Christian Rudder

From the data we've gathered, can we learn something new about our behaviors and attitudes?

Co-Founder of OKCupid and Author of Dataclysm

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Christian Rudder | Co-Founder of OKCupid and Author of Dataclysm
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In the age of Big Data, Christian Rudder stands out. Rudder is in personal possession of one of the richest data sets in the world, accumulated from the dating site he co-founded, OkCupid, as well as Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and the like. In his hugely anticipated book, Dataclysm, he uses this data to show us the human behavior behind the numbers: a revolutionary look at who we truly are. “Read this book immediately,” implores Errol Morris. 

“In the first few pages of Dataclysm, Christian Rudder uses massive amounts of actual behavioral data to prove what I always believed in my heart: Belle and Sebastian is the whitest band ever. It only gets better from there.”

— Aziz Ansari

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. He sold his book, Dataclysm, for a seven-figure deal—a usually unheard of amount for a first time author.


“He did an excellent job, the audience really enjoyed his presentation—it received a lot of laughs and ‘oohs and ahhs.’ Thanks very much, we enjoyed working with you and Christian and hope to stay in touch about future opportunities!”

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Speech Topics

Big Data
Dataclysm Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)
What happens to all the data we share online? In this audacious, irreverent talk, Christian Rudder investigates human behavior and takes a first look at a data revolution in the making. For centuries, we’ve relied on polling or small-scale lab experiments to study human behavior. Today, a new approach is possible. As we live more of our lives online, researchers can finally observe us directly, in vast numbers, and without filters. Rudder explains how Facebook “likes” can predict, with surprising accuracy, a person’s sexual orientation and even intelligence; and how attractive women receive exponentially more interview requests. He charts the rise and fall of America’s most reviled word through Google Search and examines the new dynamics of collaborative rage on Twitter. He shows how people express themselves, both privately and publicly. And he grapples with the challenge of maintaining privacy in a world where these explorations are possible. 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.