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Name: Denise Hewett Title: Founder and CEO of Scriptd Twitter: @deniselovehewtt Denise believes everyone deserves the opportunity to tell a great story - and for that reason, she founded Scriptd, a new platform to empower creators and help Hollywood tap into already engaged audiences – so they can make educated script buys and bets. With that, I’ll just say I’m delighted to share a little bit of Denise’s story. Me: Why are you an entrepreneur? Denise: I think most entrepreneurs feel that we have a higher calling. I was always entrepreneurial. I created my own degree at NYU, changed industries three times but ultimately the path to start my own company chose me. I know a lot of people hate that phrase but you reach a point where it has very little to do with you, it's something bigger than you so you surrender. Me: What problem would you like solved? Denise: Hollywood is rapidly changing. We have to bridge the traditional and digital marketplace while creating new solutions.  We aren't humanly able to connect the dots fast enough, we're relying on outdated models, the barrier to entry is quite steep so we're missing out on great original content and lastly, we're not serving all of our audience bases effectively. We also want to create script culture like book culture. Me: Advice you’d wished you’d had or had followed? Denise: I wish someone could have told me that there are a ton of people who don't/will not understand my space. Entertainment Tech is so new, I spent a lot of time educating investors on my industry only for me to realize my time is much better spent focusing on those that have an inherent understanding. Me: What does success look like for you? Denise: If every person can see themselves on a screen in a real and true manner. Me: Who are your heroes? Denise: There are so many people that I admire some of whom I am lucky enough to call friends. Gloria Steinem, Lizz Winstead, Joan Rivers, Tina Fey, Sarah Maslin Nir, and my parents who have set an amazing example of true partnership and balance. Me: What is your best discovery? Denise: Every ambitious person wants everything tomorrow. Over this past year, I've learned patience and process. It's been really interesting to realize that if you do all the work, it all happens but it's not necessarily on your timeline. Me: What would the title of your biography be? Denise: HU$TLE Me: What is your biggest regret? Denise: I make a conscious effort to live without regrets. The things that scare us the most usually aren't as scary as they seem. Me: Anything else we should know about? Denise: Scriptd is still in beta, an official launch will be early next year. Site is live though so please check it out at Scriptd.com.

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