The audio-only, invite-only iPhone app Clubhouse launched in April 2020 and racked up more than 10 million users in its first year. At its best, Clubhouse allows users to pop into rooms withcelebrities and venture capitalists, build community, network, be entertained, and kill time during the pandemic.
At its worst, it’s yet another platform for annoying hype-beasts, overheated life coaches, influencers who are in love with the sound of their own void, and poseurs pretending to understand blockchain when they probably can’t remember their Gmail password. Here, nine people to follow break through the BS and get in on some of the best conversations.
Philanthropist Felicia Horowitz (@feliciahorowitz), the wife of Clubhouse investor Ben Horowitz, hosts star-studded virtual dinner parties with free-flowing convos. One gathering had power players like Michael Ovitz and Steve Stoute mingling with entertainers Terry Crews and MC Hammer.
Superstar DJ Joel Zimmerman (@deadmau5) drops expletive-filled soliloquies about beefs with other EDM players and why he thinks Ibiza is over. He sometimes hosts raucous rooms where he lets guests speak for 60 seconds about anything they want before he responds with praise, disbelief, insults, or a combination of all three.
Comedian Hannibal Buress (@hannibalburess) recently hosted a room about NFTs (the non-fungible tokens that have captivated the cryptocurrency and art set but also attracted get-rich-quick clowns) during which he made up fake NFTs. The funniest part? Some didn’t know he was joking.
Writers Andrew Genung (@familymeal) and Kristen Hawley’s (@kh) “Food News We’re Following” rooms bring in chefs and restaurant owners from all around the world. Discussions have included postpandemic planning and delivery-app shenanigans.
In his piano-bar rooms, comedian-actor-filmmaker David Wain (@davidwain) takes requests and interacts with pals like Seth Herzog. It just might be the purest form of entertainment on Clubhouse.
The app is heavy on froth-filled conversations about cryptocurrency and decentralized finance, but James Wang (@draecomino)—a former ARK Investment Management analyst and an expert in artificial intelligence—actually offers cogent insights. Pop into one of his rooms and you might learn why Ethereum matters or why buying options isn’t unlike having a goldfish in a leaking plastic bag.
MediaBistro founder and venture capitalist Laurel Touby (@laurel) has built her career around entertaining and technological innovation, and her rooms tend to be a lively blend of party-vibe chatter and future-minded deep thoughts with discussions on topics that include the future of remote work and its implications for corporate culture.
One of the more active celebrities on Clubhouse, Tiffany Haddish (@tiffanyhaddish1) popped into a room even on the night she won a Grammy. And controversy recently ensued after TMZ reported that Haddish threw shade at Nicki Minaj on the app. There’s only one way to settle this: a Clubhouse roast battle followed by a Clubhouse rap battle.
Prolific angel investor Jason Calacanis (@jasoncalacanis) has a refreshing knack for avoiding groupthink, whether he’s railing against multilevel-marketing scammers or daring to say that Twitter Spaces could one day surpass Clubhouse. He’s a provocateur who never runs out of things to say.
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