Announcing the Early Stage Pitch-Off judges – ClearTips

ClearTips Early Stage Part Two is scheduled to take place on July 8 and 9. You can still shoot your shot to pitch to an amazing panel of judges and thousands of TC spectators. ClearTips editors will select 10 founders from around the world to pitch on the platform on July 9. apply here.

Startups will have five minutes to present their companies, business models and innovative ideas – followed by a Q&A with our wonderful panel of judges. The winner will receive a feature article on, a free one-year subscription to XtraCrunch, and a complimentary Founder’s Pass to Disrupt ClearTips.

ClearTips Early Stage Part Two will prove to be a game-changer for founders looking to take their startups to the next level. In this two-day virtual event, early stage founders can participate in highly interactive group sessions with top investors and ecosystem experts, ranging from fundraising and market positioning to growth marketing and content development.

Without further ado, here are your judges for the preliminary stage pitch-off:

Ben Sun, Primary Venture Partners

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Ben is a co-founder and general partner at Primary Venture Partners. He has been a serial entrepreneur and investor as a co-founder of Launchtime, an incubator and investor in early-stage tech startups, and co-founder of Community Connect, one of the first social networking companies. Bain focuses its investment activities primarily on consumer-facing companies. His past investments include Coupang,, MakeSpace, Ollie, Mirror, Slice, Bounce Exchange, Selfmade, Shoptalk and Penrose Hill. Ben has been active in the NYC tech community for nearly 20 years. Prior to working as an entrepreneur and investor, Ben worked in the technology investment banking group at Merrill Lynch. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in economics.

Leah Sollivan, Fuel Capital

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Leah Sollivan is General Partner at Fuel Capital, where she invests in early-stage companies in consumer technology, hardware, marketplaces and retail. She is passionate about supporting teams that are embracing world-changing ideas. Leah relates very well to the founders as she is one herself. She built one of the most widely recognized consumer brands of the last decade with TaskRabbit. As CEO of TaskRabbit for eight years, Leah has grown the company to 44 cities and raised more than $50 million. In 2016, Leah took the role of executive chairman and in 2017, Task Rabbit was acquired by IKEA.

Shardul Shah, Index Ventures

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Shardul joined the index in 2008. He focuses on security, cloud infrastructure and enterprise software investments. They are Attack IQ, Brightback, Castle Intelligence, Datadog (Nasdaq: DDOG), Expel, Gatsby and Wiz. Shardul was previously a director of Adlom (Microsoft), SourceClear (CA Technologies), Coelity (Docker), Lacoon (Check Point), Base (ZenDesk) and an investor in Duo Security (Cisco). After graduating from the University of Chicago, Shardul worked with Summit Partners, where he focused on healthcare and Internet technologies.

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