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 https://abide.co/hope
Abide is available in both the App Store and Google Play store.
Abide 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.