Content Marketing Associate

Mike T.


Q: Who are you? Where are you from?

A: Hi! My name is Mike. I’m originally from Pennsylvania but have been living in Boston since 2010, when I came to the area to attend BU. The Boston area is home though with most of my family in Pennsylvania, a big part of me is still back in the Keystone State. 

Q: What’s your background? What did you do before Modulate?

A: My background is in media relations. Prior to joining the Modulate team, I was Communications Manager for Boston University Diversity & Inclusion. I’ve worked in communications and public relations representing arts organizations, restaurants and beverage brands, and tabletop and video game companies. I feel fortunate and privileged to be able to apply my communications knowledge to subject areas I’m passionate about. I’m especially interested in the intersections of technology, communication, and social good. 

Q: Why are you joining Modulate?

A: I’m joining Modulate because I believe everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy social video games without being subjected to harmful, problematic, or toxic behavior from fellow players. I’ve encountered plenty of instances of unacceptable behavior and am excited to be part of a company that is creating a solution to combat online toxicity and make voice chat safer and more inclusive for all.

Q: What’s your ideal work environment? Any special strategies you use to stay effective?

A: In recent years, I’ve realized (to my surprise) I’m much more of a morning person when it comes to getting tasks done. In the afternoon, I like a good mix of quiet time to focus on writing and research alongside time to chat with colleagues. I’m a huge proponent of the mid-afternoon walk to clear the ol’ noggin.

Q: Tell us about something you must have in any culture you join?

A: I value a culture where folks feel they have the space to be themselves and also to make mistakes. It’s important to me that people feel comfortable enough to speak openly and have a conversation in good faith without the fear of being reprimanded for “saying the wrong thing.” We’re all human beings and it’s our responsibility to set and respect our own and others’ boundaries and to communicate with respect and care.

Q: Who are you outside of work?

A: Outside of work I’m either in full-on blob mode on the couch watching reality TV, horror movies, and nature documentaries; playing Elden Ring (for the seventh time); or I’m out rollerblading, gardening, traveling with friends, out on the town, or finding new restaurants to enjoy. 

Q: What’s something you’re great at that few people realize?

A: I’m full of fun and useless plant and animal facts! All through elementary and middle school I wanted to be a zoologist or an ornithologist. Sadly that didn’t pan out, but I still love learning about the natural world. 

Q: Leave us with a fun tidbit - a favorite joke, a story from your past, an obscure riddle, whatever you like!

A: I once ran into Miley Cyrus at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. And I have a metal rod in my left leg.