James is a software engineer with a focus on machine learning and the music industry.
He earned half of a Computer Science degree from the University of Minnesota by 2013 while still in high school. He took breaks from school to do a ring of internships for NASA, the US National Security Agency, and the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). For ORNL, he researched ways that quantum computing could theoretically accelerate Bitcoin mining.
In 2014, James also worked as a sexual assault crisis counselor at the three emergency rooms on the University of Minnesota campus.
In 2015, he joined Uber as one of the youngest engineers they had ever hired, where he led the development of the prototype for UberHEALTH—Uber’s non-emergency medical transportation product.
James left Uber in 2017 to cofound Anton, an ultimately-doomed company focused on building machine learning-powered helpdesk software. After shutting that company down in January 2019, he returned to the University of Minnesota to research machine learning-powered attacks against a major social media website.
In late 2019, James left the University again to start another company focused on the music industry. He also writes a weekly newsletter about the music industry.