Marlon Nichols

Managing General Partner
Marlon Nichols

Marlon Nichols is a founding managing partner at MaC Venture Capital (formerly Cross Culture Ventures), which finds the entrepreneurs who are building the future for the rest of America. He’s an industry veteran – a former Kauffman Fellow and Investment Director at Intel Capital, where he launched Intel’s $125M diversity fund. Marlon, with an extensive background in technology, private equity, media and entertainment, has a unique eye for global trends and shifts in consumer behavior. This has helped him capture high-potential investments, which include Gimlet Media, MongoDB, Thrive Market, Fair, LISNR, Mayvenn, Blavity, Pipe, Wonderschool, and other companies that reflect overlooked markets. He serves on the board of directors for Ajua, Blavity, Finesse, Kauffman Fellows Program, LISNR, Ryff, Sote and Wonderschool.

Thanks to his background as a professional athlete, Marlon utilizes sports leadership philosophy when working closely with CEO’s to build the ventures of tomorrow. His diverse network of media and entertainment industry leaders, tech entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 executives and sports professionals helps him develop strategic partnerships and promote brand expansions for his portfolio companies.

Marlon is a 2018 nominee of the ADCOLOR in Tech award, a recipient of MVMT50’s SXSW 2018 Innovator of the Year award, Digital Diversity’s Innovation & Inclusion Change Agent award, was named Pitchbook’s 25 Black Founders and VCs to Watch (2018 – 2020), was a TechWeek 100 winner and was named one of Silicon Republic’s 26 VC professionals spearheading change. He’s also been featured on TechCrunch, Fortune, Blavity, NBC and many more. He has been featured as a keynote speaker and regularly appears in the media as a thought leader in investing and cultural trends.

Marlon earned his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Northeastern University and an MBA from the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, where he is also adjunct faculty in entrepreneurship and venture capital.

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Closing on $110M, MaC VC is changing the face of venture capital

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MaC Venture Capital Raises Its First Fund Of $110M To Invest In Seed-Stage Companies

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March Forth: Changing the Game in Venture Capital

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Marlon Nichols x Just Go Grind Podcast

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MaC Venture Capital Raises a $110M Inaugural Fund to Invest in Founders Building the Future We Want to See

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How VC Investor Marlon Nichols Went From The Basketball Court To The Boardroom

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Normalizing venture capitalism in the Black community

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Culture as Currency with Marlon Nichols, Managing Partner at MaC Venture Capital

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Black Venture Capitalists Look to Even the Playing Field With Diverse Investors

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Marlon Nichols will discuss how to secure seed funding at TechCrunch Early Stage 2021

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10 VCs say interactivity, regulation and independent creators will reshape digital media in 2021

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Venture Unlocked Episode 15 – Marlon Nichols

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Elevator Pitch Ep. 8: ‘Imagine If Jimi Hendrix and Beethoven Got Together for an Epic Jam’

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SALT Talks: Marlon Nichols | Managing Parter, MaC Venture Capital

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Marlon Nichols’ Journey Into Venture Capital

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Elevator Pitch Ep. 1: What Could You Build With Another $500,000?

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Listen Here: The StartUp to ScaleUp Game Plan x Marlon Nichols

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Marlon Nichols x No Bull Business’ #ImaLittleBuzzed on Diversity and Inclusion

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‘Diversity is an Interesting Thing’: MaC Venture Capital’s Marlon Nichols on ‘Diversity Theater’ and What He’ll Do with New Funds

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Listen Here | Marlon Nichols on the I’m a Little Buzzed Podcast

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How do you make VC more diverse? Maybe start with the training schemes

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Listen Here | Marlon Nichols on Investing in Cultural Trends on the Be Atento Podcast

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Listen Here | Marlon Nichols on the Season Premiere of the Founder Clinic Podcast

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Goldman Sachs Announces 2020 Launch With GS Black and Latinx Entrepreneur Cohort

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Listen Here | Marlon Nichols on The Road Untraveled Podcast

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Watch | Marlon Nichols x Black Angels Miami

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‘You Haven’t Seen The Pain’ Yet | Marlon Nichols in Protocol

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Watch Here | Raising Venture Capital Funding During COVID-19 Webinar

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Registration Now Open | Raising Venture Capital Funding During COVID-19 Webinar

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Goldman Sachs Seeks to Help Black and LatinX Founders Accelerate their Growth

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Guidelines for Managing Through This Pandemic and Economic Downturn

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Marlon Nichols, Investing in The Future For The Rest Of America

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Launch With GS Black and Latinx Entrepreneur Cohort

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Deconstructing the Pipeline Myth and the Case for More Diverse Fund Managers

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Listen Here: MaC VC Managing GP, Marlon Nichols on the Founder Fundamentals podcast

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Marlon Nichols Joined other leading VCs as TechCrunch Battlefield Judge

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Marlon Nichols, Icon Mann

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The State of Tech & Culture: Conscious Consumer

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Marlon Nichols on Culture as a Currency

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Moving Up Podcast featuring MaC VC’s Marlon Nichols

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In the Arena, featuring Marlon Nichols

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Marlon Nichols named to Aspioneer’s Revoltionary CEO’s, 2019

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NASDAQ premiers new show “The Breakthrough” with guest Marlon Nichols

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Marlon Nichols featured on the cover of The Jamaica Observer

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Startup Grind’s VC Corner with Marlon Nichols, Cross Culture Ventures

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Forbes: Marlon Nichols Is Changing The Face of Venture Capital

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Breaking into Startups: Venture Capital Deep Dive w/ Cross Culture Ventures’ Co-Founder Marlon Nichols

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The State of Tech & Culture, Culture A$ Currency

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State of Tech & Culture: UNperfect Parent

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