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]

WaveXR Launches Multi-Channel Virtual Entertainment Platform for Live Concerts

With live music events being put on hold for the moment, digital concerts are taking center stage nowadays. They may not offer the same exact experience as seeing your favorite musicians and performers live but they’re the safest options we now have, so they will make do. With a high-quality sound system, you can still be sure to have a great time. However, with modern technology advancing by the day,...

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5 Questions to Ask Before You Get a Puppy

Everybody loves puppies. Well, alright, most people do, but the fact of the matter is, the puppies make people smile, they are incredibly naturally photogenic, and they give you a sense that you are loved. So it must not come as a surprise to you that a lot of people when shown a puppy, end up going home with them. What's surprising is though, that nearly 3.3 million dogs are...

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5 Simple Steps to Obtaining Inbox Zero and How to Keep It That Way

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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Scalefast Launches a Full-Featured eCommerce Platform to Serve High-Volume Stores

With the ever-changing and developing trends in e-commerce as of late, it would be wise for businesses to make sure that they can keep up at the drop of a hat. Unfortunately, not all developers can instantaneously respond to new requests and changes on a website. This can slow your campaigns down and hamper your business’ growth. Scalefast aims to answer such issues with great efficiency. So by making the...

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Frame Launches Mental Health Marketplace to Connect You to The Perfect Therapist

Finding the right therapist is a very tricky task that can be a huge hurdle for those who are already struggling. Frame Therapy aims to get you through that phase without a hitch. Many people fail to get what they need from therapy sessions because the professional they turned to is not the right fit for them. When the connection and trust are just not there, progress can be hard...

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Open Raven Launches a Modern Security Platform to Secure Organization’s Data on the Cloud

Data privacy is a serious issue nowadays that can be quite polarizing. While entities online always promise their users to enforce strict measures for protection, they still turn out to have significant vulnerabilities. So as we store more sensitive data online, it’s crucial that we take extra steps to be safe. This is where Open Raven comes in. It’s described as a modern data security platform that is designed to...

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Droplabs Launches Bluetooth-Enabled Shoes

There’s no denying that modern entertainment is at a different level now. Virtual and augmented realities where visual media is experienced not just through your sense of sight and hearing but also through feel and sometimes even through scent and taste took things up a notch and allowed people to fully immerse into the content. With these, people are not just watching anymore but are already experiencing the story. Given...

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E-Commerce Week LA 2020 Will be Held Virtually on Sept. 28 to Oct. 2

Hawke Media partnered up with the City of Los Angeles to announce the inaugural eCommerce Week LA that will be held virtually on Sep. 28 - Oct. 2. The event will offer a week-long of brand activations and e-commerce brands that have helped define a $4 trillion industry, all while showcasing businesses and sharing ideas on how to grow e-commerce brands. More about the event ... ECOMMERCE WEEK LA™ is...

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Carity Launches a Mental Health Platform for the Modern Day User

A new mental health app is now available just as the country struggles with a myriad of mental health issues while in quarantine. Founders Drew Katnik and Ray Truong are launching Carity, an app for people living with the challenges of mental health issues. Features include groups and resources organized by specific issues, realtime connection with other users, and access to licensed therapists. Carity is coming at a time when...

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From The Trenches: Interview with Rachel Trindade, CMO at 3PL Central

Everyone in the world has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in one way or another. The effects have changed your personal life and the way businesses operate in huge ways. As people are working from home (WFH) and businesses have adapted to the ever-changing rules, consumers have also changed their behavior. This has resulted in a rapidly evolving business environment where decisions are made by the day or week....

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Lingoly Launches Language Translation Marketplace for Translators

With today’s technology, it’s not that hard for businesses to go global. With the help of the internet, you can already offer your products and services to various parts of the world with ease. All you’ll need is to appeal to the foreign markets you’re trying to tap and the rest should be easy peasy. The first step to do just that is by speaking in the local tongue. Sure,...

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Whistle Launches an All-In-One Customer Service and Communication Platform for Hotels

There are lots of processes involved in a hotel operation and streamlining everything can be a challenge. The communication part alone is a feat as there are so many ends to connect to. And all of these come with the need for efficiency and low-keyness, adding another stumbling block in the way. But with the hotel industry being in existence for centuries already, it’s proven that caring for one’s guests...

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Pod Launches Location-Based Social Networking Platform to Connect People Based on Interests and Location

Do we really need another social networking site? With everything sketchy that’s happening in all of the other major websites, many would say yes. Besides, there are many limitations to what the most popular ones can do. Pod offers a different dimension to online social networking so it can be a solid alternative to what most of us use nowadays. Instead of just letting you meet people online, Pod is...

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PocketList Launches Rental Platform to Connects Landlords to Renters

A bag of mixed emotions always comes with the task of scouting for a new apartment. It’s exciting because it means a new start and a new place to explore but it’s also tiring and frustrating. So much so that some folks dread moving. If only there’s something like a review app for apartments for rent, right? Well, if you live in LA, then PocketList might make the search easier...

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ringDNA’s AI Sales Engagement Platform to Help Businesses Scale Revenue Growth

Despite the many advances in technology today that allow brands to do business on various platforms, phone services will always be an essential component of many operations. This kind of connection just hits differently compared to other methods of reaching out to potential customers. However, not all sales engagement products are worth your while. Some will always perform better than the others, especially in terms of features and value. If...

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How To Pick the Right Kind of Yoga Class for Your Mood

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the way we live our lives, as well as our social interactions and workout regimens. In the case of workout programs, ease of access has been and continues to be the primary issue. With gyms and fitness studios temporarily shuttered for safety reasons, workout classes are now done in online platforms. Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook live streaming are among the popular options for a wide...

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FlipFit Launches a Social Shopping App That Allows Shoppers to Try on Clothes at Home

For most of us, shopping for clothes is a social activity. We drag a friend, family member, or special someone along while we look for nice items to expand our wardrobes. Others’ honest opinions on whether something looks nice or not can really play a huge impact on most folks’ decision-making processes. However, with the rise of e-commerce, shopping for clothes has become isolated. Sure, you can still share the...

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13 Best Restaurants For Delivery and Take Out in Los Angeles

While the whole world grapples with how to handle the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged economies, we have been forced to limited outdoor adventures as we keep the social distancing rule. This has dramatically affected our social nature and operations resulting in several restaurants closing down or limiting their food options. However, there are still some great restaurants and joints in Los Angeles, and that offer take-out and deliveries. Be...

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