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: john@lastartups.com

Happy Fox Launches an All-In-One Help Desk Ticketing System To Speed Up Your Customer Support

If you’ve worked in customer service, you would know how important it is for customers to have their complaints filed properly. It didn’t matter how the complaint was filed, as long as there’s a record of what it was and when it was sent. What if we told you there was a better way of handling these complaints? Happy Fox’s customer support systems have worked so well that the company...

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Bambee Gives You a Dedicated HR Manager Who Helps You Craft HR Policy & Maintain Compliance

One of the most important aspects of a business is hiring the right people to work for you or with you. Making sure you hire effective and dedicated people means you have to possess a good understanding of how people function in a business. HR managers have the necessary skills to identify performers from slackers. But this is only during the recruitment process. From hiring to working, workers should have...

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Neuro Launches a Functional Gum & Mints To Energize, Calm and Focus You in The Moment

We already have candies, drinks, and snacks that stimulate our brain with caffeine. That's great and all, but Neuro gum, not only packs a punch of caffeine but it also affects how you function and think, putting you in a more productive state for hours on end. In fact, for each chew Neuro gives you 5X the energy and is, considerably, faster than drinking coffee or energy drinks. Oh, and...

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Quilt Launches a Drop-In Audio Social Network Focus on Self Care

Quilt is created with the goal of re-humanizing social media in mind - making it feel safe and inclusive for everyone. They call themselves an "audio social network for live, supportive, feel-good conversations." Gone are the days when all that people cared about our physical appearances and lengthy text statements. Everyone needed to admit that they all missed the classic radio show and how they fell in love with how...

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Podcast: Seth Godin on How Radical Empathy Strengthens Your Business

Seth Godin talks about radical empathy and how it’s a good foundation for your business. Businesses are started with the help of interpersonal relationships and businesses are made because of a need. Starting transactions with a focus on these two aspects ensures that there is a realistic end goal. Most business owners have difficulty finding a market to sell their products to. But even if there’s no product need identified,...

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Podcast: Malcolm Gladwell on Making Big Decisions

Some people are in it to win it. We’ve heard of this so many times that competition becomes more of work rather than fun in competition. So if you change your mindset and make fun of the focus of what you do rather than the result, then you can never be a loser.  Malcolm Gladwell Talks About Making Big Decisions, the Tipping Point the World is Seeing Now Having a...

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10 Best Mental Health Podcasts to Listen Right Now

2020 wasn’t a good year for everybody. With the pandemic forcing the government to control the number of social gatherings, psychological health risks are to be expected. The loneliness that comes with isolation and quarantine is a challenge most people would like to face together but the disease cannot simply allow things to go the way people want them to. So for today’s article, here’s a list of the best...

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Harbor Launches an All-In-One Safety and Emergency App That Does All The Thinking For You

Did you know that there is an app that specializes in disaster and accident preparation? No, we are not really expecting the worst here. In fact, being prepared in case of emergency is actually an optimistic approach. It means you see yourself as safe, dry, full, and comfortable even if you get caught in a not so comfortable scenario, say in the middle of anything insurance companies categorize as "acts...

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Esports One Launches an All-In-One Fantasy Esports Platform

All the real-time updates on eSports are provided by one sophisticated data-tracking technology, Esports One.  This platform enables players and game analysts to make predictions and improvements to the game and game style. All-In-One Fantasy Esports Platform eSports One started out as a League of Legends database. They’re solely focused on collecting information about each game since the beta version for League was released in 2011. Ever since then, the...

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Beyond Limits Helps Industries Function Efficiently With its Human-Like Reasoning and Processing Prowess

AI exists everywhere. Examples would be Alexa’s voice recognition technology and Google’s information tracking system. They address everyday individual needs. They’ve also been helpful in some businesses. But how about industries? Beyond Limits takes Alexa (or Google)-level AI into major industries. We’re not only talking about manufacturing plants for products but the materials that let the world function. From gas, oil, and energy, to power and natural resources. They’re even...

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Envoy Launches Electric Car Sharing for Apartment Buildings, Hotels and Office

Electric cars became popular due to the Tesla Car brand. It’s not only fast, but it’s also environment friendly. Pair that with an Uber-esque app and you get Envoy. This app helps ride-sharing with electric bikes, vehicles, and scooters. The Envoy helps people be comfortable regardless if they’re riding famous car brands to moderately functional cars. Envoy partnered up with Electrify America to turn Sacramento into a green, carbon-free city....

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Ayana Launches Mental Health Platform for People of Color

Healthcare doesn’t have to be in the confines of a hospital facility or a clinic. Thanks to software developers, it’s now possible to get a checkup from your doctor. You can get a skin rash checked, or check with your doctor if the meds you’re taking are effective. Enter mental health. This is a particularly sensitive issue people would avoid talking about in public. And if the person is afflicted...

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AvantStay Launches Luxury Vacation Rentals to Travelers

Wouldn’t it be nice to spend a holiday witnessing sunset in Florida? Or maybe spend some time reconnecting with nature in Lake Tahoe? Wherever, and whenever you want to spend your vacation, AvantStay helps you get to your destination. Luxury Vacation Rentals AvantStay is a short-term rental service. It’s like AirBnB but deluxe. They offer high-quality residential spaces for your vacation. It’s a business model that makes use of real...

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AuditBoard Launches a Unified Platform to Streamline Your Company Audit, Risk & Compliance

If you’ve worked as an auditor, you know there will be a lot of paperwork involved. Small businesses will have small teams to monitor everything. It’s already complex at that level. What about big businesses? Having a big team of auditors means everything is monitored and reports come in every day. The only problem with having more people work in auditing is the possibility of human error. This occurs more...

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Albert.com Launches an All-In-One Mobile Banking, Savings, and Investing Platform

The smartphone software market is saturated with a ton of apps. Apps are the equivalent of books nowadays, and getting the right one will help you a lot. Albert is one of these apps. It’s a productivity app for your finances. The trend for financial managing apps isn’t new. Mobile Banking, Savings, and Investing - On One App Albert is an app developed by Albert Investments, LLC. Their mission was...

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What it Takes to Become a Great Product Manager at a Startup

Product Managers must possess core competencies that can be applied in all settings, whether in large corporations or in small startups. But their roles and responsibilities will obviously different because of the differences in assets, market, and capitalization, among other factors, between these companies. In a startup, a product manager has to be quick on his feet, so to speak, because the startup’s path is unpredictable – one day, it’s...

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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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