Biography

Christian Ridder

in 13 words (alphabetically)

Berlin, Deutsche Telekom, Dutchman, Father, Husband, Industrial design, Innovation projects, Gardening, Manager, Quatschtronauts, Sony, Tokyo, TU Delft.

In 13 Pictures (chronologically)

1972 I was born in Utrecht (the Netherlands). I spent my childhood in Kockengen, in the “the green Hart of Holland”.

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If I wasn’t at school or playing tennis, I was drawing or doing handicrafts. Amongst many creations were a 120-page cartoon “Sproety Snater”, an automatic Quiz-Machine, a breakfast robot and school-agendas illustrated with mice.

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In 1989, the book “Onder de Wol” was published, which was illustrated by me.

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The “desire to create” was also the reason to study Industrial Design engineering at the Delft University of Technology from 1990 to 1996.

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After my graduation, I started my professional career at the Environmental Center of Sony Europe in Stuttgart.

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2001 and 2002 I worked in Tokyo to coordinate the cooperation between Sony Japan and Sony Europe regarding the development of network enabled products and internet services.

In my small roof-top apartment in the Gotanda wart, I created a series of poems and drawings, that reflected my Japanese impressions.

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Back in Germany, my daughter Salome was born in Berlin, and I married my wife Irmela in the beautiful Allgäu.

For work, I introduced at the time the online customer program “my Sony”, at the Sony Center in Berlin.

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I wrote the children book “Tierisch Glück gehabt”, that Irmela illustrated.

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Since 2006 I am employed at the Deutsche Telekom.

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Amongst others, I was responsible for the development and the product management of the soccer-portal www.fussball.de.

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Inspired by the growing popularity of social networks in internet, I invented the board game “Vitamin B” in the winter of 2007.

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In October 2009 Snorrebaard and Krullestaart unexpectedly knocked at my brain. Since then, the regularly send me messages to my mental in-box at www.quatschtronauts.wordpress.com

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Currently, I allow myself a six-months sabbatical and dedicate my time to our garden plot, my family and the Quatschtronauts.