Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bicycle-riding CEO of Tech Company Pedals Red Rocks

Damien Patton is a bicycle-riding CEO of a company called Banjo that has bases in Las Vegas (in the Switch center) and in Silicon Valley near Palo Alto.

Banjo is creating a tech "crystal ball" that will analyze social media posts, pictures and videos to identify news trends and themes. The company already has more than 30 clients, such as Budweiser and ABC News.

I wrote an RJ story on Patton being the keynote speaker for the South by Southwest V2V startup conference at the Bellagio this week.

Patton bikes from his home in the Highlands area in south valley to Red Rock Canyon, enjoying the scenic drive at the BLM loop. He's cycling a Specialized S-Works he bought from Las Vegas Cyclery and he keeps a Roubaix at the Redwood City, Calif. office.

I chatted with Damien after his speech about bicycling and he said he comes up with his ideas while cycling because the distractions melt away and it's a great stress-reliever.

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