Harper Reed

Harper Reed

Entrepreneur In Residence, Next Gen Commerce, PayPal

Harper Reed is an hacker/engineer who builds paradigm-shifting tech and leads others to do the same.
Reed served as Chief Technology Officer for Obama for America from April 2011 through the November 2012 election. A central component of that work was Project Narwhal, a centralized database of electoral information. Reed helped build a team of developers from tech companies like Twitter, Google, Facebook, Craigslist, Quora, Orbitz and Threadless. This approach— hiring technology workers from the tech startups rather than the political realm— was novel.
Harper loves using the vastness of the Internet to bring people together. Today, through the acquisition of his company, Modest, inc, Harper is helping to define the future of commerce at PayPal.

Change Agents

Main stage (YELLOW)

Technology veteran Harper Reed looks at what it takes to make change happen in large organizations.

Keynotes
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Breakout session with Harper Reed

Breakout stage 1 (RED)

How do you not get killed in the name of progress?

50 months: Government as platform
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Policy Ignite

Main stage (YELLOW)

Policy Ignite is a grassroots event—organized by federal public servants, for federal public servants and other policy stakeholders—to showcase bright ideas in policy development. Policy Ignite combines fast-paced presentations with innovative policy ideas. In keeping with our tag line “enlighten us, but make it quick!”, the Ignite format consists of a 20-slide PowerPoint presentation, set […]

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