A Founder’s Reflections on 10 Years of MongoDB

Eliot Horowitz


Today is the 10 year gitaversary of mongodb, and it is also the day that we become a publicly traded company. A coincidence, but fun regardless.

When Dwight and I started working on the project that would become MongoDB ten years ago, we definitely did not imagine that we would be where we are today. We only had our belief that we could make developers more productive. MongoDB was born out of our frustration using tabular databases in large, complex production deployments. We set out to build a database that we would want to use, so that whenever developers wanted to build an application, they could focus on the application, not on working around the database.

Databases are large and complex pieces of software. We would never have gotten to where we are today without an absolutely tremendous team, incredible customers, and a community that both supports us and holds us accountable to be as good as we can be.

While thanking each and every person who helped us would be impossible, what I can do is promise to continue making MongoDB the best it can be, so that you can focus on building great applications, and leave the data management nonsense to us.

About the Author

Eliot Horowitz is the CTO and Co-Founder of MongoDB. He wrote the core code base for MongoDB starting in 2007, and subsequently built the engineering and product teams. Today, Eliot oversees those teams, and continues to drive technology innovations at MongoDB. Prior to MongoDB, Eliot co-founded and built ShopWiki, a groundbreaking online retail search engine. He built its technology, it’s team, and presided over its private sale in 2010. Before that, Eliot was a software developer in the R&D group at DoubleClick.

Eliot is on the board of the NY Tech Talent Pipeline. In 2006, he was selected as one of BusinessWeek’s Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under Age 25, and in 2015 was named to the Business Insider “Under 35 and Crushing it” list. He was also recently named to Crain’s NY Business 40 Under 40 Class of 2017 list. Eliot received a B.S. in Computer Science from Brown University.