Each year MVMT50 recognizes leaders that are pushing the needle forward and using innovative solutions to drive minority economic growth. This year we are honored to award Marlon C Nichols with the MVMT50 Innovator of the year award!

Marlon C 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 Blavity, Fair, Gimlet Media, Hingeto, LendStreet, LISNR, Mayvenn, Mirantis, MongoDB, mSurvey, Wonderschool, Ready Responders, MessageYes, Skurt, Thrive Market, etc.

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 Airspace Technologies, Blavity, LISNR, mSurvey, Ready Responders, MessageYes, Shottracker and Wonderschool. Marlon was a TechWeek 100 winner, named to Silicon Republic’s list of 26 venture capital professionals spearheading change in technology investing, named one of 28 Black founders/ investors making an impact in technology by Pitchbook, a recipient of Digital Diversity’s Innovation & Inclusion Change Agent award, named a member of theRegistry’s 40 under 40 Top Diverse Talent, and was recognized among music, film and technology icons as a Culture Creator.

Marlon has been featured in Fortune, Blavity, Black Enterprise and a number of other magazines, blogs, and podcasts.