On April 12, I speculated that audio-based social network Clubhouse had acquired Clubhouse.com from Reflex Publishing Inc., a company that maintains a highly valuable portfolio of .COM domain names including High.com, Plant.com, and Tea.com.
It seems that Clubhouse has, indeed, acquired Clubhouse.com after a nameserver change revealed the new owner.
As of publishing, Clubhouse.com redirected to a Reflex Publishing parked page, but WHOIS data for Clubhouse.com showed that the domain’s nameservers updated to adrian.ns.cloudflare.com and coen.ns.cloudflare.com.
These nameservers are also used on Clubhouse’s main domain names, JoinClubhouse.com and Join.club, which heavily suggested that Clubhouse is the new owner of Clubhouse.com despite the domain owner’s identity being obscured behind WHOIS privacy protection.
On May 3, I noticed that Clubhouse.com does now host Clubhouse’s website.
I suspect the company has also acquired the @Clubhouse Twitter handle after former owners Clubhouse.io moved from @Clubhouse to @Clubhouseio, but as of writing, audio app Clubhouse still operates on @JoinClubhouse on Twitter.
The acquisition of Clubhouse.com happened as the company announced it secured an undisclosed Series C funding round, reportedly at a $4 billion valuation.
This comes as Twitter, Facebook, and even LinkedIn have reportedly been developing their own versions of Clubhouse’s audio chat rooms. Facebook is experimenting with an Instagram/Clubhouse mashup that it calls Hotline.