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Founder Of MongoDB Has Only One Wish

Dwight Merriman has started three billion-dollar companies: DoubleClick, Gilt Groupe, and MongoDB. Here’s why he’s putting it all aside to get coding again.

Dwight Merriman is a developer who has founded not one, but three, enormously valuable companies. DoubleClick was acquired by Google for $3.1 billion; Gilt Groupe’s last round of investment valued the company at more than $1 billion; and until recently, Merriman was the CEO of MongoDB, worth approximately $1.2 billion. His idea of a side project? Starting news site Business Insider.

Now that Merriman has moved from CEO to chairman of MongoDB, he may finally get what he wants most: more time to do technical work. Co.Labs talked to him about databases, cofounders, and staying technical--even as his management roles expand.

Eliot Horowitz at AWS Re:Invent 2013

DevOps and MongoDB have a few things in common. According to Eliot Horowitz, the co-founder and CTO of the database company, both deliver on the promise of accelerating time-to-market by enabling developers to focus on their ideas instead of getting bogged down in plumbing. He dropped by theCUBE at Amazon's landmark re:Invent 2013 summit to elaborate.

In contrast to traditional databases, MongoDB is based on a document data model that makes it easier for users to store and interact with their information. But while the platform differs from relational systems architecturally, it employs the same indexing functions to streamline migration, Horowitz says.

Founder Stories: MongoDB’s Dwight Merriman On His Own Style Of Serial Entrepreneurship

There are founders, and then there are founders. Dwight Merriman is a rare breed of founder. A serial entrepreneur who has helped co-found and lead companies such as DoubleClick, BusinessInsider, Gilt Groupe, and Panther Express. And, as if that weren’t enough, his latest endeavor could be just as big, if not bigger, than the ones before it.

Merriman is one of the main brains behind MongoDB and is a CEO of the MongoDB company (formerly known as 10gen), focused on creating a new generation of database technology using NoSQL. The goal is to reinvent online databases, and the insights were derived from the technical challenges he faces while building and scaling a previous company.

10 Common Tasks for MongoDB

You've heard the hype. MongoDB is suddenly a 1.2 billion dollar company and one of the hottest tech ventures out there. But what's MongoDB's flagship product good for?

At MetLife, Technology is the Best Policy

Earlier this year, MetLife rolled out The Wall, a Facebook-like application that provides service and sales reps in call centers with an overview of customers. No longer are policyholders viewed as ID numbers scattered among different annuity and insurance products, says Gary Hoberman, one of MetLife's three CIOs and a senior vice president. The Wall pulls together dozens of streams of customer data to let reps see customers' history, their conversations with the company, any claims filed and paid, and their various policies -- all on a simple timeline. Reps can get to it with one click instead of 40 clicks, and they can settle issues faster and assess how a customer feels about the company. "It could have a huge impact on customer satisfaction," Hoberman says.

It took 90 days to build the app, a feat that even a couple of years ago might have taken a year or more. "It's definitely impressive," says Dwight Merriman, co-founder of MongoDB, the open-source database that MetLife used for the project. Only in the past few years has new database technology allowed big companies to cull huge amounts of digital information for real-time decision-making.

MongoDB Offers Certifications for Developers and DBAs

MongoDB announced a new certification program for developers and database administrators (DBAs).

MongoDB will certify the knowledge of concepts and mechanics, including practical skills required to build applications backed by the NoSQLdatabase. MongoDB certification offers DBAs and developers a new means to prove expertise on MongoDB and helps organizations hire and develop qualified professionals.

Behind the Funding: MongoDB Founder Dwight Merriman Reveals the Secrets to Startup Success

Dwight Merriman knows a thing or two about tech startups. A leading figure in New York City's Silicon Alley scene, Merriman is perhaps best known for co-founding DoubleClick, which sold to Hellman and Friedman for $1.1 billion (£685m) in 2005 before being acquired by Google three years later to the cool tune of $3.1 billion (£1.9bn).

More recently, Merriman co-founded MongoDB, a New York startup that is fast cementing itself as the leading NoSQL database following an unprecedented $150 million (£93m) Series F funding round. Naturally, we jumped at the opportunity to catch up with Dwight at Web Summit 2013. Given his stellar record with startups, we were particularly keen to hear his thoughts on entrepreneurship, as well as probing his considerable knowledge of the data industry.

A Collection of the Day’s Big Data News, featuring HP, Splunk and MongoDB

We’ve already covered a lot of Hadoop and general data-industry news already over the past few days, but as is often the case during trade shows like Strata and Hadoop World, when it rains it pours. Here are a handful of other notable news items that crossed the wires in the last day.

Pay $150, take an online course, get certified in MongoDB: MongoDB has actually been doing these MOOC-like courses for a while, but this is the first time there’s a charge and an official certification involved. I’m guessing most startups won’t really care about this, but it could become a good revenue source as more large companies start building real web and mobile apps.

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