Board of Directors

Marlon Evans

Marlon Evans is the CEO of Nex Cubed. His professional career spans Higher Education, Foundations, Fortune 500s, and Startups. The driving force behind all of his career choices has been a desire to create positive Social Impact. Prior to joining Nex Cubed, Marlon served as CEO of GSVlabs, a global innovation platform that accelerates startups and connects corporations to exponential technologies, business models and ideas. Under his leadership at GSVlabs, Evans was instrumental in expanding the company’s revenue streams to include co-working, technology showcases, sponsored accelerator programs, consulting services for Fortune 500 companies, and launching global efforts in Boston, Mexico, China, Brazil and India, yielding revenue growth of more than 35% during his three-year tenure.

Before entering the startup world, Marlon had a stint at HP as a Director of Corporate Affairs. He helped drive social innovation programming and led HP Company Foundation programs, including Matter to a Million, a company-wide employee engagement program in partnership with Kiva. Marlon has also held leadership roles at the KIPP Foundation, Playworks, All Stars Helping Kids, and other nonprofit organizations. Marlon received his BA in Political Science and a MA in Sociology from Stanford University, where he competed on the football and track & field teams.

Brian Nugent

Brian Nugent is a founding General Partner at Sway Ventures, a multi-national technology investment firm that is helping to transform inefficient industries globally. As an investor, entrepreneur, operator, director and strategic advisor in over 150 technology ventures, Brian has built domain expertise and deep connections across the technology and finance industries on five continents. Brian has a proven track record of driving software/SaaS, hardware, and IT Services companies to market leadership positions through his powerful company enablement platform. He serves on the board of directors of a multitude of venture and growth equity-backed companies.

Previously, Brian was a partner at Torch Hill Investment Partners, a mid-market buyout firm specializing in national security themed technology investments. As an entrepreneur and operating executive, he ran both public and privately-held enterprise software companies such as EdgeWave (acquired by private consortium), Applied Identity (acquired by Citrix), and was also a senior operating executive at Tier 1 venture-backed companies such as Teros (acquired by Citrix), Atrica (acquired by Nokia-Siemens), and LuxN (acquired by Sorrento Networks). Previously he served in sales, marketing and business development roles at Cisco, IBM, and 3com.

Brian is active in a variety of charitable organizations and is a Board Member of the PEERS Network which has supported over 125 causes globally that are focused on aiding disadvantaged women and children. Brian is a lifelong aquatics practitioner and is a member of the 2013 and 2014 U.S. National Champion Sunset Water Polo Club. Brian holds a BA in Digital Media and a Business Administration Minor from California State University, Long Beach.

Bill Malloy

Bill Malloy is a founding General Partner at Sway Ventures, where he is focused on IT software investing, hands-on operational support, building the strategic ecosystem between the US and EMEA, and providing strategy and go-to-market plans for new product development. Bill is an innovative financier and technologist with a record of successfully investing in inefficient markets. He currently holds board positions in a number of Sway Ventures portfolio companies including Noon Home, EVRYTHNG, Tally, Penrose Studios, Le Tote, Zanbato, Mocana, HyTrust, LiveAction, and Addepar.

Bill Malloy gained his venture capital experience at DFJ – Zone Ventures by working with companies on elements of strategy, operational issues, and financial structuring. Bill also devoted significant time to potential new investments between Silicon Valley and Southern California. His background in business development and product management includes five years of service to (sold to Real Networks, a $1.3B company) and MusicMatch (sold to Yahoo, a $38B company).

Bill Malloy balances a number of philanthropic positions, currently serving as trustee of the Malloy Foundation as well as Co-Founder of the PEERS Network. He previously served as a board member and treasurer for the Equinox Center. He holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and an undergraduate degree in Engineering from Clemson University.

Duncan Logan

Duncan is the founder and CEO of RocketSpace, an external innovation consulting company headquartered in the heart of San Francisco. Since 2011, RocketSpace has helped corporate innovators, startups, and investors bring the future to market. RocketSpace has fueled the success of more than 2,000 startups, including 23 unicorns such as Uber, Spotify, and Leap Motion.

RocketSpace’s Corporate Innovation Services team has helped more than 130 industry leading brands worldwide, including Nestle, BP, DeBeers, ExxonMobil, PepsiCo, Ferguson, VW, JetBlue, and Mizuho, transform into digitally-led modern corporations. RocketSpace clients create new opportunities from inside, and outside, their organizations to ensure they are leading the disruption in their industry, not being disrupted. With access to nearly 70,000 innovators across RocketSpace’s network, its Corporate Innovation Services team specializes in leading innovation transformation via partnerships with emerging technology startups.

Duncan was born and raised near St. Andrews, Scotland and began his professional career working in derivatives at Swiss Bank Corporation in London. At 24, he started his first company, CITYPRO International. He built it to $8M in revenue over a three year period, before selling to ASAP Plc in 2000, where he went on to become group managing director. In 2002, Duncan joined MessageLabs, an early SAAS security company, which he helped to build until it was sold to Symantec in 2008 for $700M. Duncan made the move to San Francisco in 2008 and started RocketSpace in 2011. Duncan is a sought after professional speaker on the topic of Innovation and Corporate Transformation and has spoken around the world in front of numerous Governments and Fortune 500 Executive Teams. Finally and most importantly, Duncan is married to the lovely Lucy, a fellow entrepreneur, and they have two darling children, Elvis and Sinatra, and a troublesome dog named Pinot.

Ken Denman

Ken Denman is the former President and CEO of Emotient, Inc., a company that developed software for automated facial expression measurement, and which was acquired by Apple, Inc. in January 2016. Prior to that, he served as CEO for Openwave Systems Inc. and iPass, Inc. He has also held executive roles at Mediaone Group, Inc., US West Communications, and the Battelle Memorial Institute Laboratory. Ken is currently a venture partner at Sway Ventures.

Ken is an active board member for public companies including; Costco Wholesale, Mitek Systems, LendingClub, and Motorola Solutions. He formerly held board roles with ShoreTel, iPass, Openwave, and United Online. He has also served as the Director of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA). Ken continues to support early stage venture-backed companies as an advisor and board member.

Ken was appointed to the Edward V. Fritzky Endowed Visiting Chair in Leadership at the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business in September 2012, is a member of the advisory board at the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business, and sits on the board of directors at the University of Washington Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Central Washington University and an MBA in finance and international business from the University of Washington.

Cameron Akers
Board Observer

Cameron is Director of Portfolio Management at Hollencrest Capital Management where he focuses on procurement, analysis and management of Hollencrest’s private investments with a focus on real estate, private equity and direct lending. With over 8 years of investment experience, Cameron has derived significant in-the-market experience in equity, fixed income, forex technical and fundamental analysis, and trading through periods of market and economic volatility. Since 2011, Cameron has been involved with building Hollencrest’s portfolio of client real estate investments through the identification and analysis of investment opportunities.

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