E117: Calm App Founder: From $0 To $2 Billion By Making The World Meditate: Michael Acton Smith

E117: Calm App Founder: From $0 To $2 Billion By Making The World Meditate: Michael Acton Smith

By Steven Bartlett

The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett

Monday, 31 January

Michael Acton-Smith is best known as the co-founder of Calm, the $2 billion meditation, sleep and wellness app, but he is so much more than that. Because Calm is just one of four companies Michael has built.
Michael has also built Moshi Monsters, the breakout success web-based children’s game, which after rapid growth suffered a loss in users and for a while Michael wasn’t sure whether the business could survive. Michael has experienced the highs, but also the challenges, of growing big businesses. 
These are just two of four companies Michael has built. Michael is a natural entrepreneur who’s been founding businesses his entire adult life. To talk to him and share in his wisdom was a privilege I’m immensely grateful for. 
Your early years Starting my first business - Firebox  My second business - Perplex City  My third business - Moshi monsters  The start of Calm Calm helping people sleep Misconceptions around sleep Tough times for you this year What you are doing now to change? Your relationships The foundations of good communication  How accurate is the 'hippie' stigma that comes with mindfulness?  Do you feel the good you've done in the world? Psychedelics curing mental health Our last guest question
Micheal: https://www.instagram.com/michaelacton/ https://twitter.com/acton?lang=gu linkedin.com/in/michaelactonsmith/?originalSubdomain=uk

Calm:
https://www.calm.com/
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