Office Hours Podcast: Cameo’s Custom-Crafted Celebrity Videos Are the New Autograph

Spencer Rascoff

Spencer Rascoff serves as executive chairman of dot.LA. He is an entrepreneur and company leader who co-founded Zillow, Hotwire, dot.LA, Pacaso and Supernova, and who served as Zillow's CEO for a decade. During Spencer's time as CEO, Zillow won dozens of "best places to work" awards as it grew to over 4,500 employees, $3 billion in revenue, and $10 billion in market capitalization. Prior to Zillow, Spencer co-founded and was VP Corporate Development of Hotwire, which was sold to Expedia for $685 million in 2003. Through his startup studio and venture capital firm, 75 & Sunny, Spencer is an active angel investor in over 100 companies and is incubating several more.

Office Hours Podcast: Cameo’s Custom-Crafted Celebrity Videos Are the New Autograph
Cameo

On this week's episode of Office Hours, you'll hear from Steven Galanis, founder and CEO of Cameo, which offers a marketplace of celebrities that will record a custom-crafted message for a fee.


The story of Cameo's rise is pretty extraordinary. Its 2017 launch tanked. Its only talent was furious. But, with the devotion of a founder that knows he's on to something, the startup persisted and has grown massively.

Steven shares the colorful story of the young company's turnaround, how he breaks down the best way to handle employee dysfunction and how he built up Cameo's roster of tens of thousands of celebrities and influencers.

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