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VCs reload ahead of the election as unicorns power ahead

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter for your weekend enjoyment. There was a steady drumbeat of bullish news for unicorns this week.

When was the last time you worked out your soul?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. The whole crew was back today, with Natasha and D

News that Calm seeks more funding at a higher valuation is not transcendental thinking

Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that meditation app Calm is looking into raising $150 million more at a valuation of around $2.2 billion, more than double its last private price. This should no

Funding for mental health-focused startups rises in 2020

Turning away from the public markets, IPOs, SPACs and Palantir for a moment, would you like to talk about startups again? I would. This morning, I pored over venture capital funding patterns for welln

The Calm meditation app is getting its own celebrity-filled HBO Max show

Meditation apps have been a nice tech-centric respite for many, as the world continues to fall apart at the seams. HBO Max is hoping to build on that success with the launch of a new show based on the

Hypnosis for health? Investors have placed a $1.1 million bet on Mindset Health that it can work

Chris and Alex Naoumidis came to hypnotherapy through dresses. As The New York Times reported last year, the two brothers initially started their careers as startup entrepreneurs with a peer-to-peer d

Meditation apps offer free mindfulness, as social distancing takes a toll

I’m not sure how many days we are into this “15 days” thing. Frankly, I’m not really sure what day of the week it is. As we collectively lose our grip on reality and socialization and increasi

Calm co-CEO Michael Acton Smith explains strategy behind ‘mental fitness’ app

Mental wellness unicorn Calm has more than two million subscribers to its mindfulness and meditation app, raising over $140 million in funding to bring “mental fitness” practices into the

Define and manage growth on your own terms

Growth means different things at different companies, but correctly identifying avenues for sustainable and scalable growth is a universal priority.

The first hires are the hardest

Money is usually too tight to pay competitive salaries, there’s no recognizable brand or reputation yet and most people would prefer to work at a company their friends and family have heard of befor

Calm and Room made a $4,000 branded ‘meditation booth’

Call it clever branding. Call it peak Silicon Valley. Either way, the Calm Booth by Room will run you $4,195. Perhaps it’s worth it for the peace of mind — and the dozen annual Calm subscriptions

Cracking the code on podcast advertising for customer acquisition

Of the various channels available to growth marketers, podcast is among the most misunderstood. Brands like Dollar Shave Club, Squarespace, and ZipRecruiter have deployed podcast advertising for...

TC’s Greg Epstein and Kate Clark talk mental health startups and the ‘Cult of the Founder’

Some weeks, tech ethics is in the news. And some weeks, it IS the news. This week was one of the latter. There were so many ethically fraught news stories about technology companies over these past fe

‘The Operators’: Finance in startups with Duda CFO Stephanie Hsiung and Zeus Living’s Head of Finance Mark Kang

This week features two finance experts with experience from Calm, Morgan Stanley, Zeus Living, and Duda, discussing careers in finance at tech startups and how to think about hiring and managing...

Fitbit’s CEO discusses the company’s subscription future

At a small event in Manhattan this week, Fitbit laid out its future for the press. Tellingly, the event was far more focused on the company’s software play, with the big hardware announcement feelin

Calm raises $27M to McConaughey you to sleep

Meditation app unicorn Calm wants you to doze off to the dulcet tones of actor Matthew McConaughey’s southern drawl or writer Stephen Fry’s English accent. Calm’s Sleep Stories featu

Journey launches its real-time group ‘Peloton for Meditation’

Sitting silently with your eyes closed isn’t fun, but it’s good for you… so you probably don’t meditate as often as you’d like. In that sense, it’s quite similar to

Moby’s new album is exclusive to the Calm meditation app

Album exclusives are nothing new in the age of Tidal, of course. But Moby’s latest is taking a kind of circuitous route to the world’s mobile devices. The electronic artist has released his la

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 w

Calm heads to the airport, invests $3 million in XpresSpa

Wellness app Calm has today announced a $3 million equity investment in XpresSpa Group, a fast-spa service you may have noticed in your local airport. Calm sees the investment as a way to expand its o
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