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Hey Jossie! Thanks for taking the time to share with the community here! Super impressed by your background and love that fact that your leading D&I initiatives at Tile and beyond. I've always read positive note about Tile and the workplace environment. I would be curious to get your personal perspective on how they receive the D&I efforts that you are pushing forward and what Tile does to help facilitate a more inclusive workplace?Thanks again for your time!
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Hi Whitney! Thank you for the comment. One of the reasons I actually joined Tile is the support I received from the exec team at Tile in driving these D&I initiatives. About 6 months ago, we went through the exercise of redefining our core values at Tile and one of the 5 is Better Together. This really includes our belief that an inclusive diverse workforce ​will help us create better products and be more successful. I wrote a blog post on some of the D&I initiatives we implemented here: https://medium.com/tile-engineering/implementing-diversity-and-inclusion-at-tile-d25c7a5a73c3 and I'd be happy to chat more with you about it.
jessicagrayson's profile thumbnail
Hi Jossie, I'm curious what kind of progress you've made at Tile on the D&I front relative to compensation equity for racial and gender disparities. If you have insight, what would be or has been helpful in improving this to be equitable?
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Hi Jessica, this is actually one area I still haven't had a chance to dig into yet. If I do, I'll reach out. Sorry for the late reply, was on travels this week.
jessicagrayson's profile thumbnail
Not a problem - was travelling myself! I think that would be a great start!
AinsleyRobertson's profile thumbnail
While it’s important to have these discussions, it's unfortunate that Jossie can write such a great technical post and the only comments/questions are about D&I. We need to regard women as technical leaders and not only for their views on diversity & inclusion. D&I is really important, but let's not let that conversation take away from or overshadow the technical perspectives women can contribute (we don't see enough of this as it is)
kuan's profile thumbnail
Thank you for the comment, Ainsley! A great reminder for us all to balance showcasing expert knowledge in all fields in tech as well as D&I in the community. Really appreciate your feedback!
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Hi Ainsley, thank you for your comment. I do appreciate you recognizing my technical contributions -- I wanted to take the time to write about something technical because a lot of my posts recently have been about D&I and I wanted to have a balance.
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Hi @jossie! Thank you so much for explaining the Tile technology, I love learning more about the tech that we use (and often take for granted) and this in-depth review is awesome. Can you go into more detail about the access points and how they work? From what I understand, this allows for the working distance of the Tile to be extended in addition to using other phones as hotspots.
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Thanks for your comment! Love this question as this is one of the main two parts of my role at Tile :) I focus right now on two things - getting Tile firmware into existing Bluetooth devices so we get more Tile nodes, ​and getting Tile scanning into access points so we have more places that are scanning. We even have a partnership w/ Comcast who is putting Tile scanning into their set-top boxes. So how does it work? Well pre-access points we only had cell phones providing location updates for Tiles. When a phone sees a Tile advertising, it sends a location update up to our Tile Services backend. The access points can do the same thing, and now you have a fixed item that can help you find things. Let me provide a use case to show you the power of access points. Currently, if you have a Tile on your dog and he runs away while you were at work, you wouldn't know unless the dog triggered a community find on someone else's phone outside your house. However, if you had an access point at home, then as soon as your dog left your house, you could get a notification that the Tile is outside the area. Let me know if you have any other questions!