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After three decades working for large banks such as Barclays, Harry Harrison is blazing his own trail as the Founder and President of Anthemis Group. Starting his own digital financial services investment and advisory firm wasn’t easy as Mr. Harrison also had to find time to be a husband and father of two children. Recently, Mr. Harrison sat down with Ideamench to talk about a range of subjects, ranging from idea generation to collaboration, business trends and personal growth.

Early on in the interview, Harry Harrison asked about the genesis of his company. Mr. Harrison talked about his education at Cambridge University and his subsequent three decade career working for large banks such as Barclays. Mr. Harrison mentioned that it is curiosity that is his main driving force. And curiosity has driven Mr. Harrison to see if he could create his own digital financial services investment and advisory firm.

When asked about his typical day, Mr. Harrison answered that he really doesn’t have a set schedule. As an entrepreneur and financial services business founder, Mr. Harrison finds new challenges on a daily basis. Instead of having a fixed schedule, Mr. Harrison tries to find a balance between running his firm and being a husband and father. This type of work/life balance was a challenge when Mr. Harrison worked at Barclays. Now, that is running his own firm, Mr. Harrison is able to be more flexible with his time without compromising productivity.

When asked about how he brought his ideas to life, Mr. Harrison mentioned that it was a combination of diversity of thinking, humility in goal setting and intense collaboration that helps him execute ideas close to his vision. Using these combination of approaches, Mr. Harrison is able to motivate and guide his team to help bring big ideas to life.

Finally, Mr. Harrison was asked about what software or web service he likes to use to remain productive. The Anthemis Group Founder and President mentioned that Waze has been an invaluable addition to his life. The navigation app uses crowdsourcing information to help Mr. Harrison navigate through busy traffic and save valuable time to get to his job, make an appointment or get home to his family.

I literally know nothing about investing, but I know that I have to do something to earn money from investing. I can see the people around me earning money as investors, but they know things that I do not. That is why I needed help from a company like Laidlaw & Company because they can educate me on investing my money. They can make it easy for me to learn what I need to know, and I have been able to get more money out of this arrangement because I am only investing in things that make sense to me.

I got a basic explanation from James Ahern and Matthew Eitner about what they thought I should be investing in, and we are taking baby steps to make sure that we are following the right procedures. It just makes a lot more sense for us to make small investments together, and then I can grow from there. I have only just started, but I do feel comfortable with what I have come up with so far. I can call my broker to ask questions, and then I can learn what my next investment should be. It just makes more sense than throwing all my money out there.

The plans that I have come up with are all based on something that was very basic. I do not have to do anything very complex to have my money earn for me, and that is why I am trying to make sure that I can invest with Laidlaw & Company at my own pace. They are willing to wait for me, and they are willing to give me a chance to learn what is going on instead of just letting me wonder what I am earning. I am not an investor yet, but I understand it better now.