Paul Davison spills the tea on Clubhouse’s past, present and future at Disrupt

When social audio app Clubhouse launched in May of 2020 (with a $100 million valuation), it took off like a rocket ship fueled, in large part, by pandemic restrictions that made it difficult for people to gather and talk in person. By April 2021, it raised a Series C funding round (led by Andreessen Horowitz), earning a $4 billion valuation.

Fast-forward to 2022, and the company faces competition from the likes of Reddit Talk, Twitter Spaces, LinkedIn and Walkie-talkie. Clubhouse has been busy launching new features, a sign some experts see as an effort to retain its 3.5 million active users — a drop of more than 60% from its peak in 2021.

That’s a lot to unpack and there’s plenty more to discuss, which is why we’re thrilled that Paul Davison, Clubhouse co-founder and CEO, will join us for a Founder Fireside at TechCrunch Disrupt on October 18–20 in San Francisco.

TechCrunch will talk with Davison about a range of topics, including the company’s beginnings, recent layoffs — described as part of a broader restructuring — and how it will stay relevant in a post(ish)-pandemic world.

Prior to founding Clubhouse, Davison served as CEO after founding Highlight, a location-based social network acquired by Pinterest. He was entrepreneur-in-residence at Benchmark and worked on the early team at Metaweb, a graph search startup acquired by Google.

Davison holds a bachelor’s in industrial engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

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