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Bio Wikipedia Entry

Harper Reed is an hacker/engineer who builds paradigm-shifting tech and leads others to do the same. Harper loves using the vastness of the Internet to bring people together, whether as CTO of Obama for America, CTO at, or on his own projects.

Through the acquisition of his company, Modest, inc, Harper is helping to define the future of commerce at PayPal.

You can often find Harper playing with new technologies, looking for something to hack, or enjoying life in Chicago with his amazing partner, Hiromi and our bizarre poodle, Lulu.

Follow @harper on twitter, check out his homepage or email him.

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High Resolution Photos

Photo by Mike Walsh in 2015
Photo by Modest, Inc in 2014
Photo by Sara Mays in 2012
Photo by Joi Ito in 2010
Photo by TechCocktail in 2010

Past Press

Headline Date
Obama CTO says 'Big Data is BS' in keynote to hoteliers and vendors at HEDNA 2018 tnooz 2018-02-01
Your Amazon Order Could Get You in Trouble With Customs RACKED 2018-01-08
Harper Reed: Als Nerd im Dienst der Zukunft Finanz und Wirtschaft 2017-03-03
Nobody wants 'federation' of mobile messaging, says PayPal Campaign 2017-03-01
Do Chatbots Face the Same Doomed Future as Branded Apps? Adweek 2017-02-28
WWD’s 10 of Tomorrow: Mobile Commerce Director Harper Reed WWD 2017-01-30
PayPal next-gen commerce chief: Don't lose the empathy in our tech Campaign 2017-02-27
Election hacking shouldn't surprise you, Obama's former tech chief says Chicago Tribune 2016-12-20
Obama’s former tech chief saw the hacked elections coming. He just expected more people to care. Record 2016-12-19
Pay day - Reed all about it Acuity 2016-06-01
Harper Reed, Obama's Former CTO, Says Data Isn't Everything Motherboard 2016-05-27
Harper Reed, el ingeniero que ayudó a ganar sus segundas elecciones a Obama TechRepublic 2016-05-30
Election Tech: Leadership is more powerful than technology TechRepublic 2016-04-20
From t-shirts to President Obama: How Harper Reed harnessed the power of the internet ABC (Australia) 2016-04-07
PayPal’s Simple Solution To A Complex Commerce Problem PYMNTS 2016-02-12
Here's How PayPal Allows Merchants to Use Buy Buttons Fortune 2016-02-11
PayPal Commerce Matches Stripe With PayPal’s Own Native Shopping Toolkit For Apps Techcrunch 2016-02-11
PayPal Commerce aims to bring 'buy button' ubiquity to the web ZDNet 2016-02-12
'The man who poached Google and Twitter staff for Obama shares tip for hiring Business Insider 2015-12-05
'Don't eat the pizza': Obama's tech guru shares his best advice on surviving a high-pressure job Business Insider 2015-11-30
Obama's tech guru on hackers: 'These kids are very intelligent, they're just misdirected' Business Insider 2015-11-18
The Entrepreneurs, Edition 214 Monocle Radio 2015-11-18
CEO Secrets: Five tips from tech titans BBC News 2015-11-15
A Hacker Trolled a Bunch of Canadians Who Confused Him for Stephen Harper on Twitter Vice 2015-10-21
Not that Harper - Twitter reaches out to wrong man BBC News 2015-10-20
Harper Reed: the tech star on helping Barack Obama into a second term and his plans to transform online shopping Evening Standard 2015-10-08
How Corporations Can Be Safe Users of Computer Data BloombergBusiness 2015-09-01
Harper Reed of Modest | Bootstrapping in America TastyTrade 2015-08-27
PayPal übernimmt mit Modest Harper Reeds Checkout-Booster T3N Magazine 2015-08-20
PayPal's Modest purchase is a bet on the buy button ZDNet 2015-08-20
PayPal acquires mobile commerce platform Modest, run by Obama’s former campaign CTO VentureBeat 2015-08-19
Obama’s former CTO is headed to PayPal, it’s acquired his retail startup Modest The Next Web 2015-08-19
PayPal makes its first acquisition after splitting from eBay Fortune 2015-08-19
PayPal Continues Acquisition Spree, Buys E-commerce Startup Led By Former Obama Campaign CTO Forbes 2015-08-19
Braintree buys Harper Reed's startup Modest Crains 2015-08-19
Harper Reed's Modest Acquired by PayPal ChicagoInno 2015-08-19
PayPal acquires Harper Reed's mobile-commerce startup, Modest Chicago Tribune 2015-08-19
PayPal Makes a ‘Modest’ Purchase CFO 2015-08-19
PayPal acquires Harper Reed's Modest just months after emerging from stealth Built in Chicago 2015-08-19
PayPal Holdings Inc (PYPL) Acquires Modest As Its First Acquisition Since Split Bidness Etc 2015-08-19
PayPal Acquires Obama CTO's Startup BloombergBusiness 2015-08-19
The myth behind President Obama's 2012 campaign win DecodeDC 2015-05-28
Harper Reed: Innovation Is Worthless Information Week 2015-04-30
Life after Obama: Why the president’s 2012 campaign CTO left politics BGR 2015-04-13
Modest Advice: Life Lessons from Harper Reed and Inside His New Startup Chicago Inno 2015-02-25
Harper Reed Launches Modest to Revolutionize Mobile Commerce TechCocktail 2015-02-24
Obama campaign veterans launch startup The Hill 2015-02-24
Harper Reed on being both awesome and Modest Chicago Tribune 2015-02-23
Obama for America’s tech team sets sights on making mobile retail easier Ars Technica 2015-02-23
Former Obama Campaign, Threadless CTO Eyes Mobile Commerce With New Startup Modest Techcrunch 2015-02-23
Harper Reed takes the wraps off Modest Crain's Business 2015-02-23
This week in Tech #431: Rhymes With Assword This week in tech 2015-11-10
The vital shift from big data to big answers I CIO 2013-11-01
Why the IT industry needs to become a more diverse place I CIO 2013-11-01
Seeing privacy and trust from an under-25’s perspective I CIO 2013-11-01
The importance of creating a great user experience I CIO 2013-11-01
Harper Reed: The techie who got the US to say yes Mail & Guardian 2013-11-01
Friend Fracker Tests Your Facebook Friendships by Randomly Deleting Them Motherboard 2013-04-25
Greeley's Harper Reed the technology mastermind behind Obama's win The Denver Post 2013-01-01
Harper Reed Goes A Week Without Internet: Obama Campaign Tech Guru Shares What He Learned Chicago Sun Times 2012-12-27
Chicago offers Obama’s tech team future as entrepreneurs, execs Chicago Sun Times 2012-12-05
Lo stalking democratico Corriere della Sera 2012-12-03
Its job complete, Obama re-election tech team ventures forward Chicago Tribune 2012-11-25
When the Nerds Go Marching In The Atlantic 2012-11-16
AWS in Action - Behind the Scenes of a Presidential Campaign Amazon AWS Blog 2012-11-15
Built to win: Deep inside Obama's campaign tech Ars Technica 2012-11-14
New Technologies Boosted Obama Campaign's Efforts NPR 2012-11-12
How Obama’s tech team helped deliver the 2012 election GigaOm 2012-11-12
Inside the Obama Campaign's Hard Drive Mother Jones 2012-10-15
Obama's CEO: Jim Messina Has a President to Sell Business Week 2012-06-14
Obamas orakel - 2012-06-10
Obama’s Re-Election Path May Be Written in Will St. Clair’s Code Bloomberg 2011-12-14
Chicago technologist Harper Reed joins President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign Chicago Tribune 2011-06-02
Tech Pioneer Harper Reed Becomes Obama Campaign CTO Fast Company 2011-06-01
Threadless CTO Harper Reed Heads to Rackspace SiliconAngle 2009-09-29