This just in! The dozen media judges working on the Clouded Leopards Den 2015 shortlist have been joined by seven additional experts. The shortlisting process is nearly complete, and 12 tech startups will be announced on Friday, Apr. 3

The Clouded Leopards Den 2015 prize for cloud innovation recognizes startups in two categories – earliest stage startup, and later-state pre-IPO startup. Dozens of companies have been nominated and qualified as eligible for the award. We are delighted to announce the five new media/analyst judges – see the full list here.

Rob Ayoub – Research Director, NSS Labs, in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.

Brad Casemore – Research Director, IDC, in Toronto, Canada

Gerry Christensen – Analyst & Technology Editor, Telecom Engine, Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Erin Dunne – Director of Research, Vertical Systems Group, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Libraene Hsieh – Editor-in-Chief, Network Magazine, in Taiwan

Camille Mendler – Lead Analyst, Ovum, in London, U.K.

Hans Steeman – Technology Journalist, Telecom Magazine, in Nijmegen, Netherlands

With 19 media/analyst judges, the shortlist for the Clouded Leopards Den 2015 prize will be outstanding. The shortlist of 12 startups will be announced on Friday, Apr. 3. The next round of judging, to determine the six finalists, will be announced a week later on Friday, Apr. 10. The top startups will be named at the Global Cloud Innovation Summit, to be held Apr. 23-24 in the San Francisco Bay Area – we can’t wait to learn who the winners will be!

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