Executive Team

Damien Patton, Founder and CEO Damien is a four-time entrepreneur whose zest for life and passion for problem solving is the hallmark of everything he does. Before leading a world-changing technology team, Patton put his talents to use in some vastly varied disciplines. He served in Desert Storm with the Navy, was the chief mechanic of a top NASCAR team, and even dusted for prints as crime scene investigator. A trailblazer in social, mobile and data, Damien speaks frequently on subjects ranging from social media to location-based technology and is a recognized leader in location and privacy. Always doing things at a fast pace, Damien completed college in under 3 years, graduated magna cum laude and was awarded the dean’s medal. When he isn’t working, he is racing off-road trucks and dirt bikes and never misses a chance to see the Dropkick Murphys.

Ryan Johnson, Vice President of Product Management Ryan has over ten years of diverse technology and product development leadership experience from early-stage startups to Fortune 100 organizations. As Banjo’s VP of Product Management he leverages his passion for developing best in class technology solutions to solve real-world problems. Prior to joining Banjo, Ryan was an integral part of the management team that grew Vitrue from two small social Web apps into a unified SaaS platform that was acquired by Oracle in 2012 for over $330 million. Prior to Vitrue, he led the effort to productize web based financial aid for Kaplan, a Washington Post Company. Ryan also had numerous technology and product leadership positions in online marketing, education, legal, financial services, and retail sectors. Ryan has an Executive MBA from Colorado Tech and BA in Economics and Management from Albion College.

Rish Mehta, Director of Engineering Rish brings more than 15 years of hardware and software engineering and product management experience to Banjo. An innovator by nature with several patents, Rish previously led a team that pioneered social integration into mobile in the days before smart phones were ubiquitous. Rish’s entrepreneurial roots run deep. He developed several new startups for Intel Capital’s New Business Initiatives and co-founded the mobile technology company, Blipstream, which was sold to Trilibis Mobile in 2009. Rish holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.