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How Blind Helps Techies with Transparency and Communication

How Blind Helps Techies with Transparency and Communication

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Have you ever felt frustrated about a company policy, but were afraid to speak up to senior leadership? Curious if fellow employees share the same sentiments? Or have you simply wanted to connect anonymously with people who work for companies you love? That community exists in Blind, an anonymous messaging app designed to cultivate company culture. The app, available for iOS and Android, gives employees at well-known tech companies and beyond an outlet to make working lives more open, democratic, and genuinely responsive to valuable feedback.

Blind is currently used by 1 in 5 employees at LinkedIn, and 1 in 10 employees at Uber. At Microsoft, a much bigger company with North of 118,000 employees, 1 in 7 are on Blind. Blind has highly active communities in over two dozen major US tech companies, and has grown 5-6x in daily users since the beginning of this year. Now Blind is starting to expand service outside of tech, starting with the big four accounting firms — three of which are already among Blind’s top 15 communities.

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Anonymous apps can expect some skepticism from potential users — with the rise and fall of Secret, for example — with much of the doubt focused on security. Blind, however, uses patented technology to ensure that user identities are completely masked — and can never be exposed — even to Teamblind. After installing Blind, new users select their company (if available), and register via their company email — after which, it’s immediately made inaccessible forever. Alex Shin, Head of US Operations at Blind, addresses anonymity, security and trust in his recent Medium post, “Blind Trust: 5 Steps to Tackling the Anonymous Messaging Problem.” Shin says, “We’re convinced there’s something powerful about online anonymity — if it can be properly cultivated. Anyone who’s participated in a friendly and thoughtful conversation on a pseudonym-driven site like Reddit or Hacker News knows this.”

Employees of companies on Blind can communicate with co-workers anonymously in their own company channels, and they can also communicate with folks from other companies in the Tech Lounge via conversations or polls. Pando published an article last week with data provided by Blind from a poll asking, “What do verified employees at the largest tech companies (including Uber) think of Uber?” Results came from 150 members, and highlights include 73% of folks thinking Uber is overvalued, and 47% said their perception was that the culture at Uber is “very bad” and 26% perceived it as “bad.” Only 5% had the perception that Uber had a “good or very good” culture.

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We look forward to seeing Blind continue to expand and provide insights for employees. If you’d like to add your company to the waitlist, add your name here.

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