About Me

Patrick J. McGinnis is a venture capitalist and private equity investor who founded Dirigo Advisors, after a decade on Wall Street, to provide strategic advice to investors, entrepreneurs, and fast growing businesses. In this capacity, he has worked in a range of settings, from building startups from the ground up in Silicon Valley to acting as an expert consultant to the World Bank in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.

As a 10% Entrepreneur, he has built a diverse portfolio of investments outside of his day job. This portfolio encompasses fast growing new ventures in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, including ipsy, the world’s largest online beauty community; Bluesmart, the inventor of the world’s first smart, connected carry-on suitcase; and Afiniti, a big data company that is reinventing the call center industry. He has also been a partner in several real estate investments.

An avid traveler, writer, and speaker, Patrick has visited more than 70 countries and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

He is the author of the book The 10% Entrepreneur, published by Penguin Portfolio. He has also written articles for well-known publications such as Fortune, Business Insider, and Forbes.

Patrick is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Georgetown University and lives in New York City.

Here are some of the companies in which Patrick has invested as a 10% Entrepreneur:

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