James Marshall Reilly

Entrepreneur, Author

James Marshall Reilly is an entrepreneur, author and young thought leader who set out on a mission to find out exactly how the most successful of this generation - top business leaders,ideators, humanitarians and social entrepreneurs - have defined and achieved success. And what he discovered is that we have landed in a new place not only in terms of generational expectations and new technology, but in terms of education, perceived limitations, and the job market as well. Now he’s teaching other people - whether they are running a company or looking for their dream job - how they can achieve a higher level of success in this new marketplace.

In November 2011, Reilly was honored at the White House as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the United States age 30 or under. His book, Shake the World: It’s Not About Finding a Job, It’s About Creating a Life (Penguin, December, 2011), debuted in the Amazon Hot 1,000, outpacing Sir Richard Branson’s new release for several days, and was the top-selling new Jobs/Careers book on Amazon.com during the week following its release. Within the first week of release, the book was nominated for several Top Books of 2011 awards, including by 800 CEO Read and Science of the Time. The book features in-depth interviews with Tony Hsieh (Zappos), Doug Ulman (CEO and President of LIVESTRONG), Bobby Chang (Founder of Incase, the largest supplier/designer of Apple cases in the world), Elizabeth Gore (Executive Director of Global Partnerships at the United Nations Foundation), and Blake Mycoskie (Founder of TOMS), along with many of the other top entrepreneurs, business leaders, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, and humanitarians on the planet. What he learned was that despite their different fields of interest, they’re all using similar tools to seize opportunities and redefine success. But perhaps more importantly, he concluded that the rest of us can model the behaviors of these highly successful individuals as a means to achieve and sustain success of our own, however we may individually define the term. How is it that some people are able to convert small, seemingly ordinary life experiences into power, money, happiness and global change of unprecedented magnitude? What does microlending in Tanzania have to do with the Industrial Revolution? What can Napster and Netflix teach us about getting a job? How does acting as a disruptive force within industry relate to riding a bike or our own career trajectories? How can taking a series of small, mitigated risks result in a world-changing initiative that saves the lives of millions? How can approaching problems and challenges from unique angles lead to the development of a multimillion-dollar company? And, most importantly, how do these stories relate to us? What can we do to create the lives, careers, and opportunities that will leave us feeling well balanced and happy?


His expertise lies in the branding and marketing of cutting-edge thinkers and connecting them with audiences worldwide. Reilly and his work have been featured in The Financial Times, International Business Times, Inc Magazine, Leadership Excellence Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus, Booklist, Men’s Fitness, Under 30 CEO, American Management Association’s MWORLD, and many more. He has worked with groups ranging from General Mills to Feeding America to the Italian Government, is an official blogger for the Huffington Post, and a frequent public speaker and panelist. Most recently, he spoke at Microsoft Campus in Seattle.