We are Blazent

Charlie Piper

Charlie Piper / Chief Executive Officer

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Charlie brings an extensive track record as a CEO in sharply accelerating growth businesses. At Blazent, Piper oversees all facets of the company including Sales, Marketing, Development, Finance, Business Development, and Operations. Charlie’s prior experience as a CEO includes managing a series of companies in Data Processing, Rationalization, Reporting, and Analytics across a broad range of industries, where he has consistently driven organizational optimization, business alignment, and rapid acceleration of market presence. In addition to his prior work with HighBar Ventures, Piper has served as a CEO with YottaMark, Prommis Solutions, ePay, and DVDPlay, as well as holding senior management positions with multiple companies in the consumer retail space. Charlie and his family enjoy motocross and watersports (basically any outdoor sport) and he is a professional scuba diver.


Dave Knox / Chief Operating Officer

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Dave joins Blazent with nearly 20 years of experience serving in C-level roles at software companies including YottaMark, Prommis Solutions, and DataWave. In his role as COO, Dave is responsible for corporate development strategy and execution for the company’s data quality management software, focused on meeting enterprise customer demand for advanced solutions that mitigate business risk and accelerate big data initiatives. Prior to his position at Blazent, Dave served as the Chief Operating Officer at YottaMark where he led the security startup’s strategic alliances and operations. During his tenure as COO of Prommis Solutions, a provider of foreclosure, bankruptcy, and loss mitigation processing services, Dave oversaw the alignment of sales, marketing, operations and IT to accelerate the goals of the business. Dave also held several C-level leadership roles at industry leading software companies including, MedBill Management, a medical billing and practice management company, and InComm/DataWave, a financial services provider specializing in the integration of retail point-of- sale systems. Prior to his professional career Knox served in and received his education at the prestigious US Army 82nd Airborne Division.

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Arturas Rainys / Chief Financial Officer

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Rainys brings over 10 years of financial management, corporate development, and M&A experience from past leadership roles at Sound United, a division of DEI Holdings, and Directed Electronics. In his role as CFO at Blazent, Rainys leads strategic initiatives regarding financial planning, overseeing corporate finance, accounting, and investor relations, with the goal of driving growth through sustainable financial initiatives for the company’s Data Quality Management Platform.


Prior to Blazent, Rainys served as both the Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Corporate Development for Sound United, a division of DEI Holdings, where he was responsible for corporate financial planning and analysis, treasury, taxes, and the execution of capital structure updates. Rainys holds deep experience in leading and contributing to more than 10 M&A transactions, ranging from $2 million to over $300 million in enterprise value. Before Sound United, Rainys was the Director of Corporate Development and International Sales at Directed Electronics, a leading designer and marketer of consumer-branded car alarms and remote starters, where he played a key role in debt management, joint-venture development, and eventually the facilitation of an acquisition by DEI Holdings, all while managing the company’s expansive international sales portfolio and customer relationships.

Dan Ortega

Dan Ortega / VP of Marketing

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As Vice President of Marketing, Dan is responsible for all facets of Marketing for Blazent. Dan brings over 25 years of experience as both a senior executive with multiple Fortune 500 technology companies, including Sun Microsystems, SAP, and BMC, as well as extensive experience as a VP of Marketing for a series of successful start-ups such as Metacode Technologies and Astoria Software. Dan’s focus includes Product Marketing, Marketing Communications, Field and Corporate Marketing, and Channel Marketing. Dan graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Economics and lives in Berkeley. Outside of work, he spends most of his time trying to keep up with his son and getting walloped by his wife in tennis.

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Michael Ludwig / Chief Product Architect

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Michael brings 30 years of IT leadership experience to Blazent. He has held executive level Operational, Service Management, and Software Development roles in several industry verticals including Telecommunications, Aerospace and Defense and Education. As the Chief Product Architect, he is driven by providing forward looking products that solve real world customer problems. Michael is a graduate of Michigan State University and maintains very strong ties to his alma mater as well as, his belief in lifelong learning. When not designing new product solutions Michael keeps busy writing music, reading, traveling and working on his golf game.


Mike Marson / VP of Engineering

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As Vice President of Engineering, Mike is responsible for driving the engineering efforts and shaping and implementing the product vision at Blazent. He brings 20 years of software engineering leadership experience, enabling focused teams to deliver leading edge software products. Prior to joining Blazent, Mike was lead architect at Federal APD. Mike graduated with a MS in Computer and Information Science from the University of Michigan – Dearborn after obtaining a BS in Electrical Engineering from Western Michigan University. Outside work, he enjoys spending time camping with his family and playing baseball with his kids.

Board of Directors 

John Kim

Managing Partner Detailed Bio | HighBAR Ventures

Matt Miller

Managing Director Detailed Bio | Walden Venture Capital

Roy Thiele-Sardiña

Managing Partner Detailed Bio | HighBAR Ventures

Lawrence Wong

Vice President of Hewlett-Packard’s Converged Datacenter Infrastructure Business Unit

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