Patrick is an entrepreneur, adventurer, and artist. He started his first design firm at the age of twelve, followed by several entertainment-focused social networks that competed with MySpace and introduced him to artists including Sister Hazel, The Gym Class Heroes, and MXPX. During high school, he neglected the things he was supposed to be studying in favor of indulging his curiosity. Over the course of four years, he read nearly four hundred books on everything from behavioral economics to french cooking, engineering, psychology, and art.
Today, Patrick Widen is the founder of a service called EYES|ONLY that unlocks exclusive experiences at the hottest bars, restaurants, hotels, and luxury shopping destinations around the globe. He also runs a design consultancy called Blend that harnesses psychology, sociology, and behavioral economics to create products, services, and experiences that make people smile. To date, his touch can be seen in everything from iPhone apps to logos to products and experiences all over the world.
Patrick's adventures have landed him the world’s smallest cameo in Esquire, a position as one of the youngest guest lecturers in Vanderbilt's history, and the beginning stages of two books he hopes to release as soon as they're ready.
"Boredom is not on my menu. Life’s to short to spend your time doing something you’re not in love with." - Patrick Widen
Patrick's Business Ventures
EYES|ONLY - A service that unlocks exclusive experiences at bars, restaurants, hotels, and luxury shopping destinations around the world.
Deloitte - Patrick brings insights from social and behavioral science to help one of the largest organizations in the world design the best enterprise experiences on the planet.
Vanderbilt University - Patrick has a degree in Human Behavioral Design from Vanderbilt University where he explored the interaction of psychology, sociology, behavioral economics, anthropology, and other disciplines to better understand human behavior.
In his free time, Patrick routinely meets with other entrepreneurs, students, and executives to help them integrate human driven design and marketing strategy to help them connect with customers in a more intimate way.
Patrick regularly speaks about design, branding, social media, behavioral economics, and creativity alongside the impact of each of these fields on the future of society.
Please check back for a list of past, current, and upcoming speaking dates.