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

The Best Energy Drinks To Power You Up This Afternoon

From coffee-to-go to lattes, millions of people rely on caffeine for a morning and afternoon pick me up. But while there are many different types of coffee available that can serve as an energy drink alternative, not all offer the same kind of high you're looking for. Whether you have an all-nighter coming up or just need a little pick me up this afternoon, nothing beats an energy drink to...

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From The Trenches: Interview with Rebecca Beam, CEO at Zavikon

Zavikon pioneers recruitment services that support employers to hire individuals with disabilities and those who are neurodivergent as part of their D&I initiatives. Zavikon, founded by Milestones Visionary Employer Award winner Rebecca Beam, has launched placement and staffing services to match individuals with visible and invisible disabilities and those who are neurodivergent with employers who want to recruit extraordinary talent. Because Zavikon believes successful employment relationships begin with education, ongoing...

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7 Standout Restaurants in Los Angeles to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Restaurant businesses are slowly recovering from the combined restrictions both the government and the pandemic created. Diners haven't had the chance to go out that much. A few restaurants have opened and closed but these seven places on the list are a good way to start the eat-out experience again. 7 Dining Destinations in Los Angeles to Eat Right Now Sant’olina is a melting pot of Israeli and Mediterranean cuisine...

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Podcast: Jet.com Founder, Marc Lore on ‘How To Find Your Big Opportunity’

Finding a big opportunity to become a multi-billionaire means going all-in or not doing anything about it at all. If you have forward as the only direction you can take, these are two only two choices you will have. Marc Lore talks about how to score the next big thing on this podcast from Impact Theory. How to Find Opportunities in Life Marc shares his opinions on how to manage...

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Whatnot Has Its “What-If” Moments With Explosive Monthly Growth

25-year old Pokemon card collector Shane looks for deals. He does this by scrolling through Instagram and Facebook. All the hosts fire off speeches about product specs and pricing. Shane watches and hopes his comment gets noticed by the host. The record high for the most expensive Pokemon card auctioned is $375,000.  This card was in a Japanese tournament in 1998. The card found its way to eBay with a...

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Hooray! VidCon is Back From Virtual, Dates Released for Anaheim Convention Center

2 years ago, VidCon celebrated its ten-year anniversary. It has allowed fans, creators, and audiences to discuss ideas. It also acted as a venue to expand their networks.  VidCon is a fount of information to those who are looking to level up their content creation skills. The conference's biggest participants are Youtube vloggers and content creators. One can safely assume that most attendees are fans of a Youtube content creator....

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Disney’s NFC Tech Switch from MagicBands to MagicMobile: Is It Any Better?

Disney's MagicBands allow visitors to access a variety of services. The passive NFC technology has been around since 2002. Based on RFID, the history of NFC is traceable back to WWII. Charles Walton filed for the patent in 1983. NFC only got its name when tech companies Sony and Philips collaborated in 2002. The Disney MagicBand is an "all-in-one device" for tourists. It's available to individuals who signed up through...

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Hire The Right People And Make Recruiting a Seamless Process With Hirefuel

Businesses rely heavily on people to succeed. Having a successful product needs to have driven people behind it. And to achieve that, you need to have people who are willing to go out of their comfort zone and commit to your business and their job descriptions with a burning passion. That's where Hirefuel comes in. They work as your recruitment team. They make sure that the people in your business...

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Podcast: Jim Kwik on ‘How To Unlock Genius & Uncover Your Superpower’

Growing up in an unfamiliar country, Jim Kwik had to relearn everything. Customs, lifestyle, manners - everything he knew at his point in life had to be reset. What he does best is sticking to a routine. He learned how to be consistent in his work, in addition to the discipline his immigrant parents had to instill in him as a child. Jim’s parents already had concerns with the way...

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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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