Out of all the apps which launched during the coronavirus lockdown, Clubhouse may be one of the few to stick around once we return to normality. The audio-chat social network, which works like a live podcasting app, has seen a huge surge in growth since December, adding two million new users.
This is even more impressive as people can only access Clubhouse through an invite from a member, and they need an iPhone. This gated rollout was commonplace in the early mobile days, Mailbox and Google’s Inbox both had hundreds of thousands of people on a waitlist in 2013, however it has fallen out of fashion as it became easier to scale and secure funding.
Clubhouse has had no trouble with funds, as it has already raised $110 million in two rounds, both led by Andreessen Horowitz. Even before it launched, it was valued at $100 million, which has since been boosted to $1 billion in December 2020.
Most of Clubhouse’s growth has come in the past two months, as it went from a few thousand users to three million as of January 2021. Several celebrities have been critical in Clubhouse’s growth, with Oprah Winfrey, Drake, Kevin Hart and Chris Rock all active on the app.
By far the biggest event on Clubhouse happened February 2, 2021, when Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared on The Good Time Show to discuss Tesla, space and to interview Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev on the decision to prevent users from purchasing GameStop shares.
Millions of Americans are now attempting to find a route into Clubhouse, which has said it will maintain the invite only for at least the next few months. An Android app is on the way, although Clubhouse has not given a firm date.
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The startup has also been forced to quickly deal with some of the issues of misinformation and moderation which Facebook, Google and Twitter avoided for over a decade. Clubhouse originally tried to be a passive observer, but after accusations of promoting anti-semitism and racism, it has added more moderation tools.
Clubhouse does not generate any revenue, but rolled out donations to some 60,000 creators in April. Clubhouse is not taking any cut of these donations, although it may take some from subscriptions in the future.
We have collected data and statistics on Clubhouse. Read on below to find out more.
Clubhouse key statistics
- Clubhouse has over 10 million users, most of which were added between January and February 2021
- Over 18 million people have downloaded the app (AppFigures)
- Clubhouse has been valued at $4 billion in a Series C round
- Celebrities such as Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey, Drake, Kevin Hart and Chris Rock have all hosted conversations on the app
|Launch date||8 April 2020|
|HQ||San Francisco, California|
|People||Paul Davison (CEO, co-founder), Rohan Seth (co-founder)|
|Nov 2020||0.2 million|
|Dec 2020||0.6 million|
|Jan 2021||2 million|
|Feb 2021||6 million|
|Mar 2021||10 million|
|Dec 2020||2 million|
|Mar 2021||17.4 million|
|Jun 2021||29.1 million|
|Sep 2021||34.4 million|
Note: Cumulative downloads
Source: AppFigures, Sensor Tower
|May 2020||$0.1 billion|
|Dec 2020||$1 billion|
|Apr 2021||$4 billion|
|May 2020||$10 million|
|Dec 2020||$100 million|