Banjo’s Damien Patton

Damien Patton, CEO and Founder of Banjo

Damien Patton is the CEO & Founder of Banjo. Founded in 2011, Banjo offers its users an all access pass to breaking news and live events. Known as “The live Internet,” Banjo offers users the ability to experience what’s happening anywhere through the eyes of the people who are there by sorting the world’s largest collection of social posts by location, time and content.

Banjo was conceived as a result of a missed connection at Boston’s Logan Airport. The goal was to keep users up to date with news and information, as well as location. Banjo has since evolved into one of the fastest growing companies in the location space with millions of users worldwide. The app has been featured on The Today Show, Fox Business, as well as local NBC and Fox affiliates. In 2013, Banjo was named one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Local by Fast Company and recognized as a top mobile developer by Google in 2012.

Banjo is Patton’s fourth entrepreneurial venture. He previously served two tours of duty for the US Navy in Desert Storm and as Chief Mechanic for the Lowe’s racing team in NASCAR. Patton speaks frequently at conferences on subjects ranging from social, mobile and location-based technology to agile development and privacy. He currently serves as an advisor to a wide range of startups and was chosen to be a mentor for the Harvard Innovation Lab and Silicon Valley Immersion Experience Program (IXP).

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Matthew Winkler, Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief, on the Most Pressing Issues in Business Journalism Today

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Matthew Winkler
Few people in journalism today can claim the reputation of Matthew Winkler, the long-time, bow-tied editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News.
A Kenyon College graduate who kicked off his career at the Ohio-based Mount Vernon News, Winkler spent 10 years as a financial reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and Dow Jones before co-founding Bloomberg News with the service’s namesake, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in 1990. From 1991 until 1994 he was also a markets columnist for Forbes. Winkler has penned two books, The Bloomberg Way: A Guide for Reporters and Editors, and Bloomberg by Bloomberg, which he co-authored.

Under the stewardship of Winkler, Bloomberg News has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes and has won more than 500 awards, according to his bio on the Bloomberg website. This includes the George Polk, Gerald Loeb, Investigative Reports & Editors and Society of Professional Journalists awards. Winkler himself is the recipient of the 2007 Gerald Loeb Foundation Lifetime achievement award.

But Bloomberg has not been immune to the changes many mainstream news organizations have been grappling with in recent years: In November the company laid off around 40 journalists across multiple departments, while also planning the expansion of coverage in emerging markets. Just prior to the layoffs, Bloomberg News and Winkler in particular were questioned by other media outlets over the company’s coverage policies in China.

Winkler joins us at Stanford University on Wednesday, February 5 at 12:15 pm PT to discuss the changing face of business journalism and the most pressing issues in the sector today.