Episode 6: The Entrepreneurial Center of the Southwest | Britt Harris

Britt Harris is the Chief Investment Officer for Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), and has more than 30 years of investment experience under his belt. TRS is among the 25 largest investment funds in the world, which does pose some interesting challenges for Britt and his team. Britt discusses who were his key mentors while navigating through his career, and why some of the most successful people in the world are also prolific readers.


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Key Takeaways:

[1:00] For Britt to be successful at what he does, his company has to make $5 million dollars an hour.

[3:15] After traveling the world, Britt settled down in Austin and began his work with the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS)

[6:30] TRS has to make 40 million dollars per day in order to help teachers comfortably retire.

[9:35] TRS is the second largest for-profit organization in the state of Texas. The first one is ExxonMobil.

[10:20] What inspires Britt?

[16:40] What mentors has Britt had, to help him become the person he is today?

[21:35] You should learn from every single thing that you do. No matter how boring or how ill-prepared the teacher is.

[25:10] There are always reasons, but those reasons should never be used as excuses.

[27:35] The human brain can not be grateful and fearful at the same time.

[30:15] Every successful person that Britt knows is a prolific reader.

[33:25] Who are your mentors? Well, all you have to do is look at your bookshelfs.

[39:45] When Britt thinks about Austin’s future, what gets him really excited?

[43:55] What’s Britt’s favorite local place that he loves to show out-of-town friends and family?

[47:30] Our worst BBQ is better than everybody’s else’s best.

The Taco:

Torchy’s Tacos | The Republican 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Titan’s of Investing program


Allen’s boots on South Congress

la Barbecue off E Cesar Chavez

Titan Class book list

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2 Responses to “Episode 6: The Entrepreneurial Center of the Southwest | Britt Harris”

  1. Michael Wolters

    In episode 6, there was mention that there would be a link for the list of books that Britt Harris would recomend….I am not seeing it. Please advise.


    • InsideATX

      Michael, you can find it now in the “Mentioned In This Episode” section towards the bottom. We hope you enjoy the list. Let us know which one you plan to read next!


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