Everything You Need For The Perfect Solar Eclipse Party

On Monday, August 21st, the world will be witness to a complete solar eclipse for the first time in a century. In other words, it’s a big friggin deal. In order to get the most out of this historic event, we have put together a check list of everything you need to have a kickass solar eclipse experience:

When to watch:

First things first, you gotta know when to watch right? Check out this handy website that lets you punch in your zip and find out when the perfect time is to watch all the magic happen.


Online Discussion:

Pinguin will be setting up a #SolarEclipse🌘 channel for everyone to chat during the event. Download the app and join the channel to be apart of the live discussion.


Where to get your solar glasses:

As you may or may not know, it is not safe to stare directly at a solar eclipse. In order to watch the eclipse safely, you must wear approved glasses. Lucky for you, 7-eleven has got you covered. Pop into any location and snag a pair for the big day.

Food and Drink options:

If you want to go full nerd for your solar eclipse party, The Food Network has put together a great list of eclipse themed food and drinks that will really take your party to the moon


The Perfect Playlist:

Finally, you need a solid playlist to set the mood so check out this Spotify playlist of lunar themed tunes.

Use these LA companies and never go to the mall again.

Who goes all the way to the mall in 2017? Use these LA companies to automate your clothes shopping and be the freshest guy in your office. All of this and  you’ll never have to deal with the Beverly Center parking garage ever again.


Curated monthly packages for only $60 with 40% off + Free shades in your first month.

Join the club and complete a quick style quiz to make your wardrobe unique to you. You’ll receive a package directly to your door with clothes that match your size and style preferences. You’ll also get exclusive access to brands you can’t get anywhere else with their designer collaborations.

Pause or cancel your membership anytime. All items are yours and if you don’t like them, just send them back. You’ll only be charged for the items you choose to keep.

The Black Tux:

You can’t get away with sneakers and hoodies everyday. Sometimes you’ll have to ditch the startup starter kit for something a little bit more formal. The Black Tux has you covered. Shop for a tux or a suit without ever leaving your home.

Choose a style, Submit your sizes to get the perfect fit and keep it for 48 hours to try on. If you have any questions or concerns about your suit, your fit specialist will be available to help you. Shipping is free both ways.


Now you’re fully suited for any occasion. (Almost) MeUndies is a lifestyle brand based here in LA helping make your underwear drawer a little bit more fun. MeUndies delivers what they claim to be The World’s Most Comfortable Basics directly to your door. Choose from multiple plans and get a fresh new collection mailed to you every month.


With sneakers being more popular than ever, GOAT has brought a sense of structure to the aftermarket sneaker game. GOAT is the best way to buy and sell authentic sneakers. By creating an inclusive network of resellers and customers, GOAT has helped to set fair market prices for sneakers. Whether you’re looking for vans or the latest exclusive pair of Yeezys, you’ll get the best deal on GOAT.


Tradesy is the simple way to buy and sell luxury  fashion. Shop designer fashion at up to 90% off, and cash in on things in your closet that you’re not using anymore. Just snap a pic of your luxury goods and upload it to the app to start selling. Sell off your unwanted clothes so you can start the whole process over again.

Startups Making You More Productive This Week

Check out these 4 LA startups guaranteed to help you get a productive start to the week. Declutter your mind, home and start saving up some extra cash.

Acorns: Remember your old school piggy bank? Well, Acorns is a present-day version of that (only better). Acorns helps you save your loose change on all of your transactions. The app will round up all of your credit and debit purchases to the nearest whole dollar amount then move all of the spare change into an investment portfolio.

Earny: With all of the money you’ve racked up in your Acorns portfolio you’re probably going to want to treat yourself. Enter Earny. Earny guarantees that you’re always getting the best deal on all of your online purchases. Minimize your comparison time while online shopping and let Earny do the work for you. Get refunded the difference on purchases if Earny can find a lower price.

Clutter: Too much bad clutter around your house can be a hazard to your physical and mental health while making you less productive. Clear your home and your mind with LA startup, Clutter. Clutter will send movers to help pack up your things and photograph your items so you know what you’re storing. Clutter will then take your items to a secure facility. If you ever decide that you need something you stored, Clutter will gladly bring it back to you.

Headspace: According to Tim Ferriss, many regularly take the time to focus on the present moment. When Ferriss sat down with more than 200 executives, leaders, and other people at the heights of their fields for his new book, Tools of Titans, he found that 80% had “some form of guided mindfulness practice.” (Fortune)

If meditation has never been your thing, Headspace makes it easy for anyone to get started. Headspace has countless sessions to choose from based on desired length, mood, lifestyle and even has scenario-specific sessions available. Sign up now and get a 10-day free trial. You won’t regret it.  

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!


10 Books On Every Startup Founders Bookshelf

10 Books on Every Startup Founders Bookshelf:

Last week we had our first All Day AMA event on Pinguin and it was a huge success! Pinguin users got a chance to interact live with a group of young, successful and hungry entrepreneurs in the startup space.

During the event, a lot of users were asking about books each host was reading so we compiled a list of some of their recommendations as well as some others that should be on every startup founders bookshelf:

startup, book, business
The Lean Startup By Eric Ries
people, profit, book, business
People Over Profit By Dale Partridge



business, startup, book
The Hard Thing About Hard Things By Ben Horowitz
business, startup, book
Zero To One By Peter Thiel
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Hooked By Nir Eyal


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Without Their Permission By Alexis Ohanian
real estate, business, invest
The Real Estate Game By: William J. Poorvu
business, tools, startup, success
Tools of Titans By Tim Ferriss
Hacking Growth By Sean Ellis
charity, good, business, innovate
Start Something That Matters By Blake Mycoskie



Introducing Pinguin 2.0 with fun new features!

Since our initial launch, we have been hard at work figuring out exactly what our communities want. While Pinguin is the “Chat app for nerds.” We found that us nerds like to have some fun too. That’s why we’re packing Pinguin 2.0 with everything you need to have the most fun and informed conversations possible.

So what’s new?

In-App Browser: Want to reference some song lyrics or find a link to an article you would like to share? Browse the web right inside of the app, copy the link and return right back to the conversation to share it.

Photo Upload: Our Beta allowed photos taken in the moment. We quickly found that people love to edit their photos or share their favorite memories stored on their camera roll. Now you’re able to share your best moments with your channels without limits (Video Upload Coming Soon!)

GIFs: Who doesn’t love GIFs? We’ve integrated GIPHY into 2.0 so you can react to the conversation with a well-placed cat GIF.

Live Events/AMAs: We’ve opened up AMA channels for some of our favorite influencers to chat directly with their audience. Check in and see if any of your favorite influencers are live!

We’re constantly learning from our community and will continue to build Pinguin to be the best communication tool for you guys. We hope you enjoy 2.o and continue to give us feedback. Check out our official ProductHunt post to find out more about 2.o!

Introducing Pinguin’s All Day AMA Event!

This Thursday, June 15h we will be hosting our first ALL DAY AMA with some pretty incredible hosts. We have reached out to founders, journalists, and influencers across industries to bring this lineup together. Check out our hosts below and be sure to join us on Pinguin for an event that is sure to be both fun and informative no matter what industry you work in!

AMA Host: Kelly Ann Collins

Kelly Ann Collins is an entrepreneur and advisor with expertise in social media, communications, branding and business development. She’s the founder of Vult Lab, a social media strategy and business development company. Kelly Ann is also the co-founder, president and CMO at Kittr, Inc., a software company that’s redefining the way influencers, bloggers, small business owners, startups and nonprofits post to social media.

AMA Host: John Henry

John Henry is a serial entrepreneur, investor and managing partner at Harlem Capital PartnersAt the age of 18, John left college to pursue what became his first company, an on-demand laundry service. Within just two years of launching Mobile City, the company was successfully acquired. Henry works with early stage companies both through his non-profit incubator, Cofound Harlem and through his minority-owned venture firm, Harlem Capital Partners. John also is the host of ‘Open For Business’ Podcast.

AMA Host: Thomas Ma

After being rejected to over 100+ internships, Thomas Ma decided to venture into entrepreneurship to prove myself. Thomas Co-Founded Sapphire Apps, which has a network of 100+ influencers with a reach of over 100M followers. Sapphire Apps combines ASO strategies with influencer networks to help mobile companies increase their mobile engagement. In addition, Thomas is a career coach at ‘Career Podium’ which is a fresh, modernized and technologically advanced solution for job seekers and employers.

AMA Host: Manu ‘Swish’ Goswami

Manu (Swish) Goswami is a 19-year-old sophomore from Toronto, Canada studying Peace, Conflict, Justice Studies and Ethics, Society and Law at the University of Toronto. He is an award-winning serial tech entrepreneur and innovator, UN Youth Ambassador, early stage tech investor, LinkedIn campus editor, social media personality and TEDx speaker. ‘Swish’ is one of the world’s youngest venture capitalist, winning Canada’s Top 20 under 20 award. He is currently focusing his energy on writing a book on personal branding and growing his businesses.

AMA Host: Taylor Lorenz

Taylor Lorenz is a journalist and editorial strategist. Currently, she is the Senior Editor and Director of Emerging Platforms at The Hill where she covers national politics and the Trump administration. In Addition, Taylor also is a tech reporter for Mic.com where she writes about digital culture, social media, memes, and internet stars. With an impressive resume that includes consulting for the Daily Mail, Refinery 29, The Atlantic, WordPress, and Maxim, Taylor also wrote articles about YouTube stars, conducted on-camera interviews for People.com, and provided content strategy for emerging platforms such as Snapchat Discover and Wishbone.

AMA Host: Niv Dror

Niv Dror is the head of social and content strategy at Product Hunt. After graduating UC Santa Barbara at 20, Niv joined Rothstein Kass as an associate focusing on Hedge Fund and Venture Capital clients, where he also led the Pricing & Valuation team. He is one of the youngest candidates to pass the CPA exam at age 21.