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

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

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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