Mental health startup Calm reaches $1bn valuation
Calm, a mental health and meditation-focused startup, has reportedly raised a further US$88mn as part of its series B round of funding. The capital injection, which was led by TPG Growth, with participation from Insight Venture Partners, Sound Ventures (actor Ashton Kutcher’s venture capital fund), and Creative Artists Agency brings the total value of Calm to exactly $1bn. With this valuation, the San Francisco-based startup joins the 312 other startups to achieve ‘Unicorn’ status.
Founded in 2012 by entrepreneurs Michael Acton Smith, co-creator of Firebox.com and described by the Independent as “a polite version of Bob Geldof”, and Alex Tew, creator of the viral advertising website the Million Dollar Homepage, Calm’s goal is to help its users “cope with some of the most important mental health issues of the modern age including anxiety, stress, and insomnia.”
The company’s app provides services such as daily guided meditation sessions, and Calm’s Sleep Stories, “soothing bedtime tales for adults” narrated by the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Stephen Fry and Leona Lewis. Since its founding, Calm has grown to over 40mn downloads worldwide, with an average of one new user joining each second.
“We started as a meditation app, but have grown far beyond that,” said Acton Smith. “Our vision is to build one of the most valuable and meaningful brands of the 21st century. Health and wellness is a $4 trillion industry and we believe there is a big opportunity to build the leading company in this fast growing and important space.”
The $88mn will be used to drive Calm’s expansion into new languages and grow its team of 50.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.