Q: Who are you? Where are you from?
A: I’m Indy, born US Midwestern and raised US Northeast-Coastern.
Q: What’s your background? What did you do before Modulate?
A: I grew up roaming woods and shorelines, went to school for Textile Arts, Dye Chemistry and Environmental Biology, worked a while and ended up here. Past role titles include ‘greenhouse director,’ ‘barista,’ ‘full stack engineer,’ ‘hospitality lead,’ ‘platforms and applications engineer,’ ‘marketing lead,’ ‘localization expert,’ and ‘horse and donkey chow delivery associate.’ Those aren’t in order.
Q: Why are you joining Modulate?
A: My first thought when I heard about Modulate’s product suite was a rumination on the potential of being a trans/nonbinary kid with access to this technology. I would have ended up in a different place with a different path if I had been able to be a part of communities with a voice closer to the one I wanted. Being with Modulate might mean I can help bring that to a kid living the life I lived.
Q: What’s the voice skin you’re most excited to use, and how do you plan to use it?
A: I haven’t decided. Whatever the choice, it will be curated to best facilitate shenanigans.
Q: What’s your ideal work environment? Any special strategies you use to stay effective?
A: My work environment has to allow me to focus. I need a certain amount of structure, general accommodation of physical comfort, and the ability to choose my level of engagement with those around me. My strategies for efficacy boil down to hyper-organization and externalizing accountability so I can stay on task.
Q: Tell us about something you must have in any culture you join?
A: Throughout my life, culture fit has not been a choice I was afforded. The ‘culture fit’ was whether I could afford to eat with the given wage or whether the apartment kept the rain out. I’m not at a place yet (and I’m not sure I ever want to be) where I consider culture an excluding factor when it comes to choice of employment, residence etc.
Q: Who are you outside of work?
A: I am privileged to say that, for the first time in my life, I am the same person inside and outside of work.
Q: What’s something you’re great at that few people realize?
A: I’m excellent at learning things rapidly with intent to apply the knowledge immediately. Once, I learned the history and intricacies of mechanical keyboards in two days, and then I bought one. This is truly my Achilles’ heel.
Q: Leave us with a fun tidbit - a favorite joke, a story from your past, an obscure riddle, whatever you like!
A: You know how the V - shaped flocks of geese have more birds on one side than the other?
Do you know why?
Because there’s more birds there.