I spend my life traveling the world, sharing my experiences and showing people the possibilities of tech. I believe a few things:

  • Thereโ€™s a beautiful and organized system hidden underneath what seems messy.
  • The talent of a great bunch of humans can transform an organization like nothing else.
  • Hope takes work. Itโ€™s not a feeling, but a behavior that you need to repeat in order to achieve what you want. I practice hope daily in myself and with others.
  • The world is magical. The future is exciting!
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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.

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My life

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

Became a MIT Medialab Directorโ€™s fellow โ†’

Started third vision quest / walkabout

Left PayPal to pursue my dreams

๐ŸŽ‚ Harper turned 40

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™‚๏ธ Started doing yoga

Joined IllinoisTech Computer Science advisory board

๐Ÿด๓ ก๓ ฆ๓ ท๓ ก๓ ฒ๓ ฟ Joined Royal United Service Institute advisory board

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

๐Ÿ  Started living at the house in Ukrainian Village

๐Ÿซ Joined Cornell College Board of Trustees

๐Ÿ“ธ Started carrying a camera everyday

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป 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.

๐Ÿ† Cornell College Young Alumni Achievement Award โ†’

๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€ Started working out

๐Ÿฉ Adopted our wonderful puppy, Lulu

๐Ÿ  Started living at the condo in West Town

Became an honorary patron of the University Philosophical Society at Trinity College โ†’

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

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

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

๐Ÿ† CTO of the Year @ Moxie Award

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

๐Ÿ† Breakout of the Year @ Webbyโ€™s

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

Started doing a lot of speaking internationally

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ผ Started a company called Modest, Inc with @dylanr

Started second vision quest / walkabout

Helped Barack Obama win his reelection campaign

๐Ÿ† 40 under 40 @ Crains

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป Started as the Chief Technology Officer at Obama for America

Discovered Minecraft

๐Ÿ† Data Innovation Award @ MCIC

๐Ÿ  Started living at the apartment in Wicker Park

Started first vision quest / walkabout

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป 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 Metallicaโ€™s Death Magnetic album. It should have gone to Derek Brooks. โ†’

๐Ÿ  Started living at the apartment in North Center

๐ŸŽ‚ Harper turned 30

๐Ÿ’ Got married to Hiromi

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป Became CTO of Threadless

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป Started at Threadless as an engineer

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป Started Working as a Summer Intern with Seth Godin @ Squidoo

Got laid off. It was awesome!

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป Started Working as a web programmer @ Cramer-Krasselt

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

๐ŸŽช Juggled on stage at the Metro for Chris Holmesโ€™ Electroclash

๐ŸŽช Did a juggling show for Billy Corganโ€™s showcase at the Hideout

Started my first โ€œstartupโ€ - 3g Screensaver. Selling ringtones and wallpapers for phones

Sprint launches Samsung A500 and I launch

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

๐Ÿ† Net Vision Honorary Mention @ PRIX ARS ELECTRONICA

Hosted my first colocated server in a data center at

Purchased my first server (A firesale VALinux 2U server)

Moved to Chicago, IL

๐ŸŽ“ Graduated from Cornell College with a degree in Computer Science and Philosophy

๐Ÿ  Started living at the apartment in Logan Square

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป Started first job as a Security and Software Engineer @ World Book Publishing

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป Started an internship @ MSI in Cedar Rapids, IA

๐ŸŽช Opened for Sir Mix-A-Lot as a juggler

๐ŸŽ‚ Harper turned 20

๐ŸŽช Juggled for the first time with @dylanreed

๐ŸŽช Learned to Juggle

๐Ÿซ Started going to Cornell College in Mt, Vernon, IA

๐Ÿ’ป Purchased my first laptop

Moved to Mt. Vernon, IA for college

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.

๐Ÿ‘ฎ The ATF visited and suggested I stop using BBSs and stop blowing things up. I did the latter.

Ran my first Apache server

๐Ÿซ Started going to Greeley Central High School

๐Ÿ  Started living at the house on 43rd ave in Greeley, CO

Started first band Faucet with Atkins Meyer, Karl Mahlburg and some friends.

๐Ÿ‚๏ธ Started snowboarding

Started subscribing to MONDO 2000 โ†’

๐Ÿซ Started going to Heath Junior High

Bought a Boing Boing and MONDO 2000 magazine at Powellโ€™s in Portland. Changed everything.

Saw Public Enemy open for U2.

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

Saw Metallica for the first time.

๐Ÿซ Started going to Maplewood Middle School

๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Built a computer for the first time. Ram was so expensive so I couldonly afford 1mb.

Went to first concert, David Bowie.

๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Got really into OS/2

๐ŸŽ‚ Harper turned 13

Was enamored by Roxanne Shante.

Bought Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.

Stopped taking myself seriously

๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Received an older IBM PS/2 model 25 for my birthday. My brother and I played a lot of kings quest.

Got Love and Rocketsโ€™ Earth, Sun, Moon for my birthday.

Programmed BASIC based on code from the 321 Contact magazine

๐ŸŽ’ Started going to Cameron Elementary School

Accidently got Killers by Iron Maiden (changed everything)

๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Family got a Apple IIc. My brother and I set it up.

Learned to code LOGO on an Apple II

๐Ÿ  Started living at the house on 11th st in Greeley, CO

๐Ÿ”ฅ House caught on fire and burnt a bunch. LEGOs survived

๐Ÿ  Started living at the house on 27th ave in Greeley, CO

Television broke. Never got fixed

๐Ÿ  Started living at the house near the hospital in Greeley, CO

๐Ÿ‘ถ Brother @dylanreed was born. The Reed Brothers are finally united.

๐Ÿ  Started living at the farm house on rd 15 in Greeley, CO

๐Ÿ‘ถ Secret Brother Jon was born. The Reed Brothers are almost united.

๐Ÿ  Started living at the house on 11th st in Greeley, CO

Moved to Greeley, CO

๐Ÿ  Started living at the house in Windsor, CO

๐Ÿ‘ถ Harper was born in Greeley, CO