Marlon Nichols Profile

  • Successful venture capitalist picking companies by trends and unique thought.
  • Investments include groundbreaking podcast company Gimlet Media and one of the world’s first distributed databases, MongoDB.
  • Member of theRegistry’s 40 under 40 Top Diverse Talent.
  • Winner of MVMT50’s SXSW 2018 Innovator of the Year award.
  • Marlon Nichols breaks new ground in venture capital every day. As one of “Silicon Republic’s” most innovative venture capitalists, Nichols’ impressive investment history includes Gimlet Media (acquired by Spotify for $230 million) and MongoDB (a revolutionary database technology).

    Nichols’ company, Cross Culture Ventures focuses on cultural investing where popular culture meets technology. Instead of focusing on a product vertical, he looks for unique and underrepresented voices and ideas following market trends other firms don’t see – resulting in wild success and a company portfolio whose leaders are 66% female, black or Latinx.

    Nichols is a member of a rare group of venture capitalists who are people of color, a number totaling less than 3%. He’s addressed this, telling Forbes that he has to “push past unconscious and at times explicit bias to raise funds.” He serves on the board of, which helps to set up students of color up for massive success in technology, venture capital and business.

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      Marlon Nichols is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Cross Culture Ventures (CCV), an early stage venture capital firm with a focus on cultural investing (global trends and shifts in consumer behavior).

      Before founding CCV, Marlon was an investment director at Intel Capital where he completed his Kauffman Fellowship. Prior to his time in venture capital, Marlon led successful careers in software and strategy consulting in the technology, private equity, media and entertainment sectors. Some of Marlon’s investments include Afrostream, Gimlet Media, Hingeto, LendStreet, LISNR, Mark One (Vessyl), Mayvenn, Mirantis, MongoDB, mSurvey, One Preschool, ReplyYes, Sidestep, Skurt, and Thrive Market.

      Marlon earned a Bachelor of Science in MIS from Northeastern University and a MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

      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. Marlon was named to Silicon Republic’s list of 26 venture capital professionals spearheading change in technology investing, was a recipient of Digital Diversity’s Innovation & Inclusion Change Agent award, and was named a member of theRegistry’s 40 under 40 Top Diverse Talent. Marlon has been featured in Fortune, Black Enterprise and a number of other magazines, blogs, and podcasts.

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    “Marlon brings an ability to simply and articulate complex problems a company such as Sidestep can face. From operations, to scaling, financial analysis, and finding talent, Marlon provides our board a new set of experiences that have already made a significant impact to our growth as a company.”
    – Eric Jones, CEO & Co-Founder at @Sidestep Technologies Inc.

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