Marlon C. Nichols
Marlon Nichols is a Managing Partner at Cross Culture Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm with a focus on cultural investments.
Prior to founding Cross Culture Ventures, Nichols was an investment director at Intel Capital where he led investments in women- and minority-led technology startups through the company’s Diversity Fund. Prior to joining the Diversity Fund, Marlon championed the seed-stage investment program for the Ultrabook and Perceptual Computing investment sector, working closely with the startup ecosystem to source, invest in, and advise early-stage, high-growth technology companies working on new mobile technologies enhanced by novel user experiences and perceptual computing. Marlon’s investments included Afrostream, Gimlet Media, Hingeto, LendStreet, LISNR, Mark One (Vessyl), Mayvenn, Mirantis, MongoDB, mSurvey, One Preschool, ReplyYes, Sidestep, Skurt and Thrive Market.
Prior to joining Intel Capital, Marlon served as the Lead Fund Manager of Cornell University’s BR Venture Fund, the college’s evergreen venture capital fund.
Marlon started his career in enterprise software, where he successfully led the deployment of many global software and business process improvement initiatives for Fortune 100 enterprises. During his software career he was a member of a three-person team based in London, England that was responsible for the European expansion of Frictionless Commerce. Next, Marlon joined Edgewater Strategy, a boutique consulting firm where he led post-mergers and acquisitions technology integration initiatives for the Blackstone Group’s real estate division. Later, in the role of principal strategist, he led digital strategy initiatives for media companies such as Warner Music Group and McGraw Hill.
Education and awards
Marlon holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University. He earned an MBA from Cornell where he was a Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow and was recognized in the top 30 of 2011 graduates across all Cornell University’s colleges and programs.
Marlon currently serves on the board of directors for private companies LISNR, Shottracker, and Sidestep, and was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Kauffman Fellows Program.
Silicon Republic recognized Marlon as one of 26 venture capital professionals spearheading change in technology investing. Marlon was a recipient of Digital Diversity’s Innovation & Inclusion Change Agent award. Marlon was also recognized as a member of the “40 Under 40 Top Diverse Talent” in Silicon Valley by the Registry. Marlon has been featured in Fortune, Black Enterprise and a number of other magazines, blogs, and podcasts.
A former athlete, Marlon enjoys exercising, watching, and playing sports. Marlon is most passionate about his family.