In the Kitchen with Victoria Harris, Co-Founder of The Curve
This month, we sat down with Victoria Harris, Co-Founder of The Curve; an investing education platform for women. Victoria has taken the investment industry by storm by creating a space for women to talk about investing and building wealth. We talked to Vic about her new podcast, how a love of food can help your investment strategy and her go-to meal. We even managed some face time with her new miniature schnauzer Miso (who has stolen our hearts).
Talk us through how The Curve came to be
I have been in the finance industry for over a decade now. For almost the same amount of time, I’ve seen the women around me struggle with confidence when it comes to investing and building their wealth. The gender finance gap wasn’t the only issue. There was also a gap in the market for places for women to go to have simple conversations about money, and building the future they want. That's why we created The Curve; an investing education platform for women. The Curve aims to close that gap, bringing together smart, like-minded - but equally unique women - to talk and learn. We provide a range of different educational content to women of all backgrounds. As an investment manager and wealth management expert, my goal is to help women cut through the noise and find the knowledge to become more confident with their finances.
Can you tell us a little bit about your new podcast Raising the Curve?
Our first season of 'Raising the Curve' was released in April, and we have already had such incredible feedback - we have had over 5000 listens since then! On the podcast, my co-founder Sophie Hallwright and I discuss a variety of investing topics from how to pick a winning investment to tips and tricks for your KiwiSaver. We break down all the investing jargon in an easily digestible and conversational way. You can listen for free on Apple and Spotify and look out for our new episodes released every fortnight!
What’s been the most valuable lesson you've learnt since launching The Curve?
The most valuable lesson would have to be; have confidence in yourself. It might sound generic or cliche, but we are all unique and we all bring something different to the table. Embrace it. As females, we can spot investing trends that men might oversee. We should be using that to our advantage. Also, being a minority gender in the finance industry has meant I have had to have a lot of confidence in myself. Launching The Curve took a lot of courage too and I have learnt so much from all the women within our Curve community. The fact that The Curve has been so well received in such a short time period, proves to me I should've had more confidence in myself and launched The Curve a long time ago!
How can people who are new to investing use their love of food to fuel their investment strategy?
There are so many investing trends that are prevalent in the food industry. You don't have to be an expert (or understand Bitcoin!) to start your investing journey. If you love food, look around you and see, what products are flying off the supermarket shelves? Or what foods are becoming an increasing portion of your diet? This will open your eyes to investing trends that are occurring around you. If you are changing your shopping habits, most likely a lot of other people are too. For example, if you are incorporating more vegan or vegetarian meals into your diet, then most likely other people are too and that means there will be increases in demand for vegan products e.g Beyond Meat (Nasdaq:BYND) which has been a great investment to-date.
You’ve recently renovated your kitchen and house, talk us through where you went for inspiration and how you found the process?
I started my renovations about three years after I bought my house. This gave me time to figure out what was important to me and really consider the changes I wanted to make. However, the process definitely took a lot longer and was more expensive than I first thought! My inspiration came from a lot of different places; magazines, pinterest, other people's homes etc. My home style is probably minimal and light with a touch of bohemia.
What is your favourite thing about your new kitchen?
Definitely my stone benchtop. It was a bit of an investment (and a tough decision to choose which type) but definitely worth it. It was really important to me to have a large, statement benchtop to add a luxurious element to my kitchen. I love entertaining and being in the kitchen so I wanted a large, open space for cooking. I also am a pretty messy cook so the benchtop gives me a lot of space to do my thing!
What is your go-to recipe when you need to whip up something easy and impressive?
I'm pretty time poor when it comes to cooking or baking so I like simple but delicious recipes. My go-to would have to be something simple and healthy like pan-fried fish with a delicious salad filled with plenty of seasonal vegetables. The older I get, the more I have realised how important it is to actually know what is in my food, where it comes from and to eat as healthy as possible.
Favourite Hill St baking mix?
It would have to be the Seed Crackers. They are so crunchy, delicious and healthy! Plus, it can be used for more than just seed crackers which I love e.g as a seeded sprinkle on the above salad! The fact they have no additives, no refined sugar and are vegan are a big plus for me. I also have a bit of a sweet tooth so I have been guilty of using the Brownie baking mix pretty regularly too...
What are you reading, listening, and watching at the moment?
Reading: I read a lot of non-fiction as I love expanding my knowledge and learning different things. I have just finished a book called 'Why we Sleep' by Matthew Walker. It was pretty fascinating to learn how important sleeping is to all aspects of our body.
Watching: I'm watching 'Friend's' re-runs for a good laugh!
Listening: Our podcast...obviously.