Harry Harrison is an established leader within the investment and trading financial field. For years, he worked for Barclays in order to help establish themselves in major markets all over the world. After spending time as the head of Barclays Non-Core, located in London, Harrison is now seeking to put all of his attention and energy into the development of his new enterprise, Anthemis Group. Harrison is an experienced business professional and an entrepreneur with tremendous insight into one of the more competitive major industries in the world. Let’s take a moment in order to learn about Harrison’s work with Barclays, his goals with Anthemis Group, and his ideas as to what can help to elevate an entrepreneur.
Harry Harrison came up with the concept for the Anthemis Group after analyzing his own deep curiosity for the way that businesses rise and fall within the financial industry. His own fascination with micro and macro-economics, dating back to when he studied at Cambridge and Warwick almost 30 years ago, helped to fuel his decision to establish the digital financial services investment/advisory firm. Harrison cites his long history of work within the financial field, spanning from working as a derivatives trader and team manager all the way to his head leadership role at Barclays, as proof that momentum was leading him toward the decision to establish this enterprise.
In the wake of winding down Barclays London location, Harrison is taking some much needed time to catch up on just being a part of regular life once again. Harrison admits that he’s spending time enjoying being a ‘stay at home dad’ and he’s not in too much of a rush to jump back into the meat-grinder that is the financial sector. Harrison points to his two children, aged 5 and 8, as the primary consumers of whatever free time he manages to find for himself. When he isn’t enjoying time with his family, Harrison is practicing yoga and avidly consuming anything literature or podcast so as to keep his mind sharp.
As an entrepreneur himself, Harrison knows that there are going to be very few times when your schedule is fixed and your is stable. A huge part of the appeal of becoming an entrepreneur is about how dramatically different each day can be from one another. As a result, Harrison advocates for finding a way to ground your reality in a tangible and healthy way. For Harrison, his grounding has come in the form of regular yoga and meditation. Harrison touts the benefits of yoga and the impact that it can have from both a mental and physical perspective. Harrison suggests that it is never too late to get into practice and that people young and old can come away with real benefits.
Speaking lightly, and turning away from the topic of financing, Harrison says that one of his biggest fun debates surrounds the continual survival of West Ham United’s role in the Premier League. One day, he believes, West Ham United is probably going to be straight up dropped from the football league, though Harrison readily admits that this is a debate that many fans would like to have with him.