July 2017

LA Startups of the Week 7/24-7/30

Pinguin is the app for LA’s startup community and we wouldn’t be anything without the companies that are bringing such great talent here to Silicon Beach. That’s why we will be highlighting some of our favorite LA tech companies every week for you to check out. This week’s batch includes a better way to buy movie tickets, alcohol delivered to your doorstep and a rental car delivered to wherever you are. (Don’t use those ones at the same time)

Here are the LA startups of the week that you absolutely have to try!


Skurt is a rental car delivery startup based in LA. Customers can request a rental directly from the app and have it delivered in 60 minutes or less. No need to return the car, Skurt will pick it up wherever you are once you’re done. Skurt is doing everything that traditional rental companies aren’t and that’s why they’re winning the millennial market. Renters only  need to be 21 while most companies require renters to be 25 or above. Skurt gives unlimited mileage with every rental and you can get a car for the entire day for as low as $21. Skurt is currently available in LA, San Diego and Miami. Check them out today. https://www.skurt.com/

Saucey App

Saucey made some noise in the press this week as they partnered with Channing Tatum and had him deliver alcohol to unsuspecting customers in LA. While Channing Tatum probably won’t be your delivery guy this time around, we can’t deny the convenience of Saucey. Shop your favorite alcohol and get it delivered directly from the app. https://www.saucey.com/

Atom Tickets

It’s certainly fitting that a company aiming to change the movie ticket industry was started right here in LA. The app helps sell unpurchased tickets to theaters nationwide by making it easier for users to organize groups and decide on showtimes. It also allows users to order your concessions in advance with exclusive offers. https://www.atomtickets.com/ 


Winc (Formerly Club W)  is a wine startup based in LA that started as an online wine marketplace. Now, Winc produces all of the wine that it sells.
If you’re a wine drinker or just learning your taste, you need to try Winc. You’ll fill out a palate profile that will be analyzed by the Winc team and provide you with recommendations that you’ll love. Great wine that you’re sure to love, delivered monthly for as low as $13 a bottle. https://www.winc.com/

This week in LA Tech Events: July 17th- July 23rd

Happy Monday! There’s never a shortage of things to do in LA but if you’re looking for the best tech events around town, we’ve got you covered. Here are the can’t miss events of the week!

Shameless plug: We’re presenting at one of them 😉 

Monday, July 17th

GA x Ziprecruiter Present: How to Attract the Right Candidates

General Assembly and Ziprecruiter have teamed up to bring you this event where we’ll discuss the key elements of attracting and retaining top talent.


Tuesday, July 18th

Effective Design Review Workshop: How To Give & Receive Meaningful, Actionable Design Feedback with Everett McKay

Everett McKay – Author of UI is Communication will break down the design process and teach you new techniques of reviewing, receiving reviews and knowing when to ask for more!

Get Your Tickets!

Wednesday July 19th

Bootstrapping your startup in LA with Pinguin

Do you have a startup or just looking for a place to start? We often hear about huge investments for startups but we rarely hear about the less sexy bootstrap. Local LA startup, Pinguin and others will walk us through their journeys followed by a live Q&A.

They will cover everything from finding technical talent with no money to making “the jump.” Join us for some drinks and a chance to hear startup stories from around LA.


Thursday July 20th  

Silicon Beach Young Professionals Startup&Tech mixer at the Viceroy: Sponsored by Google

Enjoy drinks with LA’s top tech talent at LA’s most successful Startup & Tech Mixer sponsored by Google.

Get Your Tickets!

The Definitive Playlist of Tech References in Music

Music plays a big part of the everyday culture here at Pinguin HQ and that got us thinking about all the times a song has drawn its inspiration from the tech world. So we have compiled a playlist of what we think is the most comprehensive list of songs that reference tech and apps to date! This beautiful 2+ hour playlist has bangers that range from Yo Gotti’s “Down in the DM” to classics like Zapp’s “Computer Love.” It’s got something for everyone and we 100% guarantee that this list will make you groove at your desk or your money back.  Check out the links below for the Apple Music playlist and the collaborative Spotify playlist that we hope you keep adding on to if we forgot any gems. Happy Listening!

Apple Music Playlist:


Spotify Collaborative Playlist:



The Founder’s Guide to the Long Weekend 6/30-7/4

There are more lists than we can count telling you all of the fun things to do this weekend but this list is for those of us still in the office. Your hustle  doesn’t go unnoticed! 


We get it. Staying in and working during a long weekend isn’t ideal but at least there’s some great music out this week to power you through. Here is what we’re listening to in #Playlist

Calvin Harris

‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1’

PSA: This album may make you leave your workstation and find the nearest beach party. This latest album from Calvin Harris has half of the music industry on it and is full of summer anthems. We do not envy the guy who had to choose the singles for this album.

Features: Frank Ocean, Migos, ScHoolboy Q, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Young Thug, Pharrell, Ariana Grande, Future, Khalid, Travis Scott, A-Trak, Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Kehlani, Lil Yachty, Jessie Reyez

Jay Z


Jay Z proves that he still has it with his 13th studio album. This is certainly the most personal and political we’ve seen him. He only has 2 features on this project but Damian Marley and Frank Ocean are all he needed. We hear him address the latest drama with Kanye West and even responds to the Lemonade rumors. He may be 47 years old but this is everything you could ever want from a Jay Z album. Get the Tidal trial. It’s worth it.


If you need to step away from your computer for a few hours this weekend (Please do), There are more than enough Hollywood blockbusters out this week to choose from. Trade in the 15 inch macbook screen for the big screen for a couple of hours and check out some of our favorites from the #Movies&TV channel.

Baby Driver:

Edgar Wright’s thriller boasts a star studded cast and feels like one of the most original films we’ve seen in years. The film currently holds a 98% Rotten Tomatoes rating if you don’t want to take our word for it.

Despicable Me 3:

Steve Carell doubles as Gru and his twin brother Dru alongside everyone’s favorite minions for the third installment of Despicable Me.

The House:
SNL favorites Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler combine forces for a suburban satire that is sure to be nothing short of hilarious.

Want some more suggestions? Ask us in the app. Have a happy holiday and keep grinding!