How Cameo Survived a Public Relations Nightmare

By confronting the issue head-on, the startup regained its customers’ trust. July 11, 2019 4 min read This story appears in the July 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Listen to Cameo’s founder discuss his PR nightmare on our podcast Problem Solvers. Steven Galanis was in his office one day last November when he got a text from a guy who works for NFL legend Brett Favre. “This is bad,” the text said. “What do we do?” And that’s how Galanis learned of the crisis about to consume his company — and threaten its very existence. Galanis is the cofounder and CEO of Cameo, a platform that allows fans to pay celebrities for quick, personalized videos — ­wishing someone a happy birthday, congratulating them on an accomplishment, and so on. The talent includes actors, athletes, YouTube stars, and more, and each sets their own price, from a few dollars to […]

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Sun-Maid Raisins Has a Bold Plan to Reinvent Itself. (Watch Out, Fruit Roll-Ups!)

The storied company’s new CEO is tackling a big challenge: a recognizable brand but a declining business. May 29, 2019 4 min read This story appears in the June 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Hear the story of Sun-Maid’s changes on our podcast Problem Solvers. Harry Overly got an unexpected call one day from Sun-Maid, the raisin company with the famous red box featuring a grapes-­carrying girl. It needed a new CEO — was he interested? “What is the appetite for risk?” he asked in response. Because Overly, a food industry veteran, knew the job wouldn’t be easy. Two decades ago, American-­grown raisins represented 45 percent of global raisin sales; today it’s less than 20 percent. And Sun-Maid, which grows its product in California, had barely marketed itself during that time, which meant it had a lot of catching up to do. The company promised it was willing to […]

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