Nathan Sharp

Nathan Sharp

Dartmouth MBA and Harvard University graduate
Brooklyn, NY

Résumé Highlights

Founder and CEO of ClutchRetail
September 2011- Present
We're just getting started, but we're out to make retail a little more efficient for a lot more merchants. It's not so much about loving a particular business idea as it is about loving the act of building a company.
MBA, Tuck School of Business
September 2010 - June 2012
I learned a lot, mostly about myself and what I have to contribute.
Research Associate, Center for the Advanced Study of India
January 2009 - May 2010
With two partners, I defined a vision for a global health project, secured seed funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and implemented that vision in Bangalore, India.
Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard International Review
October 2006 - October 2007
I found the trick to motivating a staff of 60 employees with absolutely no monetary incentives.

Why Upstart

I have taken on an oppressive amount of debt to attend business school. This debt forces me to raise funding as soon as possible for my startup, even though I would like to take the time to build more value before fundraising. Launching a startup is the most all-consuming task I have ever undertaken, and paying back my loans will prove to be a major distraction for me in the initial lean years of the company.

Upstart can help me by giving me breathing room as I start my company. I will use funds from Upstart to pay off the more onerous loans I have taken out. Though I will provide a significant return to my backers in the future, it is important for me to fend off interest accumulation in the next couple of years as I take on some of the most significant risks of my career.