Today's employee profile is Tyler Steben, our VP of Product Marketing.
What do you do at Deque and how long have you been here?
I'm a relatively new hire--I came on board in December of this year. I'm a member of the senior management team, and I lead the marketing efforts for Deque.
How did you find Deque (or how did Deque find you)?
I first met Deque as a customer! I was leading marketing and product activities at my previous company, and we wanted to make sure that the products were accessible. Deque was the vendor that was consulting to make sure that the applications we were producing were accessible for all users.
What is your favorite thing about working at Deque?
There's a lot that I really admire and enjoy about with Deque! I love our mission because my own passion is finding opportunities for technology to improve people's lives. Our products help our customers achieve many benefits, and we help end users enjoy the many conveniences and benefits of the online world. This makes me excited to get up every day.
What interests you about accessibility?
What interests me about accessibility is that making digital resources accessible is a win for the companies providing the materials, and it's a win for end users who use the materials. Accessibility can help not just individuals with disabilities but all users. Given the importance and investment that companies are making in their web sites, it's a great win to help companies maximize their investments in technology.
What current topic/debate in accessibility that has caught your eye?
I'm really interested in the growth of multimedia and online video, and the need and the growing legal requirements for video to be captioned and accessible. There is explosive growth in the investments that companies are making and not a lot of awareness about how to make the multi-media material accessible. This is also a great example of how making resources accessible benefits all users. In the case of online video, for example, providing captions can help make the video more discoverable by search engines like Google.
Desert Island picks: one album (music), one movie, one book, and one luxury item (assume you have food, water, shelter, and a radio - no boats/planes/etc. allowed).
One album: 1999 (Prince)
One movie: Lord of the Rings
One Book: The Cloiser Walk by Kathleen Norris
Luxury Item: My iPhone
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