I am an engineer who builds paradigm-shifting technology and leads others to do the same. I love using the vastness of the Internet to bring people together, whether as CTO of Obama for America, CTO at, or as CEO of my own company Modest, Inc (acquired by PayPal). I am currently thinking a lot about the future and how we can make sure we don’t all die.

You can often find me playing with new technology, hacking on my own projects, or enjoying life in Chicago with my amazing partner, Hiromi and our bizarre poodle, Lulu.

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I am available to speak at your conference and would love to participate. Feel free to book me or reach out for more information.

I am incredibly easy to contact. Just reach out. My email is I would love to get to know you and help with anything I can.

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My life

I have always thought the best way to visualize someones life is through a timeline. Here is my timeline:

Became a MIT Medialab Director’s fellow β†’

Started third vision quest / walkabout

Left PayPal to pursue my dreams

πŸŽ‚ Harper turned 40

πŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈ Started doing yoga

Joined IllinoisTech Computer Science advisory board

🏴󠁑󠁦󠁷󠁑󠁲󠁿 Joined Royal United Service Institute advisory board

Installed a permanent rock monument in my parents front yard that is inscribed, β€œBoyhood home of Harper & Dylan Reed. The first astronauts to explore Uranus” β†’

🏠 Started living at the house in Ukrainian Village

🏫 Joined Cornell College Board of Trustees

πŸ“Έ Started carrying a camera everyday

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» Started as Senior Director @ PayPal, inc

Sold Modest, Inc to PayPal

Was awarded 4 patents for work done on Modest, Inc

First time visiting South America (Santiago, Chile). Fifth continent outside of U.S. I visited.

πŸ† Cornell College Young Alumni Achievement Award β†’

πŸ‹οΈβ€ Started working out

🐩 Adopted our wonderful puppy, Lulu

🏠 Started living at the condo in West Town

Wrapped my parents car in zebra stripes while they were on vacation β†’

First time visiting Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa). Fourth continent outside of U.S. I visited.

First time visiting Australia (Sydney, Australia). Third continent outside of U.S. I visited.

πŸ† CTO of the Year @ Moxie Award

Launched FriendFracker with Rafeal Lozano-Hemmer at Seven on Seven. β†’

πŸ† Breakout of the Year @ Webby’s

Did a TED University talk at TED which predicted that the 2016 election would be hacked and manipulated β†’

Started doing a lot of speaking internationally

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό Started a company called Modest, Inc with @dylanr

Started second vision quest / walkabout

Helped Barack Obama win his reelection campaign

πŸ† 40 under 40 @ Crains

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» Started as the Chief Technology Officer at Obama for America

Discovered Minecraft

πŸ† Data Innovation Award @ MCIC

🏠 Started living at the apartment in Wicker Park

Started first vision quest / walkabout

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» Became the Customer in Residence for Rackspace Hosting

Left Threadless to pursue my dreams

Built with Daniel X Oneil

Built Unofficial Transit API for Chicago Transit Authority

Received a photo credit in Metallica’s Death Magnetic album. It should have gone to Derek Brooks. β†’

🏠 Started living at the apartment in North Center

πŸŽ‚ Harper turned 30

πŸ’ Got married to Hiromi

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» Became CTO of Threadless

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» Started at Threadless as an engineer

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» Started Working as a Summer Intern with Seth Godin @ Squidoo

Got laid off. It was awesome!

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» Started Working as a web programmer @ Cramer-Krasselt

First time visiting Asia (Delhi, India). Second continent outside of U.S. I visited.

πŸŽͺ Juggled on stage at the Metro for Chris Holmes’ Electroclash

πŸŽͺ Did a juggling show for Billy Corgan’s showcase at the Hideout

Started my first β€œstartup” - 3g Screensaver. Selling ringtones and wallpapers for phones

Sprint launches Samsung A500 and I launch

Launched to help hack the 3COM Audrey. β†’

πŸ† Net Vision Honorary Mention @ PRIX ARS ELECTRONICA

Hosted my first colocated server in a data center at

Purchased my first server (A firesale VALinux 1U server)

πŸŽ“ Graduated from Cornell College with a degree in Computer Science and Philosophy

Moved to Chicago, IL

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» Started first job as a Security and Software Engineer @ World Book Publishing

🏠 Started living at the apartment in Logan Square

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» Started an internship @ MSI in Cedar Rapids, IA

πŸŽͺ Opened for Sir Mix-A-Lot as a juggler

πŸŽ‚ Harper turned 20

πŸŽͺ Juggled for the first time with @dylanreed

πŸŽͺ Learned to Juggle

🏫 Started going to Cornell College in Mt, Vernon, IA

Moved to Mt. Vernon, IA for college

πŸ’» Purchased my first laptop

Purchased my first domain name: Still used as my email address.

First time visiting Europe (Dublin, Ireland). First continent outside of U.S. I visited.

Ran my first Apache server

🏫 Started going to Greeley Central High School

🏠 Started living at the house on 43rd ave in Greeley, CO

Started first band Faucet with Atkins Meyer, and Karl Mahlburg

πŸ‚οΈ Started snowboarding

🏫 Started going to Heath Junior High

Started subscribing to MONDO 2000 β†’

Ran up my first huge phone bill dialing into BBSes around the country. &TOTSE forever

🏫 Started going to Maplewood Middle School

πŸ–₯️ Built a computer for the first time. Ram was so expensive so I couldonly afford 1mb.

Went to first concert, David Bowie

πŸ–₯️ Got really into OS/2

πŸŽ‚ Harper turned 13

Stopped taking myself seriously

πŸ–₯️ Received an older IBM PS/2 model 25 for my birthday. My brother and I played a lot of kings quest.

Programmed BASIC based on code from the 321 Contact magazine

πŸŽ’ Started going to Cameron Elementary School

πŸ–₯️ Family got a Apple IIc. My brother and I set it up.

Learned to code LOGO on an Apple II

🏠 Started living at the house on 11th st in Greeley, CO

🏠 Started living at the house on 27th ave in Greeley, CO

🏠 Started living at the house near the hospital in Greeley, CO

πŸ‘Ά Brother @dylanreed was born. The Reed Brothers are finally united.

🏠 Started living at the farm house on rd 15 in Greeley, CO

πŸ‘Ά Secret Brother Jon was born. The Reed Brothers are almost united.

🏠 Started living at the house on 11th st in Greeley, CO

Moved to Greeley, CO

🏠 Started living at the house in Windsor, CO

πŸ‘Ά Harper was born in Greeley, CO