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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
Culture

4 Reasons Why Your Tech Company Should Launch a Podcast

Podcasts, originally known as audioblogs, are a relatively new content format. The first podcast didn’t launch until some time around 2004, so it makes sense that many organizations have not, historically, considered podcasting to be a top priority. Now there are podcasts centered around almost any topic. From true crime to comedy, financial and pop culture, podcasts are quickly becoming one of the most popular mediums for learning and entertainment consumption, with 177 million listeners in 2022 . As the producer of the MongoDB podcast , I spend a majority of my time thinking about what folks in the database world want to know more about. I have had the privilege of meeting some incredible people in the tech community and have witnessed the impact a podcast can have. There are many reasons why your tech company should consider developing a podcast; let’s look at my top four. Your podcast audience already exist As a tech organization, you likely already know who you want to reach. Your audience is waiting for you to deliver more content, more learning and storytelling experiences. If you are aiming to reach developers or technical leaders and thinkers, podcasting is an ideal way to achieve this goal. LinkedIn research shows that tech professionals engage with content that helps their skill development, that is relevant to their industry, and they enjoy hearing from influencers. Podcasts meet all three of these preferences. Tech podcasts revolve around tech-based stories or news, are relevant to others in the field, and many podcast episodes include a guest speaker to inform and influence listeners. Another key driver of podcast success is its more relaxed and natural tone. Podcasts are conversational, and 8 out of 10 tech professionals say they interact more with quality information that is not “overloaded with jargon”. Podcasts help you reach your communities and increase reach easily and effectively. Your audience is out there waiting for your expert thoughts to hit their airwaves. Podcasts are flexible One perk of a podcast is in its convenience and its flexibility. Podcasts meet people where they are–literally, anywhere they are. Listeners have a lot of flexibility with podcasting. They can listen as they work, exercise, or commute. They can start, stop, pause, and continue at the touch of a button. Podcasts give you the ability to transform existing, well-performing content into a new format. People learn differently, and 30% of people are more auditory learners. Repurposing written content into a podcast format gives you the ability to reach new members of your audience and allows for expansion on the topic that may not already exist in the written format. Your organization is ripe with experts, partners, customers, stories, and content in other formats. Add sound to those ideas with a podcast. Conversely, recording a podcast on video provides both an audio-only and a video asset. Further, transcripts from the episode can be reworked into a blog or infographic on the same topic. And using the podcast recording as a subject-matter expert interview allows you to write additional content around the same topics of conversation within the episode. Moreover, listening to podcasts doesn’t feel like a chore or work. Podcasts blur the line between learning (in this case, about technology and your product or service) and entertainment, making listeners less resistant to your message. Podcasts let your community connect with industry leaders Ideally, you want your organization and its technical experts to be vocal, to be constantly sharing their opinions, thoughts, and discoveries. Podcasts are a great way to amplify your subject-matter expert voices and position your organization as a go-to place for learning and guidance. But it’s not just your own in-house experts that you can showcase; podcasts are also a platform to connect with other industry leaders and bring more diverse perspectives to the show. Podcasts can also help leaders who are more comfortable as speakers than writers; they can take part in the development of content easily and with little preparation. Your organization likely has a treasure trove of compelling stories and ideas, all living within the minds of your leaders. Hearing leaders and industry thinkers on your organization’s podcast helps to maximize a culture of excellence, inspiring others also to take part or suggest new topics or guests. Podcasting helps grow your community Podcast audiences are some of the most engaged audiences today. Research has found that 80% of listeners finish the entire episode each time and listen to an average of 7 shows per week . Podcasts have also been found to create more loyalty, making them 20% more likely to follow your organization on social media. This level of engagement leads to a community built around common interests and ideas, even to the point of mobilizing audiences. For example, Manoush Zomorodi , host of WNYC podcast Note to Self , encouraged her listeners to join a challenge to detach themselves from technology and focus on creative projects. More than 20,000 listeners engaged in the challenge . When people with common ground come together, they are more likely to engage, react, and even donate to keep that community alive. Marc Maron , host of the WTF podcast , says that 10% of his audience pays up to $8.99 monthly to support the podcast. Over the years, I’ve found that community engagement comes from responsiveness and interaction across several channels. I regularly engage with listeners to encourage feedback and respond to comments on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, in our community forums, and even at live events.This sense of community deepens the appreciation I have—and that I hope my listeners have—in our jobs and the technology industry overall. Want to be a guest on The MongoDB Podcast? I will be live at AWS re:Invent 2022 in Las Vegas. Reach out to me if you have a great story idea and would like to take part in an in-person recording. Swing by the MongoDB booth, or, be sure to see me delivering the keynote demonstration on day one of the event! If you haven’t tuned into The MongoDB Podcast yet, you can subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Spotify , or wherever you find your podcasts.

September 28, 2022
Culture

Women’s Advocacy Summit Recap: The Value of Inclusive Cultures

It’s July 26, 2022, and Sandhya Parameshwara, Managing Director, Accenture, opens the Women’s Advocacy Summit with a stark wake-up call: There are clear disconnects between business leaders’ perceptions of the importance of workplace culture and inclusivity and those of their employees and the wider public, especially millennials. Many leaders see culture as difficult to measure and link to business performance. Consequently, other issues often take a higher priority. Parameshwara, however, points to research that suggests that businesses with a strong focus on culture and equality also have staff, particularly women, who are more likely to reach senior positions and benefit from growth through innovation. Ahead of this curve are the people Parameshwara describes as “culture makers”—those who recognize the importance of an inclusive culture and reward those who strive to achieve it. “Culture makers are the people who say, who do, and then who drive,” she explains. “They are self-aware. They are relevant in the marketplace. They recognize and see the importance of the culture. They promote and advocate progress.” This notion set the tone for the rest of the Women’s Advocacy Summit, an event hosted in collaboration with the MongoDB Women’s Group, AT&T’s Women’s Group, and Women in Samsung Electronics. Two hundred women tech leaders and their allies came together to discuss the inequality that women continue to face in the workplace, how companies will forge ahead to accelerate their organizations’ equality, and how they’ll work to retain and cultivate their female talent. The power of courage Anne Chow, who recently retired as CEO at AT&T Business, is a clear example of a culture maker. Chatting with MongoDB CEO Dev Ittycheria, Chow discusses the value of positive change and shifting corporate dynamics. “There's no question that the future and our present require leaders to become truly inclusive,” she says. “It’s an evolving art and an evolving science.” Chow also believes there has been an evolution in corporate structures. “The power is flipped. It’s now in the hands of employees,” she explains. “One of the key things about being an inclusive leader is we need to meet people and align with where they want to be and where they want to go.” For Chow, positive change is “so desperately needed, across our businesses, across society, across the community,” and driving inclusivity requires a particular set of skills and attitudes. “Courage, especially moral courage, is one of the most foundational characteristics of great leadership,” Chow says. “You also need the realization that mistakes are simply part of the journey.” Ittycheria recalls an adage he gives his children: “Success is not the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them.” He adds, “Hope is not a strategy; you have to take a proactive approach. You have to find a way to navigate the difficult issues.” One of the difficult issues that women—especially if they’re parents—often struggle with is work-life balance, although this is a concept that Chow challenges. “One of my famous sayings is, ‘Balance is bogus.’ Why? You have one life that has personal characteristics and professional characteristics, and you are leading that one life.” Chow prefers to view life as an “optimization equation” in which you can have it all, just not necessarily at the same time. She also says that leaders must recognize that attitudes will vary. “What are you trying to optimize to? There is no answer that Dev or I or anybody could give you that's going to inform you what the right choice is for you.” Pay it forward A panel discussion brings a wider perspective as Asya Kamsky, a principal engineer at MongoDB, invites four women leaders to share their views. Key themes include the importance of support networks, juggling the responsibilities of work and parenting, and the obligation to mentor women as they build their careers. Having grown up in India and Africa, Anjali Nair, Microsoft’s VP of Azure Operators, is familiar with cultural biases in technology. And while things have changed in the past few decades, she still believes there is a long way to go before the balance of representation is fully redressed. “It's really about women uplifting and sponsoring each other,” she says. “I want to make sure I'm doing my part. I've been involved in grassroot initiatives where we get women involved in STEM at high schools and colleges. This is going to be a continuous process.” Success strategies for women have also evolved from simply being “more like the men,” says Leigh Nager, Vice President of mobile and networks commercial law at Samsung. “We're starting to understand that women bring characteristics to the table that are good for business,” she adds. “But how did we get that recognition? We had to get representation in the first place.” Many of these themes resonate with AT&T’s Vice President of eCommerce, Maryanne Cheung, who says that while being a woman in a largely male-led industry was once a “badge of honor” for her, the value of having a peer support group became critical, especially when she had concerns about starting a family. “I had a network I could reach out to and get advice from,” she recalls. “It’s important to recognize where we can show women more of our authentic selves at all stages of our lives. It's something I'm really passionate about.” Tara Hernandez, engineering VP at MongoDB, acknowledges support she has received, and that she in turn has her own duty and obligation to “pay that forward.” She also echoes Nager’s view that there is a strong commercial argument for fostering an inclusive culture. “It's not just about growing women in tech,” she concludes. “It's about recognizing that all of us bring something valuable that will lead to innovation, growth, and business success that are all ultimately in our best interests.” There’s still time to register for the next MongoDB Women’s Group event. Register to attend “Forging your Path as a Woman in Tech” on October 13 12:30pm - 1:30pm, 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT. Interested in pursuing a career at MongoDB? We have several open roles on our teams across the globe, and we’d love for you to build your career with us.

September 26, 2022
Culture

Lovisa Berggren Is Much More Than "Just an Intern"

Lovisa Berggren is a student at Umea University in Sweden and a software engineering intern based in MongoDB’s Dublin office who is thoroughly enjoying the hands-on experience her internship on the Cloud API Experience Team has to offer. Read on for more about the projects Lovisa is working on, the culture at MongoDB, and why she’s truly happy about her decision to intern at MongoDB. Sammy Attia: Thanks for taking the time to chat with me today! I know you’re a software engineering intern on the Cloud API Experience team. Could you tell me more about the team? Lovisa Berggren: My team is responsible for the MongoDB Atlas Administration API with projects like API Authentication, API rate limiting, and API versioning. We are involved in the release and platform support for Ops Manager, which is specifically the focus of my work this summer. What projects have you been working on? This summer I am working on a release tool. Currently this tool has its own repository and uses a Makefile for building, testing, and execution. My task is to move the code to a monorepo, restructure it, and change the build tool from Make to Bazel, which is used in the monorepo. That sounds awesome! Which part are you finding the most interesting? The most interesting part has been all the things you don't necessarily learn at university. Usually when you do assignments for a course, you create your program, see that it runs as expected, and then you forget about it. Here at MongoDB, I have learned about working with legacy code, maintaining code, releasing, and testing. Seeing how these things work in a big company is really interesting and new to me, and so important. I’m glad to hear you are gaining real world experience. I would love to hear why you decided to join MongoDB in the first place. Can you share more about your decision-making process? I had heard about MongoDB and I had also used it myself in coding projects, so I thought it would be really cool to work here. Also, after applying I had a great interview process. I was able to meet with many different people at the company, and all of them were really kind. During the interview process, I also learned more about the culture at MongoDB, which made it clear that I wanted to intern here. And has the culture lived up to your expectations? The culture is amazing. Everybody here is very kind, welcoming, and helpful. I don't feel as though I'm “just an intern.” I am truly a part of the team and the company. I have had the chance to get to know a lot of people, both in my team but also from other teams, which is great. Hear from two-time intern Erin McNulty about how MongoDB’s engineering culture has enabled her to grow . It’s probably hard to narrow it down, but what would you say has been your favorite part of the internship experience? The best part is the people and the culture, and how they make me feel on a day-to-day basis. I am always excited to go to work, and I feel appreciated here, which is something I think is very important. Having a great intern experience is not only about having a fun and interesting project to work on, but also working in a great environment with people who support you and share your values. I love that! Thank you for being here this summer, and for your contributions to MongoDB. It's been amazing to be able to participate in a great intern program. As a Swede from a relatively small town, it's also cool to get the opportunity to experience Dublin during the summer. Interested in opportunities for college students at MongoDB? Find out more .

August 30, 2022
Culture

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
Culture

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
Culture

Breaking the Bias: How Can We Get More Women Into Top-Level Tech?

As a company committed to building a culture of belonging, MongoDB strives to attract and retain a diverse workforce. To support this goal, we created MDBWomen, a community where MongoDB employees identifying as women can seek support, share experiences, and build connections. MDBWomen is a safe space to discuss important topics, including how companies and women at those companies can create opportunities for women to thrive in the technology industry. Although representation is rising, currently only 26.7% of technologists are women . And women are leaving the sector at a 45% higher rate than men. How can we break the bias and encourage more women to join — and stay in — the technology industry? We posed these questions to women leaders who joined us March 2022 for MDBWomen’s panel event in celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD). Though IWD has passed, striving for equity in the workplace is a topic MDBWomen keeps top of mind year round, so we wanted to reflect on conversations like the one we hosted with: Shadi Rostami – Senior/Executive VP of Engineering, Amplitude Hillary McTigue – VP of Engineering, Ticketmaster Jean Xu – Director of Engineering, Data Security/DLP, Palo Alto Networks Jeanette Gamble – Global Head of Data & Analytics Infrastructure Technology & Web Services, Morgan Stanley Harsha Jalihal – Chief People Officer, MongoDB Ksenia Samokhvalova – Senior Product Designer, MongoDB Ksenia Samokhvalova: Have you experienced gender-specific challenges or stereotypes during your career? If so, how have you overcome them? Hillary McTigue: Early on in my career especially, there were moments where people assumed I wasn’t the technical person in the room. One thing that I have learned over the years is to own the fact you’re an engineer. You have something to contribute to the conversation — don’t be afraid to speak up and use your voice. Jeanette Gamble: There have definitely been times in my career when I’ve been through uncomfortable things. It’s a powerful message for a young woman to feel supported and championed, and that’s not the case in all companies. I was extremely lucky when I joined Morgan Stanley in 2000 because the Head of Technology for Europe was a woman, and she did a lot of mentoring sessions. Mentorship is the greatest tool we have, and it’s hugely undervalued. Things I learned from her I still use today and try to pass on. Shadi Rostami: When your leaders around you don’t look like you, it’s tough. I think all of us have experienced imposter syndrome at some point. But the most important thing is to believe in yourself. I was talking to somebody yesterday and she was telling me that she was having a hard time hiring directors because people don’t want to report to a female leader. And I told her, “No, stop there. You’re more than capable.” Jean Xu: A couple of years ago, a friend’s company wanted her to move up to a management role, and she was really concerned about the impact it would have on her family. But I assured her it shouldn’t be a concern. We definitely need women to share similar challenges they’re facing — support is very important to career advancement. How can we improve the representation of women in technology? Jeanette Gamble: Retention. We focus so much on getting women into technology; now we have to pivot and focus on how we can keep them in technical roles especially past the age of 35. Harsha Jalihal: I think men have a huge role to play in breaking biases and stereotypes for women. Women start dropping out of the workforce at a certain point in their career journey with the pressure of having children, being the primary caregiver at home, and potentially not having an equal partner in their life to share that responsibility with. If I reflect on my own life, I wouldn't be where I am today without the role that the men in my life have played in getting me and keeping me at this level. Additionally, you can’t be what you can’t see. One of the biggest barriers to improving representation of women and the workforce in general is there are not enough role models or inspiration points for younger women and girls to look up to, be inspired by, and learn from. Hillary McTigue: Having a manager who is an advocate is essential. It’s very important to understand your team and what they want in their careers. Don’t assume that everyone wants the same thing. Shadi Rostami: We all talk about diversity, but the more important thing is inclusivity. If you create an inclusive environment where women can speak up, it enables another perspective in the room. All of us bring such different, vast experiences to the workplace. If we let everybody find their voice, the brain of the group becomes much bigger than the sum of the different people. That’s what makes a company successful. How can companies break the bias surrounding women in technology and enhance gender equality in the workplace? Jeanette Gamble: Benefits! I have the luxury of working for a big, global company that puts immense focus into supporting women. But these changes were only made from people pulling together and being really loud about what we need to retain women in the workforce. Jean Xu: A few years back, I felt that as long as I treated everyone fairly, bias wouldn't exist. But that mindset totally changed after I joined Palo Alto Networks. Our company focuses on diversity and inclusion. We have recruitment policies for the way we form interview panels, and inclusion/diversity is measured in our performance review as well as in the core company values. It’s really helped to change the way I look at issues attached to diversity and inclusion, and also prevent unintentional bias from happening. How important is it to break the bias early in life — and how can we get better at supporting gender equality from a young age? Harsha Jalihal: I grew up in India, where society was and in some ways is very patriarchal. If it hadn’t been for my father’s approach to raising me — not as a boy or girl, but as a human being — I don’t know that I would have developed the self-confidence I have today. Every opportunity I had to do something that was against the norm, my father was always there, unconditionally supporting me. Now I have a son and daughter, and both see that I am in a relationship of equals. Dad can make French toast and braid hair; Mom can be out traveling for work. When men lean in at home, it makes it easier for women to lean in at work. Jeanette Gamble: Parents tend to buy gender specific toys, games, and clothes. Introducing your daughter to Scratch or Osmo instead of Princesses and My Little Pony makes a huge difference. I'm passionate about programs like Girls Who Code . In 10 years, they've introduced technology to nearly half a million girls in North America, which is phenomenal. They have completely revolutionized how companies, parents, and schools think about technology by getting in at the grass roots. Promoting female potential through high-profile events like International Women’s Day also helps to break biases. What does IWD mean to you? Jeanette Gamble: To me, International Women's Day is feeling part of a community coming together to help others rise up. There's a saying that I think about a lot: “Be your best, not the best.” When you say you want to be the best at something, someone has to lose for you to succeed. International Women's Day is really about changing that and being more inclusive to make everybody feel like they belong. Hillary McTigue: For me, it’s about empowering yourself. Don't wait for someone to tap you on the shoulder. You have the opportunity to really take control. Shadi Rostami: The sky’s the limit. I grew up in Iran in a very patriarchal society. It was a rebellion against the system to prove that girls can achieve as much as boys. We are very, very capable and can achieve anything we want. Jean Xu: I'm a mother of two daughters, so International Women's Day is a constant reminder that women have been through a lot, and we have achieved a lot. There are still gender disparities in our society and in the workplace. But I think together we can make a much better world for future generations. Harsha Jalihal: For me, International Women’s Day is about breaking the biases and stereotypes that hold women back from realizing their potential. On a personal note, I think it’s also a day to celebrate the woman in me and the women in all our lives, because it's a pretty cool thing to be a woman. We should take a moment to feel proud about how far we've come. MongoDB values diversity and inclusion . Learn more about life at MongoDB or browse our open roles across the globe.

August 29, 2022
Culture

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
Culture

How Trust and Collaboration Are Helping Intern Erin McNulty Take On New Challenges

Erin McNulty, a rising senior at Columbia University, is working as a software engineering intern in MongoDB’s New York City office. After interning at MongoDB during the summer of 2021, Erin returned this year to take on a new challenge on a new team — and a new programming language. Read on for more about Erin’s experience and how MongoDB’s engineering culture has enabled her to grow. Sammy Attia: Welcome back, Erin! I know this is your second summer internship at MongoDB. Can you share a bit about why you decided to join MongoDB in the first place and why you decided to come back? MongoDB intern Erin McNulty Erin McNulty: The first time I chose MongoDB, it was because throughout my interview process, I could tell that MongoDB really valued interns’ growth, so I felt like spending my summer here would be a really good investment. I knew that at MongoDB, I would have a meaningful project that truly helped me grow and would make an impact at the company. I also really enjoy the culture of the New York City technology scene, so I was really excited to receive an offer from a company that was created and headquartered in NYC. When I was deciding to come back to MongoDB the second time, I really prioritized working at a place that would let me explore different types of software engineering because I wanted to make the switch from web programming to systems programming. I knew that MongoDB’s supportive, learning-oriented environment would allow me to take that risk of trying something new. In addition, I have become really interested in database technology and took a few classes during my junior year, so I wanted to put that knowledge to use on the server team. It’s great to hear that you are able to explore different types of programming as a MongoDB intern. What does the service architecture team do? My team is responsible for building the “glue” that holds different components of the MongoDB server together. We build internal APIs that simplify intra- and inter-process communication within MongoDB deployments. In practice, this looks like building a lot of libraries that make networking, asynchronous programming, and remote command execution simple for replication, sharding, and other server teams to use. I have really enjoyed working on this team, because our job is basically to write clean, reusable code that makes other developers’ lives easier. I find it really satisfying to refactor messy, one-off pieces of code to use our libraries instead. Considering that you’re a two-time intern, what is your favorite part about MongoDB’s internship program? Interns are given a lot of trust at MongoDB, which allows us to not only learn technical skills, but also develop our working styles and take risks during the internship. As the summer has progressed, I have been given more and more trust in terms of designing my own solutions to issues without obvious solutions. Even if I make a decision that might not be the best way to solve the problem, I am given the space to discover and correct that on my own. Because of this, I feel like the MongoDB internship program has helped me grow as an engineer who is responsible for design and execution, not just as somebody who writes code that I am told to write. In addition, the internship has allowed me to explore different aspects of MongoDB through reading documentation from other teams. I’ve also had the opportunity to have coffee chats with other engineers and look through the codebase overall. This makes me feel like I am really valued as a growing engineer, rather than just somebody who is around to do some extra work for the summer. It sounds as though you’re really enjoying our strong engineering culture and are taking advantage of the resources we provide to interns at MongoDB. Could you speak a little more about the overall culture? The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about MongoDB’s culture is collaboration. Curiosity and intellectual humility are cornerstones of our engineering culture, and that leads to really productive engineering. When discussing technical decisions within my team, it is very common to hear, “I thought X, but after listening to you walk through your thinking, I am leaning toward Y.” The culture makes it feel like everyone can contribute, and that every idea is worth hearing because it will be given a fair shot. I also really like the intellectual curiosity of MongoDB engineers. It seems that everyone has a little side interest in another team’s work, and you frequently hear engineers ask each other questions about the inner workings of their projects. It seems that you've really embraced one of our most important company values, "build together." Do you have any advice for students who might be considering interning at MongoDB? I would encourage students considering a MongoDB internship to try new things when choosing their teams for the summer. The first summer I was here, I wanted to stick with what I knew by working on a team that used React and Java. This summer, I had to learn an entirely new language, C++, in order to work on my team, and I think that I have grown so much through this experience of trying something new in my internship. Interested in opportunities for college students at MongoDB? Find out more .

August 17, 2022
Culture

Hear From the MongoDB World 2022 Diversity Scholars

The MongoDB Diversity Scholarship program is an initiative to elevate and support members of underrepresented groups in technology across the globe. Scholars receive complimentary access to the MongoDB World developer conference in New York, on-demand access to MongoDB University to prepare for free MongoDB certification, and mentorship via an exclusive discussion group. This year at MongoDB World, our newest cohort of scholars got the opportunity to interact with company leadership at a luncheon and also got a chance to share their experience in a public panel discussion at the Community Café. Hear from some of the 2022 scholars, in their own words. Rebecca Hayes, System Analyst at Alliance for Safety and Justice I did an internal transition from managing Grants/Contracts to IT and just finished a data science certificate (Python, Unix/Linux, SQL) through my community college. My inspiration for pursuing STEM was wanting to understand how reality is represented in systems and how data science can be used to change the world. What was your most impactful experience as part of the Diversity Scholarship? Most impactful were the conversations I had with other attendees at the conference. I talked to people from all sectors who were extremely knowledgeable and passionate about shaping the future of databases. The opportunity to hear from MongoDB leaders and then understand how the vision behind the product was being implemented made me feel inspired for my future in STEM. How has the MongoDB World conference inspired you in your learning or your career path? MongoDB World inspired me to understand the real world applications of databases. I left knowing what's possible with a product like MongoDB and the limits of SQL and traditional databases. After the conference, I wrote this article on Medium reflecting on what I learned at the conference. What is your advice to colleagues pursuing STEM and/or on a similar path as you? Embrace what makes you unique. Just because things take time doesn't mean they won't happen. When learning programming and data science, think about how your work relates to the real world and share those thoughts with others. Seek out new perspectives, stay true to yourself, and keep an open mind. Delphine Nyaboke, Junior Software Engineer at Sendy I am passionate about energy in general. My final year project was on solar mini-grid design and interconnection. I have a mission of being at the intersection of energy and AI What inspired me to get into tech is the ability to solve societal problems without necessarily waiting for someone else to do it for you. This can be either in energy or by code. What was your most impactful experience as part of the Diversity Scholarship? My most impactful experience, apart from attending and listening in on the keynotes, was to attend the breakout sessions. They had lovely topics full of learnings and inspiration, including Engineering Culture at MongoDB; Be a Community Leader; Principles of Data Modeling for MongoDB; and Be Nice, But Not Too Nice just to mention but a few. How has the MongoDB World conference inspired you in your learning or your career path? MongoDB World has inspired me to keep on upskilling and being competitive in handling databases, which is a key skill in a backend engineer like myself. I will continue taking advantage of the MongoDB University courses and on-demand courses available thanks to the scholarship. What is your advice to colleagues pursuing STEM and/or on a similar path as you? STEM is a challenging yet fun field. If you’re tenacious enough, the rewards will trickle in soon enough. Get a community to be around, discuss what you’re going through together, be a mentor, get a mentor, and keep pushing forward. We need like-minded individuals in our society even in this fourth industrial revolution, and we are not leaving anyone behind. Video: Watch the panel in its entirety Raja Adil, Student at Cal Poly SLO Currently, I am a software engineer intern at Salesforce. I started self-teaching myself software development when I was a junior in high school during the COVID-19 pandemic, and from there I started doing projects and gaining as much technical experience as I could through internships. Before the pandemic I took my first computer science class, which was taught in C#. At first, I hated it as it looked complex. Slowly, I started to enjoy it more and more, and during the pandemic I started learning Python on my own. I feel blessed to have found my path early in my career. What was your most impactful experience as part of the Diversity Scholarship? My most impactful experience was the network and friends I made throughout the four days I was in New York for MongoDB World. I also learned a lot about the power of MongoDB, as opposed to relational databases, which I often use in my projects. How has the MongoDB World conference inspired you in your learning or your career path? The MongoDB World conference was amazing and has inspired me a ton in my learning path. I definitely want to learn even more about MongoDB as a database, and in terms of a career path, I would love to intern at MongoDB as a software engineer down the line. What is your advice to colleagues pursuing STEM and/or on a similar path as you? My advice would be to network as much as you can and simply make cool projects that others can use. Evans Asuboah, Stetson University I am an international student from Ghana. I was born and raised by my dad, who is a cocoa farmer, and my mum, who is a teacher. I got into tech miraculously, because my country's educational system matches majors to students according to their final high school grades. Initially, I wanted to do medicine, but I was offered computer science. I realized that computer science could actually be the tool to help my community and also use the knowledge to help my dad on the farm. What was your most impactful experience as part of the Diversity Scholarship? The breakout room sessions. As scholars, we had the chance to talk to MongoDB employees, and the knowledge and experiences changed my thoughts and increased my desire to persevere. I have learned never to stop learning and not to give up. How has the MongoDB World conference inspired you in your learning or your career path? Meeting these amazing people, connecting with the scholars, being at the workshops, and talking to the startups at the booths has made me realize the sky is the limit. I dare to dream and believe until I see the results. What is your advice to colleagues pursuing STEM and/or on a similar path as you? 1. Explore MongoDB; 2. You are the only one between you and your dream; 3. Take the initiative and meet people; 4. Never stop learning. Daniel Erbynn, Drexel University I love traveling and exploring new places. I am originally from Ghana, and I got the opportunity to participate in a summer program after high school called Project ISWEST, which introduced me to coding and computer science through building a pong game and building an Arduino circuit to program traffic lights. This made me excited about programming and the possibilities of solving problems in the tech space. What was your most impactful experience as part of the Diversity Scholarship? My most impactful experience was meeting with other students and professionals in the industry, learning from them, making lifelong connections, and getting the opportunity to learn about MongoDB through the MongoDB University courses. How has the MongoDB World conference inspired you in your learning or your career path? This conference has inspired me to learn more about MongoDB and seek more knowledge about cloud technology. What is your advice to colleagues pursuing STEM and/or on a similar path as you? Don’t be afraid to reach out to people you want to learn from, and create projects you are passionate about. Build your skills with MongoDB University's free courses and certifications . Join our developer community to stay up-to-date with the latest information and announcements.

August 12, 2022
Culture

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
Culture

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
Culture

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