• Alise Talley

How Elon Musk Broke Clubhouse


Billionaire Elon Musk, who now holds the title for Richest Man in the World, made headlines once again when he shined a light on the elusive app, Clubhouse.


The new social media app allows users to develop content by uploading audio, hosting chat rooms, and have free flowing conversations.


Although Clubhouse is a little more than a year old, the platform has grown quickly and now has a valuation of at least $100 million.


With 12.7 million downloads, people are drawn to Clubhouse for more than its unique communication methods.


Its invite only access and elite user base makes it an exciting experience for anyone who is able to join. And the Q&A Musk held on the app proved just that.


WHAT DID ELON MUSK SAY?


On February 1, Musk was interviewed via Clubhouse to reconnect with his followers about various topics. In his first time publicly using the app, Musk pushed the boundaries of this startup’s abilities.


The way Clubhouse works is someone can host a public chat room and allow other people to join. So, when the mogul of the tech world joins a room, the rest of Silicon Valley wants to be there to hear what he has to say.


More than 5,000 people— the largest capacity that has been filled in the app’s short history— entered the chatroom to listen in on the interview.


The interview began with Musk discussing the future of life on Mars, saying the early experiences would be “hard”.


The conversation then turned to Musk admitting he doesn’t believe in aliens, but he does consider the possibility of rudimentary alien technology existing.


And, of course, you can’t mention Elon Musk without acknowledging his love of memes. Musk’s notorious meme filled twitter was called into question, and he expressed his love of the format’s ability to transcend both pictures and words.


On a more serious topic, Musk boasted the power of Tela’s AI. Believing AI is the way of the future, he talked about his company, Neuralink, and their work to embed AI into living creatures.


Next up on the topic list was cryptocurrencies. When giving his thoughts about Bitcoin, Musk revealed he created his own successful cryptocurrency, Dogecoin, to mock the up-and-coming market, and he regrets not supporting it sooner.


Speaking more on his companies, Musk announced his ambitions to produce 20 million new Teslas in the coming year despite only producing a fraction of that in 2020.


A believer in his product, Musk estimated self driving cars will integrate themselves into everyday life in a significant way, with hopes to have humans spend 60 hours out of the week in these vehicles.


Although he is a man of ambition, Musk knows where he’s not needed. While he supports the development of a Covid-19 vaccine, none of his companies will participate in producing them at this time because of the overwhelming efforts of other corporations to dominate the space.


To end the event, Musk interviewed Vlad Tenev, the CEO of Robinhood, to ruminate over Robinhood’s response to last month’s GameStop fiasco. Ultimately, Musk ruled that Robinhood was not held at fault for its actions because circumstances beyond their control forced their hand.


With big names like Elon Musk bringing attention to Clubhouse, it’s not surprising to see why their numbers are soaring in recent months. While Clubhouse is just starting out, it’s clear they’re not slowing down anytime soon.