Cameo, a Chicago, IL-based startup that connects fans directly with their favorite pop culture personalities, closed $50m Series B financing.
The round was led by Kleiner Perkins with participation by The Chernin Group, Spark Ventures, Bain Capital and Series A lead investor Lightspeed Venture Partners.
The company intends to use the new funds to enhance the platform and expand its domestic and international presence.
Co-founded by CEO Steven Galanis, CTO Devon Townsend and Martin Blencowe in 2017, Cameo provides a service enabling consumers to book personalized video greetings from celebrities. In two years, the company has built a talent portfolio of more than 15,000 VIPs and fulfilled more than 275,000 requests ranging from birthday and good luck messages to prom invitations, marriage proposals, baby gender reveals and beyond.
The company plans to increase headcount at a 20-person Los Angeles office that opened in February, ramping up existing operations in the UK and Australia, and opening key new markets in Europe, Asia and South America.
It also has 66 employees at its headquarters in Chicago.