Calm, maker of a meditation, sleep and relaxation app, doubled its valuation to $2 billion after raising capital from existing backers including Lightspeed Venture Partners, TPG and Insight Partners.
“With companies now taking mental well-being at work seriously, there’s so much opportunity, and we raised capital to be able to put the foot down on the gas even more,” co-founder and co-Chief Executive Officer Alex Tew said in an interview with Bloomberg … Calm says it has more than 100 million downloads and 4 million paying customers. Daily downloads have doubled in 2020 from a year ago, and users have listened to more than 1 billion minutes of content this year, up 100% from 2019.
Calm Hits $2 Billion Valuation, Expands into Wellness at Work (press release):
Calm today announced that it has raised $75 million in Series C financing, valuing the company at $2 billion USD … Profitable since 2016, Calm continues rapid growth with over 100 million downloads and 4 million paying members. One primary driver is Calm for Business, the brand’s enterprise arm, which covers more than 10 million lives through employer partnerships. In a new McKinsey report, 62% of employees consider mental health issues a top challenge. With accessible, effective mental wellness content to serve a diverse workforce, Calm for Business partners see 25% adoption, with 75% engagement amongst employee populations.
“We’ve only just begun supporting companies on their journey to increase employee resilience,” said Alex Tew, Calm co-founder and co-CEO. “This financing round will advance our efforts in building a strong global workforce, meeting overwhelming market demand. Our Calm for Business expansion is a priority as employer investment in mental health skyrockets.”
News in Context:
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