meditation

By Laura Lovett 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 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 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 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 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 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 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...
By Jonah Comstock February 12, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated Provata's 2016 revenue. Merck subsidiary StayWell, which offers a preventative health platform for employers, health plans, and health systems, has acquired Provata Health for an undisclosed sum. Provata Health makes a digital health platform for employee wellness, which includes a chronic disease management program incorporating a...
By Jonah Comstock May 11, 2017
San Francisco-based meditation app Simple Habit has raised $2.5 million in a new round of funding that includes investors New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Fabrice Grinda's FJ Labs, Foundation Capital and the founders of Dropbox and Gusto. This is the first round of funding for the company, whose app launched on the iOS App Store in April 2016. CEO Yunha Kim, who went from being an investment...
By Jonah Comstock November 14, 2013
Dr. Eric Topol, one of the most well known figures in digital health and Dr. Deepak Chopra, one of the most prominent voices in alternative medicine, are teaming up to measure the effects of meditation with digital health devices. The study of 40 individuals was conducted by the Scripps Translational Science Institute with funding from the Chopra Foundation. "Although the health benefits of...
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