Calm acquires healthcare know-how firm Ripple Well being Group


Meditation app Calm is buying Ripple Well being Group, a San Francisco-based healthcare know-how firm. The phrases of the deal weren’t disclosed. Calm says the acquisition will speed up its psychological well being care ambitions. Following the acquisition, Ripple Well being Group CEO David Ko will tackle the position of Calm co-CEO, alongside Michael Acton Smith. Calm co-founder Alex Tew will transfer from co-CEO to govt chairman.

Based in 2019, Ripple connects customers with correct healthcare choices and builds options that tackle urgent well being issues. Ripple’s first two merchandise, which launched final month, give attention to growing older in society and assuaging the burden of caregiving for each skilled and non-professional caregivers.

The Ripple group will now be a part of Calm and give attention to constructing Calm Well being, which is able to change the corporate’s current employer providing, Calm for Enterprise. Calm Well being is anticipated to launch quickly, with the intention of supporting psychological well being throughout the care spectrum. The Ripple group can be tasked with constructing out a set of Calm Well being options that combine into present healthcare know-how and are each safe and easy to make use of. Calm says Ripple will even proceed to construct merchandise that intention to cut back the burden of caregiving.

“As an advisor to Calm since 2019, I’ve witnessed firsthand the group’s skill to pioneer the way forward for psychological well being, redefining each the class and the distribution channel,” stated Calm’s new co-CEO, David Ko, in an announcement. “Calm is on a mission to make the world happier and more healthy. I can’t consider a greater match for Ripple’s group and know-how. We’re extremely honored to hitch the corporate. I’m excited to work alongside Michael to carry Calm to healthcare.”

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Earlier than becoming a member of Ripple, Ko was the president, COO and board member of Rally Well being, a digital well being firm that develops cellular options that intention to make it simpler for customers to entry care.

“David’s enterprise acumen, operational excellence and confirmed file scaling healthcare firms can be invaluable for Calm as we enter into new ventures and form the way forward for the class,” stated Calm co-CEO and co-founder Michael Acton Smith, in an announcement.

Calm’s acquisition comes just a few weeks after it made its first foray into bodily exercise and video content material with the launch of its new Every day Transfer function. The function guides customers by easy workout routines to get them shifting. Calm sees the brand new function as an entry level into conscious content material for individuals who discover conventional meditation a troublesome place to start out. The corporate additionally not too long ago launched a brand new “Premium Household” subscription plan that features as much as six accounts. The brand new providing is on the market globally for $99.99 per 12 months, whereas a premium particular person plan prices $69.99 per 12 months.

Calm, together with different meditation apps, has fared nicely in the course of the ongoing pandemic and has seen a surge in customers. The corporate boasts greater than 100 million downloads up to now, and says it averages 100,000 new customers every day. In December 2020, Calm raised $75 million in Sequence C funding, pushing the corporate’s valuation to $2 billion. Prior investor Lightspeed Enterprise Companions led the spherical.

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