Jim Lowry graduated from the University of Oregon with a Computer and Information Science degree in 2005. He then went on to study information privacy, cybersecurity, intellectual property, and criminal law at Indiana University - Maurer School of Law, graduating in 2008. He was admitted to practice law in New Mexico in September of 2008 and worked as a Public Defender for the next 5 ½ years. Meanwhile, he ran a side business Mining Bitcoins, the cryptocurrency based on advanced mathematics, public key encryption and peer to peer networking technologies, in the workshop behind his house. He closed his law practice in 2014 to focus his professional career exclusively upon "keeping his own counsel" as an angel investor in cryptocurrency projects.