meditation

By Dave Muoio 01:34 pm July 16, 2019
Wave, a subscription app and connected foam cushion for at-home meditation, has launched with $5.65 million in seed funding. CrossLink Capital, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Collaborative Fund and Ludlow Ventures were named as the company’s backers in this morning’s announcement. WHAT THEY DO The core of Wave’s consumer offering is an app-based service ($9.99 per month, $99.99 for a year) that looks to...
By Dave Muoio 11:35 am July 2, 2019
Calm, which makes a meditation and sleep app of the same name, has tacked $27 million onto its previously announced $88 million Series B round thanks to new backing from Lightspeed Venture Partners, the investor shared in a Medium.com post. This add-on capital brings the startup’s total backing to $143 million. WHAT THEY DO Cofounders and co-CEOs Michael Acton Smith and Alex Tew founded Calm with...
By Laura Lovett 10:53 am June 3, 2019
Between Twitter notifications and the constant of flood of work emails, staying focused on one task can be challenging. However, researchers have discovered that a new meditation platform could be effective in improving young adults' attention spans. In the study, which was published in Nature Human Behavior, the MediTrain closed-loop digital meditation platform helped healthy young adults ...
By Laura Lovett 12:15 pm May 7, 2019
A new platform, dubbed Journey LIVE, is seeking to bring a group meditation experience to home users. This morning New York-based Journey Meditation launched the app, which will enable users to stream live instructors and classes.  The news coincided with an announcement that the startup landed $2.4 million in seed funding. The new round was led by Canaan with participation from Brooklyn Bridge...
By Dave Muoio 12:20 pm March 5, 2019
San Francisco-based Calm’s meditation service is now directly accessible through the Samsung Health app, the companies announced in a press release yesterday. Smartphone users who have downloaded and updated Samsung’s health and wellness platform can set up or sync a Calm account by clicking on the “Mindfulness” icon within the app, and then following the instructions. Along with personalizing...
By Dave Muoio 11:36 am February 6, 2019
San Francisco-based Calm, developer of the meditation and sleep app of the same name, announced this morning that it has raised $88 million in a Series B funding round led by TPG Growth. Creative Artists Agency also participated in the round alongside existing investors Insight Venture Partners and Sound Ventures. The new backing brought Calm’s total funding to $116 million and, according to the...
By Jonah Comstock 04:12 pm November 13, 2018
Meditation app Simple Habit has raised $10 million in Series A venture funding. Foundation Capital, which also led the company's $2.8 million seed round last May, led the round. “The world desperately needs better ways to manage stress and anxiety,” Steve Vassallo, general partner at Foundation, said in a statement. “That’s why Simple Habit is growing at a critical time. My partners and I believe...
By Laura Lovett 04:02 pm October 30, 2018
Interaxon, the company best known for its “brain sensing” headband Muse that helps wearers meditate, released the second generation of the device this morning.  The latest product, called Muse 2, is worn across the user's forehead and connects to a smartphone app that providing meditation data. Like the previous version of the tool, it is able to measure brain signals through an EEG sensor,...
By Jonah Comstock 02:47 pm June 20, 2018
Calm, developer of the meditation and sleep app of the same name, has raised $27 million in a round of funding led by Insight Ventures that also includes singer Harry Styles (formerly of One Direction) and Sound Ventures, the investment vehicle of actor Ashton Kutcher. This is the company's first major funding round since a $1.5 million seed round, and brings its total investment to $28.5 million...
By Laura Lovett 12:18 pm April 12, 2018
When stress levels are high, turning to an app for guided meditation might not be all that effective, according to a recent small study published in BMC Psychology. Researchers found no significant difference in mindfulness, dispositions or critical thinking scores when comparing a group of participants that received mindfulness meditation training through an app to a group that went that went...