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The Minyanville Mission: An Interview with Todd Harrison


People who are good at what they do, but better at what they are.

Damien: For those who are passionate about several things like you, can you share a typical day in your life? When I try to think about it, you must have a packed schedule trading, running a company, and being a spokesperson!

Todd: I'm very blessed! I get to work with my best friend of 23 years who was the first person I met in my freshman year of college, Kevin Wassong. He is just brilliant in terms of the media space. He was the founder and CEO of the Digital Group at J. Walter Thompson. The whole team we have here at Minyanville is a family. We work our asses off, but we all believe in what we're working towards.

My days are relatively constant. There are days I'll do media early in the morning, and those days require me to get up a little earlier. I used to do this thing with Fox Business where they had a camera in my office and I was doing 2 live shows a day. We stopped that. We're now working on some other exciting media initiatives in-house.

If I had to use today as a snapshot, sometimes I'll get up early and try to get to the gym at 6 or 6:30 in the morning. I like to get my mind in a good, healthy mindset early. But, usually I'll roll into the office around 7am or so, work on my opener, kind of synthesize the world, and then it's just like the horses leaving the gate at the track as the markets open.

It's like playing Fungo with fifty baseballs at the same time: I'm trying to synthesize all my thoughts into a cohesive stream of consciousness on Minyanville, coordinate with the Professors around the world, work with the team internally, and do what I can to further the mission of the Ruby Peck Foundation.

But during the hours between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., it's all about the markets. I used to be a trader that morphed into a trader that writes. Now I'm more of a writer that trades. I'm trying to get used to the notion of stepping off the trading desk during the day for meetings or business lunches. It still feels very foreign for me.

But I've always said the definition of professional nirvana is to do what you love with people you respect while serving the greater good. Also, work to live, don't live to work. On Sunday nights, I can't wait to get back to the office at Minyanville because I love what I do and the people I work with.

Damien: What exciting things can we can expect next from Todd Harrison?

Todd: There are some things that are very exciting -- game changers we expect to roll out in the back half of the year. I can't get into details because my partners would absolutely flip if I did [laughing]. I have a very bad habit of having turrets when it comes to being excited about things. But I will say you can expect to see Minyanville in a lot more places over the next six months. And, as always, the first week of December we look forward to having our Festivas which is our annual gathering of the Minyanville community to benefit the Ruby Peck Foundation for Children's Education. Between now and then, we're very excited to build upon the vision and fight the good fight.

Damien: Todd, I wish you the very best with that! I also want to thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to be a part of Minyanville and spending the time with me to do this interview.

Todd: We're excited to have you! The definition of a Minyanville Professor, or Minyan in general, is a person who is very good at what they do, but better at who they are. So, congratulations on your first article and we look forward to many more mutually beneficial experiences together!
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