It isn’t every day you read about finance professionals who have had experience managing hundreds of billions of dollars in advanced financial markets. For Harry Harrison, this was just part of a normal workday. After working at Barclays for 20 years, Harrison was entrusted with $110 billion to manage. This gave him the skills he needed to fully understand how markets shift with the infusion of large capital. With new passions coming to the surface, Harrison knew it was time to leave his leadership position at Barclays and finally create his own venture. Digital financial services company Anthemis Group is the venture that Harrison chose to create.
How did Harrison get the idea for Anthemis Group
Harrison has always had a strong passion for how businesses work at the ground level. His curiosity focuses on the process of bringing a business model to a fully functioning company. For nearly 30 years, Harrison has been learning about business in a much more macro level. After studying finance and economics at Cambridge three decades ago, he had a desire to finally understand how companies worked at a much more micro level.
What is a successful day for Harrison
Now that Harrison is the founder of his own venture and not a team member of a much larger financial institution, he has the ability to craft his days around a much more work-life balanced model. Spending time with his family is just as important for Harrison as any billion dollar deal that might be coming down the pipeline. As an entrepreneur, Harrison is able to make time for soccer games, performances, and any other activities that he may need to attend as a dad. While Harrison is now spending a lot of his time with fellow entrepreneurs and business professionals, he admits that the majority of his time is spent with his wife and kids. Instead of staring at a computer screen in a dimly lit office, Harrison is more comfortable spending his time on a French mountaintop or at a film festival with his wife.
How collaboration has helped Harrison
Without the proper collaborations, Harrison admits that he would not be where he is in his career today. Harrison understands that working with other bright minds will help bring his ideas to life much more easily than if he was trying to work on his own.
Some great habits that have made Harrison the entrepreneur he is today
One thing that Harrison is adamant about is avoiding procrastination. Too many entrepreneurs have long to-do lists that just never end up getting completed. Harrison understands that you should just take care of issues as they arise instead of putting them off until later.
The future looks very bright for Harrison as he continues to innovate in a financial industry that is taking advantage of the digital age. It will be exciting to see where Anthemis Group is headed in the coming years as they continue to raise the bar for other digital financial service companies in the industry.