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Hired on During a Pandemic? It's No Sweat for SoCreate's New Designer, Holly Capp

You read that right. Even during a global pandemic, SoCreate is still hiring. We just couldn't pass up a talent like our newest UX designer, Holly Capp. Plus, her story with SoCreate actually starts way back in 2019. Remember that year? Phew, it's been an interesting few months! Our founder Justin Couto first approached Holly on LinkedIn late last year (keep your LinkedIn's up to date, people because this is how SoCreate found me, too!). Impressed by her resume, which included a BFA in Graphic Design from SUNY Oswego, home and office product design, and design and project management at ... Continue reading
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UX Developer Stephanie Stampher

Where Art Meets Tech: Stephanie Stampher Joins SoCreate’s UX Team

It’s rare to meet someone who excels in both left and right-brained activities, but ladies and gentlemen, we’ve found ourselves that very combination in our newest team member, Stephanie Stampher. Stephanie joined our UX Team just shy of the shelter-in-place orders in California due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that has not dimmed her light. She’s a cheery and dedicated addition to SoCreate, and her talents are many! Stephanie went to college to earn an applied math degree, and she fell in love with coding during her required programming classes. She decided that she loved it ... Continue reading
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SoCreate’s OTHER Top Secret Project Gets Help from Artists Autumn Smith and Carter Broad

Oh, you thought we were only building revolutionary screenwriting software over here at SoCreate? You must not know our founder Justin Couto very well! If there’s one thing I’ve learned during my time with this company, it’s that we do nothing halfway. We won’t even stop at 99.99 percent! And that’s why regular ol’ office décor won’t do. We’re painting our own Sistine Chapel, screenwriting style. What does that mean, exactly? Well, we can’t show you until it’s done, so you’ll have to wait and see. But here are some hints: We’ve got two full-time artists on board, and they’ve got scaffolding that’s... Continue reading
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Doug Slocum

Experience Abounds: Veteran Video Editor Doug Slocum Joins SoCreate’s Outreach Team

We’re growing our Outreach Team with the addition of Doug Slocum! That means more great content for you, writers. Doug will help us create video content from screenwriter and industry professional interviews, to support you and help you along through the screenplay process. And he knows plenty about storytelling; Doug has worked with some of the biggest names in the business! I feel so lucky that he made his way to San Luis Obispo, and now SoCreate. Doug started his career in New York City working on TV commercials but moved to LA to pursue a career in feature films. Since then, he’s... Continue reading
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Karen Tillman Godaddy presentation

Learning from the Big Guys: GoDaddy on Reputation, Hate Speech, and Public Policy in Tech

I am amazed at the number of talented people who choose to call the small City of San Luis Obispo home. I guess we are ideally located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, have stunning hills to the east and shining seas to our west, and continually rank as one of the best places to live. Maybe I shouldn’t be so amazed? But still, when the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Small Business Development Center said the upcoming (and free) “Coffee and Conversation” series would feature Karen Tillman, Chief Communications Officer at GoDaddy, I had to cheer and sign up to attend. It... Continue reading
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Why Male Allies Are Important in Tech, Now More Than Ever

I’d still consider myself a tech world newbie. There’s lots to love about it – being part of building something new, the comradery and “we’re all in it together” attitude, starting something from scratch, and constant innovation and education. Perhaps I don’t know enough just yet to point out many things I don’t like, but I have one very obvious observation. The tech world is a man’s world. That’s changing, however, and we have both women AND men to thank for leading the conversation. "It's no secret that the world of startups and venture is heavily male-dominated, however, time and time... Continue reading
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Darryl Yeo joins SoCreate

Bright and Early: Darryl Yeo Joins SoCreate's Software Engineering Team

To say Darryl Yeo is a high-achiever is an understatement. As a Cal Poly University freshman, Darryl is the youngest member of our software engineering team. However, what our newest intern lacks in years on earth, he makes up for through his dedicated, industrious approach to learn-by-doing. “I was hooked into computer programming when I was introduced to Scratch in 5th grade,” Darryl said. Scratch, a project of the MIT Media Lab, allows users to program their own interactive stories, games, and animation. “I am very project driven and learn best when I can make something as I go.” Continue reading
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De Oro Devices wins startup contest

$100k Investment Shows Support for Startups in SLO

“Why is SoCreate in SLO?” “There’s not much tech in that area.” “Wouldn’t it be easier if you were located in the Bay? Or LA?” “Where is the heck San Luis Obispo?” “S-L-O. Like slow, like a snail?” And the questions go on and on. Between media interviews, out-of-area conferences, and friends and family, I’ve been asked any number of questions about my experience working for a screenwriting software startup in little ol’ San Luis Obispo. But after attending the Central California Angel Conference (CCAC), all my doubts about the startup culture in SLO have been allayed. Hundreds of industry folks turned... Continue reading
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Duncan Gichimu

Duncan Gichimu Joins a Team of Lifelong Learners at SoCreate

SoCreate continues to grow our team of software engineering talent with the recent addition of Duncan Gichimu. Duncan was a standout graduate of the Fullstack Academy coding boot camp, where he honed skills he’s been building since high school. And SoCreate couldn’t help but take notice! The Fullstack program is competitive and intense, but Duncan is no stranger to these two adjectives. He’s been coding since he was a teenager and won 3 national championships with his BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates) chapter, all before he graduated high school. After studying mathematics and... Continue reading
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Grant Whiting

It's Music to Our Ears: Grant Whiting Joins SoCreate

Dad. Musician. Longboarder. Husband. And now Grant Whiting can add SoCreate UX Developer to his list of titles! We’re thrilled to welcome Grant to the team. And we hear he’s pretty thrilled to be here, too. “There is a lot of industry knowledge on this team,” Grant said. “While I’m excited to contribute to it, I think I’m going to learn a ton.” Grant started on the path to software engineering about five years ago, as part of the web development program at Laurus College. Early on, he skinned websites for local businesses, before diving into full-stack development. Today, he still enjoys building... Continue reading
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It's SoCreate's mission to unite the world through storytelling.

We will achieve this mission by creating the simplest, yet most powerful screenwriting enabler the world has ever seen.  We believe that delivering the world's stories through the vehicle of screenwriting will facilitate the most diverse and compelling stream of movies and television ever imagined. 

At SoCreate we make it FUN and EASY for storytellers around the world to transform their unique ideas into TV or movie scripts. It's just that simple!

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Development Blog

SoCreate Guest Zach Sailer Takes Us on a Tour of Project Jupyter, and It's Literally Out of this World

Houston, Jupyter has gone to Mars, Project Jupyter that is, via the Curiosity Mars Rover. This open-source software project, started by a Cal Poly Professor and a student, helped gather data from the second-smallest planet in our solar system and sent it back to earth to a Jupyter Notebook for processing. And as if that wasn’t cool enough, Jupyter is an incredibly valuable tool even if you’re not planning on going to outer space any time soon. It has changed the way industries get work done, ranging from university research, to space exploration, to finance, to streaming. SoCreate had the pleasure of hosting... Continue reading

Founder's Blog

Part 1: The Ultimate Movie Watch List, a 2013 Flashback

It is no secret that I love movies. I have always loved movies so much that I have been on a twenty-year journey to transform the way people create stories for them. Until the recent Covid-19 Pandemic, my wife Rosa, who is also the SoCreate CFO, and I would go to the movies as often as we could. Since 2013, anytime we'd watch a film, whether we went to the theatre or not, we'd rate it and record where we saw the movie, the date we saw it, and who we saw it with... Continue reading