Wired features Rypple, a web-based performance review/productivity/management system. Rypple has gained some notable investors and collaborators recently, including Facebook.
After a nine-month pilot project inside Facebook, Rypple on Monday is releasing the product, called Loops, to the market. â€œWorkplace productivity has been stuck to a 50-year-old, paper-based performance-review cycle,â€ says Daniel Debow, Ryppleâ€™s co-founder and co-CEO. â€œNow there can be rapid, continuous learning and feedback. We can capture social interactions and turn them into data, into real useful feedback.â€
Rypple, whose investors include PayPal founder Peter Thiel, is part of a new crop of startups that put intensive feedback loops to work using simple technologies â€” in this case, the web â€” to gather data and play it back to users, with the goal of improving behavior â€” in this case, employee productivity and satisfaction.
With Rypple, feedback comes through four feeds: input from coworkers, either anonymous or identified; â€œthanksâ€ messages from coworkers; tracking progress towards work goals; and coaching from supervisors. The Loops product, which the company will sell for $9 per employee per month, gathers these four feeds into one channel for a rich, robust, continuous performance review.
Here’s what some of the functionality looks like in practice: