Michael Acton Smith keynote speaker
Michael Acton Smith keynote speaker

Michael Acton Smith

Serial tech entrepreneur; Co-founder, Calm

Speaker Themes

  • The tech scene
  • The digital economy
  • Startup culture
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Mental health and well-being at work

Travels from

London, UK; San Francisco, USA


Michael Acton Smith is a serial tech entrepreneur and investor.

He is the co-founder and co-CEO of Calm, the leading digital health brand for mental fitness, meditation, and sleep. Calm has grown to over 90 million downloads, was the Apple 2017 app of the year, and is the world’s first mental health unicorn.

Michael’s Book “Calm” has been described as “a practical and pleasurable guide to twenty-first century mindfulness”. 

Long fascinated by neuroscience, flow states and mental fitness, Michael is passionate about spreading meditation as a simple, but valuable skill around the world.

Prior to Calm, Michael Acton Smith was the founder of Mind Candy and creator of Moshi Monsters, the online world for children that grew to 80 Million registered users and expanded offline into books, toys, games, magazines, music and movies.

Michael’s first business was Firebox.com, the online retailer of gadgets, games and gifts, which he founded in 1998 with Tom Boardman. Among the products they invented was the Shot Glass Chess Set.

Michael also founded Ping Pong Fight Club and Berwickstock music festival.

In 2014 he was awarded an OBE for services to the Creative Industries.

For more information on Michael Acton Smith’s speaking fees, topics and availability, contact VBQ Speakers founding agent Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@vbqspeakers.com.


Michael has been immersed in tech and startup for over 20 years. He is an inspirational speaker on the digital economy, disruptive innovation and the entrepreneurial mindset.

He speaks about building winning teams and growth culture, marketing insights that make the difference, entrepreneurship and innovation as well as building mental health through better mental fitness and well-being at work.

He is also outspoken about the need to reduce the stigma around mental health, both in our private and work lives. These are issues he is tackling head-on through his pioneering work at Calm. In Michael Acton Smith’s own words:

Calming the mind is not about switching off and retreating from the bustle of life. It’s a superpower that rewires our brains, changes the way we see the world and helps to unlock our true potential.”

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