Knozen

Rate & share personalities w/ co-workers anonymously

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Alyson ShontellHunter@ajs · Sr. Correspondent, Business Insider
CubeDuel more or less died. Can former Ladders CEO Marc Cenedella make this work if it's not too negative?
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@ajs I remember when CubeDuel circulated the office. It didn't last very long before LinkedIn shut it down.
Zack Shapiro@zackshapiro · Director of Engineering at BUMP (YC W18)
@rrhoover @ajs One of my favorite solutions to anonymously rating or giving props to office workers is Philip Rosedale's Love Machine http://www.sendlove.us/trial/ind... They used it at SecondLife to determine who should get raises, promotions, etc. since they found employees recognized each other's contributions better this way and it surfaced some stars in the office that may not be the noisiest about their contributions to the business
Nathan Bashaw@nbashaw · Head of Product at Gimlet Media
@rrhoover ha http://cubeduel.com is now a redirect to hurricane sandy relief efforts
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@ZackShapiro @ajs this reminds me of a few similar products posted on PH: Offgarden (Anonymous message board for co-workers cc @ezrasuki) and Kangaroo (Smarter teams through anonymous feedback cc @freemanlafleur). @nbashaw lol, that's odd!
ezra@ezrasuki · developer
@rrhoover this app is so inspiring it gave me an idea for a new app. I think i'll build an app that asks co-workers "Which teenage mutant ninja turtle is ____?" or "Which hogwarts house does _____ belong in?" OMG this is gonna be so viral :)
Melinda Byerley@mjb_sf · Founding Partner, TimeShareCMO
How is this different from Honest.ly,now in the deadpool? there are huge bias and liability issues with this kind of model. (former Linden Lab employee here who loved the love machine!)
Will Imholte@willimholte · Designer, Prime
The final iTunes screenshot says "Follow the nice things people say about each —which has not exactly been my experience with anonymous social networks like this. Wonder if it'll actually work out that way?
Zack Shapiro@zackshapiro · Director of Engineering at BUMP (YC W18)
@willimholte Guessing it will mostly be used to give coworkers feedback that you'd never actually say to their face. Like @mjb_sf said, huge bias and liability issues here
Calvin Liu@cjl49 · EIR, Transmedia Cap. / Founder, Outpour
I read about this a while ago and thought it was really interesting, but at the time it wasn't focused on just employee ratings. I do think it's super important to understand how we are perceived by others, but the insights Knozen can provide don't seem actionable enough. Why not build a 360 degree review app that requires more commitment to reviewing a coworker but enables more useful reviews?
Marc CenedellaMaker@cenedella · Founder,Knozen
It’s gotta be fun to give, and even to get, feedback. Discovering your strengths in an enjoyable, non-anxiety-producing way, is the core experience. And getting information that is relevant or meaningful to you is the core use of Knozen. I don’t think any of the comparisons to other services or apps hold up. To avoid negativity, we’ve avoided open-field text, “user chooses the subject” feedback, and non-randomized selection. I don’t see that any of the commenters here have tested out the app, so I do invite you to try it out yourself — you’ll have a much better understanding! @zackshapiro — Love Machine is very inspiring. Multi-round strategy games like that can have difficulties as players figure out value-maximizing strategies in later rounds. On your 2nd point, I actually do think that most of the feedback is stuff you’d share with people to their face. It’s not really controversial or negative that way. Would love for you to try the app. @ezrasuki - Sounds like you favor Offgarden, your product :) I’ll check it out. @mjb_sf - Love Machine was pretty awesome. I heard about it from Philip Rosedale several years ago and have shared the story many times. I don’t see the similarity with Honest.ly (previously Unvarnished: http://techcrunch.com/2010/03/30...) which allowed for open-field text, user-chooses-the-subject, feedback both positive and negative. The TechCrunch headline was “Unvarnished: A Clean, Well-Lighted Place For Defamation”. @cjl49 Many people’s first experience with personality assessment is pretty eye-opening. We’re usually too close to ourselves to have a good understanding of how we come across. Let me know how you like the 360-degree nature of our feedback after you’ve tried it out. ~~~~~ From a design standpoint, we’ve taken a different approach than the apps mentioned in this comment thread. We’re a form of crowd-sourced personality profiling. If you’ve ever taken a personality assessment, you know that the paper-and-pencil, several dozen question format is pretty darn interesting when you get the results back but also a bit tedious upfront. It’s also only informed by the feedback of the individual who is taking the test. As opposed to that model, we’ve adopted a social-mobile format that is quite different. Others who know you provide the feedback. As is common in personality assessment, there are no “wrong” answers — the opposite of being very far along one spectrum is to be very far along a different, equally positive spectrum. We’ve done away with boring ovals and checkboxes that makes the game a lot more addictive to play. It’s interactive and animated in a way that’s (rather obviously) not possible offline. And we’re able to provide visualizations of the data that is hopefully pretty engaging to the users — at least that’s what we iterated towards in our beta testing. Thanks everybody for your feedback! Looking forward to more.
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@cenedella thanks for the thoughtful reply, Marc. While anonymity can encourage nefarious behavior, it can also help surface the truth. Whether it works or not, I'm happy to see people (genuinely) building products to improve the workplace because it has a huge impact on the productivity of the team and peoples' happiness.