Co-Founder of OKCupid and Author of Dataclysm
Rudder is one of the founders of OKCupid, one of the largest dating sites in the world, which was sold to IAC in 2011. He still runs it day-to-day, while also heading a small data-mining team that scours the digital universe for meaningful trends on important sites. The original outlet for Rudder's research took place on OKCupid’s blog, OKTrends, which was not only read by millions of people, but also changed the way companies approach data as a media-relations strategy. His research and findings have been featured repeatedly in The New York Times, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and were the subject of a New Yorker feature.
Graduating Harvard cum laude, with a math degree, Christian Rudder got his start as the Creative Director for SparkNotes, a sort of 21st century Cliff’s Notes for the Internet, which was sold to Barnes & Noble in 2001. Recently, he sold his book, Dataclysm, for a seven-figure deal—a usually unheard of amount for a first time author.
There are a lot of people talking about data, and you don't need another person to simply tell you about all the amazing stuff out there. What Christian Rudder has to offer—and what few others have—is the data itself, alongside a terrific social, cultural, and business sense of what it all means. In this powerful talk, Rudder digs through terabytes of the actual information people are creating on social media and other new technology platforms to reveal the surprising things that people and companies can learn from it—all the moving, quirky, strange, unexpected, and otherwise revealing things people do to and for each other. A smart, personable, and funny speaker, Rudder presents noteworthy and customized findings, but also gives you large-scale data analysis in its proper social, corporate, and historical context. We're at the cusp of a new age of human understanding; you'll leave his talk believing he's right.