This Fried Chicken Delivery Service Is New But Its LA-Native Chef Is Legendary

This Fried Chicken Delivery Service Is New But Its LA-Native Chef Is Legendary

Have you heard great things about the new LA fried chicken delivery and pickup service called DFC Ghost Kitchen? If you have heard news about this setup, then chances are that you’re considering trying it out. Here are some cool facts you should know:

  • The “DFC” in the name stands for Dante Fried Chicken, and that’s because it was founded by the legendary LA chef Dante Gonzales.
  • This service’s headquarters is in the Hotel Normandie in Koreatown.
  • It began in late August of 2018 so it’s very new, and it can be found on food delivery apps from Wednesday through Sunday evenings.
  • They make deliveries in the neighborhoods of Koreatown, Mid-Wilshire, and East Hollywood. However, Dante plans to expand their delivery radius, through Grubhub, Caviar, and Postmates. You can also look forward to having them on Door Dash and Uber Eats.

  • If you’d rather pick up the food yourself because it’s on your way, you can place your order and then pick up the food at Cassell’s Hamburgers in the Hotel Normandie. You can place your order by sending an Instagram message to DFC Ghost Kitchen or by calling them at (323) 813-1424.
  • Aside from the obvious chicken, they also offer ribs with 15 spices, tomatillo collard greens, and mac n’ cheese with smoked pimento.
  • Many of these recipes used for DFC Ghost Kitchen are the versions of Dante based on his grandma’s cooking. His grandma grew in in New Orleans and she especially appreciated the cultures of Mexico and Guatemala. This helps explain why half the menu is fried chicken and meats roasted slowly, while a significant number of sides are vegan.
  • Dante calls his style of cooking not as soul food but as “Transatlantic African”. This is a combo of African, European, and Native American culture and cuisine. Dante wants to remain creative and thoughtful with his dish creations, to honor his grandma.
  • One of Dante’s most popular dishes here is the Sock-It-To-Me Fried Chicken Tenders. The strips he uses are coated in some special type of granola. Its ingredients include crusts and seeds he has found on his travels around the world, with unusual elements like Rice Krispies, Swedish crackers, and Cheerios cereals.

  • The menu also includes versions of Dante’s grandma’s coconut honey biscuits and pineapple shallot skillet rolls. It’s just that he has adjusted them somewhat to fit his own taste buds.
  • You can also try the fantastic smoked brisket, which is first coated in a chocolate cocoa powder dry rub along with 5 types of peppers. It’s somewhat like mole as a result. The smoking process lasts 6 hours, and then it’s braised in orange juice and stout.
  • Dante Gonzales started his career by throwing underground music, film, and fried chicken parties in his loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Partygoers included famous rappers, and he then launched a YouTube channel. This led to a New York food delivery service in 2009, which became popular when it was featured by the Cooking Chanel.

He raised $10,000 to set up a food truck in LA, and that led to a cookbook deal and culinary fame.

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6 Top Soft Skills You Need To Work At a Startup

6 Top Soft Skills You Need To Work At a Startup

When Google first started, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, set up their hiring algorithms to sift for Computer Science students with top grades from the elite universities. Their belief was that technology can only be truly understood by those who actually studied technology.

They found out much later that this hiring principle wasn’t exactly accurate. In 2013, Google computers tracked all their data concerning their hiring, promoting, and firing of employees. They then found that among the most important qualities of the most successful Google employees, STEM knowledge actually came in last!

The other more important skills are what we call “soft skills”. These are the non-technical attributes that help employees become more productive and better able to work with others.

The soft skills that many startup companies today are looking for include:

Communication Skills

Being able to communicate well is a crucial skill if you want to work well with others. After all, what’s the point of having a good idea if you can’t communicate well enough to convince the other team members about the merits of your idea? If you’re able to communicate well, then you can help convince the rest of the team to believe in your idea. They can understand the idea because you’re able to explain it.

Self-Awareness

This is the ability to recognize how your words and actions affect others. A successful leader needs to develop this mindset because they can then discover how to encourage and motivate others properly. They can also avoid awkward situations when their words and actions hurt and offend their teammates.

Project Management

This means you’re able to organize the work and the team, you can focus on the task at hand, and can work under pressure and time constraints. Even if you’re not the project manager, you can do your part by meeting your deadlines.  You can give updates on your progress and send alerts if you’re having trouble.

Perseverance

You should be able to commit to an assignment until you complete it, even if takes longer than what you anticipated. This also means you need to be flexible, as requirements may change before the due date and you should be able to adapt to the new scope of the project.

Team Mentality

Plenty of people automatically say that they’re a team player, but of course, it isn’t always true. The true team mentality is about getting the work done and helping out one another. But some people seem more focused on getting credit for the success of foisting blame on others when things go wrong.

Willingness and Ability to Learn

Things change all the time, and that’s especially true in the workplace. What employers are looking for are workers who can change with the times and adapt to the new conditions. You can’t be dead-set on using traditional ways when new and more effective tools and processes become available. This means you need to demonstrate your willingness to learn, and that you can and have learned before.

During your job interview, it’s not enough that you demonstrate your technical proficiency for the job. Try to demonstrate these traits in your responses to interview questions, as these are the traits your future employers are looking for.

Also, check out these 5 Things NOT to Say to a Recruiter

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13 Best Restaurants To Eat On a Startup Budget in LA

Best Affordable Foodie Places in Los Angeles

With all the Hollywood glamor in LA, it’s not surprising that there are plenty of great restaurants in the city for the movers and shakers. But what about for the rest of us, who don’t have the millions per episode or movie? Or, the million dollars in funding from a VC? The truth is that LA does have great restaurants who don’t charge outlandish prices. You only need to find them, and lucky for you we have the guide to get you there. It’s not quite like the maps to celebrities’ homes, but at least they’re authentic!

Simply good food at lunch or dinner, any time of the day.

1. Mason’s Dumpling Shop

Location: 5803 N Figueroa St Los Angeles, CA 90042

If you’re already in Highland Park, then you owe it to yourself to visit Mason’s Dumpling Shop. You can tell from its no-frills simplicity that everything’s casual and affordable, and you have to order at the counter. But the dishes here are terrific, especially the xiao long bao and the family’s signature fried pork dumplings. The fact that they’re all available for less than ten bucks each means that you can afford to order both!

2. Tel Aviv Kosher Grill

Location: 2450b Burbank Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607

If you and your buddies are looking to reenact the final bit of the Avengers movie, then here’s the place to get shawarma, the Tel Aviv Kosher Grill. Get your meats and match them with a baguette, laffa, or pita bread. Your taste buds will thank you and your wallet too.

3. Tatang

Location: 10829 Oxnard St, North Hollywood, CA 91606

The late great Anthony Bourdain once proclaimed his love for Filipino food, and this place can help you understand why. Tatang changes some of the ingredients so that you don’t have to feel so guilty, which explains the use of chopped chicken for the sisig instead of pork and all that fat. Here, the food is nice and affordable and it goes great with a bottle of cold beer.

4. Joy

Location: 5100 York Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90042

Highland Park also features this always busy Taiwanese restaurant JOY, but it’s not just the reasonable prices that are the only reasons for its popularity. The offerings are scrumptious, especially the spicy shrimp wonton and the dan dan noodles. You can start your meal first with an order of sautéed greens, which are definitely fresh as they come from the restaurant’s own gardens. Finish the meal with milk tea with boba, or you can have some fun with shaved ice.

5. Takasan

Location: 225 W 7th St Los Angeles, CA 90014

You’d think that with the prices of dishes in trendy restaurants these days, your ten bucks won’t get you much. But at Takasan, it gets you a bowl of tender chicken chunks with a soft-cooked omelet over rice. Try the oyakodon too, as the price is great as well. It’s a warm and friendly place, and it’s also friendly for your credit card.

6. Tasty Noodle House

Location: 8054 W 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90048

You may find other locations of Tasty Noodle House in other spots in LA, but it’s this original location on West Third Street that made the brand popular in the first place. This is the ultimate spot for pan-fried bao, though you can find just about any traditional Chinese dish here as well.

7. L Fish

Location: 3205 1/2 4th St Los Angeles, CA 90063

Now if you’re in the Boyle Heights area, you may as well go to this legendary fried fish taco restaurant, L Fish. The price per taco is about $2.50 at the most, and you get to enjoy dense batter with mustard and herb fried in vegetable oil with shrimp, dogfish, and angelfish. It’s the same recipe as the tacos in Ensenada, but thankfully these tacos are much more affordable.

8. South City Fried Chicken

Location: 24 S Spring St Los Angeles, CA 90014

While there are lots of exotic food items available in diverse LA, the love for fried chicken doesn’t end. In fact, even if you don’t like fried chicken there’s a very big chance you’ll change your mind when you get a taste of the fried chicken sandwiches from this stall in Corporation Food Hall Downtown. One version comes from Miami with jerk spice and lemongrass remoulade, while another version copies the hot chicken in Nashville. It’s like a foodie exploration of the fried chicken you’ll find in the cities of the American South. Check out South City Fried Chicken today.

9. Phat Birds

Location: 4701 E 3rd St, East Los Angeles, CA 90022

Here’s another fried chicken joint, this time in East LA, meet Phat Birds. The combo meals here are so filling those entire families can be sated, yet the total bill may not go much over twenty bucks. You can go with hot chicken a la Nashville, and the side dishes are terrific as well.

10. Smorgasburg

Location: 777 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

This is the huge Sunday festival plaza in downtown LA, where you can try lots of new street food option. Bring your appetite even if you don’t bring a lot of money since they’re all reasonably priced. You get Chinese noodles, garlic shrimp cooked Hawaiian-style, and even BBQ too. Just get there from 10 AM to 4 PM and enjoy an extended lunch break.

11. Lokal Sandwich Shop

Location: 10433 National Blvd #1A, Los Angeles, CA 90034

This corner marketplace at Simpang Asia in Palms gives you a nice casual place where you can enjoy a great sandwich at a reasonable price, meet the Lokal Sandwich Shop. None of these sandwiches cost more than 10 bucks, and they’re much better (and much bigger) than what you get at your local Subway. Try the steak sandwiches if you’re a traditionalist, though you really should consider their banh mi and the avocado and turkey sandwich.

12. Pasta Sisters

Location: 3280 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90232

In many places around LA, good Italian restaurants can charge up to $25 per bowl of pasta. The quality and the quantity of the dishes here at Pasta Sisters are just as good and as filling, but this time each dish will cost you less than $15. Do the math!

13. The Chori-Man

Location: 2309 S Alma St, San Pedro, CA 90731

On weekdays, the locals come here regularly for the exquisite chorizos, which are so good they’re not just for breakfast. On weekends, people from outside the neighborhood make their regular pilgrimage for the tacos and the breakfast burritos too. Check out The Chori-Man spot here.

Also, check out these 11 Best Restaurants in West Hollywood for Lunch

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How to Build a Better Tech Talent Pipeline

How to Build a Better Tech Talent Pipeline

In the tech industry, your brand is only as good as the talented people you have. That’s why you need to make sure you have a strong tech talent pipeline.

If you’re in the tech startup world, then you’re certainly quite aware that competition is growing fierce these days. It’s like there’s a new company cropping up each day. This increasingly crowded space simply emphasizes how you need to have the talent your business requires to get ahead of your competition. But how you can build a strong tech talent pipeline when there’s a lot of demand and the supply isn’t up to par?

A Smaller Talent Pool

This disparity between the great demand for talent and the scarcity of tech people is one of the main challenges to building a better tech talent pipeline. Recent studies indicate that the pool of tech talent from which the industry can draw may dry up by the year 2030.

Not that this is surprising news. Surveys reveal that almost two-thirds (65%) of CIOs foresee that this scarcity of talent will cripple the industry in the future.

It’s even happening now. Companies are increasingly becoming dependent on new technology to generate value for their products and services, but they have not invested in the needed human capital to keep the tech coming.

As a result, these companies reap what they sow. Up to 86% of companies are having difficulties finding and enlisting the tech talent they require. Almost as many companies feel that the tech talent they have is insufficient, leading to delayed development and missed revenues. The talents they have in turn are overly stressed and more of them feel burned out.

Overcoming the Challenges

So what can you do in light of these problems? Here are some suggestions:

  • Make your company more attractive to potential hires. That means offering competitive salaries and benefits. You also need to customize your approach so that you can hire specific points about your company that will attract a particular potential employee. You have to consider what their goals are, and figure out how your company can help them achieve those goals.
  • What’s more, you need a healthy company culture that actually entices people to stay. Some companies are so enjoyable for workers that they refuse higher bids for their services, knowing that other companies may have a worse working environment.
  • Enhance the training for your current workforce. If you can’t find the trained talents for your needs, you may find them among your current employees. Or you can find the workers with the right potential and then offer to cover their training. You can then support them when they learn new technologies and new coding languages.
  • Invest in high school students. Identify which students have the smarts and the character that best suit your needs, and then help them out. Perhaps you can offer to pay for some training, or even offer a partial scholarship. At the very least, the relationship you forge will then make your company first in line as prospective companies to work for when they graduate from college.

Admittedly, these measures don’t hide the fact that a dwindling talent pool is a serious problem for the tech industry. But by considering our suggestions, you can do better than your competition in dealing with this issue.

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11 Best Restaurants in West Hollywood for Lunch

Best Restaurants in West Hollywood for Lunch

Where should you eat for lunch in West Hollywood? Here’s a list of the top places everyone is raving about.


West Hollywood might only measure 2 square miles big but it doesn’t mean that you’ll be stuck with just a handful of dining options when you’re in the area. In fact, this neighborhood is actually teeming with amazing restaurants. You can take a pick from long-running establishments to the hippest eateries that offer different kinds of cuisines.

Favored by celebrities and foodies alike, there are really lots of reasons why you should head to WeHo to grab a bite. And if you do, make sure to consider these places as they’re definitely well worth the calories.

1. Night + Market

Location: 9043 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Even the biggest foodies will agree that Chef Kris Yenbamroong’s Night+Market is possibly the best modern Thai restaurant around. So instead of making your way to Thai Town, you can just head here if you’re craving for some Southeast Asian fare.

As mentioned above, however, it’s important to note that this is a modern Thai eatery so expect that they offer different stuff from what you’ll get at Thai Town. Their fusion cuisine is exceptionally good with drinks, though. So if you’re up for an evening of good food and drinks, this can be a great destination.

What to Eat

  • Pork Toro
  • Moo Sadoong
  • Crab Fried Rice
  • Fried Pig Tails
  • Spicy Duck Rolls
  • Golden Triangles

2. Rosaline

Location: 8479 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Hailed as the best brunch spot in WeHo, Rosaline is out to tickle your taste buds with its modern take on Peruvian cuisine. As this place is considered as the wildly successful comeback of chef Ricardo Zarate into the LA dining scene, you can certainly get your hopes up when planning your visit.

What to Eat

  • Salchipapa
  • Traditional brunch items
  • Ceviche Crocante
  • Chaufa Paella
  • Cocktails

3. Sushi Park 

Location: 8539 Sunset Blvd #20, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Strip-mall sushi is one of the best things L.A. can offer as it certainly has a lot of great ones around town. However, Sushi Park is deemed as the best of the best by normies and celebs alike. It also means serious business despite its location and it won’t hesitate to let you know that.

Right at the door, Sushi Park says that there is no trendy sushi in this joint. So prepare for some serious sushi sampling here. Just be ready if you’re thinking of trying the omakase menu as it comes with a pretty steep price tag. If you’re lucky, however, it might just come with a celebrity spotting since this joint is also a top pick by the rich and famous.

What to Eat

  • Red Snapper, Halibut sushi
  • Sea Bass sushi
  • Baked Abalone with Shitake Mushrooms
  • Blue Fin Tuna

4. Aburiya Raku 

Location: 521 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

If you fell in love with Vegas’ Aburiya Raku just like tons of other chefs and industry experts, then you don’t have to go far just to have your fill. This WeHo location of the well-loved izakaya is just as tasty as its original location. It offers the same flavors and food, so if you can’t go back to Vegas anytime soon, this will still give you a great fill.

What to Eat

  • Kobe Beef with Wasabi
  • Asparagus with Bacon
  • Foie Gras Bowl
  • Blue Fin Tuna

5. Guisados 

Location: 8935 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Mexican dishes already feels native to Los Angeles but there are still quite a number of places that stand out for their delicious offerings. Guisados is one of them that it grew from a small casual dining joint to a full-on chain with locations all around the city. This WeHo spot is one of them and is still a great destination to go to if you’re after some good tacos.

What to Eat

  • Bistek en Salsa Roja – Flank steak simmered with red bell peppers and tomatoes. Served with chile de arbol and avocado above black beans.
  • Mole Poblano – Shredded chicken breast in a nutty Poblano style Mole. Served with sour cream, queso fresco, red onion and dried chile.
  • Chicharron – Pork rinds simmered in chile verde. Served with green serrano chile, atop black beans.
  • Calabacitas – Squash, tomatoes, bell peppers, corn, and onions. Served with queso fresco and a mild chipotle sour cream.
  • Camarones – Fajita-style shrimp, onions and bell peppers served with a mild chipotle sour cream.

6. Lucques

Location: 8474 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Lucques is one of the long-running dining establishments in WeHo that some folks already consider them as institutions in the area. They have just celebrated their 20 years but their Californian Mediterranean French offerings continue to wow and impress diners. They’re deemed as the best prix-fixe eatery in the area, so if you want to dine out on a budget, they can be a great place to call for a reservation.

What to Eat

  • Roasted kabocha squash with freekeh, chickpeas, charmoula and pomegranate
  • Spanish grilled cheese with mahon, chorizo, and caramelized shallots
  • Grilled chicken paillard with fava bean toast, marsala, green olives, and golden raisins
  • Falafel burger with cucumber, carrots, jalapeño and crème fraîche on a whole wheat bun

Note: Their menu changes regularly but you can be sure to find great options all the time.

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7. Dan Tana’s 

Location: 9071 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

When it comes to industry classics in WeHo, Dan Tana’s would be hard to beat. This place has been around since 1964 and it’s safe to say that it remained faithful to its roots. You can tell with its nostalgic atmosphere that it’s one of those places that locals go to because they practically grew up there.

To be fair, however, the food is also very good. It’s also a celebrity favorite but if you’re hoping to rub elbows with the rich and famous, you might want to try hard as booking a table here can be a challenge.

What to Eat

  • Spaghetti, Carbonara
  • Homemade Lasagna
  • Ravioli, with Meat Sauce
  • Ravioli, Spinach with Cheese
  • Eggplant, Romana Parmigiana
  • Linguini, Pescatore, Mike Gotovac

8. Irv’s Burgers 

Location: 7998 Santa Monica Blvd unit c, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Another West Hollywood staple is Irv’s Burgers. They’ve been around since the ‘50s and has fought hard to survive until today. One of its biggest charms is that it managed to retain its classic flavor through the years despite changing ownership. It’s also where you’ll find some of the best deals in town since the food is very affordable here.

What to Eat

  • All of the burgers

9. Jones

Location: 7205 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Also known as Jones Hollywood, this place is best known and loved for its quite cool. It’s often described to have a “rock-and-roll sensibility” and a “genuine Hollywood” vibe, so if you’re after such, you should definitely drop by.

The food is also great here which makes it extra special since its open until late. Anything will satiate the hunger of someone tired from partying but it deserves all the praise it has been getting because the grub is good.

What to Eat

  • Braised Short Rib, with brussels sprouts slaw
  • Caprese Panini burrata, with oven-roasted tomato, basil, olive oil
  • Jones Burger, classic style
  • Spicy Sausage pizza with onion, mozzarella, and San Marzano tomato sauce (yum!)

10. Eveleigh 

Location: 8752 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Eveleigh might be located in a tourist spot but it doesn’t mean that you should shy away from it entirely. Besides, they have a magnificent space that will let you enjoy a unique taste of West Hollywood dining and a large menu that has something for everyone.

What to Eat

  • Duck Confit with Lentils
  • Jidori Chicken
  • Pinzimonio
  • Pappardelle with Pork Ragu
  • Hanger Steak with Romesco Sauce

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11. Cecconi’s 

Location: 8764 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

There are tons of great places to spend happy hour in WeHo but Cecconi’s tend to outshine them all with its amazing Cicchetti or Italian tapas. While it is a classic Italian spot, it mainly offers Northern Italian cuisine so it can be a bit different from the other pizza and pasta places on this list.

What to Eat

  • Pasta
    • Garganelli Bolognese
    • Cavatelli, lamb ragù, artichoke”
  • Pizza
    • Beyond ‘sausage’ pizza, tomato, mushroom
    • Porchetta, artichoke, olives, mushroom, fontina
  • Salad
    • Tuscan kale, almond, apple, Parmigiano, seeds
    • Red quinoa, avocado, artichokes, chia seeds

Also, check out these 9 Best Restaurants To Eat In Marina Del Rey

 

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4 Secrets to Retaining Your Tech Talent

4 Secrets to Retaining Your Tech Talent

The supply of tech talent is dwindling, so how can you entice your current tech workers to stay? We have some tips to help you convince your workers to remain.

Many smaller tech companies these days feel like they’re the Kansas City Royals when they have great shortstops and pitchers. Once the Yankees and the Red Sox come calling, these small market teams have to no choice but to say goodbye to their superstars.

Is it then inevitable that you’ll lose your tech workers when headhunters dangle more lucrative salaries for these wizards? Not necessarily. There are ways for you to foster the kind of work environment that makes people want to stay. To achieve that type of work environment, here’s what you need to do if you’re the boss:

1. Remember the Human Element

Sometimes we just think of our employees by their job titles and what they can do for the company. But they’re not just chess pieces we move around the board. These are people, with human emotions and beliefs. You can’t forget that.

That’s why you need to learn how to emphasize and listen to your employees. One way to improve your skills in these aspects is to take coaching courses and read coaching materials. You’re more like a coach of a sports team rather than a chess player with unfeeling game pieces.

2. Have a Clear Vision and Mission

It’s not just money that drives people. Sometimes it’s as simple as wanting to succeed, especially when the purpose is something they wholeheartedly believe in. To help your employees get on the bandwagon, you have to make it clear what your company’s vision is regarding its purpose. Workers are then more apt to be motivated to work for a noble purpose, and they’ll be more engaged.

Disengagement is a huge problem with workers, as this state makes them more likely to leave and find something more engaging. That’s why you need to set clear goals. Your workers need to know that what they’re doing is actually important.

3. Help Your Talent Become Better Leaders

You should have processes that support team leaders, especially those who have been thrust into leadership positions for the first time. Helping them to succeed helps your company in many ways, as you improve the productivity of those teams. In addition, you give your new team leaders a sense of belonging in your company, as they have a greater influence on the success of your business. Once they believe that your company is also in a way “their baby”, they’re less likely to abandon their position for a new company.

4. Offer Recognition

It’s no secret that the majority of employees tend to work harder when they’re recognized for their efforts. They’re disheartened when their efforts are seemingly ignored, which tempts them to leave for other companies where their efforts may be more appreciated. You don’t need to give them lavish prizes—just offer the recognition in a timely manner and make it personal. Make sure it’s sincere, and not just something that seems forced.

Remember, people aren’t always motivated by money. People can love their jobs not just because of the money, and if they love their job while they work for you they’re less likely to leave.

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LAStartups.com, Schmoozd.com
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, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.
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LAStartups.com, Schmoozd.com
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, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

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