Jeff Raider

Harry's Co-Founder & Co-CEO

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How Do You Keep Someone Focused During a Personal Crisis?

I think the most important thing is understand the crisis and it's impact on them. We now have 170 people in New York so if someone's going through something that's really hard for them, it's…

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What’s the Best Way to Get Rid of Office Politics?

We do this thing called Q&A with J&A. We do it every, sort of, month, and we try to, ahead of time, we try to get anonymous questions to us about the hardest subjects in…

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Who Do You Admire and Why?

I really admire my co-founders and the rest of our company, it's like I see how hard they work, I see that they're able to deal with really complicated situations always with grace, that they're…

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When Did You Know Your Business Was Validated?

I think one seminal moment in the history of Harry's, it was on our launch day. I remember waking up, checking my phone, and seeing a bunch of different people had written articles about us,…

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What Do You Hope People Get Out of Listening to Your Answers?

I hope that people can learn from the experiences that we've had and sort of take some of this and apply it to their own sort of lives and their professional environments. I feel like…

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What’s the Biggest Mistake When Raising Money?

I think the biggest mistake to raising money is to kind of to do it halfway. To have someone who's got some interests in you, start to have a conversation, not exactly be clear about…

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What Mistakes Do People Make Over and Over Again?

Is to jump into work rather than scoping and being clear. And that's actually harder as you get bigger as a company. So, if you have to do something and you need to get five…

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How Do You Conduct Performance Reviews?

Our managers and our team have one-on-ones every week. And in those one-on-ones, there's a section that we try to carve out for feedback, where we can give people sort of consistent feedback on performance.…

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Did You Ever Give Up on Something and Why?

Early on at Harry's we built a barbershop. And I thought that was going to be a whole business for us. We were going to build a hundred barbershops across the country. I love out…

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What Is the Secret to a Great Co-Founders’ Relationship?

One of the most important things about a co-founder relationship is honesty and close personal relationship in that context. And then I think being able to have a really clear and straightforward discussion with them…

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How Do You Manage Difficult People and Turn Them Into Team Players?

We'll look at, sort of this person's set-up. Like, why, what is causing difficulty? Is that they're not getting the account to a manager? Is it that they're not clear about that role? Is it…

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What Mistake Did You Make That You Hope Your Child Doesn’t Repeat?

I think in my professional life for a time I did the thing that I was expected to do. By who, like by my parents, by society. The thing that always opened up more options…

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What Would You Be Doing in Another Life?

I think what I care a lot about is trying to have an impact; the world in some way. Like that the stuff that we're doing actually matters. It matters to me a lot. I…

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What Do You Do When You Go From Friend to Boss?

Probably first set the ground rules of a relationship. Look, I need to be successful at work. You want to make me successful at work. This is what this is going to dictate. It doesn't…

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What Do You Do When an Employee Makes a Serious Mistake?

Our mascot or a icon associated with our brand is Wooly Mammoth. And the idea of embracing the mammoth in the room is this idea that you will be able to have a hard, direct,…

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What Was the Low Point in Your Career?

I think a complicated time in my career was a time after I had founded Warby Parker and before I founded Harry's. And in that period of time, I kind of realized that like, private…

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How Do You Know When Someone Is Ready to Be a Manager?

There are a few things we look at, at Harry's when we think about if you're ready to manage people. First will be is there a business need? Does your role sort of necessitate that…

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How Do You Put Yourself in Your Customer’s Shoes?

We spend a lot of time talking to customers. We have something at Harry's called Customer at the Core where everyone at the company has to do customer service once a quarter. And I love…

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Did a Personal Issue Ever Affect Your Work and How Did You Handle It?

I think the biggest life change that I have gone through in the last five years is I've got kids now, I've got three of them, and I really miss not spending time with them,…

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"Harry's is headquartered in the U.S. and Germany"

Jeff Raider is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Harry’s Inc., a company that manufactures and sells razor blades and grooming products to brands and consumers all over the world. Harry’s Inc. is headquartered in both New York City and Eisfeld, Germany. Its New York offices are home to Harry’s, the men’s grooming brand founded in 2013 that was created to provide men with a return to the essential shaving experience – simple, well-designed products offered at a fair price. The German team oversees blade manufacturing at the century-old razor factory that Harry’s merged with in 2014.

Prior to Harry’s, Jeff co-founded Warby Parker, the transformative lifestyle brand that offers designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses. Before starting his own companies, Jeff was a Senior Associate at private equity firm Charlesbank Capital Partners and also worked at Bain & Company. Jeff graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a BA in International Studies, earned a Masters in International Affairs from The Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and also earned an MBA from Wharton Business School. Jeff currently lives in lower Manhattan with his wife and three children.