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]

Ultra Comfy Hoodie Created by Former LA Art Director at Macy's

Los Angeles is one of the biggest apparel manufacturing hubs in the United States, its where some of the coolest under-the-radar clothing is created (like Carbon38, Clare V, BackBeat Rags, The Great). Colby Kane the inventor of the Aviator Hoodie Collection, is a designer and art director who moved to Los Angeles, California from New York City, New York in search of a better work-life balance. During his search, he...

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Military-Grade Encryption VPN Device Created by LA Mechanical Engineers from JPL

Many savvy smartphones, tablet, and laptop users utilize a virtual private network (VPN) to surf anonymously, stay protected from malware, and avoid censorship, among others. But why stop there? There’s a new gadget that can provide these useful services, as well as allow individuals and organizations secure and remote access to their home and office networks. The izzbie ONE is an all-in-one VPN device that offers a personal cloud, online...

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7 Tips for Effective Team Goal-Setting

Whether you’re a small business owner or a team manager, you will need proper leadership skills in order to succeed in your role. By definition, as team leader you don’t work alone, so need to build and then nurture a team that can work effectively together. You have to take the proper time to establish goals that everyone in the team understands and buys in. You then have to guide...

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Create Your 72-Hour Emergency Home Kit While Decluttering

Emergencies are by definition a set of unforeseen circumstances, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t prepare for a home emergency now while you have some free time to think things over. That’s especially true for home emergencies, as there’s risk to your family and property and so you need to be ready. A 72-hour emergency kit is a good precaution, as this kit can get your family going for...

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5 Top Reasons Why Starting Your Own Company Is Better than Joining One

Bill Gates and Microsoft. Steve Jobs and Apple. Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. Lots of startup founders dream of attaining the same success as these legendary business icons, but such high hopes isn’t the only reason that people would rather become an entrepreneur than to climb the corporate ladder of an existing company. In fact, recent research studies show that there are plenty of other reasons why people choose this particular...

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10 Coolest Diners To Visit in LA

There’s just something relaxing and restful when you pop by a diner, you know? It’s a great place to hang out for a while in the middle of the workday or to nurse a hangover. You’ve got your counter and the swivel chairs, the leather booths, and the mugs of strong coffee. There’s plenty of food, and the servers are friendly. It somehow reminds you of home. If you’re in...

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Ready-To-Eat Coffee Bars That Are Caffeinated And Flavored With Real Coffee

What is better than drinking coffee? Well, what if you could have it as a snack? That’s what Pocket Latte is all about. Available in cream + sugar and dark roast flavors, these are coffee bars ready to eat, and they’re organic too. If you’ve been looking for a different type of coffee, this is it. These bars may resemble chocolate but they’re prepared with real coffee flavors for that...

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Super Cool Prop/Art Display Wall Mount Invented by Two LA Designers

Jack Bogdan and Brooklyn Short, who are Los Angeles-based designers, created Prop/Art as a way of displaying their record and comics collection as wall art. They initially wanted to display their art prints but it was too expensive to have them framed – and thus Prop/Art was born. Prop/Art, or Prop/Art, is a wall-mounted, single-item display shelf that can easily be nailed on a wooden or concrete wall.  Made from...

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