Harry Harrison recently gave an interview on Ideamensch.com in which he discussed his views on entrepreneurship, life after Barclays, and the financial industry. Mr. Harrison spent over 20 years with Barclays as an investor, a derivatives trader, and a manager of fixed income sales teams. From 2014 to 2017, he was the head of Barclays non-core division, which involved investing and trading non-standard derivatives, non-core commodities, and emerging-market products. He left Barclays at the end of 2017 when the company closed the non-core division. Mr. Harrison is a graduate of the University of Warwick and received a master’s degree in finance from the University of Cambridge.
When asked what he liked to do as a successful entrepreneur, he said he preferred not to have a long to-do list and preferred being honest with people. He would handle issues as they arose and prioritized the most urgent problems. He would also delegate responsibilities to others while recognizing that certain things may not be completed at the end of the day. If those jobs were moving forward with an expected date of completion, then that was considered an effective use of resources.
Life after Barclays
Mr. Harrison says he is taking a break from working and enjoying life as a stay-at-home dad. He says he has a variety of activities that he deals with during the day with his two young children, and he is actively involved in several hobbies. These activities include participating in yoga and Pilates, learning French, becoming a better golfer, and reading more. He is also spending time as a consultant for entrepreneurs in the venture capital, private equity, and financial technology industries.
The financial industry
Mr. Harrison is excited how the financial industry has embraced technology and how the industry has incorporated technology in many of its operations. Many of the companies he is noticing are not directly fintech companies, but they are using Information Age technology to provide creative financial products and services to their customers. He recommends that investors should look at startup companies that are in the fintech adjacency sector because he feels that this is an area that has a lot of potential growth.