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Marlon Nichols

MBA '11

Accelerated Leadership Program
Intel Capital (Santa Clara, CA)


Marlon Nichols started his career in the software industry where he successfully led the deployment of many global enterprise software and business process improvement initiatives for Fortune 100 enterprises. During his time as a technologist, Marlon played a key role in the European expansion of a Cambridge based software company. Upon returning to the United States, Marlon worked as a principal strategist and senior manager for a strategy consulting firm focusing on new business development. While working fulltime as a consultant Marlon pursued what started out as a passion project and later evolved into an education focused nonprofit company called Rise to College. Under Marlon's leadership Rise to College continues to grow while positively impacting the lives of over 200 hundred inner city high school students each year. Marlon studied Entrepreneurship and Private Equity at Johnson where he was a Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow and served as President/Chief Operating Officer of the BR Venture Fund, Johnson's $1.2M evergreen Venture Capital Fund. After completing his MBA degree at Cornell Marlon joined Intel Capital as an Associate Director. Marlon actively works to identify, invest in, partner with, and advise early stage high growth companies that operate in the digital media, digital home, and internet sectors.


Marlon holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University and a MBA from Cornell University. Marlon serves as an adviser to the BR Venture Fund and a number of start-up companies. Marlon is also the Co-Chairman of Rise to College.