Calm app made meditation chic — and billions of dollars along the way

The Calm app takes users to a lake set in a mountain range. Photo by Shutterstock.

Calm. It’s something many people haven’t felt a lot during more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic. That collective anxiety has been a boon for Calm, the meditation app that takes you to a lake when you open it. The sound of tiny waves lap the shore of the mountain range. Calm is now valued at around $2 billion — how did that happen?