In this photo illustration, the wellness and meditation app 'Calm' is seen on a mobile phone on January 11, 2021 in London, United Kingdom.
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Tranquility has been hard to come by these days—which helps explain the meteoric rise of Calm, a mindfulness app that saw downloads double over the course of the pandemic. Calm, which now has 4 million paid subscribers and a $2 billion valuation, has also been working with corporate partners to expand access to its Calm Business program, through which 10 million workers now have free access to the app as a mental-health benefit. “We’re in the middle of a global mental-health crisis,” says communications director Alexia Marchetti, “so Calm is focused on helping … as many people as possible.”

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