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Former 'Googler' see's Drastic Increase in Meditation App Usage Due to Covid Spread and Church Closures.

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Neil Ahlsten, CEO & Co-Founder

San Francisco | August 27, 2020 | - Former Googler Neil Ahlsten left a lucrative position at Google in 2014 to launch Abide, a Christian meditation app. While 40 percent of Americans are religious, the faith-based sector has been completely ignored by Silicon Valley. Given this market opportunity, we’ve experienced steady growth over the past 3 years and have become the largest spiritual meditation app and a top 5 meditation app.

Ahlsten says, "over the past few months, we have seen a drastic increase as the fears of the Covid virus forced church closures across the country."

Some recent data:

  • 45% increase in users since Covid-19 started (1.7 million monthly users)

  • 52% more time on the app, 250 million minutes per month

  • Facebook even subscribed to give free Abide access to its employees 

A few thoughts:

  • Churches are the bedrock of many communities. We rely on them for fellowship, for support, biblical guidance, and for worship  -- the things many of us need the most now.

  • Churches have been slow to embrace technology. Six months ago there were very few online churches. Church-related programs were mostly built around a physical experience.
  • Today even small churches are streaming their services online.

Some feedback from our users:

  • Doctors and first responders are using Abide to help with the stress and trauma of treating Covid-19

  • Even pastors are seeking digital meditation for help. A pastor of cowboy church in Louisiana started listening to Abide every day to deal with stress and insomnia.

 Listeners have spent over a million hours hearing Bible meditations in just two weeks.

During this time of uncertainty Abide is offering a 30-day free trial available at

Abide is available in both the App Store and Google Play store.


About Abide
Abide Prayer & Meditation AppAbide Meditation is a project of Carpenters Code, a small startup located in San Mateo, California. It was started by former Google employees seeking to use their gifts to help bring people closer to God. The Abide mobile app is the world’s most popular Christian meditation app, guiding hundreds of thousands of people around the world in biblical truth and personal reflection.
About Neil Ahlsten
CEO & Co-Founder

Former Google employee Neil Ahlsten co-founded Abide in 2015. The Abide Meditation is now the leading Christian Meditation and Sleep App. 

In 2019, 4M people from 230 countries spent over 1 billion minutes listening to Abide content. He’s built a talented team of believers from Google, Tesla, and Silicon Valley startups. Neil has a Masters in Economics from Princeton, and has run over 100 innovative experiments to engage people with the Bible.

A special message from CEO Neil Ahlsten during this difficult time.

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