BlueTalon completes seed round backed by Data Collective

BlueTalon has completed a $1.5 million seed round financing from Data Collective. Eric Tilenius has also joined the company as chief executive officer. BlueTalon is based in Redwood City, California.

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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 Answers.com, 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
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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. (www.bluetalon.com) 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 (www.dcvc.com), a
leading venture capital firm that backs entrepreneurs building the next generation of Big Data,
deep compute, and IT infrastructure companies.
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