Saturday’s Emcee for the Digital Startup Speaker Series
Damien Patton, Banjo Founder and CEO, is a serial entrepreneur whose zest for life and passion for problem solving is the hallmark of everything he does. Before dominating hackfests and leading innovative technology teams, Patton put his talents to use in some vastly varied disciplines. He served in Desert Storm, was the Chief Mechanic of the Lowe’s racing team in NASCAR and even dusted for prints and collected DNA as a crime scene investigator.
Unveiled in June of 2011, Banjo aggregates the most popular social networks into one feed, creating “THE” Social Graph. Banjo takes you there, to the most interesting and important events and places around the world and has quickly become a leading location-based search & social discovery platform. Banjo has a user base spanning 190 countries, and has held the coveted “App of the Week” in iTunes and has twice been the “App of the Week” in Google Play. But most impressive is the growth, Banjo hit 1 Million users in 9 months – faster than Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Path and Pinterest.
A pioneer in the industry, Patton speaks frequently at conferences on subjects ranging from social media, mobile and location-based technology to agile development and privacy. He currently serves as a mentor for the Harvard Innovation Lab, Silicon Valley Immersion Experience Program (IXP).