There’s a new boss at mindfulness startup Calm, although he’s already been at the company for a little while. David Ko was the co-founder and CEO of health-tech startup Ripple, which Calm acquired in February this year.
Since then he’s been co-CEO at the latter company, and now its co-founders Michael Acton-Smith and Alex Tew are stepping back to leave him as sole CEO.
“Alex and I will officially both become Co-Executive Chairman, and we’ll focus on building the future of Calm,” wrote Acton-Smith on LinkedIn. “We are setting up a London-based studio to spin up new ideas with an aim of improving the mental health of billions of people… Building and evolving the Calm brand from a single app to a universe of products and services over the coming decade is going to be a challenging but fascinating journey.”
Calm has worked with a series of artists on meditation-music projects including London Grammar, Keith Urban and Diplo – as well as Universal Music Group.
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