July 23, 2020
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.
July 16, 2020
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.
July 9, 2020
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.
July 2, 2020
Political innovation activists Katherine Gehl and Michael Porter discuss innovative reforms that could increase competition and accountability in American politics.
June 25, 2020
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.
June 18, 2020
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.
June 11, 2020
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.
June 4, 2020
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.
May 28, 2020
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.
May 21, 2020
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.
May 14, 2020
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.
May 7, 2020
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.
April 30, 2020
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.
April 23, 2020
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.
April 16, 2020
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.
April 9, 2020
Veteran venture capitalist Beth Ferreira compares and contrasts the economic challenges posed by Covid-19 with past economy-wide downturns.
April 2, 2020
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.
December 19, 2019
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.
December 12, 2019
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.
December 5, 2019
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.
November 27, 2019
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.
November 21, 2019
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.
November 14, 2019
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.
November 7, 2019
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.
October 31, 2019
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.
October 24, 2019
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.
October 17, 2019
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).
October 10, 2019
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.
October 3, 2019
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.
October 1, 2019
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?
July 18, 2019
Join us for a look back on the best moments with a few words from each guest.
July 11, 2019
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.
June 27, 2019
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.
June 20, 2019
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.
June 13, 2019
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.
June 6, 2019
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.
May 30, 2019
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.
May 23, 2019
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.
May 16, 2019
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.
May 9, 2019
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.
May 2, 2019
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.
April 25, 2019
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.
April 18, 2019
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.
April 11, 2019
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.
April 3, 2019
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.
March 14, 2019
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.
February 28, 2019
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.
February 14, 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. Jacob shares the thoughts, processes, and tools that a music A&R uses to bring the next big thing to the world.
January 31, 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 VinoByVana wines, and a branding and marketing strategist. Vana talks about how to turn social influence into startup success.
January 4, 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 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.
January 3, 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 to college students. Those products are now sold in thousands of Starbucks and are a favorite snack in Silicon Valley tech companies.
December 13, 2018
Kate Eberle Walker, education executive and former CEO of The Princeton Review, breaks down the FOMO- and FOBO-provoking experience of choosing a college.
November 28, 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 success.
November 15, 2018
Sisun Lee, the founder of Morning Recovery, a hangover prevention company, shares his story behind one of 2018's most spectacular breakout startups.
November 1, 2018
Forward Majority's Vicky Hausman leverages her organizational knowledge to heal our democratic process.
October 18, 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 worldwide brand that blurs genres and creates its own influencers.
October 4, 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, self-examination, and quality of life. Khe Hy is the creator of
September 20, 2018
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.
September 6, 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 the product.
August 23, 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 as a 10%?
August 9, 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 life’s unexpected twists and turns can change your priorities, refocus your energy, and maybe even offer a lifelong cure for FOMO.
July 25, 2018
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.
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