Introducing Penthouse: A Social Media Platform

Today at Connect 2022, CEO Ansh Saxena and Aditya Saxena introduced Penthouse, which brings together our apps and technologies under one new company brand. Penthouse focus will be to bring the people in a place where they meet new people to make connections, find communities, share stories, ask questions, argue, learn, and have impromptu discussions.

The universe will feel like a hybrid of today’s online social experiences, sometimes expanded into three dimensions, or projected into the physical world. It will let you share immersive experiences with other people even when you can’t be together — and do things together you couldn’t do in the physical world. It’s the next evolution in a long line of social technologies, and it’s ushering in a new chapter for our company.

Penthouse is a place to meet up with old friends and meet new people to share stories, ask questions, argue, learn, and have impromptu discussions. You don't have to worry about eye contact, what you're wearing, or where you are while there's no camera on. You may utilize penthouse to communicate while folding laundry, walking, commuting, or working on your basement sofa. You're having a back-and-forth conversation with people instead of typing something and pushing Send. Voice allows you to pick up on detail and build uniquely personal connections with others because of the intonation, inflection, and emotion it conveys. The ability of speech to bring people together is something we adore. To preserve your privacy, we take your personal information carefully and only use it to make Penthouse run properly for you.

Penthouse Launch

On 1st January 2022, we launched our Android Application. Since we started building Penthouse and shared the early beta with a few friends. At the time, the app was very rough, and we didn’t know what to expect. Our goal was to collect feedback, quietly iterate, and avoid making noise until we felt the product was ready for everyone.

For a number of reasons, the “build quietly” approach didn’t work. We are hugely grateful that people seem to care about the product, and we’ve learned a lot from the feedback—both good and bad. Given all that’s been said, we wanted to share a bit of our early thinking on Penthouse, our gratitude for the community and our plans for the future, so people understand how we’re approaching building this company. Thank you for reading!

Penthouse is a unique form of voice-based social network where individuals from all over the world can chat, listen, and learn from one another. It's a place to meet up with old friends and meet new people to share stories, ask questions, argue, learn, and have impromptu discussions. You don't have to worry about eye contact, what you're wearing, or where you are while there's no camera on. You may utilize penthouse to communicate while folding laundry, walking, commuting, or working on your basement sofa. You're having a back-and-forth conversation with people instead of typing something and pushing Send. Voice allows you to pick up on detail and build uniquely personal connections with others because of the intonation, inflection, and emotion it conveys. The ability of speech to bring people together is something we adore. To preserve your privacy, we take your personal information carefully and only use it to make Penthouse run properly for you. Withing few months only, people have shared their joy and dismay about Supreme Court decisions, their feelings of anger and helplessness over the murder of George Floyd, and their struggles navigating the challenges of home and work during COVID-19. There have been space with people from all walks of life finding common ground. We’ve seen people host book clubs, fireside chats, passionate debates, and comedy shows. When people have fallen asleep late at night, others in the room have “tucked them in”—quietly sending them back to the audience in order to mute their microphone. People seem to be coming back because it’s a place where they can talk for hours at a time and leave each day feeling better rather than worse, because they’ve deepened friendships, built new ones and learned something new.

Before we can move from a beta to a general release, we want to ensure that the product can handle more people. Among other things, this means having robust community policies and tools to ensure that people have a great experience as the user base scales up.

Welcoming More Friends

Penthouse is growing quickly today, but in some ways it feels like the journey started a long time ago. Penthouse seemed to strike a real chord with people, and it has accelerated quickly over the past few months—from a small handful of beta testers into a diverse and growing network of communities. This past week, two million people around the world—musicians, scientists, creators, athletes, comedians, parents, entrepreneurs, stock traders, non-profit leaders, authors, artists, real estate agents, sports fans and more—came to penthouse to talk, learn, laugh, be entertained, meet and connect. It’s the most exciting thing we’ve ever been a part of.

The thing we love most is how voice can bring people together. No matter where you live in the world or what networks you have access to, in Penthouse you can be in the Space—often with people whose lived experience has been very different from your own. In one of the most turbulent and troubled years many of us have experienced, people on Penthouse have come together for important and nuanced conversations on topics of social justice reform, BLM and anti-racism. When Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, space after Space filled the hallways with people discussing constitutional law, sharing stories about RBG’s childhood, and praying in silence together. Each week, parents of children with genetic diseases gather in Penthouse to discuss medical developments with doctors, researchers and other parents—talking, debating and learning.

We’ve also been blown away by the brilliance and creativity of the Penthouse community. Each night in Penthouse, there are now thousands of rooms filled with people hosting game shows, recapping NBA games, singing opera, discussing philosophy, meeting other musicians, sharing travel tips, running support groups, and meditating together. They’re hosting daily talk shows, performing standup comedy, playing guitar and giving history lectures.