neon lights and stay open until late at night. Most diners limit their Korean food offerings to all-you-can-eat barbecues. The good...

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From The Trenches: Interview with Audra Gold, CEO at Vurbl

Vurbl, is reimagining an all-in-one audio platform, where content creators can upload, grow their audience, and monetize their audio creations. Vurbl provides listeners looking to connect with voices and information of all types with new and personalized playlists and stations so they can easily put in their earbuds, click play, lean back and enjoy. With audio snippets, listeners and creators alike can take their favorite part of any of the...

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How To Foster a Team Culture When Working Remotely

Not because your colleagues are not physically with you while you work does it mean that company culture is already a thing of the past. There’s no doubt that we’re living in some of the most unprecedented times. Technology is a major help as it makes it possible for most workplaces to operate remotely, easing the risks and dangers for a good portion of the population. However, there are still...

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Can This New Earthquake App Save Lives When the Big One Hits?

If you live in LA—or anywhere in California for that matter—you know about the risk of earthquakes. There are 15,700 known faults in the state, and at least 500 are active. The majority of Californians live within 30 miles of an active fault. There’s a 99% chance of a 6.7-magnitude earthquake occurring within the next 30 years.  That’s basically a sure thing, so what are you going to do about...

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ExpertDojo Funded 25 New Startups Amidst the Pandemic

When you say "Los Angeles", many people think of Hollywood and the movie industry. What many people don't know, at least not yet, is that LA has emerged as one of the largest challengers to Silicon Valley's startup scene. It's home to some of the world’s most influential unicorns such as Honey, SnapChat, SpaceX, and ServiceTitan. LA is unique in that it is not only are people attracted to the...

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Booming Industries in the Time of COVID-19

The current health crisis has devastated not just the lives of the people but the economy as well. Lots of businesses folded within the first half of the year, unable to survive the new ways of life folks were forced into in order to curb the spread of the virus. However, as the saying goes, “when one door closes, another opens.” Some businesses may have had to close up shop...

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Don’t Do This When You’re Interviewing With a Startup

You’ve graduated from a reputable college with a tech degree and top grades, so you think to get a tech job at a startup is a cinch, right? You couldn’t be more wrong, especially if you have to first go through an interview. Regardless of your tech skills, your interview may be the hurdle that keeps you from getting your dream job. Plenty of otherwise capable tech graduates fails at...

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10 Tips for Choosing a Pet Sitter

Your pet is a part of your family, and they must go everywhere you go, what that is possible most of the time, because places and establishments become more pet friendly, there are just instances when you go somewhere, and you can’t bring your pet friend with you. There are several options that you have on where you want to leave your pet, you can leave them in a pet...

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