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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