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.
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.
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.
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, which has served five million patients in 175 countries, since launching in 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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 the data – wherever it leads.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 RadReads.co
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.
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.
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%?
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.
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.