...is motivated by solving difficult problems and giving time back to users so that they would have more time to do the things they enjoy. From easing the process of finding off-campus housing, to securing SSO and EPCS solutions for care providers, to developing sports league registration and management software, this principle has held true throughout his professional career.
More recently, this guiding principle has augmented. With the increase in studies showing the adverse effects of social media and the industry norm to monetize on users via their data, it has become apparent to him that he wants his next endeavor to do better. Now, not only does he want to return time back to the user, but he also wants to do digital social good by empowering users to increase their quality time spent together while also being considerate of their data privacy. The intersection of this urge, his technical abilities, and his own personal life aligned when he noticed a pain point organizing small groups of friends over weekend trips.
The tools at his disposal (email, spreadsheets, GroupMe, Slack etc) were numerous, inefficient, and did a poor job of answering two simple questions: What are we doing, and where is everyone? With the creation of Banda he hopes that, by leveraging the smart device in your pocket, he can help you cut down on screen time and get more time with the people you are trying to spend quality time with. More chatter; less noise.
...is inspired by creating a positive impact on a large number of people. He’s been building software for over two decades trying to achieve just this. From making it easier for people to find their way at Mappy, over making it more sustainable to move around at BlaBlaCar, to providing a platform for sports organizers at TopScore, Christian was always driven by impactful projects.
During his spare time he loves playing sports, and especially the energy he gets from being part of a team that pursues a common goal. He realized the unique ability of sports to bring people together and to keep them in the moment, something he struggles with due to tons of apps that compete for his attention on his mobile phone. It is easier than ever to isolate today, we can spend hours on our high-tech devices and disconnecting from those around us.
With the creation of Banda he hopes that he can contribute to more real life encounters, more opportunities that force him to be present with the people around.