Blind is an app that provides an anonymous forum and community for verified employees to discuss issues. Users on Blind are grouped by topics, company and their broader industry. The app verifies that the registered users actually work in the company through their work email and it keeps user identities untraceable through patented technology.
The app has been in the news in multiple cases, noticeably when its anonymous surveys reveal the frank opinions of employees across industries. However, it is also used for more discussions about everyday topics such as salaries.
According to its app pages on the iOS App Store and Google Play, it has registered employees from over 83,000 companies. According to Forbes, the app is being used worldwide and is influencing corporate decisions by giving executives information about employees’ concerns.
Employees from various companies have provided their input on situations at their workplace through the app’s surveys and chats, including the Korean Air VP rage 7 sacking incidence,Uber sexual harassment claims,Google memo, and Amazon employment conditions and problems.
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- US patent 9439072B2, Moon, Seong Uk & Jeong, Yeong Jun, “System and method for authentication”, issued 2016-09-06, assigned to Teamblind Inc
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- Kim, Eugene (December 20, 2016). “Hundreds of Amazon employees used an anonymous app to vent about how the recent suicide attempt was handled”. Business Insider. Allure Media. Retrieved October 27, 2017.