Clubhouse

I have a little something to say about a newly famous app called Clubhouse.

Recently, in one of the Instagram stories, a CEO of a company was asking people whether they would like to talk about Crypto on Clubhouse.

I was least interested.

BUT, Clubhouse got my attention.

I quickly Googled it, read about it and then installed it.

It’s been just a little more than a few weeks of me using Clubhouse and I already have an opinion about it.

IT IS BLOODY FANTASTIC AND ADDICTIVE!!

I so want to talk about the addiction part of this tech but I will keep that for a separate blog. Today, let’s look at the skyrocketing popularity.

Also, I am intrigued by this app that the whole feeling of writing about it is overwhelming.

What is Clubhouse?

Founded by Rohan Seth and Paul Davison, Clubhouse is an invitation-only and audio-only social app that’s similar to podcasts, but less prescriptive with its live, unfiltered content.

Basically, Clubhouse users can communicate with other folks on the platform in voice chat rooms that accommodate groups of thousands of people.

Clubhouse is a new type of social network but one that is based on the oldest medium — voice.

Paul Davison

Furthermore, if you are wondering how does clubhouse work or how to join Clubhouse, let me explain.

Like I mentioned above, Clubhouse is an invite-only platform; meaning, if you want to join, you have to be invited or brought in by someone who is already a Clubhouse member.

If you want to download the app, you definitely can. However, all you’ll be able to do is — reserve a username or handle and put your name on a waiting list.

Talking about how this app works, it’s absolutely basic.

Once you successfully get a profile created on the app, you can create and join rooms where you can chat with others in a conference call.

You can also follow your friends or anyone who is there on the platform.

Now, what if you enter a room and want to speak up rather than just listen? You can simply tap the ‘raise your hand’ feature and let speakers decide whether to invite you up.

The Rise of Clubhouse

Clubhouse, without an inch of doubt, is one of the fantastic things in the tech space that has happened in the pandemic.

And I can see clearly why people are flocking to this platform and waiting outside the door for someone to let them in.

I have been writing about tech for a long of time; I have seen startups soaring; I have seen them breaking down; I have interviewed founders and whatnot.

But the rise of Clubhouse is my favourite moment (at least for now).

And if you ask me the reason behind this platform’s skyrocketing popularity, I think, it arrived at the perfect moment. Clubhouse delivered exactly what people stuck at home during the pandemic were looking for — spontaneous conversations.

Amid all the lockdown and COVID chaos, it was more like, Clubhouse to the rescue!

In addition, what feels more amazing is that Davison and Seth have redefined social media. These two witty minds and their product has stripped away private messaging and written comments.

If you sit and think properly there has always been a major amiss on social media.

Can you figure it out? No? Never mind!

SOCIAL was missing on Social Media. And now this is where Clubhouse has stepped in and given us that social aspect.

Funding Galore

For a company of its size and maturity, Clubhouse’s funding is mind-blowing. 

According to a report, the audio-only platform raised $10 million from Andreessen Horowitz in Series A and $100 million in Series B.

Talking about the recent funding, the company in one of its weekly town hall revealed that it has raised a Series C led by Andreessen Horowitz again along with other major investors.

Clubhouse has not yet disclosed the scale of funding; however, some reports suggest that the funding would value the company at $4 billion.

The Musk Effect

While Clubhouse has done all the good work to go from strength to strength, there’s one more event that has been the driving force behind the app’s popularity.

In February, this year, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk made a debut on Clubhouse. And as expected, this Silicon Valley startup became the HOTTEST one.

Many think that it’s a PR stunt by the VC firm Andreessen Horowitz. But to be honest, even it was, it has done the job EXTREMELY WELL.

Clubhouse went from 3.5 million to 8.1 million users in just two weeks after Musk’s appearance.

That’s not all, there’s more to it that shows Musk’s superiority in the tech space.

Clubhouse witnessed a bushwhack like scenario, testing the boundaries of the app.

  • The app’s servers crashed
  • The 5,000 people limit for a room was passed
  • People created secondary listening rooms
  • Live-streamed the chat on YouTube
  • There were even elaborated Twitter threads

I am not going to talk about what Musk spoke, but there’s something that he said and it just LEGIT.

He who controls the memes controls the universe.

Elon Musk

Popularity of Clubhouse in India

Being a blogger from India, it would be completely unfair if I don’t talk about the scenario here.

Like I mentioned in the intro, I have been using this app for weeks and I can see how much of an impact it has made in India.

The frequency at which I get notifications of my friends and acquaintances about room speaks volume about Clubhouse.

I have also tried to explore the app to a good extent and I can see that people have made it their daily hangout place. They are talking about anything and everything under the sun — in one room, people are talking about building the next Twitter, and in another room, people are talking about improving their relationships.

The app has, no doubt, invaded multiple horizons. And that too rapidly.

Not to mention, according to company officials, India is now among the top markets for Clubhouse currently. And it is also working towards abiding by all the social media rules in the country.

Conclusion

When I started writing this blog, I thought I would cover the addiction part of Clubhouse. However, I paused and went back to the app and I felt that I should first talk about the app in general.

It is important to give my readers a view of this fantastic platform before I jump and talk about all the other aspects.

So, I hope you now know what Clubhouse is and how it is taking the tech space by storm.

In the next blog, I will shed light on Clubhouse addiction. Because it’s legit. If you have anything to say or add, feel free to drop your comments.


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By Harshajit Sarmah

Harsh is a writer/blogger/podcaster/vlogger. A passionate music lover whose talents range from dance to video making to cooking. Football runs in his blood. Like literally! He is also a self-proclaimed technician and likes repairing and fixing stuff. When he is not writing, you can find him reading or watching videos or listening to podcasts that teach him new things.