Clubhouse is an audio-based social media app, Developed by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Paul Davison and ex-Google employee Rohan Seth. Users can listen in to conversations, interviews and discussions between interesting people on various topics.
Clubhouse is invite only that mean anyone who wants to join has to be brought in by someone who already has an account. You can’t just download it off the app store and create an account. Much like a real-life country or yacht club, you have to be invited to join by an existing member. Real world elitism, but make it virtual.
Clubhouse creates a place where people can meet up to host, listen to, and in some cases, join conversations within the app’s community. When a user opens the app, he/she will be presented with a list of rooms, as well as a list showing who is in each room. One can either join an existing chat room or can start their own room, inviting new people and starting fresh conversations. Each room has moderators, speakers, and listeners. Moderators control who gets speaking privileges, though listeners can “raise their hand” to speak.
Elon Musk hosted an audio-chat on Clubhouse with Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev. The event maxed out the app conversation room limits and was live-streamed to YouTube. It helped propel Clubhouse to the top of the startup charts and sparked a scramble for invitations. As of 1 February 2021, Clubhouse has 2 million users. Clubhouse has announced forthcoming new features, like tipping, tickets or subscriptions, to directly pay creators on the app. Having raised new funding since its launch, Clubhouse is now valued at $1bn, and is considered a Unicorn startup like AirBnb, Uber and SpaceX.