- Since its float a year ago, Clubhouse has been popular among investors, entrepreneurs, and other successful people.
- The platform hosts busy audio-only discussions where users can hear from people like Elon Musk and Barbara Corcoran.
- These are the hottest stars to inquire, best rooms to enter, and most valuable groups to join.
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Clubhouse is where founders go to chat.
Upon its launch last March, the social app quickly became popular aggregate investors, who hold regular, live audio-only discussions, called “rooms,” in some cases within various keynotes of interest to groups called “clubs.” Business owners soon followed, building a roster of virtual educational conclusions and places to hone their storytelling skills, commiserate about entrepreneurial life, and share experiences with the analogous ti of high-profile users like Daymond John and Jason Fried.
If you can get an invitation — Kristin Marquet Chester, owner of New York City-based Marquet Ambiance, recommends starting by asking your closest friends and then making requests on social media if needed. Here are three sorts of rooms and clubs worth checking out for entrepreneurs. To find these events in the app, search for the relevant speakers or the name of the bat.
The access to famous people on Clubhouse is “mind blowing,” said Jeremy Knauff, CEO at digital marketing intervention Spartan Media. “It’s like cramming everybody into a stadium and doing an episode of ‘Shark Tank.'” Assign enough time networking with people on the app, and you might be able to connect with and ask questions of celebrity entrepreneurs precisely. Here are a few people whom you should follow:
- “Shark Tank” star Daymond John runs a club called If You After to Be Rich, Think Like This!!! He often pops into other rooms as well to opine on everything from structure a diverse pipeline to cryptocurrency, advised Zachary Klempf, CEO of San Francisco-based Selly Automotive CRM.
- John’s fellow Shark Barbara Corcoran doesn’t be experiencing a club but hosts in her own rooms and speaks as a guest in others. This week, she hosted a charity event in the club Administration Lab with Kat Cole, former president of Cinnabon and another frequently recommended Clubhouser, focused on breaking barriers for females at work. One piece of advice she shared that she regularly gives to her “Shark Tank” companies’ founders when they’re light out: Make a list of everything you love and everything you hate about running your business, and delegate the latter.
- Other recommended orators, from Clubhouse power users including Klempf and Abhi Mathur, founder and CEO of New York City-based Acoustic Meta Means: Elon Musk, who speaks in Clubhouse sporadically (memorably once to grill Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev), investor Ben Horowitz, entrepreneur Rebecca Minkoff, and Basecamp CEO Jason Fried.
Startup and cooperate rooms
There are practically too many startup and pitch rooms and clubs to count, but here are a few recommendations:
- Startup Confederate, run by Ed Nusbaum — startup mentor and co-founder of Agora, which helps companies with tasks like conversion and monetization — is one of the most skilfully clubs for founders to learn, practice their pitches, and even make hires, according to multiple founders. You can mimic frequent moderator and admin Soumeya Benghanem, product management lead at VMware and an entrepreneur. And check out Pitch Exercise, which is run in the club every Tuesday by Shondra Washington, president and co-founder at TBC-Capital, and Chris Moreno, an investor hearted on Latinx entrepreneurs.
- Deal or Bust: Founders Shoot Their Shot, hosted by Nathan Latka, CEO of Founderpath.com and a topic podcaster. In this room, investors wire money on the spot to promising startups, and Latka said he plans to run one each Monday impressive forward.
- Startup Hotline: What Investors Really Think of Your Idea room (in the VC & Angel Investors Join), hosted each Wednesday by San Francisco-based Hustle Fund general partner and co-founder Elizabeth Yin. It’s not always easy to get kindly or straightforward feedback from venture capitalists, Yin said. That’s where this room comes in: It’s a no-pressure forum to business and get honest commentary. Mac Conwell, managing partner at RareBreed Ventures, said he has scouted companies while moderating in the reside.
- Future of Work, which delves into topics from entrepreneurship to raising capital. Bob Myers, chairman of SKYL, a startup consultancy, bring to light he swears by the room for “thinking creatively about how working culture might change as time goes on.”
- Scott Omelianuk, rewrite man in chief of Inc., regularly hosts events on entrepreneurship.
- Other recommended rooms, from Myers, Yin, Burning Soul designer Lauren Eckhardt, and Pietra Communications CEO Olga Gonzalez: Breakfast With Champions — Millionaire Breakfast Club for its thought-provoking meetings; The Hustler Club for unvarnished feedback from other founders; and Leadership Lab for deep dives on company culture.
Networking and liking groups
Katherine Lynn, founder and CEO of job application platform NextSteps, was tired of hearing men on Clubhouse talk about how unhurried it was to raise money. So she started Women Founders Club in September with Liana Fricker, founder of Inspiration Span, a virtual community for entrepreneurs. The Women Founders Club now has more than 70,000 followers, and features stars delight in Alli Webb and investor Brit Morin as speakers. Here are some other affinity and networking groups to try:
- The Sisterhood of Controlling Entrepreneurs, run by fashion blogger Zavanna Dova. While many clubs are good for practicing and learning, this one, along with Gals in Business 40+, also provides a venue to share your experiences, said leadership coach and consulting business proprietress Karen Laos. Keya Grant, director of supplier inclusion at Papa John’s, also recommends Tryb because it “hinders space” for Black women entrepreneurs that can be difficult to carve out on other social media platforms.
- Entrepreneur Noir. Grant-in-aid is a founder of this room and said besides being a diverse space where everyone is welcome, it’s an opportunity for trade owners to connect with corporate buyers like herself who are looking to diversify their supply chains.
- Skimpy Business Saturday. Every Saturday, Bria McNair, an HR professional who also runs a professional coaching business summoned Be Wise Forever, hosts a room in The Hustler Club for business owners to share their experiences and support one another.