24 SXSW V2V 2015
Room Name: Startup Spotlight
The Entrepreneurial Journey
of a Serial Groundbreaker
Damien Patton, CEO of Banjo, is not the
world's most conventional CEO. Before
founding Banjo, he enlisted in the Navy,
was chief mechanic for a top NASCAR
team, and even dusted for prints as a
crime scene investigator. Eventually, his
determination to solve any problem in
front of him led him to the tech world,
where he won hackathon after hackathon
and eventually, created Banjo.
At Banjo, Patton and his team are build-
ing the world's first crystal ball. Using ad-
vanced geo-location, image recognition
and analysis technology, Banjo captures
and organizes the virtually endless streams
of global data created every second, and
makes sense of that data to understand
what's happening anywhere in the world
—instantly. Individuals, companies and
organizations use Banjo's technology to
make smarter, faster decisions.
In his Keynote, Patton will look back on
his own entrepreneurial journey, from
his early days in the military through his
successes with Banjo. He will discuss how
out-of-the-box thinking and sheer deter-
mination are the necessary ingredients
to execute on ground-breaking ideas.
Attendees will also hear how as a CEO, Patton has met and overcome setbacks and ob-
stacles by staying agile and never being afraid to fail. He'll delve into how entrepreneurs
can think bigger, adapt to change and stay on the path toward their ultimate vision.
Finally, Patton and BlueRun Ventures Co-founder John Malloy will engage in a Q&A
after their Keynote session, touching on all aspects of entrepreneurship.
Banjo, Chief Executive Officer
BlueRun Ventures, General Partner
Tower Ballroom 4: Keynote