Haley Zollo is a Partner at Starting Line, an early-stage venture capital fund based in Chicago. Starting Line's thesis is "consumer for the 99%" and invests at the intersection of "cheaper and better" across marketplaces, experiences, platforms and products that are democratizing access to the everyday, mainstream consumer. Haley's focus is primarily within the themes of sustainability, personalization, next-generation commerce and GenZ.
Prior to joining Starting Line, Haley spent over half a decade leading venture-backed consumer retail startups. Most recently she was VP of Business Operations and Strategy at Mac & Mia, a personalized clothing service for children. Haley came on as one of the first 10 employees, scaled their remote sales team from 3 to 300 and helped lead their Series A of $5M. Mac & Mia was acquired by Stitch Fix Kids in the summer of 2019. Before joining Mac & Mia, Haley was an early hire at Trunk Club where she built the Strategy & Data Analytics team and was a key player in launching their Women's line. Trunk Club was acquired by Nordstrom in 2014 for $350M.
Haley started her career at KPMG in the Transaction Services practice, where she worked on financial due diligence deals for private equity mergers and acquisitions.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Haley is passionate about shaking up the venture capital scene and is on a mission to bring more women into this world. She's an active member of the All Raise community and is on the steering committee for the Chicago chapter.
Haley holds a bachelor's degree in Finance and Accounting from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and also earned a CPA upon graduation. She lives in Chicago with her husband, a startup CEO, along with her daughter and mini bernedoodle.