A mobile social discovery service for people, events, and locations both nearby and around the world

Banjo provides real time content discovery by location across multiple social networks. From a mobile device, Banjo brings the experience of being anywhere in the world through the eyes of the people who are there. Founded by Damien Patton in the summer of 2011, Banjo is available for free on Android & iOS in 14 languages and is used in nearly every country around the world.

Banjo was conceived as a result of a missed connection at Boston’s Logan Airport. Founder Damien Patton didn’t realize that his friend, a fellow soldier from Desert Storm, was also in the airport — despite their being mere feet from each other. Damien vowed to figure out a way of ensuring people were up to date with news and information, as well as location. So, he designed an app at the intersection of social media and location, that would ensure you never missed out on the people you care about. Winning a Google hackathon soon after gave Damien the funding and momentum to make Banjo a reality. He moved to Silicon Valley and created Banjo in 2011. In 2013, Banjo opened a second office in Las Vegas, NV. Banjo has evolved immensely since its conception. What started as an app for finding friends nearby has become a platform with the rare ability to transport people all over the world, right from their mobile device. Though we still own the intersection of location and social content, Banjo has strayed from its focus on “here” or “near me”, and re-focused on the great beyond: “there”. Far more interesting than the familiarity around you is the great big world beyond it. And Banjo takes you there. Banjo’s team has expanded to more than 30 employees, and is working harder than ever to revolutionize the world by creating a live internet. We aim to be the best at what we do: collecting social posts from all around the world, doing so before anyone else, making them relevant through location, and presenting it all in an informative and entertaining way.




      Las Vegas, Nevada and Redwood City, CA




      Damien Patton - Founder and CEO

      Ryan Johnson - VP, Product Management

      Rish Mehta - Director of Engineering


      Investment Partner

      John Malloy