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Over the last year @joinClubhouse has taken over my homescreen - it’s magical to drop into a room & discover it’s a masterclass in a topic i always wanted to learn about— Jon Lai (@Tocelot) January 24, 2021
Excited about the future of social audio and @a16z + Clubhouse! Congrats @pdavison @rohanseth @andrewchen! https://t.co/6WpMhwXLyc
To me Clubhouse mostly proves the value of UGC / PUGC livestreaming. It's just that audio is so low barrier for both creator and consumer. Curious to see how it develops, esp as I've been watching video livestreaming develop for last decade in China tech. https://t.co/G2DhDtRv8d— Rui Ma 马睿 (@ruima) January 23, 2021
some good threads asking why Clubhouse is investing in creator monetization ahead of doubling down on Trust & Safety.— ???☕️ (@hunterwalk) January 24, 2021
Here's my own POV on why their biz model is actually T&S positive. Caveat - while i know some of the people involved, i'm not an investor in the co, etc https://t.co/FOPIvGgYyT
congrats @pdavison @rohanseth! they’ve truly captured lightning in a bottle. such a deeply social product with new learnings about social software and online discourse. it’s been fun to be along for the ride as an early tester, user, and backer. ?? https://t.co/6BUeCiznSV— steve (@stevejang) January 24, 2021
Congratulations @pdavison, @rohanseth and the small but mighty @joinClubhouse team for building an audio experience that’s brought millions together and sparked conversations you’d never hear anywhere else. Grateful to be a small part of the journey. ?https://t.co/VLmmC4MKk2— Kyle Tibbitts (@KyleTibbitts) January 24, 2021
Key sign that the Clubhouse team has a great understanding of current dynamics of social apps are their top priorities on getting funding include— Dare Obasanjo (@Carnage4Life) January 24, 2021
• creator monetization
• scaling trust, safety & support
• improving ranking & recommendations
Clubhouse: We just raised a ton of money ?— Sal Rodriguez ? (@sal19) January 25, 2021
Also Clubhouse 15 times a day: Would you mind teaching this person you met once at a conference four years ago how to use our app for free? Thx sweatie
Clubhouse talks about having over 180 investors, and seems happy about it.— Dan Primack (@danprimack) January 24, 2021
For many startups, that would be viewed as cap table hell.
Clubhouse to creators: “we plan to launch our first tests to allow creators to get paid directly—through features like tipping, tickets or subscriptions + we will roll out a Creator Grant Program to support emerging Clubhouse creators” https://t.co/inEPkg1qVY— Lia Haberman (@liahaberman) January 24, 2021
Clubhouse is just genuinely fun. I’ve made friends there. How many apps can you say that about? (Ask if you need an invite!)— Josh Constine - SignalFire (@JoshConstine) January 24, 2021
So congrats to @pdavison @rohanseth & team. Not for the valuation, but for making us feel less isolated. https://t.co/l2jUMN8MAO
Overheard at FB/Instagram HQ:— Peter Yang (@petergyang) January 24, 2021
“We need to drop everything and build Clubhouse live audio now!”
“But we’re still not finished building TikTok Reels and Zoom Rooms?!”
Ok bad joke but probably true?
Look: good on the @joinClubhouse team, & I wish them great success.— Chris Strub (@ChrisStrub) January 24, 2021
But I’m not nearly as bullish on Clubhouse as others, including @Mike_Stelzner.
The social media oligarchy is molded in stone (w/Snapchat clinging by a fingertip)
Blab, Peach, Clubhouse: fun while they last. https://t.co/ptKYbyKqBe
“To the famous people who made us cool and credible, we will not give you a percentage in what you helped build but we will allow you to try to make money within our app in turn making our app (that you made cool) more valuable”— RUSS (@russdiemon) January 24, 2021
this the “here!! now leave me alone” money lmao https://t.co/X6BWjjoP67
".rooms filled with people hosting game shows, recapping NBA games, singing opera, discussing philosophy, meeting other musicians, sharing travel tips, running support groups, & meditating together. They’re hosting daily talk shows, performing stand-up comedy, playing guitar &.." https://t.co/x73QmnIysy— Bitcoin (@Charts4bitcoin) January 24, 2021
Congratulations to @joinClubhouse on the new funds from a16z and others, plus the 2 million weekly active users. Company confirms scoop from @theinformation. And also acknowledges it's working on a creator program, as cited by @nytimes.— Ken Yeung (@thekenyeung) January 24, 2021
pay me $10/hr and i'll join your clubhouse room to just drop Funkmaster Flex bomb noises at critical moments— ???☕️ (@hunterwalk) January 24, 2021
Also of note: Clubhouse “went direct” - no prebriefed press. The news seems to have been timed to coincide with the weekly ‘town hall’ event in the app.— Martin SFP Bryant (@MartinSFP) January 24, 2021
? Some news:— Andrew Chen (@andrewchen) January 24, 2021
I've led a16z's new investment in Clubhouse and have joined the board. Essay below that covers:
- how I know founders @pdavison @rohanseth
- why we're excited to invest
- how we think Clubhouse is unique - particularly for creators!https://t.co/2t1Uzj2uJ4
First heard of Rohan through a viral thread about his daughter & efforts around her health. Inspiring— Moe (@Mochievous) January 24, 2021
Everything in the works sounds exciting & this caught my attention:
“allow creators to get paid directly—through .. tipping, tickets or subscriptions” https://t.co/NaDPJp2Sfs
Amazing trajectory. The (organic) pivot to scheduled, instead of spontaneous, engagement has helped. Still more to be done on that front, but it already feels more like an audio-only Hopin than a social app. That's a good thing for liquidity. https://t.co/hy7QrInn88— Sameer Singh (@sameer_singh17) January 24, 2021
Clubhouse, along with a significant amt of SV, seems to have finally discovered the creator economy in the last 9 months. That’s great, but without rolling out robust moderation tools and protections for users you aren’t really serving “creators” at all. https://t.co/yHyY1NxdyN— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) January 24, 2021
It has been such a JOY hustling for @pdavison @rohanseth & the team on the @clfcapital side. We're so proud of what this team has created not only for our network & community, but communities across the globe! Honored to be on this journey with @joinclubhouse, @andrewchen @a16z! https://t.co/11fx3mERd9— M. Holston-Alexander (@meghalexander) January 24, 2021
I totally think Clubhouse is worth $1B.— Jason ✨BeKind✨ Lemkin ⚫️ (@jasonlk) January 25, 2021
The engagement is off the charts, and the comps are worth $40B-$750B.
It's just as a SaaS guy, I still struggle a bit with the exact valuations at $0 in MRR.
I love Clubhouse - an amazing place to learn and a replacement for a bunch of IRL social events. AC says it best - "It soon became obvious to me, as my time in the app reached more than a dozen hours a week, that Clubhouse is something special." Go @pdavison and @rohanseth! https://t.co/IIHGdl6uam— David George (@DavidGeorge83) January 24, 2021
Highly unusual — in the best possible way — for a social app to talk about trust and safety investments *and* creator monetization in a Series B fundraising post. It’s all easier said than done, but glad Clubhouse is taking both more seriously over time.https://t.co/TChPWoehbb— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) January 24, 2021
Clubhouse is super interesting for the future of audio conversations and podcasts. It had 2 million people using it last week, and an Android app is on the way. The race is now on for how quick Twitter Spaces can copy it (Instagram stories / Snapchat) https://t.co/Y33QBJcZzH pic.twitter.com/7h595Q6Dql— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) January 24, 2021
Why Clubhouse is special & deserves its $1B valuation:— Josh Constine - SignalFire (@JoshConstine) January 24, 2021
It’s a new social graph, the talk graph, where you follow different people than on Twitter or Insta. It’s a more personal, unscripted way to get to know public figures and peers you care about.
Off-camera = intimacy. 1/
So glad @a16z is partnered with @joinClubhouse!— Judy Savitskaya (@heyjudka) January 24, 2021
I have been very pleasantly surprised by what a great platform clubhouse can be for talking about science. Have already learned from a few really interesting scientists like @EganPeltan, @bwhite5290, for example. https://t.co/ZtKw85NbCe
Instagram just finished changing all the tabs around and now they need to find room for a Clubhouse clone.— Benedict Evans (@benedictevans) January 24, 2021
Clubhouse is interesting on so many levels:— Anish Acharya (@illscience) January 24, 2021
1 First large scale social product with a biz model that’s aligned with users (tipping, paid events etc)
2 Structurally healthier culture bc people can share context and build empathy
3 Encourages exploration and openness vs tunnels https://t.co/v8i54FLoco
In a weekly town hall for users, Clubhouse’s cofounders confirm they have raised a new round from a16z— Alex Heath (@alexeheath) January 24, 2021
⁃ will make a creator grant program
⁃ 180 total investors in the co.
⁃ 2 million weekly active users
⁃ $ will be used to hire more people, build infra https://t.co/HkC3Phwag2
Believe it or not but I bet you could still take on Clubhouse & win. Early innings.— Suhail (@Suhail) January 24, 2021
Paul and co just announced their Series B led by a16z:https://t.co/ItZ3CYsRRD— Ryan Hoover (@rrhoover) January 24, 2021
I’ve said this before: Clubhouse is the most interesting social product to emerge in the last several years.
They’ve created a new category, eating into Twitter, forums, podcasts, and talk radio. ?
Congratulations to Clubhouse. I always believed you guys would be a great, world changing business. I’m sad I didn’t really get an opportunity to invest but I’ll direct that energy to funding creators on the clubhouse platform. More on that in the future https://t.co/NXZ55xVTIn— E (@iaboyeji) January 24, 2021
?1/ I've spent part of my last few weekends listening in on various Clubhouse convos - some are v fascinating & rich, others are more chit chat (which is ok too). Also just finished reading @andrewchen's piece on why they invested which was insightful: https://t.co/Yqqg3wEyAg— Kalsoom Lakhani (@kalsoom82) January 24, 2021
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