How Author and Investor Patrick J. McGinnis Invented the Term ‘FOMO’


Patrick J. McGinnis is an international venture capitalist and the author of Fear of Missing Out: Practical Decision-Making in a World of Overwhelming Choice (out May 5, 2020). Patrick coined the term FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), as well as the related term FOBO (Fear of Missing Out) in a 2004 article in the student newspaper of Harvard Business School. FOMO has since been added to the dictionary and FOBO has become an increasingly popular framework to describe choice paralysis. 

This podcast covers - 

  • The real story behind ‘FOMO’.
  • Negotiating with ‘Fear of Better Opportunity’.
  • The power of sharing interesting ideas.
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