Monday 26 June 2017

Obama's tech advisor backs Dublin start-up

Harper Reed (pictured) is the former CTO of the 'Obama for America' campaign. Photo: Getty
Harper Reed (pictured) is the former CTO of the 'Obama for America' campaign. Photo: Getty
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The chief technology officer of Barack Obama's election campaign and the head of Intercom are advisors to a new social networking start-up from Dublin entrepreneur Eamon Leonard.

Harper Reed is the former CTO of the 'Obama for America' campaign, who now works for Paypal after selling his company Modest to the payments giant.

He and Intercom chief executive Eoghan McCabe are among a team of advisors to Leonard's new Irish business, Cohort.

Leonard previously co-founded and sold cloud computing platform Orchestra to US software company Engine Yard and invested in several of Ireland's fastest-growing tech companies, including Trustev.

His latest project, Cohort, helps users reach people they would like to meet by using their existing contacts.

It mines social networking and email data to build a network of relationships.

The product is still being trialled and the company is pre-revenue.

Cohort is incorporated in the US but headquartered in Dublin's Temple Bar. Early investors include US entrepreneur Jonathan Siegel and a former Navy SEAL, Curt Cronin.

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