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The Hottest Startup You've Never Heard of: MongoDB

Dwight Merriman and Kevin Ryan have had their hands in more than their share of high-profile Internet startups. There’s the retailer Gilt Groupe, the news website Business Insider, and DoubleClick, the advertising network that was acquired by Google in 2007 for $3.1 billion.

Those are tough acts to follow. But the duo believes that their current startup, a company few people have heard of, could be their biggest success yet: MongoDB, a maker of database software that powers some of the Web’s most trafficked websites, including Craigslist, eBay, and the New York Times.

Big Data Profile: Eliot Horowitz, MongoDB

Eliot Horowitz, MongoDB, Inc.'s co-founder and CTO, comes to programming naturally. He began coding at age four and was writing programs for his mother's medical practice before he turned 10.

But aware there aren't enough computer science prodigies like himself to go around, Horowitz says his goal is to create out-of-the-box solutions to satisfy intense customer demand for big data and analytics using MongoDB. Available as open-source, MongoDB is considered the most popular NoSQL database. These days, Horowitz is often on the road, speaking to MongoDB's 600-plus commercial customers about new features they'd like, as well as their big-data problems.

Cloud Computing Beats Moore’s Law by a Mile

A dozen years ago or so I was in Milan planning the first television quiz show that allowed participants to text message responses. In 2001, that was an idea ahead of its time with a price tag to match.

Choosing the Right Database: Understanding your Options

Our world is awash in digital data. Continuous advances in storage technologies, data-collection methods and processing power enable our businesses to capture, aggregate and analyze information from an ever-greater spectrum of sources. The opportunities are endless, but with these opportunities come daunting challenges.

On one hand, the options for assembling the ideal solution for a given data application have never been better; on the other hand, choosing the right components for that solution is ever more confusing and complex.

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?