Patrick J. McGinnis

Patrick 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 and is a seed investor in the upcoming London stage adaptation of The Last King of Scotland.

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 10% Entrepreneur, published by Penguin Portfolio Books. He also writes for Fast Company, Fortune, Business Insider, The Huffington Post, Boston Magazine, and Forbes.

Patrick is credited by Boston Magazine with coining the term “FOMO” or “fear of missing out,” a term made popular by millennials and digital junkies, that was added to the Oxford Dictionary  in 2013.

A graduate of Harvard Business School and Georgetown University, Patrick lives in New York City.

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