Jesse Cole

Managing Partner & Co-Founder The Seed Lab, LLC

A born-and-bred New Yorker, after 17 years on Wall Street, Jesse founded IBS – a boutique investment platform that was sold to Merlin in 2009 (which was then sold to Wells Fargo in 2012 for $315M). He then helped launch Haute Hippie, a premium womenswear brand sold globally via owned retail, DTC and wholesale. Jesse became the CEO and Chairman of Haute Hippie in 2012, leading the company to a successful exit to Hilco Brands in 2016. As an early Investor/Advisor, Jesse has worked with and/or invested in Autumn Entertainment, Beach Whiskey, Continuity Logic, Naked Brands, Pop Up Mob, Something Navy, Stojo, Underalls, and Wheels Up.