This may sound crazy at first - switching to Clubhouse for all of their team meetings! But why not give it a try, says Sahil, co-founder of Gumroad.
🗣 A new experiment at Gumroad: we’re switching from Zoom to 👋 Clubhouse.— Sahil (@shl) February 8, 2021
Let's rewind a bit & decrypt all the hype that is Clubhouse.
For starters, Clubhouse is an audio-based social media platform with a powerful network effect. It was launched in April 2020 at the peak of a global pandemic that forced many people to rely on their smartphones for social interactions.
How big is it?
At the end of January, the company reported that over 2 million people used its app in a week. It recently achieved a $1B valuation, making it the fastest-growing startup ever.
So, what is all the excitement about?
It is currently in the beta stage and only open to a select few users through invites. The invite-only model makes its exclusivity very appealing for users.
Oh and it's an iphone-only app, so Android users just have to skip this one 🤷♂️
What makes it different from other social media platforms?
Unlike existing social media platforms, Clubhouse’s audio format allows for deep, spontaneous, and respectful conversations.
Finally, what do skeptics say?
- Clubhouse hasn't figured out its revenue model
- The app is not available for Android users
- Invites are being sold for hundreds of dollars in marketplaces
Gumroad to have all team communications over Clubhouse
- Easier to engage with creators in conversations
- Turns Gumroad team members into content creators
- Video is largely unnecessary.
- General bet that Clubhouse is a big part of the future
- Clubhouse has a strong social element, but Zoom is less so.
What do you think about Clubhouse? Can Clubhouse be the future of team communication?