Meditation app Calm hits unicorn status with fresh $88 million funding

Calm, the meditation and wellness app that launched back in 2012, has today announced the close of an $88 million Series B financing with a valuation of $1 billion. (We have not been able to clarify whether the valuation was post- or pre-money.)

The funding was led by TPG Growth, with participation from CAA and existing investors Insight Venture Partners and Sound Ventures.

As meditation grows in popularity across the U.S. — the CDC says it tripled from 4.1 percent in 2012 to 14.2 percent in 2017 — Calm has capitalized on the craze by offering a suite of mindfulness and wellness tools, from guided meditation sessions to a product called “Sleep Stories,” via a subscription.

But Calm is also meeting stress where it lives. For example, the company invested $3 million in XPresSpa late in 2018. XPresSpa is a chain of quick spa stores found in airports. Meanwhile, Calm partnered with American Airlines to offer Calm content within AA’s in-flight entertainment system.

The growth of Calm is hard to deny. The company says that it has topped 40 million downloads worldwide, with more than one million paying subscribers. Calm also says that it quadrupled its revenue in 2018 — the company is now profitable — and is on track to do $150 million in annual revenue.

With the new financing, Calm’s total amount raised comes to $116 million.

Moreover, Calm’s valuation has soared from $250 million at the beginning of 2018, on the heels of a $27 million Series A, to now hit $1 billion.

Here’s what co-founder and co-CEO Michael Acton Smith had to say in a prepared statement:

We started as a meditation app, but have grown far beyond that. Our vision is to build one of the most valuable and meaningful brands of the 21st century. Health and wellness is a $4 trillion industry and we believe there is a big opportunity to build the leading company in this fast growing and important space.

Co-founder and co-CEO Alex Tew said that the funding will predominantly go toward international growth and increased investment in content.

Rainbow Rangers weekdays on Nick Jr.

From the director of Lion King and the writer of Frozen, meet 7 girls with 7 different superpowers who help save the Earth and its animals. Starring their unicorn, Floof, Rosie, Anna, Bonnie, Pepper, Mandy, Indigo and Lavender are Earth’s first responders. From saving a baby polar to cleaning up sludge in a stream, there’s no task too big or small. Join the Rainbow Rangers weekdays at 3p/2c only on Nick Jr.!

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Xenoblade 2 for Nintendo is out in time for Christmas!!!

I enjoyed woking with talented & fun Jimmy Livingstone from Blue Yonder on the exciting Xenoblade Chronicles 2 action role-playing video game. Developed by Monolith, published by Nintendo and directed by Tetsuya Takahashi and composer Yasunori Mitsuda. Xenoblade2 is part of the Xeno series, serving as a sequel to the first Xenoblade Chronicles, and is scheduled for a worldwide release on Friday ... The perfect stocking stuffer!!! 


Moshi Twilight Sleep App now out!!!

I had the pleasure of narrating this very sweet, calming, sleep app for Mind Candy. Luckily I didn't have my slippers and a pillow in the sound booth with me, otherwise I would've been sent off sleep myself.

Set in the enchanting World of Moshi, Moshi Twilight Sleep Stories are perfect for settling little monsters at bedtime. Get your kids comfy, turn down the lights, play a Sleep Story and leave them to drift off to sleep. Made for kids but loved by parents , Sleep Stories are a revolutionary new form of bedtime story.

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SPACE POP brings music and life to our Galaxy! Meet Athena & Juno!

Bought to you by Genius Brands International, Spacepop is not your average Princess!

The Wikia is about five exiled princesses of the Planets of the Pentangle becoming musicians of the band to defeat and overthrow the villainous Empress Geela who tries to take over the whole galaxy.

It's filled with adventure, beautiful flash animation, cool fashions, great music, friendship, beauty and awesome fun for the whole female (mobile-driven) world (tweens and teens ages 7-19).


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'Capture The Flag' (Paramount Pictures) is released in over 300 cinemas in the UK

I'm very excited to announce that 'Capture The Flag' animated film (Paramount Pictures) will be shown in over 300 cinemas in the UK.

I've been working for a while on this project and had the pleasure of recording numerous voices for the film, including the lead Amy Gonzalas. Directed by Enrique Gato, Produced by: Álvaro Augustín; Ignacio Fernández-Veiga; Jordi Gasull; Axel Kuschevatzky; Nicolás Matji; Edmon Roch (Ikiru Films). It was a super fun film to work on. Well done to all!!!

The new 'Danger Mouse' is aired on CBeebies!!

I'm excited to say my voice is featured on the new 'Danger Mouse' Theme Tune! And proud of my talented producer husband, Sanj Sen for composing all the amazing music for the entire series. The fast paced and super fun show is currently on CBeebies and stars Alexander Armstrong as Danger Mouse, Kevin Eldon as Penfold & Shauna MacDonald as Professor Squawkencluck.

Happy Halloween 2014

What fun! Playing 'Basil The Bat' for 'Poppycats' 'Halloween Woods' episode.

Based on the 'Poppy Cat' books, written originally by Lara Jones, this is an animated TV series called, the 'Extraordinary Adventures of Poppy Cat’.

Created by: Kate Boutilier and Eryk Casemiro. Produced by Coolabi Productions and BAFTA award winning King Rollo Films for Nick Jr, Disney Jr, PBS Kids Sprout & TVO Kids.

Moshi Monsters - The Movie

Recently I had the exciting opportunity of playing 'Poppet' in the Universal cinema release of: 'Moshi Monsters The Movie'. Based on the virtual world of Moshi Monsters, the big screen adventure takes you on a mission to help save the great Moshling Egg.

Created by Mind Candy and music written & arranged by my husband, Sanj Sen.(