Why Clubhouse is destined to become more like Twitch than Twitter

Clubhouse has exploded recently. It’s sitting at ~6 million registered users, up from 600k in December 2020, and is currently valued at $1 billion (up from $100 million in May 2020). That makes it a certified Unicorn alongside AirBnb, Uber, etc.

As I’ve scrolled through Twitter over the past few weeks and read tweet after tweet about Clubhouse’s certain world domination, something has felt off.

None of my non-startup-or-tech-nerd friends are talking about Clubhouse. I haven’t run into random people using Clubhouse in the wild. …

My name is Jacob. I’m 18 years old. I haven’t made many big purchases or financial decisions in my life beyond choosing to go to college, and I don’t have the money to do anything substantial right now.

I’ve got a job and make enough money to pay rent and go out on the weekends, but my student loans are piling up, and I keep ignoring this nagging feeling that things are going to get a lot more complicated soon.

Despite all of this, in ten years I hope to be thinking about a mortgage, an auto loan, significant investing…

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The 3 things you must be to succeed in the 21st century workplace.

It’s very rare to find a book that is as practical as it is compelling, but The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni manages to convey simple truths about teamwork that feel familiar yet groundbreaking. Lencioni is able to accomplish this feat through a carefully crafted narrative, which introduces a framework for identifying, hiring, or developing ideal team players without feeling like a bulleted list of do’s and don’ts that many books on leadership and teamwork tend to read as.

Consider this article an overview of this framework; For a deeper understanding and for a fully introspective experience, consider taking…

My co-founders and I didn’t want the unexciting ending of Pradl, our first startup, that we are currently accepting. Unfortunately, over the course of six months of product development — during which I took on the role of lead front-end developer — we discovered a few important steps in the software life cycle that we had forgotten along the way.

A small snippet of Pradl’s landing page. I designed the front-end using Bootstrap.

Here’s what we discovered, how it contributed to our startup’s failure, and what I learned as a result:

1. Intuition is great for thinking about your product, but is less trustworthy when thinking about your customers

If you aren’t familar with what Pradl does (did?), feel free to read my previous blog post about the problems we were…

A little over a year ago, a friend of mine was purchasing a car for college on Craigslist. When he finally came across the right car for the right price — and after a cumbersome exchange with the seller — my friend headed to the seller’s house to complete the transaction. Parked in the seller’s driveway and along the street were six vehicles, and the seller walked out of his duplex glued to his phone as notifications poured in. His wife stayed inside, trying to control two screaming toddlers.

After finalizing some paperwork at a local dealership, my friend offered…

11/6/2018 Edit: Catalogger is a project I developed single-handedly during my senior year of high school. The UI is ugly and the code under the hood is even uglier, but I look back on the project fondly as my first foray into mobile development.

Managing inventories has always been a tedious task. Today, those looking for a “simple” inventory management solution typically turn to software like Excel, which is powerful enough to process thousands of data entries but lacks in portability. What if I just want to categorize and keep track of my baseball cards? What if I want to…

Nick Siscoe

👋 I design and code at startups. You can learn a lot more at https://nicksiscoe.me

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