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Panel to discuss 'mining investment gold'

Published:Tuesday | March 8, 2016 | 3:00 AM

Marlon Nichols, founder of Cross Culture Ventures (CCV), is a young Jamaica-born venture capitalist. He is a co-founder and general partner of CCV, an early-stage venture capital firm with a focus on cultural investing (global trends and shifts in consumer behaviour).

CCV is a new fund started by Nichols and prolific angel investor Troy Carter, and Kauffman Fellow Trevor Thomas. Nichols is also associated with SmashD Labs, a new accelerator based in Los Angeles, focusing on technology-related companies in the entertainment and cultural industries. One of the founders of SmashD Labs is Troy Carter, who is the founder of Atom Factory, a talent manager for many well-known stars.

Before founding CCV, Nichols was an investment director at Intel Capital, where he completed his Kauffman Fellowship. He has also had successful careers in software and strategy consulting in the technology, private equity, media, and entertainment sectors.

Some of his investments include Afrostream, Gimlet, LendStreet, LISNR, Mark One (Vessyl), Mayvenn, Mirantis, MongoDB, mSurvey, Sidestep, and Thrive Market.

Nichols earned a bachelor of science in management information systems from Northeastern University and a master of business administration from the Johnson Graduate School of Business at Cornell University. A Jamaican by birth, he emigrated to the United States of America at age six but visits the island regularly.

Nichols will sit on a panel today at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, alongside Valerie Grant, founder, GeoTech Vision; Mark Hugh Sam, CEO, Start up Jamaica; and Roger Power, Start up NL, Canada, to examine the topic, 'Mining Investment Gold ... incubators and accelerators hold the key'. In this panel discussion, these industry insiders will discuss the transformative impact of these support institutions and the structures needed in Jamaica. The conference ends tomorrow.