A new voice chat-based social media app called Clubhouse is making waves in the tech world. Clubhouse is an iPhone-only voice-chatting app created by Paul Davison and Rohan Seth and bankrolled by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. In the app individuals can host and join different conversations. Upon opening the app, you are met with a list of “rooms” that you can join, or you can create your own room. Each room has a different topic, often hosted by an expert or pioneer in the field.
One reason Clubhouse has quickly made headlines is that it’s frequented both by tech industry movers and shakers and plain old celebrities. People who have tried the app include Oprah, Ashton Kutcher, and Chris Rock, according to the Wall Street Journal. Some have initiated conversations, while others have just stuck around and listened.
Currently the app is available on iPhone only, and is an invitation only platform. What makes the platform fascinating is that there’s no private messaging and no written comments. It’s ONLY audio. Your voice is your instrument. When you use it to provide value, you can go far with this platform.
While Clubhouse hasn’t disclosed how many people use the app, it has been downloaded more than 8 million times worldwide and 2.6 million downloads in the U.S. alone, according to app tracker App Annie. Clubhouse is reportedly valued at $1 billion and recently raised more than $100 million in funding last month alone.
There are so many different possibilities with Clubhouse and it is something that needs to be experienced to fully grasp its potential.
Are you using Clubhouse? If so, add your voice to the comments below. How are you using it and why are you on the platform?