Banjo Launches a Long-Awaited Web App at SXSW

March 8, 2014

4:41 pm

After being mobile-first and mobile-only for years, Damien Patton’s Banjo unveiled a web app at SXSW today.

Like the mobile app, the web app lets you explore places, activities, and people around you in real time – from SXSW to CPAC to Kiev – by pulling data from social media. Photos, videos, tweets, and more show you a snapshot of what’s going on right now.

In an interview with Tech Cocktail, Patton said that web wasn’t even on their radar in November – so this is a quick launch. “Is it polished and ready to go? Absolutely not,” says Patton. “SXSW is a cool place to start something if you want brutal, honest feedback.”

Banjo also launched a Rewind feature across all its apps, which lets you explore past moments in the same way. Check out the Super Bowl halftime show, the Olympics opening ceremony, or Obama’s reelection, from the perspective of Internet users around the world. “Rewind is doing for the internet what TiVo did for television,” says Banjo.

Based in San Francisco and Las Vegas, Banjo has grown to over 6 million users. News organizations like Fox and CNN are using it to pull up real-time user-generated content to inform their broadcasts. Patton told us about the latest news at our Startup Celebration sponsored by .CO and CEA – here’s the video.

Editor’s Note: Thank you to .CO and CEA, sponsors of Tech Cocktail’s 2014 SXSW Startup Celebration!

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact