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Posted April 19, 2015 by Editorial Staff in Science + Technology
 
 

Bay Area TechREGISTRY: Profiles

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THE SEARCHLIGHTS PROJECT

An interview series highlighting African Americans in technology and finance from the Bay Area and beyond

[tsp_name]From Jamaica to Europe to Silicon Valley: Crossing Cultures with venture capitalist Marlon Nichols
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Name: Marlon Nichols
Grew up in: Mount Vernon, New York
Role: General Partner, Cross Culture Ventures
Favorite Book(s): The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Degree: Cornell University (MBA), Northeastern University (BS MIS)

Where did you grow up?
I was born in Kingston, Jamaica and lived there for the first several years of my life before my parents moved our family to “Money Earning” Mount Vernon, New York. This was just the first of many sacrifices that my mom and dad made to ensure that I was afforded opportunities that they were not.

What is your favorite book?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I definitely believe that the journey is just as, if not more important than the goal or treasure. That journey builds character and helps to define us. I honestly believe that if there isn’t a journey we will …READ MORE >>

[tsp_name]Pioneering Investments in the Future of Education Technology
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Grew up in: Colorado and North Carolina
Role: Co-Founder and General Partner, Reach Capital
Favorite Book(s): The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
Degree: Chemical Engineering

How did you get into the world of technology and / or finance?

Growing up I thoroughly enjoyed all of my math and science classes. My high school chemistry teacher inspired and encouraged me to pursue chemical engineering and I decided to follow her guidance and attend MIT.

I began my career at Procter and Gamble where I designed and developed laundry products. I have always been passionate about education so I also volunteered for an afterschool program for underserved high school students. It was while working with these students that I witnessed first hand inequity in our public education system. I decided to pursue my MBA/MA Education at Stanford to facilitate a career change to …READ MORE >>

[tsp_name]From 2x Entrepreneur to Partner at Y Combinator – The View from Both Sides of the Table
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Grew up in: Brooklyn, NY and East Brunswick, NJ
Role: Partner, Y-Combinator
Favorite Book(s): Shogun by James Clavell
Degree: Political Science

What issues are you most passionate about?

Politics, startups, food/cooking, and travel.

Who is one person you follow on social media who you think others should follow?

No idea – I mostly use Facebook and follow my friends.

What news outlets or media sources do you read on a regular basis?

TechCrunch, Techmeme, Google News, Meet the Press, and a number of podcasts including: Planet Money, Freakonomics, Intelligence Squared US, and This American Life.

How did you get into the world of technology?

My friend Justin Kan asked me to help him with his new company, Justin.tv, in October 2006. Back then Justin.tv was going to be an online reality TV show. It was a crazy idea …READ MORE >>

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About The Searchlights Project
Charles Hudson

Charles Hudson
Partner,
Precursor Ventures

Denmark West

Denmark West
Partner,
Connectivity Capital Partners

Welcome to The Searchlights Project. This project has been a long way in the making. We wanted to tell you a bit more about why we created it and what we are trying to do with it.

We created The Searchlights Project as a way to highlight some people of color who we think are doing amazing work but are not getting sufficient media coverage. While there are some people who have moved the ball forward by creating lists of influential people, we feel like there is more that can be done. We wanted to make sure that we shine the light on folks who are doing really interesting works but are not getting noticed, covered, or lauded for their achievements.

We are all for people who are out there trying to evangelize a more inclusive tech community. But we think part of making tech feel more inclusive is creating a site and a forum for giving more of the backstory about how people got into tech and what they overcame to get to where they are. We hope you enjoy the interviews that are published here.

[PHOTOS] Tech professionals converge for Inaugural “40 Under 40: Tech Diversity – Silicon Valley” Reception and Awards Ceremony
40 under 40Over 350 technology professionals and supporters attended the “40 Under 40: Tech Diversity – Silicon Valley” recognition program on Wednesday evening, September 16, hosted by Airbnb at their San Francisco headquarters. Conceived by theREGISTRYBayArea.com and produced in partnership with Digital Diversity Network (DDN), the inaugural event celebrated the achievements of 40 leaders from diverse backgrounds, under the age of 40 in the innovation economy. Two special categories, the Silicon Icon and Game Changer, were awarded to Roy Clay, Sr., Founder and Former CEO, ROD-L Electronics, and Shellye Archambeau, CEO, MetricStream, respectively. [RecapPhoto Gallery]