The people who put Clubhouse on that path were longtime users—many of them Black creators—who generated a steady drumbeat of viral moments and hype that set the stage for future growth. One of the biggest moments was the Clubhouse production of The Lion King, which built buzz around the app from its well-attended public auditions in November to its back-to-back performances on Dec. 26. Like Musk’s conversation with Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev, the Lion King performances reached their maximum capacity of 5,000 viewers and sparked chatter on Twitter.

For what it’s worth, in the four days after the Lion King moment, Clubhouse downloads nearly doubled, while Musk’s viral moment preceded a 15% increase in downloads over the following four days.

The Lion King performance was organized by Black creators who have made Clubhouse their own, including guitarist Bomani X, currently featured on the app’s icon. They have been credited with transforming the Clubhouse scene from its early days as a tech bro hangout into a more vibrant and diverse platform that could attract a wider audience beyond Silicon Valley.

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