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Cameo website screen shot

Cameo, the app that lets fans pay for personalized videos from celebrities, has hired a slew of new C-suite executives from media and tech companies, with plans to continue rapidly growing its employee base.

Why it matters: The company, which last year brought in roughly $100 million in video transactions, benefitted enormously from the pandemic-driven lockdowns. In 2020, it sold 1.3 million Cameo videos and doubled its employee base to 200.

  • Because of the pandemic, the company says that more than half of the company will have never worked in a Cameo office by the end of Q1 2021.

Details: In addition to several other executives from companies like Instagram and Reddit, Cameo is bringing on ...

  • Rob Post, formerly of Quibi, as chief technology officer
  • Deb Schwartz, formerly of Bustle Digital Group, as chief financial officer
  • Brian Frank, formerly of LinkedIn, as chief operating officer
  • Melanie Steinbach, formerly of McDonald's, as chief people officer

Between the lines: The company's growth last year was reflected not just in revenue, but also in the expansion of its community of creators.

  • In 2020, Cameo added 10,000 new athletes, actors, comedians, musicians, artists, activists and personalities, who together produced more than 30,000 hours of Cameo content.
  • By the end of the year, the company says that more than 150 Cameo personalities were earning at least $100,000 per year. 

The big picture: Nearly every major app geared towards content creators saw a significant boost in 2020, as more people were stuck at home and turned to social media creation to make money or find communities.

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Jan 25, 2021 - Economy & Business

Audio messaging platform Yac raises $7.5M Series A

Yac

Yac, an online voice messaging platform, has raised $7.5 million in venture funding led by GGV Capital and the Slack Fund, which funded the app last year.

Why it matters: Yac helps companies integrate audio messaging into their workflow. It launched at the beginning of the pandemic and has benefitted enormously from companies needed improved communication during remote work.

Updated 4 hours ago - World

UK government: Kremlin has plan "to install pro-Russian leadership" in Ukraine

British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss. Photo: Gints Ivuskans / AFP via Getty Images

The United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary on Saturday night said the government has "information that indicates the Russian Government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine."

Driving the news: U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne called the intelligence "deeply concerning" in a statement to Axios. The Biden administration has said Russia is actively manufacturing a pretext for invasion and warned that Putin could use joint military exercises in Belarus as cover to invade from the north.

Updated 6 hours ago - Science

This powerful new accelerator looks for keys to the center of atoms

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Nuclear physicists trying to piece together how atoms are built are about to get a powerful new tool.

Why it matters: When the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams begins experiments later this spring, physicists from around the world will use the particle accelerator to better understand the inner workings of atoms that make up all the matter that can be seen in the universe.