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Cameo is an online marketplace that connects fans directly with more than 40K of their favorite pop culture icons via personalized video messages, live calls, and direct messages. With more than $150M in capital raised from investors including Lightspeed, Jeff Weiner, Kleiner Perkins, Bain Capital, and Google Ventures, including a recent $100M Series C, Cameo’s success to date has been significant. In 2020 alone, Cameo was awarded Best Product in Forbes’ 2020 Social Media Awards; ranked #1 on The Information’s TI50 Most Promising Startups; and among Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, Inc.’s Best In Business 2020, and Business Insider’s Top 100 Startups of 2020.


Devon Townsend is a co-founder of Cameo, the leading marketplace building personal relationships among talent, fans and brands through custom video messages, live video calls and direct messages. Launched by Townsend, Steven Galanis and Martin Blencowe in 2017, the Cameo platform has connected fans with tens of thousands of their favorite athletes, entertainers and other influencers, helped facilitate more than 1 million Cameo videos, and raised more than $1 million for a wide range of charities through its Cameo Cares program.

Prior to Cameo, Townsend was a Vine influencer who regularly received DMs from fans asking for shout-outs to them and their friends, which helped shape the Cameo business model. Townsend holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Duke University and served as Cameo’s first Chief Technology Officer. He has received Forbes 30 Under 30 and Inc. 30 Under 30 honors in 2019 for his contributions to Cameo.

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