Why is Clubhouse so awesome? Because you’re not there. And by “you”, I mean me, the normies and the riffraff, and most importantly, the journalists.
I wouldn’t want to belong to a club that would have me as a member. –Groucho Marx
Here’s a former attorney who’s made it her mission to invite as many journalists as possible to Clubhouse. For “accountability”.
It reminds me of 15 years ago, when some Facebook exec said, “Hey, TheFacebook is fun and awesome, but you know what would make it even better? If we invited all our Moms to sign up!”
Clubhouse is an invitation-only voice app where Silicon Valley people talk about tech trends, and journalists are mad because they aren’t in charge of the conversation.
Why is there so much animosity between journalists and VCs? Because both groups fancy themselves the arbiters of new trends.
VCs talk about picking successful startups like it’s a passive exercise, but the biggest determinant of success is a lead investor from Sand Hill Road. It’s not just the money, it’s the network. Anyone can make a social iPhone app, but only an a16z portfolio company can seed the app with Marc Andreessen and Felicia Horowitz.
Here’s NYTimes tech reporter Taylor Lorenz:
VCs dismiss this comment as self-important hogwash, but Lorenz is not completely wrong. Except that journalists don’t identify emerging trends, they create them.
Everyone in MSM knows that endless bleating is a sure way to shape public opinion: “Mostly peaceful protests! White supremacist armed insurrection! Clubhouse is full of Nazis!” They want to get more journalists on the Clubhouse app to amplify their own opinions.
Would we have had all those BLM protests if NYT hadn’t spent a whole year pounding the 1619 Project into our brains? (Speaking of which, has the NYT been charged with inciting a riot?) I mean, we were all a little stir-crazy from the lockdowns, but maybe we could have protested something more productive, like Universal Healthcare.
It’s the new Eternal September. An internet community does not die when the college freshmen show up, but when the Karens do.
Aside: This investor offered to donate $1000 to St. Jude for every VC that boycotts Forbes’ Midas List, but it looks like he got zero takers?
I’m donating $1K per GP to @StJude for every GP at a VC firm with +$300M AUM who publicly pledges to not submit to Midas List.
Let’s get to a $100K donation.
RT to pledge. pic.twitter.com/mXNGx1dHJM
— Geoff Lewis (@GeoffLewisOrg) January 22, 2021