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Christian Rudder

Christian Rudder (born September 1, 1975)[1] is an American entrepreneur, writer, and musician.

Christian Rudder
Born (1975-09-01) September 1, 1975 (age 41)
Nationality American
Occupation Entrepreneur, writer, musician



Rudder graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1993. He attended Harvard University, graduating with a degree in mathematics in 1998.[citation needed]


Rudder joined SparkNotes in October 1999, a few months after its founding. Rudder was the creative voice of,[2] which was the viral content arm of SparkNotes during the site's early rise to popularity. He became TheSpark's creative director in March 2001. Soon after the site's sale to Barnes & Noble, Rudder and the SparkNotes founders (Chris Coyne, Sam Yagan, and Max Krohn) left and began working on OkCupid, a dating site. OkCupid launched in February 2004.


Rudder was a co-founder of OkCupid. In the years immediately following the site's creation, he worked on the front-end product and developed the site's editorial voice.[3] From 2009 - 2011, OkCupid published statistical observations and analysis of members' preferences and connections; the blog posts were written by Rudder and gained wide-spread media attention.[4] In February 2011, OkCupid was sold to IAC, the owner of and other dating properties, for $90 million.[5] After the sale to IAC, Rudder assumed day-to-day control of OkCupid until he left in 2015.[6]


Rudder expanded his writings for OkCupid into the non-fiction book Dataclysm, which became a New York Times best-seller in Sep 2014 and was a finalist for the LA Times book prize that year, in the Science & Technology category.[7][8][9]

Bishop AllenEdit

He plays guitar in indie band Bishop Allen and, with Justin Rice, co-writes the bands songs.[10][11] On Bishop Allen's first three albums, Rudder played most of the instruments except drums and piano.[12] Through Bishop Allen, Rudder has contributed to the soundtracks of the movies Saved, Sleepwalk with Me, No Strings Attached, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Bully, and several other smaller films and commercials.[13]

Film workEdit

He appeared in Andrew Bujalski's film, Funny Ha Ha, as 'Alex', and appeared as himself in Peter Sollett's film, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.


Rudder, Christian (2014). Dataclysm : Who We Are When We Think No One's Looking. Crown Publishers. 


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