Harry Harrison is the founder of the Anthemis Group, a digital services and investment advisory firm based out of New York. Harrison is probably most well known for his years of hard work at Barclays, most recently operating as the head of the Barclays Non-Core facility located in London. Harrison held the coveted Barclays position for a three-year period spanning from 2014 to 2017. Now, Harrison is taking a moment to re-focus himself on the company he established and operates as president over. Let’s take a deep dive into the work of Harry Harrison, his keys to success as an entrepreneur, and what Harrison believes it takes to maintain success in such a tough field.
Harrison is hesitant to lean on any claims of a regular workday in order to relate his success to aspiring entrepreneurs. In fact, right now, Harrison is pretty far from maintaining a regular schedule. After helping Barclay’s wind down their massive bankroll of businesses, Harrison has been stepping back in order to let himself breathe a little bit. Harrison is focusing on expanding the health of his mind and body by reading, listening to podcasts and even working in regular Yoga practice. In fact, Harrison points to yoga as probably the most important technique that aspiring entrepreneurs could embrace. Yoga offers entrepreneurs a way to meditate while cleansing their mind and body of negative energy. While Harrison is certainly in semi-relaxation mode, that doesn’t mean that he isn’t also focused on building up his work at the Anthemis Group. In fact, let’s double back in order to look at what propelled Harrison to create the Anthemis Group, to begin with.
According to Harry Harrison, the development of the Anthemis Group was one borne out of curiosity and passion for economics in general. Harrison loved looking deeply into the different ways that businesses crop up and propel themselves to success. Study micro level and macro level economics also helped Harrison to turn toward the Anthemis Group with a real background of knowledge on his side. With almost 30 years of experience in the industry, working as a trader or an advisor, Harrison felt more than confident enough to take on the task.
The success of the Anthemis Group isn’t based entirely on Harrison’s own experience in the field. In fact, Harrison is more likely to point to others when asked what makes his company so successful. Harrison believes that being able to lean on others in your career while building up a valuable network of colleagues is one of the most important things that an aspiring entrepreneur can do. Harrison says that he has been ‘privileged’ with a rich network of collaborators and friends in both a professional and personal environment. Harrison is working to get this message out to aspiring business-minded professionals so that they, too, can take the concept to heart. Far too often, aspiring entrepreneurs look at colleagues as competition rather than as valuable partners who can make success more and more realistic.