Q: Who are you? Where are you from?
A: I’m Cyan, originally from upstate NY, but have been living in the Boston area for most of my adult life.
Q: What’s your background? What did you do before Modulate?
A: I started my career as administrative assistant, then customer support; however, I’ve been doing Software QA for the majority of my career (primarily in Enterprise-level B2B SaaS). I’ve also been active in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) initiatives (e.g., book clubs, LGBTQ+ Pride planning).
Q: Why are you joining Modulate?
A: I wanted to work here primarily because of the culture and DEIB-focus that was apparent from the website and the interview process. Also, I like the unique value proposition, being involved with the gaming industry, and the benefits are excellent.
Q: What’s your ideal work environment? Any special strategies you use to stay effective?
A: Collaborative, macromanaged, innovative, adaptive, with openness to new ideas. I prefer to be in office / in person, but may need to isolate at times to focus and work with maximum efficiency. I utilize feedback (to managers/leaders) and boundary-setting (for myself) to ensure I can stay effective.
Q: Tell us about something you must have in any culture you join?
A: An interest/focus in making the world a better place (per our value facet: Net Impact) and on improving diversity and inclusion (related to our value facet: Warmth).
Q: Who are you outside of work?
A: An intellectual dreamer and contrarian, who loves connecting with (& sometimes challenging) friends. I enjoy going out to shows, parties and socializing, but also solo activities like writing haikus, playing video games, reading. My clothing closet is so extensive I sometimes go “shopping” there to find a “new” outfit (that I’d forgotten about).
Q: What’s something you’re great at that few people realize?
A: Changing my mind! While I can appear outspoken and didactic, I take critical thinking quite seriously, even / especially as regards my own ideas.
Q: Leave us with a fun tidbit - a favorite joke, a story from your past, an obscure riddle, whatever you like!
A: ToxMod Haiku:
brilliant sonic process dreamt
toxins then prevent