Technologist

Futurist

Hacker

Hello.

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

  • There’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. It’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.

I am incredibly easy to contact. Just reach out. My email is harper@nata2.org. I would love to get to know you and help with anything I can.

Otherwise, follow me on twitter (@harper), read my writing or contact me.

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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:
Today

Named as a 2019 delegate for the US-Japan Leadership Program

Became a MIT Medialab Director’s fellow

Started third vision quest / walkabout

Left PayPal to pursue my dreams

🎂 Harper turned 40

🧘‍♂️ 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, “Boyhood home of Harper & Dylan Reed. The first astronauts to explore Uranus”

🏠 Started living at the house in Ukrainian Village

🏫 Joined Cornell College Board of Trustees

📸 Started carrying a camera everyday

👨‍💻 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.

🏆 Cornell College Young Alumni Achievement Award

🏋️‍ Started working out

🐩 Adopted our wonderful puppy, Lulu

🏠 Started living at the condo in West Town

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

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

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.

🏆 CTO of the Year @ Moxie Award

Launched FriendFracker with Rafeal Lozano-Hemmer at Seven on Seven.

🏆 Breakout of the Year @ Webby’s

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

Started doing a lot of speaking internationally

👨‍💼 Started a company called Modest, Inc with @dylanr

Started second vision quest / walkabout

Helped Barack Obama win his reelection campaign

🏆 40 under 40 @ Crains

👨‍💻 Started as the Chief Technology Officer at Obama for America

Discovered Minecraft

🏆 Data Innovation Award @ MCIC

🏠 Started living at the apartment in Wicker Park

Started first vision quest / walkabout

👨‍💻 Became the Customer in Residence for Rackspace Hosting

Left Threadless to pursue my dreams

Built CityPayments.org 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.

🏠 Started living at the apartment in North Center

🎂 Harper turned 30

💍 Got married to Hiromi

👨‍💻 Became CTO of Threadless

👨‍💻 Started at Threadless as an engineer

👨‍💻 Started Working as a Summer Intern with Seth Godin @ Squidoo

Got laid off. It was awesome!

👨‍💻 Started Working as a web programmer @ Cramer-Krasselt

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

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

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

Started my first “startup” - 3g Screensaver. Selling ringtones and wallpapers for phones

Sprint launches Samsung A500 and I launch a500hacking.com

Launched Audreyhacking.com to help hack the 3COM Audrey.

🏆 Net Vision Honorary Mention @ PRIX ARS ELECTRONICA

Hosted my first colocated server in a data center at OAR.net

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

Moved to Chicago, IL

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

👨‍💻 Started first job as a Security and Software Engineer @ World Book Publishing

🏠 Started living at the apartment in Logan Square

👨‍💻 Started an internship @ MSI in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

🎂 Harper turned 20

🎪 Juggled for the first time with @dylanreed

🎪 Learned to Juggle

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

Moved to Mt. Vernon, IA for college

💻 Purchased my first laptop

Purchased my first domain name: nata2.org. Still used as my email address.

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

👮 The ATF visited and suggested I stop using BBSs and stop blowing things up. I did the latter.

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, Karl Mahlburg and some friends.

🏂️ Started snowboarding

Started subscribing to MONDO 2000

🏫 Started going to Heath Junior High

Bought a Boing Boing and MONDO 2000 magazine at Powell’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.

🏫 Started going to Maplewood Middle School

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

Went to first concert, David Bowie.

🖥️ Got really into OS/2

🎂 Harper turned 13

Bought Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.

Was enamored by Roxanne Shante.

Stopped taking myself seriously

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

Got Love and Rockets’ Earth, Sun, Moon for my birthday.

Programmed BASIC based on code from the 321 Contact magazine

🎒 Started going to Cameron Elementary School

Accidently got Killers by Iron Maiden (changed everything)

🖥️ 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

🔥 House caught on fire and burnt a bunch. LEGOs survived

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

Television broke. Never got fixed

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

👶 Brother @dylanreed was born. The Reed Brothers are finally united.

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

👶 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

👶 Harper was born in Greeley, CO