reffo.us is live!

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Mar 1 48 Comments

I've been working for about a month on/off on this app idea https://reffo.us

I recently left my job and while interviewing at many companies, I got a few offers and I found it hard to know if I was getting fair numbers, if I had room for negotiation or if I was getting completely low balled.

Of course I could have visited levelsfyi or glassdoor for some salary information but I found them to be sometimes stale and irrelevant. I could have also posted my numbers here on Blind but they wouldn't be as standardized as they could and most likely lost among other company gossips.

I believe that by structuring offers data and making them available publicly and for free we can give back leverage to employees when negotiating offers. That is the goal of reffo.

I also want to use this platform to educate employees about equity. Tell them which questions they should ask the company before signing an offer, or how much it would cost them to even exercise their equity, or even how they could potentially get liquidity for their private shares which we often sadly value at $0...

I am coming here to ask the Blind community (which I have been an active part for over a year) for honest feedback on the idea but also the execution.

Keep in mind that this is an alpha MVP and that the vision of this idea goes way beyond simple offer numbers. But I had to pick a few core features for now. It might also be full of bugs.

Note that I am not a native English speaker therefore you might spot a few sentences that don't sound right. Feel free to point them out!

Also this is not an actual release but a preview for the potential core users. I am aiming on releasing on other platform as soon as the core features are completely done.

Unleash the feedback!

Thanks and love Blind!

Current TC: 0
Next TC: 335k

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TOP 48 Comments
  • Tableau krxi15
    Feedback: can you add company name next to logos or titles in some views... I am sorry I dont know all the company logos. But thanks for doing this!
    Mar 1 5
    • Checkr reffo.us
      OP
      Good one! I will see where to add the name
      Mar 1
    • Checkr reffo.us
      OP
      Just pushed it live 🎊
      Mar 1
    • Tableau krxi15
      Awesome 👏
      Mar 1
    • Tableau krxi15
      Another thing I noticed is that I am not able to use left and right swipes for navigation of pages on my phone. That could just be like that because I loaded the url within blind app though. Works fine in safari app.
      Mar 1
    • Checkr reffo.us
      OP
      Interesting.. Not sure about that one but I will look into it
      Mar 1
  • Facebook
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    Facebook

    PRE
    Google, Microsoft
    Instagrаmmore
    Love how you skipped links to levels.fyi and glassdoor.com in the post :)

    > We are working on adding an eddit button...
    ^ typo

    Seems like a useful button indeed lol

    Feature request: make salary text fields assume thousand by default (show the K suffix), nobody cares about the last 3 digits and that’s less typing.
    Mar 1 2
    • Checkr reffo.us
      OP
      Fixed thanks!
      Mar 1
    • Checkr reffo.us
      OP
      I'm kind of alone on this so I had to pick the core features I wanted to release. Edit button is definitely the next one. I wonder if I want to edit directly in the offer#show layout rather than sending back to the 4 step form.
      Mar 1
  • Amazon moved2ms
    Your math seems off. Signing bonus doesn’t factor into TC.
    Mar 1 9
    • Amazon moved2ms
      I disagree. Many companies like amazon and Microsoft use the signing bonus to even out the TC over 4 years against stock growth and annual gains.
      It’s a core part of TC strategy and every discussion here on Blind includes it in offer TC calculations.
      Mar 1
    • Checkr reffo.us
      OP
      Would it be OK to have the TC without any bonus and have an additional line for TC at year 1?

      You can see an example here:
      https://reffo.us/offers/556325f1-07c2-4ac9-b1f0-686cef413390
      Mar 1
    • Amazon moved2ms
      Maybe. Still doesn’t help for the case of Amazon where they front load you, but it helps for MS.
      Mar 1
    • Amazon moved2ms
      By the way I think your app is awesome. I love it. I’m super excited to see more people use it
      Mar 1
    • Checkr reffo.us
      OP
      Thanks for the support. It's my first time launching a consumer app by myself, so I cant promise I'll be able to reach enough people. 😅
      Mar 1
  • Palantir TheGambler
    Some more random but probably minor things:
    1. The registration form doesn't have a password confirmation box -- adding one may help minimize typos and future login frustration especially for those on mobile devices.
    2. The lost password page doesn't appear to work (see bad password scenario described in 1).
    Mar 1 1
    • Checkr reffo.us
      OP
      The confirm was a conscious decision but might have been a wrong one... Apologize for forgot password.. I will ship that today.

      I hope that we can avoid asking for password confirmation once forgot password is in place so that we remove friction to sign up.
      Mar 1
  • Uber œ
    There's no privacy policy.
    Mar 2 6
    • Uber œ
      Google basic privacy policies...

      But firstly, decide what you're willing to guarantee, beyond your own control to screw your users later on, then make strong promises inline with those commitments, and make damned sure that you secure your data properly.
      Mar 2
    • Uber œ
      Contact EFF to get some advice - I'm sure they'll be happy to help a new service put privacy up-front.
      Mar 2
    • Checkr reffo.us
      OP
      Honestly I'm not even sure how far I can/will take reffo.us - It'll all depend if users love it and I can get traction. I will look into Google basic privacy policies first and if we can build a company out of it, then I will go deeper on that subject. Right now I'm just spending ~$50 on heroku to validate the idea and haven't really launched yet outside of Blind.
      Mar 2
    • Uber œ
      Building a company means having a monetization strategy, which means, in a business where all you do is collect and aggregate data, a privacy policy is really important. Don't leave it until it's too late, and you get screwed.
      Mar 2
    • Checkr reffo.us
      OP
      Got it! I was/am on the applicant side so I will never wanna screw the end user. I will look into this ASAP.
      Mar 2
  • Microsoft noni
    Perhaps add the feature to authenticate with social identity providers atleast LinkedIn and Google in my opinion. Sign up would become much easier.
    Mar 1 6
    • Microsoft noni
      Btw which JS framework have you used to develop it, I like the UI, it's simple and clean.
      Mar 1
    • Microsoft noni
      What you said make sense but that would reduce the number of users signing up. Not everyone would want to share their official email id with this platform.
      Mar 1
    • Checkr reffo.us
      OP
      It's a plain Rails app and I am using full on Bootstrap 4 😅 I only have 20 lines of custom css.
      Mar 1
    • Microsoft noni
      Wow..nice...😊 I should also start working on front end.. 😆
      Mar 1
    • Checkr reffo.us
      OP
      Yes noni and that is fine you will still be able to use reffo with a Gmail address (50% of our users right now). There is no clear incentive to using a work email yet but it will come. I have so much I want to do with this app I'm only scratching the surface now of the vision. I need to see if it can get traction before going all in.
      Mar 1
  • Palantir TheGambler
    It would be easier to submit offer details if I can enter RSU amount in $$ rather than number of units. Some offer letters provide equity details in $$$ and the number of units won't be known until granted by the board because it's dependent on the stock price in the future.
    Mar 1 2
    • Checkr reffo.us
      OP
      Yes great feedback I will change this today! I heard the exact same feedback yesterday night talking to comp / equity people from Uber and Gusto!

      I guess I only experienced private companies where they tell you a stock amount as oppose to public Co where they tell you $X which will then be converted into shares when the grant is approved.

      🙌🙌
      Mar 1
    • Checkr reffo.us
      OP
      Just released the update asking for grant $$ rather than units for public co. 🎊
      Mar 1
  • Microsoft djxjk
    Great initiative. Thanks for doing this.

    feedback : can you add a feature to list offers based on a particular company?

    Like a list to select company which will display all offers from the company.
    Mar 1 1
    • Flagged by the community.

  • Google UkHq61
    Nit: Typo in the title
    Mar 1 1
  • Uber œ
    Change your title: "Feedbak"
    Mar 1 1
  • Dropbox lpzw
    It's down....
    Mar 1 1
    • Checkr reffo.us
      OP
      Sorry I constantly deploy hence the slow down. Looking to enable the option on heroku to make deploys smoother 💪
      Mar 1
  • Flagged by the community.

  • Checkr reffo.us
    OP
    Love the feedback, I knew Blind would be the best community to soft launch this! ❤️
    Mar 1 0

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