Startup Spotlight

Startup Spotlight profiles emerging tech and non-tech companies in Los Angeles — giving startups a chance to tell their stories, and giving readers insights into some of the region’s most promising startups. Working on a cool new startup in LA? Let us know. If we find it compelling and honest, we'll write about it. Email us at hello@lastartups.com

Dave.com Launches a Banking App To Help Improve Your Financial Health

Dave is a banking app inspired by the story of David and Goliath. The people behind the idea developed it based on their personal experience. Overdraft is a massive problem especially if you’re not expecting it. An overdraft can be quite a painful experience. Your hard-earned money is supposed to stay safe in your account and in some unexpected turn, a few bucks have gone missing and you’re not even...

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Bingie Launches a Platform To Discover, Discuss & Share Movies and TV Shows

Bingie is a streaming platform for movies, series, documentaries, mockumentaries, or other kinds of digital content for your eyes. It’s not just digital content for you to see. It’s food for your eyes because the movies and series are handpicked by staff and are given a seal of approval for enjoyment. What’s more amazing is Bingie is a collaborative platform. It’s like one big subreddit for movies and TV shows,...

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PlayQ Launches Some Highly Addictive Mobile Games You Have to Try

For people who want casual and fun gaming with colorful graphics and smooth gameplay, PlayQ Games make apps that are addictive and worth spending your time on. PlayQ is a leading mobile gaming company building high-quality games for iOS, Google Play, Amazon, and Facebook. PlayQ founder and CEO Joseph Aigboboh and Ryan Komori got on the list of Inc.'s 30 under 30. They established PlayQ with the intent of giving...

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CloudKitchens Launches Ghost Kitchens for Restaurant Delivery And Pickup

CloudKitchens in its simplest concept is a rent-a-kitchen. This means you have less to worry about in running a food business because your equipment is already available. The purpose of the Cloud Kitchen is to make sure your investment in a food business has greater returns than losses. CloudKitchens is Ready Kitchen For Rent Running a food business isn’t easy as people struggle to find ways to start one. Food and...

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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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Indi Launches a Platform For Individual to Make Money From Their Social Connections

It is so easy to get followers these days when people just can't help but have a piece of what you have to offer - it could be something you are selling or something that can't be literally touched, like seeing you perform live, or listening to your useful tutorials. Indi app lets you create your own personalized store page and you can get paid when you create or share...

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HomeLister Launches a Virtual Real Estate Brokerage Platform for Seller

Most people will not really sell their homes unless they badly need money. There is always a sense of urgency. They could be paying off a loan or saving lives, the list of reasons is endless. While there are a few lucky ones who are not really in a hurry to sell their home because they are already comfortably situated somewhere else, the rest are still struggling to produce enough...

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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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Genies Avatars Allows You to Become a Better Version of Your Aspirational Self in the Digital Multiverse

In as much as we are all delighted to see how close our avatars are to how we see ourselves in the mirror or how others see us, Genies CEO Akash Nigam said in an interview that “The point is not to have an avatar that is representative of who you are,” Nigam said. “It’s not who you are in the real world. It’s the aspirational version of yourself." He...

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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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Anthea Cards Launches Elegant Hand-Assembled Pop-Up Greeting Cards

Anthea offers exquisite, hand-assembled, and elegant pop-up greeting cards for all occasions. Anthea blends craftsmanship with cutting-edge printing and 3-D modeling software in order to offer the world creative, exciting, and unique ways to express themselves. Anthea Cards, an innovative pop-up greeting card company, has signed an agreement with Mr. Checkout Distributors that will bring its handmade pop-up cards to gift stores across the country. Each Anthea pop up card...

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DailiesPods Launches Affordable Learning Platform to Promote Equitable Education

More than six months after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the US, there’s still no clear way for parents to support their children’s education. Faced with these new educational challenges, parents are working to ensure that their children are both safe and advancing academically. At the same time, online schooling is making students feel lonely and disengaged. Left with few other options, parents are making “educational pods” that allow them to...

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Acre Launches a Marketplace for Gold

It would be hard to argue against the reliability of gold as a form of investment. The qualities of this precious metal make it one of the most coveted in the world which also helps it maintain its value. As a result, it continues to make sense in investing in it as a way of saving and growing one’s wealth. Unfortunately, traditionally, you need a significant amount of money to...

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DrinkLyte Launches a New Functional Beverage to Rehydrate You After Drinking Alcohol

DrinkLyte has come up with the perfect one-two punch for those of you that have had a little too much booze.  This one-two punch is two functional beverages aimed at helping consumers rehydrate after alcohol consumption.  They've recently launched their "Party-at-Home" subscription so that you can always have their drinks on hand whenever you need it. The Party-at-Home pack comes with two MoonLyte drink mixes and two SunLyte drink mixes; customers can...

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