Talk about a star-studded cast! Three of the tech industry’s most celebrated journalists have joined the Clouded Leopards Den 2015 contest as media judges, bringing the current roster to eight.

The first five media judges are Marcus Austin of Cloud Computing Intelligence, Keith Griffiths of SDxCentral, Héctor Pizarro of DiarioTi, Wayne Rash of eWEEK, and Alan Zeichick of Camden Associates – read their bios here. Before we meet the three newest members of the judging team, let’s briefly review the contest.

The Clouded Leopards Den 2015 prize recognizes the top startups innovating in the cloud. The competition is sponsored by the CloudEthernet Forum, the industry organization seeking to standardize the definition of cloud services and enable true interoperability and service portability.

Think of Clouded Leopards Den as being like the British program Dragon’s Den (on BBC) and the popular U.S. contest called Shark Tank (on ABC). On both television shows, entrepreneurs get to pitch their best ideas and business plans – and have the chance of a lifetime to win valuable support and even investment.

At the Clouded Leopards Den 2015, the first round of judging is conducted by the media judges; the winners will be chosen by a panel of top VCs, business angels and IT luminaries chaired by Bob Metcalfe, the inventor of Ethernet.

And now, without further ado, here are the three newest media judges:

Jeff Seal from Telecom Review

Jeff is the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Partner of this telco-oriented publication, with offices in Austin, Texas and Toronto, Ontario. With over 30 years of experience in the local, national and international technology, IP, voice and data service fields, Jeff he has emerged as an influential industry visionary and well-respected technology professional. Quite often, Jeff has been described as one of those rare entrepreneurs who can successfully navigate the complex intersection between business and technology. Follow him at @telecomreview2.

Jean-Baptiste Su of Forbes

Jean-Baptiste is a media veteran who leaves in Cupertino, California, at the heart of Silicon Valley. He manages the TechPulse 360 column of, covering the latest trends in technology innovation and business investing from his offices in San Francisco. He’s also the founding editor of BayLive, an authority for news and trends in the worlds of business, technology and lifestyle in San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley. Jean-Baptiste started his career in technology and business journalism 20 years ago at IDG Communications before joining Groupe Tests in Paris. He tweets in English and French @jeanbsu.

Melina Vicario of TyN Magazine / TyN Media Group Latin America

Melina is a top editor at TyN Media Group Latin America, a network of technology and business sites that cover the whole Latin America region and is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With a background that includes both journalism and public relations, Melina speaks five languages – English, Spanish, German, Italian and Chinese. She developed her experience working across Latin America and in China, and is an expert in all aspects of technology and networking. Follow her tweets @gioiamelina

You’ve met the judges. If you are at a startup, are you entered for the competition? Nominations for the Clouded Leopards Den 2015 prize are accepted through the middle of February. Fill out the entry form today.