So, What Ever Happened to Clubhouse?

Michael Beausoleil
5 min readNov 14, 2022

At the beginning of 2021, people were sitting at home and dodging face-to-face interactions. The idea of being inside an actual bar was a couple of months (and vaccine doses) away, but there was a new Clubhouse on the rise.

The app allowed users to join literal chat rooms. People talked to each other and left messages, but it was audio-only. There was no camera, no pictures, and no need for pants. But there was one barrier: It was invite-only.

In a way, this made it feel like you needed a golden ticket to get into Clubhouse, but in July 2021, the app was open for anyone to join without an invitation. By that point, it felt like no one cared. The hype had died down, and the app seems to have disappeared from the public eye. Now that we’re two years removed from the initial buzz, we‘re left to wonder why no one is talking about — or talking on— Clubhouse.

The Rise of Clubhouse

Maybe it was luck, and the app launched at the right time, but Clubhouse’s popularity begins around March 2020 when the iOS app launched. By May 2020, it was assessed to be worth $100 million and was backed by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, but it only had about 5,000 users by this time.

Clubhosue App

That’s a lot of money, but not a lot of users. However, the people who were on the platform were…



Michael Beausoleil

User Analytics | Digital & Brand Marketing | Productivity … hoping to explore topics that interest me and find others with similar passions