Learning about life capital, the future of education, human coordination, and startups. Author of “Life Capital: Analyzing Equity Investing in People“, a book which outlines the past, present, and future of Income Share Agreements and life capital investments.

I am a publicly traded person, which means I sell shares in myself in exchange for allowing people to vote on decisions in my life. Thus far, shareholders have voted on everything from my dietary choices, to my adoption of a minimalist approach to life. I am also an independent researcher in the life capital space, funded by Pioneer and another fund (to be announced).

You can find my essays and research below, questions I am interested in here, and my bookshelf here. You can also sign up for my weekly newsletter where I share the latest updates in my life, alongside the highlights of my conversations and what I have read over the last week.

If you want to chat, contact me on Twitter or via email at jamesg[at]jamesg[dot]app.


Bundling and Unbundling Education
The Case for Unlimited ISA Upside
Startup Barriers
The Rise of the Microgrant
Heartland Talent Visa
Finding Your Tribe
Human Capital ≠ Venture Capital
Capitalism as a Moral Framework
Tranche Venture Rounds


“Life Capital Review” Research Report
Income Share Agreement Policy in Higher Education
The Future of Income-Share Agreements and Life as a Publicly-Traded Person with James Gallagher – Venture Stories
Request for ISA Startups
Income Share Agreement Library
Grant Opportunities for Ambitious Innovators
My Thoughts on “Human Capital”
Exploring Personal Boards


Bringing Back the Blog
Stop Doing List
Good Questions
Strong Opinions, Weakly Held
Internet Librarians
Playing a Different Game
Simple Words
New Credentials and Community
A Degree from San Francisco