Celeb Messaging App Cameo Raises $50 Million

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Cameo, an app that allows users to send celebrity delivered messages to friends and family, announced new funding.

The Chicago based startup received $50 million in Series B funding, led by Kleiner Perkins.

The Chicago Tribune reports media and tech company The Chernin Group, VC’s Spark Ventures, Bain Capital and LightSpeed Ventures also invested in this round. It’s total funding haul is $65 million.

“We have an ambitious roadmap that includes developing new, rich conversation features, bolstering our talent roster in key verticals, and aggressively scaling our global presence,”  said Cameo CEO Steven Galanis, in a statement.

With the Cameo app, users can send personalized messages to persons via celebrities and influencers like Bella Thorne,  Charlie Sheen, Troy Aikman and the cast of The Hills: New Beginnings, for a variable fee.

“Cameo is cool and easy to use. Fans love it, talent loves it, I love it, and the size of this funding round shows that investors love it,” said hip hop star Snoop Dogg, who’s an investor as well as part of its vast talent roster. “With their team and the new money behind them, they’re on their way to going worldwide.”

Cameo has built a talent pool of 15,000 athletes, performers, social media influencers and other VIPs who have fulfilled 275,000 personalized video shoutouts just 26 months after its launch.

Published reports say the startup is now valued at $300 million, but Cameo has not confirmed this information.

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