FOMO Sapiens with Patrick J. McGinnis

32 EpisodesProduced by HBR Presents / Patrick J. McGinnisWebsite

Patrick J. McGinnis, creator of the term FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), talks to leaders in business, entrepreneurship, politics, and culture. How do they choose from among the many opportunities in their busy lives and find the courage to miss out on the the rest? Patrick is the author of "The 10% Ent… read more

32 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Season 2 Finale

July 18th, 2019


It’s been a whirlwind of a season, from the exciting new partnership with Harvard Business Review to unexpected guests like presidential candidates. The show has grown tremendously over the past season in both the scale …

We Have the Technology: Jamie Metzl and Building Better Humans

July 11th, 2019


Genetic engineering, especially of the human kind, is one of the most emotional debates in the arena of science versus religion and technological …

You’re Invited: Bronson van Wyck and the Art of the Party

June 27th, 2019


The New York Times called events “the new magazines.” Launch parties, promo parties, celebrity events, and influencer showcases capture the public …

Your Vote Counts? How the Leadership Now Project Wants to Get Your Skin in the Game

June 20th, 2019


Daniella Ballou-Aares and the organization she founded with Harvard Business School alums have their sights set on gerrymandering, dark money in …

Don’t Read the Comments: Katie Rosman’s Survival Guide to Journalism in the Social Media Age

June 13th, 2019


Award-winning New York Times features reporter Katie Rosman writes about some of the most “now” issues that her paper will cover — scrums on Twitter, the fleeting fame of influencers, and flare-out fashion trends. But …

Disruptive Fair Trade: How Naadam Is Getting the Cashmere Industry’s Goat

June 6th, 2019


Matt Scanlan drove across Mongolia with $2.5 million in cash and almost no plan besides buying cashmere directly from the herders scattered across …

Reddit, the Bustling Marketplace of Ideas: How to Preserve — and Monetize — Community-Driven Free Expression

May 30th, 2019


Reddit COO Jen Wong steers one of the largest social networks on the internet and the one you probably hear about the least. Despite not being a media darling, Reddit is probably one of the largest, if not the largest, …

The Business of Keeping It Simple: How Less is More at Primary

May 23rd, 2019


They outgrow them in hours. They cost a fortune, and you always need more. They have graphics and slogans that seem to reflect the biases more of the people who buy them than the people who wear them. You’ve probably …

You Are the Product: Giancarlo Pitocco and the Attention Economy

May 16th, 2019


Giancarlo Pitocco left a career working for Facebook, Instagram, Apple and the world’s largest ad agencies to fight back against the mental health, productivity, and creativity crisis caused by the attention economy and …

Wicked Lobstah: Vertical Integration and the Luke’s Lobster Success Story

May 9th, 2019


Luke Holden decided to commit to a career in finance when his parents told him that if he continued working on lobster boats in his hometown of Cape …

Internet Trolls & Crazy Rich Asians: The Wild World of Vintage Watch Collectors

May 2nd, 2019


Eric Wind’s love affair with timepieces began when he was given his grandfather’s watch as a young boy. He’s served as VP senior specialist at Christie’s, auctioning some of the most valuable watches in the world, and …

The Instagram Army: Activism in the 21st Century

April 25th, 2019


Eglantina Zingg has leveraged her success as a model, actress, and television personality to become a leader in the fight to create better opportunities for women and girls around the world, such as the soccer program …

The Other FO You Need to Know: FOBO — Fear of a Better Option

April 18th, 2019


New York Times Smarter Living writer Tim Herrera talks about how FOMO and FOBO affect us differently at different stages of our lives. While most of us outgrow much of our FOMO as we age, FOBO often seems to increase …

Start-Ups and the Women Who Fund Them

April 11th, 2019


Zola cofounder Shan-Lyn Ma and Female Founders Fund founder Anu Duggal talk about what it’s like to seek investment capital as a start-up founder and …

Andrew Yang’s Audacious Plan to Save Us from Automation

April 3rd, 2019


Andrew Yang has a lot to say about his cornerstone policy proposal for his 2020 U.S. presidential bid, which is the Freedom Dividend, a Universal …

The Science of Good Decisions

March 14th, 2019


Despite our lofty intellects, decision-making is one of the biggest challenges to humans.

Cheryl Einhorn shares the process that led to developing …

Hometown Kid Makes Good Code

February 28th, 2019


FOMO Sapiens’ youngest guest, Diego Gonzalez, shares his triumphs, failures, and learnings from his problem-solving ventures born of hackathons: …

Moneyball for the Music Industry

February 14th, 2019


What makes a hit? Jacob Fain of Sony/ATV Music Publishing knows that the path from creative genius to creative success is rarely a straight line.

Fun Beats FOMO

January 31st, 2019


Vana Koutsomitis is in the business of relationships, and she knows that “fun” brings people together the best. She’s the CEO of DatePlay, where romantic matches meet by playing mobile games together, creator of …

The History and Future of FOMO and FOBO

January 4th, 2019


From the seismic impact of millennials on the market to the rise of Trump and the first article about FOMO, Ben Schreckinger has written about the …

Hungry for Success

January 3rd, 2019


Rip Van Wafels co-founders Rip Pruisken and Marco de Leon started their company in a dorm room at Brown University, primarily serving their products …

FOMO, FOBO, and Picking the Perfect College

December 13th, 2018


Kate Eberle Walker, education executive and former CEO of The Princeton Review, breaks down the FOMO- and FOBO-provoking experience of choosing a …

Fighting FOMO with Love, Not Fear

November 28th, 2018


Craig Dubitsky, the nice guy behind disruptors Hello Products, an oral care brand, and EOS, the lip balm maker, knows that building a brand around positivity doesn’t just give you warm fuzzies — it gives you breakout …

The Tesla Engineer Who Cured His Startup Hangover

November 15th, 2018


Sisun Lee, the founder of Morning Recovery, a hangover prevention company, shares his story behind one of 2018’s most spectacular breakout startups.

Fight for Your Beliefs: Trading the Corporate World for Political Entrepreneurship

November 1st, 2018


Forward Majority’s Vicky Hausman leverages her organizational knowledge to heal our democratic process.

Renaissance Men Don’t Get FOMO

October 18th, 2018


As the founder of the clothing brand Rowing Blazers, Jack L. Carlson knows that popular fashion continues to evolve. Find out how he built a …

The Secret to an Examined Life

October 4th, 2018


Khe Hy was a Wall Street analyst for 15 years and a managing director at the world’s largest investment management company.

Find out why he’s now a blogger, author, and podcast director about happiness, …

Indistractable Equals Indestructible

September 20th, 2018


The author of Hooked and the blog, NirandFar, Nir Eyal’s passion for consumer psychology has a particular focus: how technology can attract, …

Finding the Courage to Monetize Your Talents

September 6th, 2018


Dorie Clark is passionate about the art and science of personal entrepreneurship — she writes, speaks, teaches, and lives it. The personal branding expert talks about the emotional jumps you need to take when you are …

How to Scale Your Side Hustle While Working and Studying Full-Time

August 23rd, 2018


You probably already know MarketSnacks, the newsletter about Wall Street that makes financial news fun, accessible, and bite-sized. But did you know that its co-founders Jack Kramer and Nick Martell began MarketSnacks …

FOMO and the Fight for Your Life

August 9th, 2018


Media executive Sally Wolf was diagnosed with cancer three times in the course of two years. In this episode of FOMO Sapiens, she talks about how …

FOMO and the Influencer Economy

July 25th, 2018


Social media expert Ryan Williams, author of The Influencer Economy, kicks off FOMO Sapiens by exploring how influencers really drive social media …

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