LinkedIn acquires first company under Microsoft: startup Glint

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LinkedIn has taken over another company for the first time since it became part of Microsoft in 2016. This is startup Glint, which focuses on providing insights into employee moods to enterprises. It is unknown how much money is involved in the takeover, says Silicon Angle.

Glint creates an advanced version of a polling platform for employees with artificial intelligence and analytics functions. The program can be used to ask employees questions about various topics, such as how satisfied they are with the culture within the office. Once the results have been received, the algorithms convert the data into dashboards that provide a visual overview.

The responses to the poll are converted into a score, allowing users to see the most important information at a glance. This interface also shows data on how employees’ opinions change in various departments. Users have various options to change the data, based on what insights they want to see.

Glint also offers an alarm mechanism to stay informed of changes. Decision-makers may choose to receive notification from the platform if there is a sudden increase in friction between employees in a particular department, or if there is another development that requires special attention.

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LinkedIn itself is also a customer of Glint. The company would intend to continue offering the service. However, organizations that use the platform can expect some changes. In a blog post, Daniel Shpero, the vice president of talent solutions, careers and learning at LinkedIn, hints that Glint can be integrated with the online training services of the social medium.

“Imagine if our combined products allowed us to translate the specific feedback a manager receives from his employees at Glint into a personalized LinkedIn Learning experience, focused on the topics that help them improve, making the feedback more action-oriented,” said Shapero.

Glint will continue to operate after the acquisition under the leadership of founder and CEO Jim Barnett, as part of the Shapero division. The integration process is expected to be completed in 12 to 18 months.

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