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How the Atlas Search Team Empowers Engineers: Meet Nolan Lum

To take advantage of the benefits of having a modern database, MongoDB users need the ability to search and filter quickly against their dataset. Nolan Lum is a senior software engineer on MongoDB’s Atlas Search team where she helps create the fastest and easiest way to build relevance-based search capabilities directly into applications. I spoke with Nolan about what it is like to grow her career on the engineering team at MongoDB. Keep reading to learn about her experience and why the Atlas Search team offers great career opportunities for people with all sorts of backgrounds. Jackie Denner: Thanks for sharing more about your experience today, Nolan. To start, can you share some experiences that brought you to where you are now at MongoDB? Nolan Lum: My first experience with software engineering was in high school, and I continued to study computer science at UC Berkeley. After graduation, I worked at technology companies as a software engineer for over three and a half years. I have worked as a software engineer at MongoDB for almost two years now. I’m currently contributing to the Atlas Search team. JD: Tell me about Atlas Search. What is Atlas Search and how does that fit into the bigger picture at MongoDB? NL: Atlas Search is part of MongoDB Atlas. Atlas Search takes the data stored in MongoDB and indexes it for full-text search. It is a separate Java executable that currently runs alongside MongoDB. It replicates the data users store in MongoDB and makes it available for relevance-based, full-text search. JD: What kind of projects does the team work on? NL: The team is tackling search-related challenges from a variety of perspectives. From the product perspective, we are working on indexing data so that it is quickly accessible and scalable and making the experience of searching and using your database faster and better than using off-the-shelf solutions . From the engineering perspective, we’re solving challenges like how to handle data consistency or whether we should provide guarantees on what data you read back from us versus the database. JD: Tell me about an Atlas search project or feature that you've worked on. NL: I worked on a feature called Resumable Initial Sync that aimed to optimize a process in our replication subsystem. The original Initial Sync process would restart from scratch if another action caused it to pause, increasing the overall time to finish the sync. I updated the process to be resumable, so users can pick up where their initial sync left off after a sync interruption. This internal update helps our users have a better experience using MongoDB. It was a fun technical challenge because I had to think carefully about which asynchronous operations were happening in which order to ensure we accurately represented our place in the overall replication process. I'm proud that we were able to ship this feature update without creating any bugs or losing anyone’s data. Our team has good processes in place to ensure that we ship defect-free software as quickly as possible. JD: What do you like about working on the Atlas Search team? NL: This team appeals to me because there are interesting challenges for every type of engineer. We offer opportunities for traditional engineering, product challenges, hard technical problems, and more. We likely have a project that interests you. I also like that I work with team members from different roles in addition to other engineers, which promotes learning and growth through the work process. While working with other engineers is important, I also value the information I learn from collaborating with other types of team members. For example, during the past couple of weeks, our product managers hosted talks highlighting two important use cases for us to consider. The information they shared helped the engineering team better understand which features are the most valuable to spend our time building. JD: It sounds like a collaborative environment. NL: It is, and to a greater degree than I've experienced in the past. We value working together. One of our shared company values addresses the concept of “disagree and commit.” I’ve heard some people question if that actually works in practice, but here I think it is working well. I see my co-workers disagree sometimes, but after we work toward a consensus, the team rallies around the solution to move forward together. JD: What is the leadership on the Atlas Search team like? NL: The team is organized in a way that allows everybody, including the managers, to succeed. Instead of traditional engineering manager roles, we have team leads who are both people managers and engineers. This works for our team because the technical managers are in touch with the team’s day-to-day challenges beyond setting roadmaps and planning meetings. The philosophy behind what it means to be a manager focuses on empowering engineers at the company to succeed and giving them the space to do that. I think we do a good job at that. JD: What has your personal experience been like working on the Atlas Search team? NL: My experience on the team has been shaped by the wide range of experience levels of my colleagues. Our team’s spirit of mentorship has given me the opportunity to learn from other engineers who are senior to me or who come from different backgrounds, which has helped me grow my own skills. I’ve also been impressed with how equal and diverse the retention is at MongoDB, which in turn helps me feel comfortable being myself at work. Taking into consideration that there are far fewer women engineers in the industry, when one female engineer leaves a company, it makes a proportionally higher difference in team diversity than her male counterpart. I’ve noticed that MongoDB spends extra attention on supporting and retaining women engineers to help keep an authentic, inclusive culture at our organization. JD: What stood out to you about MongoDB while you were interviewing to join the organization? NL: When I was interviewing at MongoDB, I was looking to work at a company that offered me growth opportunities and mentorship, and a fair and thoughtful approach to measuring performance. I wanted to contribute to an engineering organization with a positive culture that valued more than just shipping as many products as possible. One of the reasons I decided to accept an offer at MongoDB was a conversation I had with our Executive VP of Engineering, Cailin Nelson . After I spoke with her, I felt like this was a company where I could flourish. It's inspiring to have women in leadership across the organization. JD: What was your experience during and after the hiring process at MongoDB? NL: At the time of our hiring conversation, I had almost four years of working experience, and I wanted to grow my career to recognize the increasingly advanced skills I had picked up. The conversations I had with MongoDB employees gave me the sense that the performance and team cultures were fair and that the potential for career advancement was available to me. After working here and observing other engineers here for two years, I am still impressed with how MongoDB values everyone’s performance equally and avoids the favoritism trap that so many tech company cultures fall into at scale. I was originally hired as a software engineer, and I have since been promoted to senior software engineer based on my performance. JD: Did you have search-focused engineering experience before working on the Atlas Search team? NL: Before joining this team, I didn't know a lot about search specifically. MongoDB’s engineering culture made ramping up a positive experience. Relevant experience is a plus, but if you’re interested in learning about search but don’t have specific experience in it, it’s not a dealbreaker against joining the team. I encourage people to apply even if their experience isn’t necessarily search-specific. Interested in transforming your career at MongoDB? We have several open roles on our teams across the globe!

October 13, 2022

Skunkworks 2022: A Week of Building for MongoDB Engineers

MongoDB’s 2022 internal Skunkworks hackathon wrapped up in July, and it was a bustling time of hacking, building, and developing. For MongoDB engineers, Skunkworks is a week of no meetings and no interviews—engineers can have fun and work alongside co-workers from different teams to build side projects, proof of concepts, or anything else imaginable. Many companies do one- or two-day hackathons, maybe once per year. We do one-week hackathons about every eight to ten months. Why? Hackathons are an important part of our engineering culture and embody our values of “Think Big, Go Far” and “Build Together.” We find that dedicating an entire week to the hackathon leads to significant innovation. With more than 115 projects submitted, this year’s Star Trek -themed event was one of the best and largest hackathons yet. Building from some of the newest MongoDB 6.0 features, let’s look at a few winning projects and the people behind them. Charts Slack Integration Team: James Wang, Ryan Nguyen, Andrew McMenemy, and Muthukrishnan Krishnamurthy We work on the Charts team and genuinely love our product; plus, it’s always fun taking complete ownership of it for a week. Reporting is a big ticket item for any data visualization tool. It’s something we’ve always had in the back of our minds, and users seem really keen on it. Variations of this request have been asked on our User Voice page since 2019 , along with a request for a Slack integration with Charts since 2020 . This feature is built on top of our Embedded Charts SDK . We updated the URL used to fetch an embedded Chart/Dashboard to take on a new query parameter for screen grabbing. This new URL will trigger an AWS Lambda instance we wrote for the project, which will make use of our embedding SDK to embed and take a screenshot of the chart. Skunkworks is our favorite time of the year. Learning software through projects is so much easier said than done, especially once you start a full-time career in software. MongoDB’s hackathon improves us as engineers, provides a break from the standard work week, and allows us to work on whatever we want, whether it’s a solo project or helping to make someone's dream a reality. It inspires us to always be looking for the next best idea, along with it being a great mental health week. MongoDB Carbon Footprint Calculation Team: Nellie Spektor, Maya Raman, Cathy Wang, Rohan Chhaya, and Tiffany Feng Our team was inspired by a previous Skunkworks hackathon project focused on sustainability within MongoDB Atlas. We decided to do a deep dive on carbon footprint measurement within MongoDB. We began by investigating the carbon efficiency of various parts of MongoDB, from drivers to Atlas. For testing Atlas, we first set up multiple clusters, each varying in either location, cluster size, and sharding status. Then, using an atlas-co2 calculator script that a MongoDB Developer Advocate made, we were able to test how much carbon each cluster was emitting. Finally, we were able to display our findings about different cluster sizes and cloud providers and their carbon footprints. While investigating drivers, we tested 100 insert/find/update/delete operations on 7 of our drivers and calculated the time taken and the wattage used, which was used to calculate carbon footprint and rank the drivers in terms of efficiency. The biggest takeaway for us was the sheer difference in carbon emissions that a simple choice can make. For example, using the Rust driver instead of Java uses 144 times less electricity and therefore emissions. Simply shifting your cluster from one cloud provider in the Virginia region to a different cloud provider in the Iowa region saves over 3kg of carbon a week. MongoDB is collaborating with a third-party vendor to get more robust carbon emission calculations, while tangentially understanding how we can provide a more efficient, sustainable product. Efforts like these help us to better refine our overall corporate emissions calculations. The Skunkworks hackathon is a great initiative that shows engineers how much MongoDB values creativity and personal growth. It's amazing that we are actually encouraged to put aside our regular work and try out anything we’d like. While some people work on personal development projects, other people take the opportunity to tackle some tech debt or explore new features without the constraints of the normal product development process. Furthermore, it allows us to integrate our outside interests into our work, which makes us even more passionate and motivated. Atlas Static Site Search Team: Ben Perlmutter, Joon Young Lee, Shibi Balamurugan, Marcus Eagan, and Nick Larew Our project was inspired by Algolia DocSearch . They’ve done a great job making it super easy to add search to a website. We wanted to make something similar with the MongoDB Atlas developer data platform, and we knew Atlas had the tools we needed to make this possible. It was just a question of writing some code to connect these services and creating a streamlined developer experience. We called the project Atlas Static Site Search, and it has the following distinct components: A website scraper that pulls site data and adds it to MongoDB built using Atlas Triggers. A search index built with Atlas Search using the site data. An Atlas Function that queries Atlas Search. A React component that you can add to a website that uses the Realm Web SDK to call the Atlas Function that performs search. A CLI that you can use to set up the whole backend (site scraper, search index, and search query function) with one command. The biggest challenge was getting all the different cloud services to work together well. Since it is a one week hackathon, we didn’t have time to write proper integration tests to validate that things were working as expected before deploying them. There was a lot of deploying code, praying it would work, it not working, and hotfixing. The Skunkworks hackathon is one of our favorite parts of working at MongoDB. Whether you are an intern or an experienced engineer, you’re given the freedom to work on a passion project or learn something new. It speaks to the respect that MongoDB leadership has for the engineering and product teams. A lot of great ideas and innovative products have come out of hackathons in the past. We’ll see what happens with Atlas Static Site Search! Simulating Common Customer Workloads Team: Xiaochen Wu, Kyle Suarez, and Nishith Atreya Our team recognized how replicating customer workloads has a myriad of benefits and can directly or indirectly help build a better testing environment, empower our support team, and identify potential improvement opportunities in our own product portfolio. We tried to replicate two different workloads—one transactional and one in-app analytical. After identifying these workloads, we brainstormed how to use MongoDB features and products to support them. Then, we identified important characteristics of each workload and began replicating them using available datasets. Following this, we monitored how each workload performed in the MongoDB platform and collected insights and recommendations for our internal teams. One of the biggest challenges was trying to figure out the important characteristics of each workload we were trying to replicate. For example, it was more difficult than expected to think of the most commonly used queries, search, and recommendation patterns that would appropriately represent the transactional customer workload. After the completion of our project, we created a recommendation for MongoDB to build a workload suite consisting of workloads that cover a variety of customer industries. This would allow our engineering organization to test major upgrades, perform product research, and identify improvement opportunities in our platform. $semanticSearch Aggregation Stage Team: Thomas Rueckstiess and Steve Liu At MongoDB Labs, we're always exploring how new technologies can be integrated with MongoDB. We read a paper that was published by a few researchers from Meta describing a novel architecture for semantic search and thought this could be a cool week-long project. We made four key changes: Built a web service that was the API interface to the model Introduced an aggregation pipeline called $semanticSearch that communicated with the API Deployed the web service on AWS Built a Star Trek themed front end using React The Skunkworks hackathon helps us explore the creativity of MongoDB engineers. Every project submitted looked well polished and innovative. We walked away inspired by the talent that's evident in the business. Hackathons provide a creative outlet for engineers away from the day-to-day tickets and helps build a meritocratic culture where any project can receive recognition and reward. Join us for the next hackathon: We’re actively hiring and looking for more talented, creative, and passionate engineers who want to build the next generation of MongoDB products and features!

October 12, 2022

Honoring Latine Heritage Month at MongoDB

Heritage and culture sits at the centerfold of human interaction. With a population of more than 650 million people, speaking over 400 different languages, and spanning a geographic area from the tip of Patagonia to the Caribbean, the people of Latin America and the culture of their 33 countries are difficult to condense into one identity. In celebration of Latine Heritage Month, we asked a few Latine MongoDB employees to reflect on their heritage and ultimately how that shapes their work. Tayrin S Riojas , Head of Government Relations and Public Policy I was born in Los Angeles and moved to Mexico City before my third birthday. In my junior year of high school, my family moved back to the United States and ended up in Dallas. I feel so incredibly fortunate to have experienced living in both countries for extended periods of time. I remember high school in the United States feeling like I was in a Hollywood movie — there were big lockers, cheerleaders, and sports teams. However, I felt my friends in Mexico City had a wider variety of social activities compared to the friends I made in the United States. As Mexicans, and in many Latino cultures, we are passionate and socially driven with our families, extended families, and friendships. This is what I personally love most about my culture. We have great traditions and share in them together, from posadas, piñatas, soccer games, and even mourning. This is something that transcends our location, and I feel honored to have been raised with these values. Throughout my career, I have worked in telecommunications, film post-production, healthcare, and the government and held roles such as lobbyist, Senate Committee Consultant, and International Relations Advisor. Tech is at the core of every single one of these opportunities. I am certainly not an engineer, nor can I code anything functional, but I do have a passion for learning about technology. After having my second “COVID baby” and being on parental leave, I decided I wanted to get back into tech. A relative recommended MongoDB, and soon after, I started as a Cloud Account Executive for the Latin America market. I loved talking to our customers, and it taught me so much about the power and versatility of our tech. It was a great role, but I had spent so much time working with the government that I honestly missed it. I truly believe that to excel at what you do, you must have your heart in it. MongoDB is growing fast, and we are encouraged to build our own careers here. When I realized we had no Government Affairs department, I decided to propose it. I wrote a paper on why Government Affairs, why now, and the incredible value and ROI this could have for us (especially with our partnerships). I sent my proposal to leadership for their consideration. From ideation to leadership approving the department and role, I had amazing mentors, guidance, and support from other women at MongoDB and employee resource groups like Sell Like a Girl and The Underrepresented People of Color. I am now the Head of Government Relations and Public Policy at MongoDB. As a Latina woman, having a company of MongoDB’s size make room for your ideas and contributions has been an incredibly fulfilling journey. There is still much work to be done to build our Government Affairs department, but I am incredibly blessed to work for people I admire and contribute to the company through a role I am passionate about. If you are looking for a great career in tech, I urge you to consider MongoDB. Adriano Fratelli , Customer Success Manager My family’s history in Brazil began with my grandparents who migrated from Calabria, Italy to São Paulo in the mid-1960s. My grandfather had received a job opportunity in the largest and most modern port in Latin America, Santos. Growing up in São Paulo, my childhood was rich with Brazilian culture. I was surrounded by family, music, dancing, great food, festivals (like Brazilian Carnival ), and sports. My journey into technology began with my father. He worked for 40 years as a technology product manager in the retail industry and inspired me to pursue a career in tech. I finished my degree in Information Systems in 2014 and started my professional career at IBM as a Field Technical Sales Specialist. I then worked at Lenovo and Oracle before looking for a new career opportunity. My decision to start a new journey at MongoDB was due to the great perspective that customers have regarding our products and services, along with MongoDB’s inclusive culture. The world of technology has opened up many opportunities in my personal life by helping me improve my English language skills and giving me exposure to different countries and cultures around the world. MongoDB is growing exponentially in the Latin American region and, as part of the Customer Success team, I enjoy that I’m able to help our customers onboard and adopt MongoDB’s services. One thing that makes working at MongoDB stand out is knowing that employee’s differences are embraced and our ideas are heard. As part of a global team, it’s great to know that I have the space and support to share my ideas and am valued for the unique perspective I bring. Read more stories from Hispanic and Latine employees at MongoDB . We’re embracing differences every day at MongoDB. Join us to make an impact and transform your career.

October 6, 2022

Solving Business Problems and Impacting Customer Experience with MongoDB’s Data Analytics Team

Chris Douglas is currently a Product Analytics Manager on MongoDB’s Data Analytics team in New York City. In this article, we discuss the team culture and growth, how analysts make an impact, and the close partnership they’ve built with our product organization. Read on to learn more about data analytics at MongoDB. Jackie Denner: Hi Chris! Thanks for sharing a bit about your experience on the Data Analytics team. Can you start off by telling me why you decided to join MongoDB? Chris Douglas: Coming from an SQL background, I hadn’t used MongoDB in my day-to-day but heard good things about it from developers. During the interview process, I quickly saw how passionate people were about the product and could clearly see how many interesting analytical challenges there were to solve. I joined as one of the first product analysts and have been at the company for about two and a half years. JD: It must have been exciting to be one of the first product analysts. How have you seen the Data Analytics team grow in that time? CD: The analytics team had about 14 people when I joined and has roughly tripled in size. What I’m most proud of is seeing how the team has grown with respect to maturity, complexity, and depth of work. We’ve invested a lot in telemetry to better understand where developers are in their journey and help them get the most out of MongoDB. Our growth and maturity has allowed us to help more teams across MongoDB make better data-driven decisions. JD: How do you feel you’ve personally grown since joining MongoDB? CD: Being surrounded by extremely driven and talented people has helped me learn as a person and helped me better understand how analytics can play a part in the software development cycle. The culture here really encourages collaboration, so I have the pleasure of working with a lot of different functions (from sales to marketing to product), which helps me holistically understand the MongoDB Atlas business. It’s been great to be surrounded by people with such diverse backgrounds and disciplines, and it has opened up my world view substantially. As the Data Analytics team has scaled, I’ve had the fortune of transitioning into a people manager role. This has been a great (but humbling) learning experience where I get to collaborate and work closely with two fantastic analysts. JD: Some of MongoDB’s core values are “Build Together,” “Make It Matter,” and “Own What You Do.” How does the analytics team experience these on a daily basis? CD: Our team vision is to empower a data-driven culture at MongoDB, which connects really well to our company values. We’re often the quantitative arm of any initiative or product starting from ideation all the way through retrospectives and measuring results. We collaborate with product managers to understand where there’s opportunity for growth, ideate experimentation with the design teams, and work with product marketing around target groups for outreach campaigns. Bringing a quantitative lens into the fold helps the team prioritize and learn as much as we can to create value for our customers. JD: It sounds like your team is a true partner to the product organization. How do you weave data and experimentation into the product roadmap? CD: The Data Analytics team is really here to help contextualize who is using products today and where there is opportunity to help solve pain points for developers. While nothing can replace qualitative user research, it’s nearly impossible to do this with everyone given our scale and growth. Experimentation is a great mechanism for us to learn and see what solutions work best for our customer base. A/B testing has let us learn so much, which helps us improve the customer experience and increase our pace of innovation. JD: What makes working in analytics at MongoDB exciting, and why should someone join the team? CD: MongoDB has the perfect mix of a startup culture with the advantages of working for a larger company. I could be chatting about the health metrics for MongoDB Atlas, then jump into a go-to-market strategy meeting for MongoDB Search, then talk to an economist about causal inference study strategies. There’s always something new. There’s a lot of trust and empowerment here that fosters a very collaborative and creative environment. This is largely because we’re tackling big challenges that can make a real impact for people using our product every day. The opportunity to take part in shaping the future roadmap of MongoDB products as well as knowing your work is making an impact is what excites me. Interested in making an impact as part of our Data Analytics team? View our open career opportunities — we’d love to help you transform your career at MongoDB.

October 5, 2022

Growth and Opportunity: Why Now Is a Great Time to Join Our Sales Ecosystem in Korea

Read in Korean As MongoDB continues to scale, we are expanding our presence in the Asia-Pacific region. The South Korea market, in particular, is an important and strategic focus because we anticipate high growth in the region. Below, hear from members of our sales team in South Korea to learn how they work cross-functionally to make an impact — and how the opportunity to help build MongoDB Korea translates to extraordinary career growth. Joe Shin , Regional Director Over the past few years, MongoDB has grown rapidly because it addresses the emerging requirements of new applications and can modernize existing workloads which are struggling with traditional relational databases (RDBMSes). I've always thought that open source would become the next market trend, especially when new technologies such as NoSQL replace the limitations of RDBMSes and dominate the database market. We knew the market opportunity would be enormous for the MongoDB Korea branch because we know that our Korean customers would love to receive more active support locally. MongoDB’s organizational culture is horizontal. People of various positions in various jobs freely communicate and share opinions. In this horizontal organizational culture, each team has a clear role and works efficiently through organic relationships. As a regional director, my role is to drive local sales strategy, guide and develop our sales team on how to solve complex issues, and communicate effectively with partners — especially by escalating things when necessary to help solve problems. As a local leader, I hold myself accountable for embracing a collaborative environment where everyone cares about each other, one that encourages effective teamwork and empowers all team members to follow MongoDB’s corporate values of Build Together, Embrace the Power of Differences, Make It Matter, Be Intellectually Honest, Own What You Do, and Think Big, Go Far. MongoDB is at a great spot within the market. We already have hundreds of customers in the country, including many familiar brands such as KBS , Kakao Pay , Woowa Brothers , and many others across both traditional organizations and digital natives. In fact, Woowa Brothers have been users of MongoDB in Korea for some time and have now gone all in on our developer data platform for their international expansion into Southeast Asia. Our customer Nod Games is using MongoDB to transform the gaming industry by leading the move to pay-to-earn games using blockchain technology. Even with this success, we're still at the very early stages of a massive shift in technology, and we need to keep finding and researching our customers’ pain points to deliver them value. The Korean database market is getting bigger and bigger, and it shows enormous possibilities. MongoDB Korea is growing so fast that sales reps will have the opportunity to learn quickly and see the direct impact of their work. Hae Sung Kim , Strategic Account Director I joined MongoDB as an enterprise account executive and have been promoted to strategic account director. As an EAE, I benefited from the detailed and clear MongoDB sales methodology and enablement. MongoDB has a very passionate and strategic sales culture. There is a focus on finding the right person who can effectively deliver MongoDB’s value for the customer’s business. In addition, there is a culture of knowledge sharing across the entire sales ecosystem, so that you can take best practices from teammates and apply it within your own accounts. This culture helps strengthen sales capabilities by making it possible to establish strategies from a customer's business perspective. I also gathered enormously helpful tips from team sharing, delivered MongoDB’s value to numerous accounts, successfully completed various cases (including on premises, cloud, and ISV/OEM). I gained valuable experiences and recognition. At MongoDB, sales is not only about revenue. You work with various customer contacts within your accounts, such as developers, operations, and C-level stakeholders, with dedicated support from all internal functional departments. At MongoDB, you will have the opportunity to strengthen your sales capabilities and help a wide range of customers and industries. But more important and exciting is the communication and collaboration you will have with passionate global team members. White Moon , Field Marketing Manager I was first introduced to MongoDB about four years ago. At the time, it was still relatively new in Korea, but developers were very interested, and it was a promising and proven solution in the marketplace. When I joined, I was impressed by the diverse and inclusive organizational culture and how all employees supported one another. I joined as the first and only female employee, but I always felt that I was able to speak freely with other members of the team and that I would receive support whenever it was needed. As a company, MongoDB actively supports women through initiatives such as the MDBWomen affinity group, coaching and development for professional and career development, and holding celebrations for events like International Women’s Day. The global marketing team has also supported me by helping to ensure my region has everything it needs to strengthen MongoDB brand awareness and generate strong demand. I often connect with marketers in other regions to share best practices and learn from their experiences. Not only has this made me much more strategic, but it also gives me the opportunity to meet and become friends with people outside of my direct team. When working with the sales team, I want to be a representative partner of the Korean region and be a leader who oversees marketing in Korea. I'm not just an event planner; I'm trying to be the CMO of my region and a business partner to my regional sales team. Through local programs and account-based marketing activities, I can support driving new leads and accelerating deals. I’ve always seen myself as responsible for understanding when and why to do these programs, and how to ensure the leads make it through the sales funnel and become new customers. The MongoDB office space in Seoul. Jun Kim , Manager, Solutions Architecture I joined MongoDB when the Korea branch had just been started. To me, MongoDB’s document model and sharding capability were really attractive compared to other databases, and I was impressed by all of the technical features. I had worked for Oracle as a master sales consultant, and coming to MongoDB allowed me to gain exciting experiences in many different capacities, from meeting with developers and DBAs to C-levels. I started as a senior solutions architect and have since been promoted to a people management role. MongoDB is a very fast growing company, and I’ve seen my direct impact on the organization. It is exciting to be a part of scaling our team and MongoDB’s presence in Korea. I also feel that I’ve been developed and continue to develop through the support I receive from my peers and leadership. Our team in Korea is growing quickly, and we have a strong culture of collaborating with one another and benefiting from each other’s experiences. I am proud of what we have accomplished so far and look forward to our next phase of growth. Read about local customers BAEMIN and Nod Games, and find out what the media is saying about MongoDB in Digital Daily and TechM DataNet . Interested in making an impact and helping us scale MongoDB Korea? We have several open roles and would love for you to transform your career with us!

August 29, 2022

성장과 기회: 지금이 바로 MongoDB Korea와 함께할 절호의 기회

MongoDB 시장이 점차 확대됨에 따라, 아시아 태평양 지역이 주목받고 있는 와중에 특히 한국 시장은 향후 1~2년 내에 더 높은 성장을 기대하고 있기 때문에 주요한 영역으로 관심을 받고 있습니다. 이 블로그에서 한국의 영업 생태계와 구성원들로부터 팀이 어떻게 상호 협력하여 영향을 미치는지, 그리고 MongoDB Korea 에서 어떤 기회를 통해 커리어의 성장을 이뤄낼 수 있는지 확인해보시기 바랍니다. 신재성(Joe Shin) , Regional Director 지난 몇 년 동안 MongoDB는 기존 관계형 데이터베이스(RDBMS)와의 시장에서 고군분투하며 애플리케이션의 새로운 요구사항을 해결하고 기존 워크로드를 현대화하면서 그 누구보다 빠르게 성장했습니다. 특히 NoSQL과 같은 새로운 기술이 RDBMS의 한계를 대체하고 데이터베이스 시장을 지배하게 되면서 오픈소스가 머지않아 데이터베이스 시장의 트렌드가 될 것이라고 항상 생각해 왔습니다. 국내 고객들은 MongoDB 한국지사의 여러 전문가들로부터 한국어로 소통하며 직접 현지 직원의 지원을 받고 싶어하기 때문에 MongoDB 한국지사의 시장의 기회는 더더욱 엄청날 것으로 보고 있습니다. MongoDB는 다양한 직군과 다양한 직위의 사람들이 자유롭게 소통하고 의견을 공유하는 수평적인 조직문화를 지니고 있습니다. 이러한 수평적 조직문화에서 각 팀은 명확한 역할을 가지고 있으며 유기적인 관계를 통해 효율적으로 일하고 있습니다. MongoDB 한국 지사장으로서 제 역할은 국내 시장내 영업 전략을 추진하고, 복잡다양한 문제를 해결하고, 다른 조직과 효율적으로 소통하는 방법에 대해 영업팀을 관리하고 가이드하는 역할이라고 생각합니다. 지사장으로서 저는 효율적인 팀워크를 장려하고 모든 팀 멤버로 하여금 크게 생각하고, 함께 멀리 갈 수 있게끔 함께 만들고 서로의 다른점을 포용하여 좀더 중요한 것으로 만들어서 정직하게 자신의 일을 할 수 있게끔 모든 사람들을 서로 고려하는 협업적 환경을 만들어야 하는 책임이 있습니다. MongoDB는 현재 국내 시장에서 가장 좋은 위치에 있다고 볼 수 있습니다. 이미 국내 수백개 이상의 고객을 보유하고 있으며, 그 중에는 KBS, 카카오페이, 배달의 민족(우아한형제들), 그리고 전통적인 조직과 디지털 네이티브 등 다양한 조직에 걸쳐 수많은 고객이 있습니다. 예를 들어, 우아한형제들은 한동안 국내에서 MongoDB를 사용하다가 동남아시아로의 해외 진출을 위해 MongoDB를 통해 개발자 데이터 플랫폼에 많은 투자와 노력을 기울였습니다. 또한, 노드게임즈(Nod Games)는 블록체인 기술을 이용한 유료 게임으로의 전환을 주도하여 게임 산업을 혁신하고 꾀하고 있습니다. 이러한 성공적인 여러 케이스에도 불구하고 여전히 시장의 기술적인 혁신은 아직 초기 단계에 있다고 생각되어, MongoDB의 가치를 전달하기 위해 고객의 문제점을 지속적으로 찾아내고 도움을 드리기 위해 끊임없이 연구하고 있습니다. 국내 데이터베이스 시장은 점점 더 커지고 있고, 여전히 엄청난 가능성을 가지고 있으며, 진입할 수 있는 분야는 무궁무궁무진합니다. MongoDB 한국지사는 현재 엄청난 속도로 성장하고 있으며, 시장의 많은 인재들이 함께한다면 아마 빠르게 성장해 나가는 걸 몸소 느낄 수 있으며 자신 또한 많이 발전할 수 있는 기회를 갖게 될 것입니다. 임직원들에게 제공하는 여러 복지와 금전적인 혜택 등 패키지를 제공하는 MongoDB의 정책 외에도, 본사에서는 개개인의 목소리에 귀기울여 이러한 복리후생 제도도 계속 발전해 나가고 있습니다. 지금이 참여하기에 가장 좋은 때라고 생각하며, 함께 성장하고 싶은 분들을 모시고 싶습니다. 김해성(Hae Sung Kim) , Strategic Account Director MongoDB는 매우 열정적이고 전략적인 영업 문화를 가지고 있습니다. 고객의 비즈니스를 위한 몽고DB의 Value가 효과적으로 전달될 수 있는 적임자를 찾는 데 초점이 맞춰져 있습니다. 또한 영업 문화 전반에 걸쳐 각자의 Best practice 를 공유하는 문화가 형성되어 있어 이를 자신의 어카운트에 적극적으로 활용합니다. 이러한 문화는 개인의 영업 능력과 비즈니스에 큰 도움이 됩니다. 저는 MongoDB에 EAE(Enterprise Account Executive)로 입사하여 Strategic Account Director로 승진하였습니다. 저는 EAE로서 상세하고 명확한 MongoDB Sales 방법론을 배우고 영업에 필요한 적극적인 Support를 받았습니다. 또한 팀으로부터 매우 유용한 노하우를 수집하고, 많은 고객사에 MongoDB의 가치를 전달했으며, On-Premise, Cloud, ISV/OEM 등 다양한 계약을 성공적으로 마무리하여 인정을 받을 수 있었습니다. 특히 MongoDB에서는 단순히 Revenue 뿐만 아니라 회사의 전략을 이해하고 그에 맞는 업무를 수행하는 것이 매우 중요하다고 생각합니다. MongoDB 영업팀에 합류할 때 가장 좋은 점은 모든 부서의 헌신적인 지원으로 개발자, 운영, C-level 등 고객사 내 다양한 고객들과 함께 일할 수 있다는 것이라고 생각합니다. 또한, 몽고DB의 열정적인 글로벌 팀원들과의 소통과 협업도 매우 큰 장점입니다. 가장 중요한 것은 다양한 고객 및 업종에서 스스로의 영업 역량과 경험을 강화하고 싶다면 몽고DB가 좋은 선택이 될 수 있다는 점입니다. 문하양(White Moon) , Field Marketing Manager MongoDB를 처음 알게 된 건, 약 4년전 MongoDB Korea 지사가 한국에 런칭한다는 소식과 함께 파트너 계약을 준비하면서 부터입니다. 당시 MongoDB와 파트너십 런칭 행사를 준비하면서 느낀점은, 아직 잘 알려지지 않은 솔루션임에도 불구하고 정말 많은 개발자들이 MongoDB에 큰 관심을 갖고 있다는 것이었습니다. 시장에서 정말 유망하고 검증된 솔루션이라는 피드백을 듣게 되면서 점차 관심을 갖게 되었고 좋은 기회가 생겼을 때 MongoDB에 입사하지 않을 이유가 없었습니다. 실제로 MongoDB에 입사해 보니 모든 임직원들이 하나같이 MongoDB에 대한 자부심이 강하게 있었고, 모든면에서 서로를 북돋아주는 수평적인 분위기가 인상 깊었습니다. MongoDB 한국지사에 처음이자 유일한 여성 직원으로 입사하게 되었으나, 괴리감이나 불편함을 느낀적이 전혀 없었습니다. 성별에 상관없이 그냥 one team으로서 서로 도울 수 있는 부분들을 자유롭게 이야기할 수 있었고, MongoDB 회사 차원에서도 Women’s day 등 여성들을 위한 행사나 열린 문화에 적극 지원하는 분위기를 만들어 주고 있습니다. 또한, 글로벌 마케팅팀은 제가 속한 FM(Field Marketing)팀 뿐만아니라, 여러 마케팅 부서에서 코리아 리전의 목표달성과 전체 마케팅 방향성이 옳은 방향으로 나아갈 수 있도록 많은 조언과 도움을 주고 있습니다. 글로벌 팀 덕분에 훨씬 더 전략적인 플랜과 거시적인 관점으로 마케팅 활동을 할 수 있으며, 제 직속 팀 이외의 다양한 사람들과 커뮤니케이션하고 동료를 넘어서 친구가 될 수 있는 기회를 만들어주고 있습니다. 세일즈팀과 협력할때, 단순히 이벤트를 플랜하고 실행하는 마케팅 담당자가 아니라 코리아 지역의 마케팅을 총괄하는 리더라는 생각으로 책임감을 갖고 한국 리전을 대표하는 파트너로서 역할을 수행하려고 합니다. 로컬에서 진행하는 이벤트와 고객 기반 마케팅(ABM) 활동 등을 통해 새로운 영업 기회를 창출하고 거래를 가속화할 수 있도록 도와주는 역할이 가장 메인입니다. 하지만 이러한 이벤트를 이 시기에 왜 해야 하는지, 잠재 고객을 확보하여 새로운 고객이 되도록 하는 방법, ROI를 추적하고 분석하는 방법을 끊임없이 고민해야 합니다. MongoDB 한국지사 서울 사무실 김준(Jun Kim) , Manager, Solutions Architecture MongoDB의 문서 모델 그리고 샤딩기능이 다른 데이터베이스에 비해 너무나 매력적이다라고 생각하고 있을때. MongoDB의 한국지사가 설립된다는 소식을 접하게 되었습니다. 운이 좋게 지사 시작과 더불어 MongoDB에 조인하였습니다. MongoDB 조인 전에는 Oracle에서 Master Sales Consultant 로 업무를 하고 있었습니다. MongoDB 합류 후 DBA뿐 아니라 개발자 그리고 C 레벨에 이르기까지 다양한 분들과 여러가지 관점에서 흥미로운 경험을 얻을 수 있었고, 그 경험을 토대로 시장에 MongoDB의 인지도를 더욱 빠르게 성장시킬 수 있었습니다. MongoDB에서 선임 솔루션 아키텍트로 일을 시작했습니다. 그 후 조직이 커지고 시장에서 MongoDB의 인지도와 사용 사례가 증가하면서, MongoDB Korea도 매우 빠르게 성장을 하였습니다. 지금은 MongoDB 한국 지사에서 기술 총괄이라는 역할을 통해 많은 팀원과 더불어 MongoDB의 입지를 확장하고, 고객의 디지털 변환에 함께 할 수 있는 솔루션으로 더 많은 노력을 하고 있습니다. 조직이 커가면서 경험할 수 있는 많은 부분에서 리더십 팀 그리고 동료로 부터 많은 지원 및 도움을 받았으며, 이를 통해 나 자신이 계속해서 발전하고 확장하고 있음을 느낄 수 있는 시간이었습니다. 4년 전 작게 시작한 저희 MongoDB Korea는 매우 빠른 속도로 성장하고 있습니다. 서로 협력하고, 존중하며, 서로의 경험 공유함으로 보다 많은 가치를 만들어 내는 강력한 문화를 가지고 있습니다. 지금까지 저희가 해온 것에 대해 매우 자랑스럽게 생각합니다. 그리고 다음 성장단계를 기약하고 있습니다. 저희와 함께 하시길를 원하시는 분은 언제든지 연락 주시면 좋겠습니다. MongoDB Korea와 함께 커리어를 발전시키고 영향력을 행사하고 싶으신 분들은 채용사이트 에 많은 지원 바랍니다! 수많은 MongoDB Korea의 국내 고객들 중 ' 배달의 민족(BAEMIN) '과 '노드게임즈(Nod Games)'의 자세한 이야기를 알아보고 싶다면 언론사의 Digital Daily , TechM , DataNet 의 기사를 살펴보세요.

August 29, 2022

Development, Enablement, and Career Transformation With MongoDB’s Corporate Sales Team

MongoDB continues to grow our corporate sales team in Europe and the Middle East (EMEA). MongoDB corporate account executives sell into some of the world's highest growth and IT-focused companies, with a goal of securing net new accounts in organizations of up to 1,500 employees. Often working directly with CTOs, Engineering/IT leaders, and technical end users, our corporate sales team drives and builds solutions that serve the best interests of our customers to help them innovate faster than ever before. Hear from two corporate account executives on our EMEA team to learn more about how they’ve experienced development, enablement, and career progression during their tenure, and why now is a perfect time to join our expanding team. Career progression Sophie Gruber , Regional Director, Corporate Sales I joined MongoDB in 2019 and was looking for two things: First, the possibility of merit-based career progression and second, an uncapped product-market fit. From my initial research and what I learned throughout the interview process, it became apparent that MongoDB was a place where I would be guaranteed both of those things and more. I’ve held multiple roles within MongoDB since I began. I joined the corporate sales organization after being part of our cloud team. When I joined the corporate team, I had already been working closely with corporate account executives and understood their objectives. I received support from all levels, including peers and top-line management. I’ve recently been promoted to regional director for corporate sales in DACH (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland). It has been a steep learning curve, but I’ve received incredible support from all around. Our BDR to CRO program offers loads of different career progression opportunities, and management supported me along the way in identifying development areas. MongoDB offers so many different routes for development and progression; they’re yours to take and make the most of. For me, the success and excitement I get from my role is working with companies, being part of their missions, and watching them come to life in their industries. The moments I’m most proud of are being part of the MongoDB Excellence Club, an initiative that rewards top sales performers, for the past two years. This year’s event in Mexico was an incredible week full of celebrations and learning from top performers around the globe. I believe that everyone has different motivations throughout their career, but one constant is the environment they thrive working in. At MongoDB, we truly live our values and celebrate thinking big and going far. Our culture is the foundation of everything we do, and even though we work in a competitive field, collaboration and teamwork are always at the forefront. I’ve met so many amazing people during my time here and am very proud to be living and building upon MongoDB’s culture with them. Development and enablement Tyconor Chan , Corporate Account Executive I joined MongoDB in November 2021 as a corporate Account Executive, and there were a few key factors that influenced my decision. MongoDB invests a tremendous amount of effort in your personal and professional development. It sounds cheesy, but before taking the role I read that MongoDB is where you come to get your “Masters in Sales.” Having just gone through the bulk of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was excited to get back to learning. The first time I met my manager he asked, “So what's next for you?” The constant development mentality is what really excites me about MongoDB. Then there’s the actual product. MongoDB is a best-in-class product and the leading NoSQL database that supports mission-critical applications for some of the world's largest companies. It satisfies a tremendous variety of use cases in every industry. I came from a hardware background, so moving to software-based selling was initially very daunting. However, between team sessions, one-to-one sessions with my buddy (an experienced rep), and our sales enablement program, my concerns were quickly put to rest. New hires are enrolled in a two-week upskill bootcamp that gets you prepped for the role. A few months later, you can refine your skills in Advanced Sales Training. I’ve had a dream start in terms of achieving immediate success at MongoDB, getting to work with new and established companies in the UK and Ireland, and playing a key role in their journey. What I am most proud of are the relationships I’ve made in the short amount of time I’ve been here. Hands down, what I enjoy most about working at MongoDB are the people and the culture. Being able to bounce ideas off of colleagues and leadership knowing they have your best interests in mind is really encouraging, especially to someone new to the business, and that’s why I can’t recommend coming to the corporate sales team enough. Like anything of worth, it’s by no means an easy role, but if you are willing to set your ego aside, ask for support, and work hard, you will be a great fit at MongoDB. Do you want to make an impact and transform your career? Join us at MongoDB — we have several open roles on our teams across the globe.

August 26, 2022

Meet Gabriella Cohen: Expanding MongoDB’s Presence in Israel as the Newest Regional Vice President

Gabriella Cohen recently joined MongoDB’s sales leadership team as Regional Vice President for Israel. We sat down to discuss her career move from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to MongoDB and the opportunities for sellers in the Israeli market. Jackie Denner: How did you come to join MongoDB, and what made you interested in the company? Gabriella Cohen: I have been privileged to work with some of the most tech-savvy and innovative startups in Israel, and many of them use MongoDB as part of their core products. Developers love the solution. This drove me to learn more about MongoDB’s technology and the potential market in Israel. The total addressable market for databases in Israel is growing rapidly, and MongoDB is only scratching the surface of this market. The extreme potential for MongoDB in this emerging market excited me and drove me to join. JD: Tell us about your experience prior to joining MongoDB. GC: For the last six years I’ve been working for AWS Israel. I joined the team in 2016 when Cloud was a new concept and the market was in its early stages of adoption. I started as an ISV Account Manager and grew to managerial positions as Startup Team Lead and Digital Native Businesses Team Lead. In my last role, I established and led the SMB Segment in AWS Israel and was part of the AWS Israel Leadership team. JD: Why do you believe that Israel is such a strategic and important market for MongoDB? GC: Israel is one of the most prominent innovation and technology hubs in the world, with an economy dominated by industrial high-tech and entrepreneurship. Israel ranks 15th among the 132 economies featured in the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2021. This innovation is reflected in the large number of startups active in Israel, over 7,000 — 14 times more concentration of startups per capita than in Europe. It also attracts the highest rate of venture capital funding per capita in the world. Companies in Israel are tech savvy and early adopters of innovative technologies — such as MongoDB. Many of them are “born in the cloud,” while the more traditional companies are trying to close the gap and are rapidly adopting different solutions that enable a true digital transformation. Most of the Israel technology companies target and sell globally, resulting in a growing market opportunity for MongoDB. I view Israel as a strategic market from three perspectives. First, there is a large business opportunity in the Israeli market that isn’t correlated to the size of the country. All the leading cloud vendors are opening data centers here, which indicates the high potential of the market. Second, given that the Israeli market has early adopters of innovative technologies, this could be a great learning opportunity for other regions on how to work with digital-native and startup businesses. Last, it provides a platform for the MongoDB Product team to gather feedback from tech-savvy users, which can improve our product and shape MongoDB’s future roadmap. JD: What are you most excited about in expanding the Israeli market for MongoDB and continuing to build our sales organization in the country? GC: MongoDB’s technology has a strong reputation in Israel, however I believe it is yet to meet its business potential. The challenge of crafting a go-to-market strategy for Israel, which suits the specific and unique market conditions, excites me. Together with the existing sales teams, I’m looking forward to expanding and growing the sales organization to expedite our ability to cover the market. Finally, I’m really looking forward to evolving the MongoDB Israel office atmosphere, bringing together the MongoDB culture and the warm and friendly Israeli approach. JD: How would you describe your leadership style? GC: My leadership skills, style, and approach have evolved over the years. I believe in having a clear and inspiring vision, empowering the individual, generating value to my team, and leading by example. I tend to challenge the status quo and encourage creativity to explore new ways of doing things. The pandemic has added new challenges to leaders: on the one hand, having to lead remotely with minimal in-person interaction; on the other hand, having difficulty drawing the line between personal and professional as our home and family have been the background scenery of our business meetings. As a leader, I view this change as an opportunity to bring my authentic self and encourage my team to the same. I believe this builds trust, creates a fun environment, and strengthens connections. JD: What opportunities do you see at MongoDB? GC: Careers aren’t linear, and MongoDB offers endless career opportunities in both professional and managerial positions. MongoDB’s global presence offers an exciting addition to these opportunities. While the above might be relevant to other leading tech companies, I think what is unique about MongoDB is the hypergrowth we are experiencing. Working for exponential growth companies requires constant creativity, bias for action, and ownership. Each individual has the opportunity to shine, be successful, and develop new skills daily. The MongoDB Israel office in Tel Aviv was established in 2019. We currently have over 30 employees in customer-facing roles. We have a MongoDB customer support team based in Tel Aviv as well, and they provide support to over 900 customers across all industries and sectors. JD: What has your experience been as a woman in sales, and do you have advice for other women who are looking to build their sales careers and become leaders? GC: I believe in being successful, generating value to my team and business, and the rest follows. The three tips I would give are: Be the best version of yourself and insist on high standards. This positions you as a role model and drives success. Avoid having two versions of yourself—your personal/home version and your work version—because we are the same individual and our power is in the total package. It’s all about people. Leverage your interpersonal skills to drive business — to read into situations, connect to people, and understand the subtext. Our sales team is growing in Israel and across the globe. We have several open roles and would love for you to transform your career with us!

July 21, 2022

How These MongoDB Employees Celebrated Juneteenth

On June 19, 1865, soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, announcing that the more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state were free by executive decree. This was more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Today, June 19 is celebrated as Juneteenth, a day of hope despite present-day uncertainty. It reminds us that at the end of every struggle there comes a time for a change if we persist and do not give up. Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States, and MongoDB recognizes this by providing employees with the day off to celebrate and reflect. Members of MongoDB’s affinity group the Underrepresented People of Color share what they did to celebrate. Supporting Black Businesses Kayla Warner , Internal Communications Manager Some of the delicious food and the hands that prepared it, Chef Will Coleman (@chefwillcoleman). Every year, I have to get soul food on Juneteenth. It makes me feel the most connected to my culture (and it’s always great to support small Black businesses). I spent this Juneteenth at a friend’s restaurant pop-up. Being from the Southern United States, it’s not often that I get to have the comfort foods of home in New York. His pop-up had fried fish po’boys, smoked watermelon feta salad, crab deviled eggs, strawberry shortcake biscuits, and sweet tea (that was actually sweet). These dishes and flavors brought me back to backyard cookouts and fish fries all while in the middle of Bed-Stuy. Showing up for folks in my community and building community with them is deeply important to me. Some of my favorite memories in life are connected to food and fellowship, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to create another memory with friends. Juneteenth for me is a time for the Black community to come together in corporal celebration. A day of pure celebration, to honor those who came before us, to reflect on our past and hold one another close as we face the future together. Moreover, I recognize that Juneteenth has recently come into the national conversation as a holiday. The history and importance of this celebration is still being learned by many across the country, and people are still navigating how to participate and acknowledge this day. While it may seem small, it means a lot to me that MongoDB not only held space for employees to share their Junteenth traditions and experiences but also a reminder that my whole self, including my Blackness and my Southern-ness, has a place and is respected and welcomed at MongoDB. Nia Brown , Workplace Coordinator My partner and I are enjoying our meal at Simone’s, Black-woman-owned Caribbean Restaurant in New York. This Juneteenth, while my partner and I were in Toronto, we looked up Black-owned restaurants to support. I was pleased to find there were many options. We support Black-owned businesses year round, but doing it on Juneteenth made it that much more poignant, knowing the Black dollar only lasts six hours in the Black community compared to 28 days in Asian communities, 19 days in Jewish communities, and 17 days in white communities. It’s important we educate ourselves and one another to help build up the Black community, especially on Juneteenth. Knowing the history of this holiday makes me now, more than ever, want to spread knowledge so that we are never left in the dark again. Spending Time With Family Lakuan Smith , Manager of Inclusion This Juneteenth weekend a few of my family members and I rented a house so that we could spend time together and share knowledge on the things we are doing in our lives to improve our physical, mental, and financial wellness. I chose to participate in these activities because one of my takeaways from Juneteenth is the importance of spreading knowledge and information to improve lives. I think about the news that was shared on June 19, 1865, and how important it was for those African Americans to receive the knowledge of freedom. I am also fortunate enough to spread knowledge beyond Juneteenth weekend as a manager of inclusion at MongoDB. My day-to-day consists of expanding perspectives and creating initiatives that improve the professional lives of under-represented communities. At MongoDB, I don't have to do it alone. With the help of company leadership and our affinity groups, things are changing for the better. Members of my family and I gathered together for a weekend get away and graduation party. Bryan Spears , Senior Technical Recruiter Posing with my dad, best friend, and his father after playing a round at Hanover Golf Course in NJ To celebrate Juneteenth, I hit the golf course with some family and friends. At a very young age, my dad got me into golf with my own set of clubs. As he has gotten older, it is becoming less frequent that my pops gets on the course with me, and it had been over five years since his last time swinging a club. To my surprise, but probably not his, my dad was still hitting the ball better than me at the age of 79. He might not swing the club with the same speed, but more often than not, he was hitting clean shots straight down the course! Overall, I really enjoyed being able to spend time with family and friends to celebrate Juneteenth. Thinking about all the things I was able to do with my loved ones really makes me grateful for the sacrifices made by our ancestors so that we could live in a more equal society. My dad was in his late teens and early 20s during the Civil Rights movement; he married my mom in 1969, just two years after the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which struck down all anti-miscegenation (racial segregation at the level of marriage and intimate relationships) laws the remaining in 16 U.S. states. Just being around him is like walking with history, and while I appreciate the freedom that we have today, there is still a lot of work to do in order to combat systemic racism and oppression in the U.S. and worldwide. My hope is that while we all enjoy these holidays with loved ones or use the day off to relax and rejuvenate, we also take some time to reflect and educate ourselves so we can continue to take action. Educating and Reflecting Courtney Turner , Campus Recruiter My Juneteenth weekend was spent reflecting on the past, embracing the present, and encouraging others to have a better understanding of the holiday and the injustices that we are still faced with today. I spoke virtually to a group of young African Americans about the struggle and process of getting to what we now call Juneteenth. I also spent time with my friends at an annual Juneteenth festival, enjoying their company and reflecting on what our community has accomplished and the work still ahead of us all. Spending time with friends and speaking to youth gave me the opportunity to appreciate my culture, enjoy fellowship with other African Americans, and most importantly, do my job educating others on black culture. My desire is that, as we educate ourselves about Juneteenth, we realize that being “free” or “equal” goes beyond signing an order or taking the day off. We can’t celebrate Juneteenth but not teach the history of it in our classes; we can’t celebrate but not encourage justice and equality for all. My desire is that we celebrate with a new understanding and purpose for the holiday. MongoDB is committed to building a culture of inclusion where employees of different origins, backgrounds, and experiences feel valued and heard. Learn more about Diversity & Inclusion at MongoDB .

June 28, 2022

How Two MongoDB Employees Are Reflecting on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a time to reflect on and celebrate the many communities and cultures that make up this group of individuals. Each community has its own history, struggles, and achievements, and it’s important to recognize that the experiences of individuals who belong to them may differ greatly. This year, two MongoDB employees share their personal stories and how they’re reflecting on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Zaira Pirzada , senior strategy manager for governance, risk, and compliance I live in the hyphen. Indian-Pakistani-American. Pakistani-Indian-American. Oh, I’m also Muslim. There are layers to unpack when I think about my identity and the places that define me. So I live somewhere in the hyphen, trying to figure out what it is to love the India, Pakistan, and the United States that I know. This is reflected in everything I am and I do. My Indian mother and Pakistani father came to this country when they were 5 and 6 years old, so the motherland is a faint memory for them. My mother grew up loving hip-hop, rock, and R&B. She bought me my first cassette tapes. My father introduced me to classic rock. I thank him for showing me the brilliance of Queen and Ozzy. My mother's Bismillah ceremony (she's the one covered in flowers) Today in our family, we hold on to our culture in the ways we can. Our culture sits on our tongue when we speak Urdu mixed with English. I hope we never lose our language. That culture lives in our stomachs in what we crave when we cook and when we eat (even on Thanksgiving). I hope we never lose the taste for our spices. That culture is music to our ears and color to our eyes when we watch South Asian movies (with subtitles). My mother and grandmother could never have been in a position of leadership in a corporate environment. But here I am, exploring a world that is entirely different from the world I came from and that my family has ever known. My parents provided me the opportunity to explore whatever I wanted to be and however I wanted to be it. I do it boldly, and I do it with privilege that I recognize. Me and some of my cousins (all offspring of the people in the previous picture) in American clothing. Me and the same cousins, but in traditional clothing Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month means a lot to many people. To me, it’s a time to reflect on the journey of being American while still being Indian and Pakistani. Especially as the previous generation ages, we must reflect on who we are now while also remembering our roots. We are all living another chapter in the book of humanity’s becoming. This is a part of my chapter. Kailie Yuan , education engineer As I scroll through the web reading stories for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I can’t help but wonder: Why does it seem like everyone had such a fun, supporting, and loving childhood? As sad as it sounds, I never felt that I was enough. In most Chinese families, you are expected to be exceptional and flawless. My family was no different and always tried to make me go the extra mile with all that I do. But how many kids spend Saturdays in school trying to perform better in class, get their free time taken away and replaced with reading and studying, and are constantly told they need to put more effort into school when they don’t know what more they can do? I grew up with the expectation that to be successful, I needed to become a doctor or a lawyer. I was disappointed in myself when I couldn’t deliver on the high standards that my parents held. Because of that, I despised this Chinese stereotype of perfectionism — and still do. I didn’t want to be judged or feel like I wasn’t enough anymore, and this caused me to distance myself from Chinese culture and people outside of my family. That changed when the COVID-19 pandemic happened. Although I don’t support most traditional Chinese views, I realized that I still care tremendously about Chinese people. Several times, I cried out of anger after hearing reports of Asian people being targeted and blamed for the pandemic. I wondered what would happen if those experiencing discrimination were my parents or grandparents? For me, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month now means shining light on what it’s really like for many Asian Americans and the tragedy that has been happening since the COVID-19 pandemic started. So many people don’t acknowledge the horrors some Asians have been dealing with or the fear they have when they leave their homes. By sharing my story, I hope it helps others realize that things have been tough for us. Interested in joining MongoDB? We have hundreds of open roles on our teams across the globe and would love to help you transform your career.

May 25, 2022

From Enterprise Account Executive to Regional Director: How Lucile Tournier Has Accelerated Her Career with MongoDB France

Lucile Tournier joined MongoDB France as an Enterprise Account Executive in 2020. From learning new technology to becoming a new mom and taking on a leadership role, Lucile has had an incredible journey over the past two years. In this article, I talk with Lucile to learn more about her experience on the Enterprise Sales team in France and how she has grown her career to become a Regional Director at MongoDB. Click here to read this blog post in French . Jackie Denner: Hi, Lucile. Thank you for sharing a bit about your career journey. How did you come to join MongoDB, and why were you interested in the company? Lucile Tournier: MongoDB is my first experience working in the software industry. My previous roles were with French services companies, where I had very different experiences in terms of sales cycles, corporate culture (MongoDB being an American company), and even technicality (databases — the only stack I had never discussed). I was certainly in my comfort zone in my previous positions. I said to myself, “If I am looking for a new challenge, why not try the software industry? Is it for me? Is it possible to switch from a services company to a software vendor?” I decided to contact Alexandre Esculier , Regional VP of France for MongoDB (at the time Regional Director) who experienced such a shift. Who better than him to answer my questions? After many discussions with him and other members of the MongoDB team in France, I was convinced and decided to go through the recruitment process. You might wonder why I chose MongoDB in particular. Three years ago, I co-founded a market finance startup within a services company. It was an exciting experience, in a fast lane, and full of challenges and great successes. I liked the “speed boat” aspect (fast and adaptable) within an established company. For my next chapter, I wanted to join a company that was fast-paced and innovative. I really found the best of both worlds at MongoDB: An established company with clear processes and disruptive technology, all while having a startup spirit with hypergrowth and agility. I made the right decision. JD: Tell me a bit about your experience in the Enterprise Account Executive role. LT: Like a roller coaster. Throughout six months of intensive onboarding, I was able to quickly go into the field alongside very valuable teams: My manager, Solutions Architects, Customer Success, and Partner teams (to name a few). I started to improve my skills, sign my first contracts with major accounts who trusted me (just like my management), open up new territories, and expand existing ones. I learned a lot about the technology, the sales process (based on MEDDIC, co-built by John McMahon, who is a member of the MongoDB board), and especially about myself thanks to a feedback culture that is at the very heart of MongoDB. Learning about yourself is not so easy. It requires being able to question yourself every single day, but what a great opportunity to grow. JD: What makes enterprise sales at MongoDB a unique career opportunity? LT: It is unique on several levels: The technology, the processes, the fast pace, the results of the company, and the people! Everything is amazing. What I particularly remember is the benevolence. During my first year at MongoDB, I had the immense joy of becoming the mother of a little boy, Dorian. Starting a new job and becoming pregnant in the process is not quite what I had planned. I am grateful that the leadership team was open-minded, supportive, and more than happy for me. I was able to successfully carry out my two great journeys: Performing at MongoDB and becoming a mom. I don't think it could have gone better anywhere else. JD: You were promoted from Enterprise Account Executive to Regional Director. What learning and development opportunities helped you achieve this, and how did sales leadership support your transition? LT: If I hadn't had the trust and support of my entire line management, this transition would have been very difficult, if not impossible. I already had a team management role at my previous company. However, it was important for me, as for MongoDB, to go back to the field before returning to a team management position. Coming from a completely different world, how would I have been able to properly guide a team without going through the field first? So, I honed my skills, I proved I was 100% committed, I listened as much as possible to the feedback I was given; I tried; I lost; I won. I did things differently, and I started again and again. In summary, I had confidence in my environment, and I was able to give my all while being well guided. I had regular development sessions, training, and, above all, an attentive ear from Alexandre Esculier and Jérôme Delozière, VP for continental Europe, who helped me to be self-aware and ask myself the right questions. After 18 months as an Enterprise Account Executive, I successfully transitioned to a Regional Director role managing five Enterprise Account Executives. JD: What is most exciting about being part of the Enterprise Sales team at MongoDB? LT: Everything! First, MongoDB’s technology is amazing. It is important to emphasize this, because it is impossible for me to work for a company where customers are not happy with our products. I want to be able to believe in what I am selling, and I believe in it. The R&D teams are always looking for the latest developments that allow us to be 5 years ahead of the market. Additionally, selling through the MEDDIC methodology has taught me a lot. I had the art and MongoDB gave me the science. Even after 10 years of sales, I keep learning. Most importantly, the people! Everyone is trying to be the best version of themselves and one of the builders of this great adventure. It's really nice to work with so much emulation. JD: What is our Sales team culture like? LT: To describe it in one word: Transparent. In transparency we can progress. We have to share with each other, help each other, point out our weaknesses, and listen. The same goes with customers. Transparency is the key. JD: What skills and qualities make someone successful on the Enterprise Sales team? LT: I think success comes from hard work. Nothing comes ready-made in this environment and there is no relying on luck. You have to work, learn, question yourself, and move things forward. Luck comes later. JD: Is there anything else that you think someone should know about our Enterprise Sales team in France? LT: I'm hiring, so do not hesitate to reach out to me via LinkedIn ! Interested in joining MongoDB’s Sales team? We have several open roles across the globe and would love for you to transform your career with us!

May 3, 2022

D’Enterprise Account Executive à Regional Director : comment Lucile Tournier a accéléré sa carrière en France

Lucile Tournier a rejoint MongoDB France en tant qu'Entreprise Account Executive en 2020. De l'apprentissage de nouvelles technologies à son nouveau rôle de maman tout en assumant des fonctions de leader, Lucile a eu un parcours incroyable au cours des deux dernières années. Apprenez-en plus sur son expérience au sein de notre équipe commerciale en France et sur la façon dont elle a su développer sa carrière pour devenir Regional Director chez MongoDB. Jackie Denner: Bonjour, Lucile. Merci de partager ton histoire ! Comment as-tu rejoint MongoDB et pourquoi étais-tu intéressée par l'entreprise ? Lucile Tournier: MongoDB est ma première expérience dans le monde de l’édition logiciel. En effet, mes expériences précédentes étaient des ESN françaises.Rien à voir en termes de cycles de vente, de culture d’entreprise (MongoDB étant une société américaine) ou encore de technicité (les bases de données - la seule stack que je n’avais jamais abordée !). Ayant l’impression d’avoir fait le tour de mon précédent poste, je me suis dit “Si je cherche un nouveau challenge, pourquoi pas le monde des éditeurs ? Est-ce fait pour moi ? Est-ce possible de passer d’une ESN à un ISV?” J’ai alors pris contact avec Alexandre Esculier , VP France MongoDB, à l’époque Regional Director, qui lui-même avait réussi un tel virage. Qui de mieux placé pour répondre à mes questions? Au fur et à mesure de mes échanges avec lui, mais aussi avec l’équipe MongoDB France, j’ai été conquise et j’ai décidé de me jeter dans le grand bain ! On pourrait se demander pourquoi MongoDB en particulier ? 3 ans auparavant, j’ai co-fondé une start up en Finance de marché au sein d’une ESN. Une expérience exaltante, à 1000 à l’heure, pleine de challenges, de difficultés et de belles réussites. J’aimais le côté “speed boat” (rapide et adaptable) à l’intérieur d’un grand groupe. Aussi, pour mon prochain challenge, je ne voulais pas rentrer dans une compagnie “paquebot”, où tout est long et fastidieux. J’ai vraiment retrouvé le meilleur des deux mondes chez MongoDB : à la fois grand groupe, avec des process clairs, une technologie disruptive, tout en ayant un esprit start up avec une croissance forte et de l’agilité. Et j’ai bien fait ! JD: Raconte-moi en davantage sur ton rôle d’Enterprise Account Executive. LT: Un vrai rollercoaster ! En parallèle de 6 mois d’onboarding poussés, j’ai pu rapidement aller sur le terrain, accompagnée bien sûr d’équipes à très grande valeur : mon manager, des architectes, les équipes post-sales etc. J’ai commencé à monter en compétences, à signer mes premiers contrats sur de grands comptes qui m’ont fait confiance (tout comme mon management), à ouvrir de nouveaux périmètres, à faire grossir les existants. J’ai énormément appris sur la technologie, sur le processus de vente ( basé sur le MEDDIC, dont John McMahon, co-inventeur de celui-ci, est au board de MongoDB ! ) et surtout sur moi-même grâce à une culture du feedback qui est la base chez MongoDB. Apprendre sur soi n’est pas si facile… Cela demande de savoir et de pouvoir se remettre en question quotidiennement. Mais quelle superbe opportunité pour grandir ! JD: Qu’est ce qui rend une carrière chez MongoDB unique ? LT: Elle est unique à plusieurs niveaux: la technologie, les process, le côté 1000 à l’heure, les résultats de la société …LES PEOPLE. Tout est fou.Ce que je retiens particulièrement c’est la bienveillance. Durant cette première année, j’ai eu l’immense joie de devenir maman, d’un petit garçon - Dorian. Commencer un nouveau job, tomber enceinte dans la foulée, ce n’est pas tout à fait ce que j’avais prévu. J’ai eu la chance d’avoir un management à l’écoute et ravi pour moi. Et j’ai pu réussir à mener de front mes deux belles aventures: réussir chez MongoDB et devenir Maman. Je ne pense pas que cela aurait pu aussi bien se passer ailleurs. JD: Tu as été promue d’Enterprise Account Executive à Regional Director. Comment as-tu réussi à atteindre cet objectif, et comment tes managers t'ont-ils soutenu dans cette démarche ? LT: Si je n’avais pas eu la confiance de toute ma ligne managériale, ce passage aurait été difficile, voire impossible. J’avais déjà un rôle de Manager dans mon “ancienne vie”. Cependant, il était important pour moi, comme pour MongoDB, de repasser par le terrain avant de revenir sur un poste de manager. Comment bien orienter ses équipes sans être passé par le terrain, en venant d’un monde complètement différent ? J’ai donc fait mes armes, j’ai prouvé, je me suis donnée à 100%, j’ai essayé d’être au maximum à l’écoute des feedbacks qu’on me donnait, j’ai testé, j’ai perdu, j’ai gagné, j’ai revu, j’ai recommencé et encore recommencé... Bref, j’avais confiance en mon environnement, et j’ai pu tout donner, tout en étant bien encadrée. J’avais des sessions régulières de développement, des formations, et surtout une oreille attentive de la part d’Alexandre et de Jérôme Delozière, VP Europe Continentale, qui m’aidaient à me poser les bonnes questions. JD: Qu’est ce qui est le plus passionnant au sein de MongoDB ? LT: Tout ! Déjà, la technologie est folle. C’est important de le souligner, car impossible pour moi d’aller dans une société où les clients ne sont pas satisfaits du produits une fois mis en place. Je veux pouvoir croire en ce que je vends. Et j’y crois ! Les équipes R&D sont toujours à la recherche des dernières évolutions qui nous permettent de garder nos 5 ans d’avance sur le marché ! Le fait de vendre à travers la méthodologie MEDDIC m’a énormément appris. J’avais l’art et MongoDB m’a apporté la science. Même après une dizaine d'années de vente, j’ai continué d’apprendre ! Et le plus important: les People ! Tout le monde cherche à se dépasser, à être un des constructeurs de cette belle aventure - et c’est vraiment agréable de travailler avec autant d’émulation. JD: Comment tu définirais la culture de vente chez MongoDB ? LT: Transparence ! En transparence on peut progresser, il faut se dire les choses, s’entraider, annoncer ses faiblesses, être à l’écoute. Comme avec les clients ! La transparence est la clef. On peut tout dire, avec les formes et au bon moment. JD: Quelles seraient - selon toi - les qualités pour réussir en tant que commercial au sein de MongoDB ? LT: Le travail. Rien n’arrive tout cuit. Il n’y a pas de périmètre facile, il n’y a pas de “chance” dans ce milieu. Il faut travailler, apprendre, se remettre en question, faire avancer les sujets. La chance arrive après. JD: Autre chose que nos candidats doivent savoir ? LT: Je recrute, alors n’hésitez pas à m'écrire sur LinkedIn ! Si vous souhaitez rejoindre l’équipe MongoDB, nous avons plusieurs rôles disponibles partout dans le monde et nous serions ravis que vous transformiez votre carrière avec nous !

May 3, 2022