Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Cross Culture Ventures
Marlon Nichols is a founding managing partner at Cross Culture Ventures (CCV), where he leads CCV in identifying game-changing entrepreneurs who are creating next-generation companies. Marlon draws from his unique professional background to drive CCV’s focus on using global trends and shifts in consumer behavior to capture high-potential investments. Prior to co-founding CCV, Marlon was an investment director at Intel Capital where he completed his Kauffman Fellowship. He also has led successful careers in enterprise software and strategy consulting in the technology, private equity, media & entertainment sectors. As a former pro athlete, Marlon takes a team-oriented approach to working closely with CEOs in the areas of operations and business model development to build tomorrow’s most innovative and notable enterprises. He engages a diverse network of creatives, entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 executives, and sports professionals to develop strategic partnerships and promote brand expansion for CCV’s portfolio. Marlon’s portfolio demonstrates his leadership in “cultural investing” with companies such as Gimlet Media, Thrive Market, Fair, LISNR, Mayvenn, Blavity, Wonderschool and dozens of other transformational companies that reflect our increasingly connected world and overlooked markets. Marlon is the recipient of MVMT50’s SXSW 2018 Innovator of the Year award and Digital Diversity’s Innovation & Inclusion Change Agent award. He has been recognized as one of Pitchbook’s 25 Black Founders and VCs to Watch in 2018 and Urbangeekz’s 20 Diverse Influencers to Watch in 2018. He is a TechWeek 100 winner and is listed as one of Silicon Republic's 26 venture capital professionals spearheading change in technology investing. Some of Marlon’s other awards and recognition include Pitchbook’s 28 Black founders/investors making an impact in technology, theRegistry's 40 under 40 Top Diverse Talent, and recognition among music, film and technology icons as a Culture Creator.