These leaders are changing our world for the better. We find out how they get the job done.
There are a handful of business leaders and industry figures in Britain who are changing the world.
A former lawyer and financial analyst, Harrison founded Knomo in 2004 on a mission to blend technology and design to create the best luxury bags.
Read more: Knomo is the ‘Apple of the fashion world’
Sleek and chic satchels, swanky backpacks and bags, all of which include battery packs, magnets and intricate tablet or laptop sleeves.
After conquering London, Harrison recently raised £3m to expand its presence in America and across the world.
Read more: Knomo’s high tech backpack is finally here
A busy man, with big ideas, The Memo asked Harrison how he gets it all done.
I get up at around 5:30am and do an hour of work and then (if it is a good day) go for a run or head to the gym.
The days that I start with exercise tend to be the most productive (and enjoyable).
I use Flipboard to get up-to-date with the latest news each morning. I drive a scooter around London – it means I can leave at the last minute and get in with a moment to spare.
I’m a huge Evernote fan – my whole life is on there.
I love podcasts and have many that I follow – mostly West Coast technology and entrepreneur shows. I find them very useful to get up to speed on business trends and what people are thinking.
Sensitive question! My iPhone 6 Plus was stolen last week.
I got a replacement SIM and put it into an old Nokia for a few days.
At first I enjoyed the “silence”. I normally listen to podcasts on my scooter and back and having relative quiet for 30 minutes was quite relaxing – as relaxing as driving a Vespa into the centre of London can be!
But after a few days realised I was becoming quite isolated with no WhatsApp or Yammer.
This depends on where I am – if I’m travelling to see customers then it tends to be quite a few.
If I’m in London for the day then will be with the teams and customers (product, e-commerce, marketing and operations) which might be up to two or three meeting each day in the showroom.
So between 10 and 30.
I recently read Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. It was reassuring to hear how long it took to build Nike.
From the outside you would think they were an instant success but the founders spent more than 15 years in the trenches. Very interesting to learn about what it took to build such a phenomenal brand.
Most of my evening is spent with my kids, who are 5 and 7. They have a lot of energy so getting them to bed can be a challenge!
If it is a cold evening then we light the fire and I will have a glass of wine with my wife and talk about the day. I try to wake up early as I find I’m more productive work-wise.
Too much work in the evening seems to impact my sleep (definitely a middle age thing!).