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BlueTalon, Inc. Announces the Addition of Eric Tilenius as CEO;
Secures $1.5M Seed Financing From Data Collective

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Redwood City, CA – February 21, 2014

BlueTalon, Inc., the emerging leader in secure, single-click data collaboration and data unification across enterprise boundaries, announced today that Eric Tilenius has joined as Chief Executive Officer. BlueTalon’s Virtual Database helps multiple Fortune 500 customers collaborate on complex data projects where privacy and policy-compliance matters.

BlueTalon also announced today that it has completed a $1.5M Seed Round Financing from Data Collective, a venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs building the next-generation of Big Data, deep compute, and IT infrastructure companies.

Eric Tilenius brings over 23 years of Silicon Valley technology leadership experience to BlueTalon. Prior to joining BlueTalon, Eric was an Executive-in-Residence at Scale Venture Partners, a leading expansion-stage venture capital firm with an extensive Cloud, SaaS, and Big Data portfolio. Before ScaleVP, Eric was a General Manager at Zynga, where he ran one of the firm’s largest and most profitable divisions. Eric has been CEO of two prior venture-backed startups: Netcentives (which he co-founded), and, both of which had successful IPOs. He has also held leadership positions at Intuit Inc. and Bain & Company. Eric started his technology career in product management at Oracle Corporation.

Eric holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Princeton University.

“We are excited to have Eric join BlueTalon,” said Pratik Verma, President and Founder of BlueTalon. “Eric’s years of experience in successfully scaling growing technology companies, and his keen insights into enterprise technology at the intersection of cloud, SaaS, and Big Data are invaluable as we build on our early customer successes.”

“I looked deeply at numerous venture-backed firms before deciding to join BlueTalon, and am thrilled to be joining this amazing team,” said Tilenius. “Pratik is one of the world’s most innovative data scientists and a key driver of the success of BlueTalon’s technology.

“I am also tremendously excited by the potential for BlueTalon’s Virtual Database,” continued Tilenius. “BlueTalon does for database data what Box or Dropbox do for documents – BlueTalon makes sharing database data across enterprise boundaries drop-dead easy, while protecting data privacy and security. BlueTalon unlocks the massive potential of data collaboration in healthcare, finance, telecom, and other data-intensive, privacy-sensitive industries.”

The BlueTalon Virtual Database is the easiest, most flexible, and most secure way for teams, divisions, and companies to collaborate on Big Data projects. BlueTalon’s SafeInQuery™ technology works real-time at the query layer to ensure that sensitive information is viewable only by those who are authorized to see it.

“We invested in BlueTalon because its best-in-class Virtual Database and unique SafeInQuery technology have enabled Fortune 500 companies such as UnitedHealthcare, Optum, and Eli Lilly & Co. to securely unify complex data across enterprise boundaries, in weeks — not months” said Matt Ocko, Managing Partner at Data Collective. “BlueTalon solves a crucial bottleneck in making Big Data productive for enterprises – allowing real-time unification of data scattered across multiple databases and data contributors, while protecting each contributor’s sensitive information.

“Eric brings BlueTalon to the next level as the company scales its team, develops new products, and extends its reach into multiple industries and verticals,” added Ocko.

About BlueTalon

BlueTalon, Inc. ( is the emerging leader in secure single-click data collaboration and data unification technology. BlueTalon’s customers include UnitedHealthcare, Optum, and Eli Lilly & Co.

BlueTalon’s flagship cloud-based BlueTalon Virtual Database is the easiest, most flexible, and most secure way for teams, divisions, and companies to collaborate on Big Data projects. The BlueTalon Virtual Database works seamlessly with existing data storage infrastructure and analytics applications, and allows new partners and data sources to be added on the fly, without the need for expensive consulting or integration. BlueTalon’s SafeInQuery technology works real-time at the query layer to ensure that sensitive information is viewable only by those who are authorized to see it.

BlueTalon is based in Redwood City, CA, and is backed by Data Collective (, a leading venture capital firm that backs entrepreneurs building the next generation of Big Data, deep compute, and IT infrastructure companies.

BlueTalon is a registered trademark and SafeInQuery is a trademark of BlueTalon, Inc.

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