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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Randall Keith talks about the Mercury News’ web, mobile and social media initiatives

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rgk_mug_082011A Stanford grad, Randall Keith first broke into journalism as a photographer at the Daily. He then moved up to photo editor, and finally became one of the two news editors at the time. From there, Keith rapidly moved into the professional news world.

“I skipped graduation to start a job as the city hall reporter at the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire,” Keith said.

From there, his area of interest became more defined; he arrived at the Mercury in the late 90’s to become the telecom and e-commerce editor.

“I was fascinated with how technology was changing our lives. No better story and no better place to cover it than Silicon Valley.”

Keith is currently the Managing Editor for the Digital division of the Bay Area News Group sites, mobile apps and social media efforts. His tasks include overseeing the work of web producers and digital editors in multiple newsrooms, in addition to working with the Group’s breaking news teams and photo departments.

His first purely digital job involved overseeing news content on, but those responsibilities expanded over the years to include the rest of the Bay Area digital properties.

“We’re all trying to figure out how to keep strong journalism going on digital platforms that today don’t produce enough revenue to replace what’s disappearing on the print side,” Keith said. “My job gives me the opportunity to help guide our journalism and also take on that larger challenge facing news organizations.”

Links to a few of the Bay Area News Group’s publications.

The San Jose Mercury News

The Santa Cruz Sentinel

The Oakland Tribune

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