FOMO Sapiens with Patrick J. McGinnis

FOMO Sapiens with Patrick J. McGinnis

By HBR Presents / Patrick J. McGinnis

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% Entrepreneur." The views expressed on this podcast are those of its hosts, guests, and callers, and not those of Harvard Business Review.


Startup vs. Pandemic: Farmgirl Flowers’ Fight for Survival

Farmgirl Flowers founder (and friend of the show) Christina Stembel returns to share how she navigated difficult emotions and impossible decisions during the early days of the Covid-19 crisis, as she tried to save the startup that she spent 10 years building. Plus, Zibby Owens, creator of the podcast, “Moms Don't Have Time To Read,” helps us broaden our reading horizons during lockdown.
28/05/2030m 1s

How to Get What You Really Want in a Negotiation

Professor Alexandra Carter, director of Columbia Law School’s Mediation Clinic, explains how to overcome FOMO when negotiating for work and in everyday life. Plus, social media comedy sensation Matt Buechele (@mattbooshel) tells us how he’s creating viral internet comedy during the Covid-19 lockdown.
21/05/2030m 21s

Bring Deep Focus to Working from Home

Caveday founders Jake Kahana, Jeremy Redleaf, and Molly Sonsteng explain how an experiment in productivity among friends became a startup that helps companies, teams, and individuals around the world reshape their work rituals to become more productive, focused, and engaged. Plus, Kate Eberle Walker, CEO of remote education company PresenceLearning, offers homeschooling tips for parents and kids.
14/05/2031m 45s

How Chobani Wins in Business While Giving Back

Chobani President Peter McGuinness explains how the American food company’s actions outside the boardroom reflect the values of its founder and its employees, and how a commitment to doing good can drive innovation and market success.
07/05/2028m 33s

Will FOMO Survive the Pandemic? (with Hello Monday’s Jessi Hempel)

Hello Monday host and LinkedIn Senior Editor at Large Jessi Hempel takes over as host for a day, interviewing Patrick about how he has explored the world to learn how FOMO and FOBO arise as a function of culture, social status, and even as our response to crisis, such as during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
30/04/2028m 8s

Cultivating Resilience in a Pandemic

Yael Melamed, a psychotherapist and executive coach, explains how she cultivates spirituality, humor, and resilience in the face of adversity – lessons she learned from a wide-ranging career that started in business. Melamed says that tragedy and hardship can be powerful opportunities for personal growth.
23/04/2027m 30s

Working from Home and Company Culture

Dan Schawbel, a future of work expert, breaks down the pressures that new technology trends have placed on human needs for community and bonding at work. He also explains how teams can communicate and collaborate effectively while working remotely.
16/04/2028m 48s

Venture Capital During a Pandemic

Veteran venture capitalist Beth Ferreira compares and contrasts the economic challenges posed by Covid-19 with past economy-wide downturns.
09/04/2028m 8s

FOMO Sapiens Goes to Sesame Street

Sesame Workshop’s President of Social Impact and Philanthropy, Sherrie Westin, shares her journey from the White House to ABC to Sesame Workshop. Along the way, she has learned to manage competing priorities in her work, which touches the lives of children across the globe. Westin's path has been unconventional. She's made choices that have given her the opportunity to work with U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Big Bird. In this episode, she explains how her wide-ranging professional experiences have been invaluable in pursuing Sesame's mission, as well as in making crucial professional choices that align with her values and vision for her life and her family.
02/04/2029m 28s

Season 3 Finale: How FOMO Was Created

Fifteen years ago, while host Patrick McGinnis was a student at Harvard Business School, he wrote a column for the student newspaper about his observation that the student body’s social schedules were driven by two forces: The Fear of Missing Out and the Fear of a Better Option -- or FOMO and FOBO, for short. Then McGinnis graduated, started his career, and mostly forgot about it -- until a reporter looking into FOMO’s origins tracked it back to him.
19/12/1934m 15s

Everyone Wants To Be in VC, But No One Wants To Lose Money with Beth Ferreira

Beth Ferreira has been involved in venture investment in some of the most exciting startups in recent history, both as a venture capitalist and an early employee. She shares her experience managing the risks and rewards of investment.
12/12/1934m 27s

Swipe Right: How Meredith Golden Helps You Get a Date Online

Meredith Golden has spent more than 10,000 hours on online dating apps, helping her clients navigate the digital romance market to build the perfect profile and connect with the right matches.
05/12/1934m 58s

Nas Daily: Around the World in 14 Million Clicks

Video blogger and author Nuseir Yassin comes to FOMO Sapiens to share the story of why he quit a high-flying tech career to travel the world and document his experiences on Nas Daily, his social media channel that now has 14 million followers.
27/11/1936m 56s

Nir Eyal: Making “Indistractability” a Habit

Author and FOMO Sapiens alumnus Nir Eyal returns to discuss his new book, “Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life,” and tell us how to tackle everything from time management to an overflowing inbox.
21/11/1937m 38s

From Part-Time Entrepreneurship to Career Change with Cathy Heller

Podcast host, author, and business coach Cathy Heller discusses her own journey from identifying her passions to taking the action to transform those ventures into a successful career change.
14/11/1932m 35s

Returns on Investment: Andy Kuper and the Value of Moral Capitalism

Think capitalism has to be about the profit motive above all else? Think again. Andy Kuper, founder and CEO of LeapFrog Investments, explains how his company is leading a growing movement of corporations that are evolving their missions to include doing good.
07/11/1929m 0s

Choosing What You Actually Want: Annastasia Seebohm and Luxury Lifestyle Management

As your options increase, so do the likelihood that you'll be swept away in them. Enter Quintessentially, whose worldwide team of agents, led by CEO Annastasia Seebohm, can curate the perfect experiences... for a price.
31/10/1933m 6s

Flip the Script: Oren Klaff and the Next Way to Sell

Oren Klaff, investment banker and author of "Pitch Anything" and "Flip the Script,” shares how the modern face of sales at any scale requires a new set of interpersonal skills.
24/10/1926m 32s

Exploring Your Health: Functional Medicine with Will Cole

Functional medicine addresses lifestyle factors, such as nutrition, diet, and stress, as root causes of more complex, serious diseases. It’s becoming more popular in the United States, as an adjunct to traditional models of medical care. Will Cole, a functional medicine practitioner and author of the new book The Inflammation Spectrum, shares how he applies a lifestyle-based approach to health problems. He also talks about JOMO (Joy of Missing Out), as his Instagram post on the topic went viral (with a little help from Brené Brown).
17/10/1928m 48s

The Smell of Success: How Farmgirl Flowers Is Bootstrapping to $30 Million in Sales

Christina Stembel started Farmgirl Flowers to improve the way the commercial flower industry offers choice, quality, and price. Today she’s at the helm of a growing company that serves flower lovers nationwide.
10/10/1933m 59s

Doctor, Heal Thyself: Rare Disease Research

Dr. David Fajgenbaum has almost died five times from Castleman disease, a group of rare and deadly disorders of the lymph nodes. This led him to co-founding and managing the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN) -- a research collective to disrupt the broken, disorganized approach to disease research.
03/10/1940m 41s

Introducing Season 3

In a world of overwhelming choices, being decisive is harder and more important than ever. In the new season of FOMO Sapiens, Patrick J. McGinnis speaks with a diverse and fascinating set of leaders in business, politics, and culture about how they make decisions in their busy lives. In doing so, he uncovers the answer to a fundamental question: How can you find the power to choose what you actually want and the courage to miss out on the rest?
01/10/193m 28s

Season 2 Finale

Join us for a look back on the best moments with a few words from each guest.
18/07/1928m 24s

We Have the Technology: Jamie Metzl and Building Better Humans

Futurist and author Jamie Metzl explains why complete human genetic engineering is inevitable and will happen soon, and why it demands a crucial global conversation before it arrives.
11/07/1932m 56s

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

The founder of the Van Wyck & Van Wyck event production and design agency Bronson van Wyck talks about the marketing power of the perfect party.
27/06/1931m 16s

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

Leadership Now Project CEO and founder Daniella Ballou-Aares shares her organization's mission, efforts, and success in ensuring a fair, principled, competitive, and representative U.S. democratic system.
20/06/1933m 45s

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

New York Times features reporter Katie Rosman lives at the intersection of popular culture, journalism, and social media. She shares her outlook on the future of reporting in an era of click counts, fake news, and the disruption of print journalism.
13/06/1931m 3s

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

Matt Scanlan, CEO of the cashmere clothing company, Naadam, talks about how he created a successful startup with almost no knowledge of the industry that he was about to disrupt forever.
06/06/1934m 31s

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

Reddit COO Jen Wong discusses the biggest social network you never talk about, and how Reddit's unique culture of free expression within community-moderated spaces has made it one of the most robust marketplaces of ideas on the internet.
30/05/1932m 41s

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

Primary cofounders Galyn Bernard and Christina Carbonell discuss how staying true to their model of curated options and organic community engagement has made their children’s clothing company a startup success.
23/05/1933m 33s

You Are the Product: Giancarlo Pitocco and the Attention Economy

Former Facebook and Instagram employee Giancarlo Pitocco explains how the attention economy has created a mental health and productivity crisis -- and how we can begin to reclaim our valuable time and attention.
16/05/1941m 22s

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

Founder and CEO of Luke's Lobster, Luke Holden, explains how vertical integration -- taking a direct hand in the supply side of his successful lobster shack business -- has been crucial to the runaway success of his passion project.
09/05/1939m 25s

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

Eric Wind, former senior watch specialist at Christie’s and a “watch-preneur,” reveals how you can navigate the often irrational world of collection to make money while having fun in the process.
02/05/1930m 43s

The Instagram Army: Activism in the 21st Century

Venezuelan model, social media influencer, and activist, Eglantina Zingg, shares how Instagram and her remarkable upbringing in the Amazon turned her into a fierce advocate for women and girls.
25/04/1937m 56s

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

New York Times Smarter Living columnist Tim Herrera has spent his career writing about the intersection of tech and culture. Tim speaks about the evolution of FOMO, FOBO, and our collective search for a cure.
18/04/1940m 45s

Start-Ups and the Women Who Fund Them

Shan-Lyn Ma, CEO of the wedding e-commerce company Zola, and Anu Duggal, founder of Female Founders Fund, talk fundraising, venture capital, and how women are driving diversity in the world of start-ups.
11/04/1938m 49s

Andrew Yang’s Audacious Plan to Save Us from Automation

U.S. presidential candidate Andrew Yang explains how he’s running his campaign like an entrepreneur and how his plan for Universal Basic Income might just be the viral product he needs to win it all.
08/04/1942m 58s

The Science of Good Decisions

Despite our lofty intellects, decision-making is one of the biggest challenges to humans. Cheryl Einhorn shares the process that led to developing AREA, a strategic tool used by some of the most powerful organizations in the world, and why our increasingly complex modern world demands better decisions.
08/04/1932m 10s

Hometown Kid Makes Good Code

FOMO Sapiens’ youngest guest, Diego Gonzalez, shares his triumphs, failures, and learnings from his problem-solving ventures born of hackathons: StudentPeer, a peer-to-peer tutoring client, and a novel use of the diagnostic tool Microlisa as an affordable, low-friction lung cancer screening tool. He shows us that while FOMO knows no age limits, neither does entrepreneurship.
08/04/1932m 18s

Moneyball for the Music Industry

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. Jacob shares the thoughts, processes, and tools that a music A&R uses to bring the next big thing to the world.
08/04/1931m 24s

Fun Beats FOMO

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 VinoByVana wines, and a branding and marketing strategist. Vana talks about how to turn social influence into startup success.
08/04/1936m 59s

The History and Future of FOMO and FOBO

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 intersection of politics, culture, and the economy for years.Ben dons his journalist hat and turns the tables, interviewing me about the history and future of FOMO and FOBO.
08/04/1927m 11s

Hungry for Success

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 to college students. Those products are now sold in thousands of Starbucks and are a favorite snack in Silicon Valley tech companies.
08/04/1933m 34s

FOMO, FOBO, and Picking the Perfect College

Kate Eberle Walker, education executive and former CEO of The Princeton Review, breaks down the FOMO- and FOBO-provoking experience of choosing a college.
08/04/1934m 35s

Fighting FOMO with Love, Not Fear

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 success.
08/04/1941m 31s

The Tesla Engineer Who Cured His Startup Hangover

Sisun Lee, the founder of Morning Recovery, a hangover prevention company, shares his story behind one of 2018's most spectacular breakout startups.
08/04/1931m 15s

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

Forward Majority's Vicky Hausman leverages her organizational knowledge to heal our democratic process.
08/04/1935m 9s

Renaissance Men Don’t Get FOMO

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 worldwide brand that blurs genres and creates its own influencers.
08/04/1941m 17s

The Secret to an Examined Life

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, self-examination, and quality of life. Khe Hy is the creator of
08/04/1941m 43s

Indistractable Equals Indestructible

The author of "Hooked" and the blog, NirandFar, Nir Eyal’s passion for consumer psychology has a particular focus: how technology can attract, motivate, and even addict us. Nir tells us how we can master habits to send a powerful message and improve our own process.
08/04/1935m 51s

Finding the Courage to Monetize Your Talents

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 the product.
08/04/1930m 52s

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

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 as a 10%?
08/04/1931m 18s

FOMO and the Fight for Your Life

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 life’s unexpected twists and turns can change your priorities, refocus your energy, and maybe even offer a lifelong cure for FOMO.
08/04/1934m 8s

FOMO and the Influencer Economy

Social media expert Ryan Williams, author of The "Influencer Economy," kicks off FOMO Sapiens by exploring how influencers really drive social media marketing, how they're used to manipulate consumer behavior, and how you can harness this powerful tool to drive early adoption and sales.
08/04/1929m 22s
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