James Marshall Reilly (born September 21, 1981, in New York, New York) is an American entrepreneur, author, and public speaker. He is the founder of The Guild Agency Speakers Bureau & Intellectual Talent Management. His business book Shake The World: It’s Not About Finding a Job, It’s About Creating a Life was published by Penguin Books in December 2011.
A former professional musician, Reilly often lectures on topics that include the Millennial Generation, the job market, and corporate social responsibility.
His writings on entrepreneurship appear regularly in the Huffington Post. He has been featured as an expert in a variety of media outlets, including the New York Post, International Business Times, Inc., and Leadership Excellence Magazine.
In November 2011, he was invited to the White House to be honored as one of the top entrepreneurs under the age of 30 in the United States.
Reilly’s business career began when he was in college, originally as a musician and then as an entertainment manager. In 2011, he founded The Guild Agency Speakers Bureau & Intellectual Talent Management, a company that represents public figures and celebrities for speaking engagements, including bestselling author Steven Kotler, world poker champion and businessman Phil Gordon, author and former Virgin America social media pundit Porter Gale, and bestselling author Michael Ellsberg. The company’s literary division has sold several non-fiction books, including books by Yes To Inc. co-founders Ido Leffler and Lance Kalish (to Amazon Publishing), and a multi-book deal for FEED Projects co-founder Ellen Gustafson.
Reilly is also responsible for strategic development for streetfootballworld, an international non profit with a presence in more than 50 countries.
Shake The World: It’s Not About Finding a Job, It’s About Creating a Life was released in the United States by Portfolio Penguin on December 29, 2011, to mostly favorable reviews. The Financial Times called the book “A call to arms to the breathless young.” Publishers Weekly said “Reilly’s tone is pleasantly idealistic and his lively style will engage young readers with its hopeful message that there are innovative alternatives to a traditional corporate career path.” The Los Angeles Times stated, “For anyone looking for a present for an anxious 21-year-old, Reilly's book Shake the World: It's Not About Finding a Job, It's about Creating a Life is it. Just don't be surprised if they then ditch their plans to take a job in accounting, head off to dig irrigation ditches in Haiti, tweet the results and apply for the next round of TED (technology, entertainment, design) fellowships.” Favorable reviews also appeared in the New York Daily News and several other international publications. Shake The World was criticized by Kirkus Reviews, which stated that Reilly was “uncritical of those subjects and sometimes seems starry-eyed as he chronicles their generosities.” Kirkus concluded the book held “abstract, sometimes cryptic platitudes studded with inspirational gems.”
Reilly is an official blogger for the Huffington Post. He has also had articles and interviews appear in a variety of media outlets, including the New York Post, International Business Times, Under 30 CEO, Inc., on Blake Mycoskie’s Start Something That Matters blog, in American Express Open Forum, Leadership Excellence Magazine, and Monster.com.
Reilly has lectured and sat on panels discussing a variety of business and finance topics at business conferences and schools, including MIT, Bing/Microsoft, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Chicago Ideas Week, and the University of Wyoming.
Reilly lives in New York City’s West Village.