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BlindHash Named Top Early Stage Company in Clouded Leopards Den 2015 Competition

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 27, 2015 — BlindHash, a TapLink Company, that’s restoring trust in passwords, today announced that it has been named the top early stage company in the Clouded Leopards Den 2015 competition, which recognizes startups that have developed market disrupting technology. Finalists were selected by a panel of venture capitalists, technology innovators and industry luminaries, including event chairman Dr. Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet and Professor of Innovation at The University of Texas.

Dr. Metcalfe of the University of Texas at Austin said, “The winners of the 2015 Clouded Leopards Den competition are inventing the future. We salute all the nominees and finalists for their vision and creativity, and look forward to seeing all of these companies move on to future greatness.”

BlindHash recently emerged from stealth mode and introduced a new technology, called Blind Hashing, which prevents offline password attacks by making databases impossible to steal. TapLink’s technology is completely invisible to the end-user, easy to integrate, has minimal impact on back-end systems, and works in conjunction with existing password defenses, systems and processes.

“Winning the Clouded Leopards Den award provides further proof that our approach to password protection is solving a huge problem and addressing a big market opportunity,” said Jeremy Spilman, CTO and Founder of BlindHash.“ BlindHashing uses a transparent, easy to deploy cloud delivery model that makes password databases immune to offline attacks and impossible to steal.”

The Clouded Leopards Den competition took place at the NetEvents Global Cloud Innovation Summit at the Corinthian Yacht Club, Tiburon, San Francisco on April 23. The finalists presented “Shark Tank” elevator pitches to a panel of judges that included Jim Lussier, Managing Director and Head of Dell Ventures; Janice Roberts, Partner in Benhamou Global Ventures; Dan Scheinman, an angel investor in high-growth emerging tech companies; and Murli Thirumale, Co-Founder and CTO of Portworx Inc.

The Clouded Leopards Den 2015 prize is sponsored by OpenCloud Connect (OCC), a global industry alliance founded in May 2013 to address the need for scaling and enhancing Ethernet technology to meet the stringent demands of delivering cloud services.

Previously known as the Cloud Ethernet Forum, the OCC is creating an open test and iterative standards development program for service providers, industry vendors and over-the-top cloud service providers and includes a dedicated proof of concept test laboratory based in Silicon Valley, to provide ongoing testing and support for the iterative development of OCC’s CloudE 1.0 open cloud framework.

Follow the Clouded Leopards Den on Twitter @CloudLeopardDen.

About BlindHash

Password database breaches impose direct remediation costs and reputation damage on the victim organization, while exposing users to fraud. BlindHash's mission is to restore trust in passwords. The company’s patented cloud-based technology, called BlindHashing, prevents offline attacks by making password databases impossible to steal. BlindHash is completely invisible to end-users, easy to integrate and has a very low impact on back-end systems. To learn more, visit or write to

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