Harry Harrison spent over 20 years with Barclays as an investor and trader. He recently completed his tenure as the head of Barclays Non-Core division in 2017 when the bank decided to get out of the non-core business and sold $110 billion in investments. He recently reflected on his time with Barclays and his new life as a stay-at-home dad in an interview on Ideamensch.com.
Harry Harrison is very interested in how technology is revolutionizing the financial services industry. He calls this revolution “fintech adjacent” because the new companies in this industry offer a wide range of financial services beyond stock and bond investments. Technology is something that Harry Harrison convinced Barclays to use when he was transferred to New York in 2003. Electronic trading wasn’t widely used among investment banks in America at that time, but Barclays and other investment banks in Europe had widely established electronic trading capabilities. Harry Harrison felt that bringing electronic trading capabilities to America would be the best way for Barclays to penetrate the U.S. market.
Harry Harrison currently spends his time coaching other entrepreneurs and works as a consultant for venture capital, private equity, and financial technology companies. One entrepreneur that he spends the most time with is his wife, Ami Nauiokas, who is the founder and president of the fintech investment firm Anthemis Group. He also enjoys spending a lot of time being a stay-at-home dad for his two children and pursuing hobbies like studying French, practicing yoga, getting better at golf, and reading.