About Patrick

About Patrick J. McGinnis

Dubbed a “pop entrepreneur” by New York magazine, Patrick J. McGinnis is a venture capitalist, bestselling author, and creator of the hit podcast FOMO Sapiens.

He coined the term FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and its lesser-known twin, FOBO (Fear of a Better Option), in a 2004 article at Harvard Business School.  FOMO has since been added to the dictionary, and FOBO was the subject of Patrick’s popular TED Talk “How to Make Faster Decisions.” The New York Times, Le Monde, FT, and El País have covered his work on FOMO, FOBO, and decision-making. 

 The author of The 10% Entrepreneur: Live Your Startup Dream Without Quitting Your Day Job and Fear of Missing Out: Practical Decision-Making in a World of Overwhelming Choice, Patrick is the brand ambassador for Latin American tech titan MercadoLibre’s award-winning “Fear of Missing Audience” campaign. Additionally, Patrick appears in the cautionary crypto documentary This is Not Financial Advice, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. 

With a passion for harnessing the power of words to elevate humanity, Patrick he serves on the boards of Bridge USA, a campus-based youth movement fighting political division through dialogue, the Leadership Now Project, and the Planet World Museum in Washington, DC.

A graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Business School, Patrick has visited more than 115 countries and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

Hailed by The New York Times and Harvard Business Review for coining the iconic term FOMO, Patrick is a venture capitalist by day and a writer, speaker and FOMOlogist by night.

He is the bestselling author of Fear of Missing Out: Practical Decision-Making in a World of Overwhelming Choice and The 10% Entrepreneur. He is also the creator and host of the hit Podcast FOMO Sapiens, and his 2019 TED Talk on FOMO and decision-making has surpassed 2 million views.

In 2023, Patrick teamed with Mercado Ads, a division of MercadoLibre for a 360 advertising and press campaign centered around FOMA, a specific type of FOMO pertinent to marketers.

A graduate of Harvard Business School and Georgetown, Patrick been featured in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, New York, Good Morning America, NBC News, Politico, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, Inc, and the documentary This is Not Financial Advice.


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