FOMO Sapiens with Patrick J. McGinnis

FOMO Sapiens with Patrick J. McGinnis

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Season 4 Finale: The Science of Serendipity
Aug 6 • 29 min
In the last episode of the season, author and global affairs expert, Christian Busch, shares the results of 10 years of research into the art and science of luck.
A Road Map for the Modern Nonlinear Life
Jul 30 • 30 min
Bestselling author Bruce Feiler discusses the research and philosophy behind his new book, “Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age.”
Less Is More: The Power of Essentialism
Jul 23 • 27 min
Essentialism, simply put, is living only for what really matters. Greg McKeown, author of the global bestseller “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less,” discusses how to prioritize our time and energy.
Click to Connect: The Rise of the Virtual Event
Jul 16 • 28 min
Celebrity party planner Bronson Van Wyck, founder of Van Wyck & Van Wyck event production and design agency, returns to the show to discuss how he pivoted his business to virtual events to survive in the socially distanced age.
A Female Founder in a Male VC World
Jul 9 • 28 min
When Kate Ryder started to raise funding for a pioneering healthcare app for women, the (mostly male) VCs didn’t believe her idea was “big” enough. So Ryder turned to female investors and VCs with healthcare industry expertise to raise capital for Maven,…
Free Market Politics Part 2: Can We Fix America’s Political System?
Jul 2 • 30 min
Political innovation activists Katherine Gehl and Michael Porter discuss innovative reforms that could increase competition and accountability in American politics.
Free Market Politics Part 1: How America’s Political System Became a Duopoly
Jun 25 • 31 min
Political innovation activists Katherine Gehl and Michael Porter explain how America’s two-party political system undermines the robust competition and accountability necessary for democracy to thrive.
The Lost Art of Thinking for Yourself
Jun 18 • 29 min
In an age where we increasingly pass responsibility for our most important choices on to experts, trend analyst Vikram Mansharamani explains why cultivating the knowledge and skills of a generalist can help preserve our autonomy and self-determination.
How TOMS Shoes Founder Rebalanced Life and Work
Jun 11 • 30 min
After working 90-hour weeks as a successful, serial entrepreneur, a battle with depression led TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie to reevaluate his life balance and, ultimately, create his newest startup.
Deciphering Big Data to Make Better Decisions
Jun 4 • 27 min
Data can play an important role in challenging the illusions, presumptions, and prejudices of “common sense.” In this episode, New York Times bestselling author and data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz explains how to use rigorous analysis to follow…
Startup vs. Pandemic: Farmgirl Flowers’ Fight for Survival
May 28 • 30 min
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…
How to Get What You Really Want in a Negotiation
May 21 • 30 min
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…
Bring Deep Focus to Working from Home
May 14 • 31 min
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,…
How Chobani Wins in Business While Giving Back
May 7 • 28 min
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.
Will FOMO Survive the Pandemic? (with Hello Monday’s Jessi Hempel)
Apr 30 • 28 min
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…
Cultivating Resilience in a Pandemic
Apr 23 • 27 min
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…
Working from Home and Company Culture
Apr 16 • 28 min
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.
Venture Capital During a Pandemic
Apr 9 • 28 min
Veteran venture capitalist Beth Ferreira compares and contrasts the economic challenges posed by Covid-19 with past economy-wide downturns.
FOMO Sapiens Goes to Sesame Street
Apr 2 • 29 min
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…
Season 3 Finale: How FOMO Was Created
Dec 19, 2019 • 34 min
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…
Everyone Wants To Be in VC, But No One Wants To Lose Money with Beth Ferreira
Dec 12, 2019 • 34 min
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.
Swipe Right: How Meredith Golden Helps You Get a Date Online
Dec 5, 2019 • 34 min
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.
Nas Daily: Around the World in 14 Million Clicks
Nov 27, 2019 • 36 min
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.
Nir Eyal: Making “Indistractability” a Habit
Nov 21, 2019 • 37 min
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.
From Part-Time Entrepreneurship to Career Change with Cathy Heller
Nov 14, 2019 • 32 min
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.
Returns on Investment: Andy Kuper and the Value of Moral Capitalism
Nov 7, 2019 • 29 min
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…
Choosing What You Actually Want: Annastasia Seebohm and Luxury Lifestyle Management
Oct 31, 2019 • 33 min
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.
Flip the Script: Oren Klaff and the Next Way to Sell
Oct 24, 2019 • 26 min
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.
Exploring Your Health: Functional Medicine with Will Cole
Oct 17, 2019 • 28 min
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…
The Smell of Success: How Farmgirl Flowers Is Bootstrapping to $30 Million in Sales
Oct 10, 2019 • 33 min
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.
Doctor, Heal Thyself: Rare Disease Research
Oct 3, 2019 • 40 min
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…
Introducing Season 3
Oct 1, 2019 • 3 min
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…
Season 2 Finale
Jul 18, 2019 • 28 min
Join us for a look back on the best moments with a few words from each guest.
We Have the Technology: Jamie Metzl and Building Better Humans
Jul 11, 2019 • 32 min
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.
You’re Invited: Bronson van Wyck and the Art of the Party
Jun 27, 2019 • 31 min
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.
Your Vote Counts? How the Leadership Now Project Wants to Get Your Skin in the Game
Jun 20, 2019 • 33 min
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.
Don’t Read the Comments: Katie Rosman’s Survival Guide to Journalism in the Social Media Age
Jun 13, 2019 • 31 min
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.
Disruptive Fair Trade: How Naadam Is Getting the Cashmere Industry’s Goat
Jun 6, 2019 • 34 min
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.
Reddit, the Bustling Marketplace of Ideas: How to Preserve — and Monetize — Community-Driven Free Expression
May 30, 2019 • 32 min
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.
The Business of Keeping It Simple: How Less is More at Primary
May 23, 2019 • 33 min
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.
You Are the Product: Giancarlo Pitocco and the Attention Economy
May 16, 2019 • 41 min
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.
Wicked Lobstah: Vertical Integration and the Luke’s Lobster Success Story
May 9, 2019 • 39 min
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.
Internet Trolls & Crazy Rich Asians: The Wild World of Vintage Watch Collectors
May 2, 2019 • 30 min
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.
The Instagram Army: Activism in the 21st Century
Apr 25, 2019 • 37 min
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.
The Other FO You Need to Know: FOBO — Fear of a Better Option
Apr 18, 2019 • 40 min
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.
Start-Ups and the Women Who Fund Them
Apr 11, 2019 • 38 min
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.
Andrew Yang’s Audacious Plan to Save Us from Automation
Apr 3, 2019 • 42 min
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.
The Science of Good Decisions
Mar 14, 2019 • 32 min
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…
Hometown Kid Makes Good Code
Feb 28, 2019 • 32 min
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…
Moneyball for the Music Industry
Feb 14, 2019 • 31 min
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…
Fun Beats FOMO
Jan 31, 2019 • 36 min
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…
The History and Future of FOMO and FOBO
Jan 4, 2019 • 27 min
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…
Hungry for Success
Jan 3, 2019 • 33 min
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…
FOMO, FOBO, and Picking the Perfect College
Dec 13, 2018 • 34 min
Kate Eberle Walker, education executive and former CEO of The Princeton Review, breaks down the FOMO- and FOBO-provoking experience of choosing a college.
Fighting FOMO with Love, Not Fear
Nov 28, 2018 • 41 min
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.
The Tesla Engineer Who Cured His Startup Hangover
Nov 15, 2018 • 31 min
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
Nov 1, 2018 • 35 min
Forward Majority’s Vicky Hausman leverages her organizational knowledge to heal our democratic process.
Renaissance Men Don’t Get FOMO
Oct 18, 2018 • 41 min
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.
The Secret to an Examined Life
Oct 4, 2018 • 41 min
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…
Indistractable Equals Indestructible
Sep 20, 2018 • 35 min
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…
Finding the Courage to Monetize Your Talents
Sep 6, 2018 • 30 min
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.
How to Scale Your Side Hustle While Working and Studying Full-Time
Aug 23, 2018 • 31 min
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%?
FOMO and the Fight for Your Life
Aug 9, 2018 • 34 min
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…
FOMO and the Influencer Economy
Jul 25, 2018 • 29 min
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…