January 3, 2014
The Tech Cocktail Week Sessions from November 2013 wasn’t the first opportunity we had to interview Damien Patton, CEO and founder of Banjo. In fact, we had the pleasure of talking with him right after SXSW 2012, where Banjo was the “most buzzed about social discovery app” there.
But the whole idea began from humble roots after Patton threw the beginnings of the idea together after starting graduate school at MIT. He entered the Google Campout 54 hour hack-fest, ultimately winning close to $1 million in funding.
After growing Banjo had a sizable foothold in Silicon Valley, Patton decided it was time to move to Las Vegas and join the ranks of startups helping to revitalize Downtown Vegas: Banjo was funded by the Vegas Tech Fund. To date Banjo has grown to over 6 million users, they have established partnerships with news networks, and Fast Company ranked them as one of the 50 most innovative companies of 2013.
Patton recognizes that you can’t accurately predict the future, especially when a startup company is involved. But what he is certain of is that Banjo will be a major factor in the evolution of social discovery.
Here is the video:
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