This week Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that all New York City public schools will require computer science education. Over the next 10 years, New York schools will incorporate basic programming like Scratch into classroom study to better prepare students for careers in New York City’s fast-growing high-tech industry.
Given the growing gap between open technology positions and students graduating with degrees in computer science, we couldn’t be more supportive of this important initiative at MongoDB. Providing computer science education is critical to driving innovation in future generations and closing this growing gap.
As a member of the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline Advisory Board, MongoDB CTO and Co-Founder Eliot Horowitz advises the city on ways to drive innovation for the future. Eliot shared his enthusiasm for today’s announcement on his personal blog:
I fully expect this program to lead to huge, positive changes in the lives of the children of NYC, and to bring to the companies that need software engineers a large, vital, diverse pool of them.
Employee Spotlight: AJ Subat
AJ has been at MongoDB for nearly 3 years. We had the opportunity to learn more about why he joined MongoDB, his experience here, how AJ spends his weekends, and more. What is your role at MongoDB? I’m in Sales which becomes pretty obvious once you see my LinkedIn photo. I’m a Corporate Account Executive and I work with growing companies to make them successful with MongoDB. How long have you been at the company? Started as an intern now we here (two and a half years later). What’s your Instagram? FOLLOW FOR FOLLOW Why did you join MongoDB? I learned about MongoDB by attending a bunch of Meetups in Los Angeles. I was a broke musician at the time, so I went for the free pizza and beer. After listening to Paul Pederson give one of his signature talks about how easy it is to build apps on MongoDB, and after meeting other employees, I realized this was a company I wanted to be a part of. I applied for an internship on the Sales Operations team in the Palo Alto office and started a month later. After my internship I was brought on as a full-time salesperson, and shortly thereafter I moved to the NYC office in Times Square!! What do you like to do with your coworkers outside of the office? Lately I’ve been playing tennis and going kickboxing with a few coworkers. I also have a close knit group of friends who I go to dinner parties and comedy clubs with. All we can talk about is how we’re saving the world, one Mongod at a time. What’s one of the most rewarding experiences you’ve had working here so far? The most rewarding part about working at MongoDB is the friendships I’ve made across all departments in the company. I work with a lot of very smart, honest, funny, and weird people. In my first year at MongoDB, I helped close a really important deal that was very beneficial to the customer. Being able to provide that kind of value to my company and to the customer made me feel like a real asset to the company. Tell us about the most interesting customer that you are working with. All of my customers are working on very compelling projects with MongoDB but one company that resonates with me is Apervita. They created a marketplace for medical knowledge transfer across health institutions, with the goal of making a positive contribution to the world by improving health for everyone. What does your perfect weekend look like? My perfect weekend involves a little nature, a good book, good friends, good food, good music, and a little spontaneity. I enjoy cooking, so having people over for dinner and drinks is always nice. But really, any weekend when I get to play my melodica is a good weekend. Name one secret skill you have, unrelated to work. I compose and produce music for film and TV. My work has been in Bones, Gotham, and The Witches of East End. I released an album, About You , in 2013. It took a lot of work and was mostly a solo project. I’m definitely really proud of the final product. What is the best vacation you’ve been on? Going to Afghanistan, though not a typical “vacation”, was a life changing experience. I’m a first generation Afghan-American and have always wanted to visit my parents’ birthplace. The trip was beautiful, sad, nostalgic, humbling, and more It helped me realize that although we have many problems of our own here in the United States, we still have it far better than most of the world. I always knew that but when I visited Afghanistan, it really hit me that we as Americans can pursue our different opportunities and have the opportunity to accomplish almost anything we want. Where did you go to school? I went to UCLA and studied History (Pre-Law) Hometown? I’m from Yorba Linda, California. Also known as, “The Land of Gracious Living”. Fun fact - Richard Nixon was also born there. Snapchat or Instagram? Both. Snapchat for the trivial stuff and Instagram for what my future kids might see. Go-To Seamless lunch order? Sophie’s Salmon lunch with Moro rice and extra green sauce. Favorite concert/Artist? Radiohead and José González Interested in a career at MongoDB? Check out our careers page. MongoDB Careers
Sales Development Series: Meet the North America Account Development Team
Sales Development is a crucial part of the Sales organization at MongoDB. Our Sales Development function is broken down into Sales Development Representatives (SDRs), who qualify and validate inbound opportunities from both existing and prospective customers, and Account Development Representatives (ADRs), who support outbound opportunities by planning and executing pipeline generation strategies. Both of these roles offer an excellent path to kickstarting your career in sales at MongoDB. In this blog post, you’ll learn more about our North American outbound team, which is divided into territories covering North America West, North America Central, New York City and the Mid-Atlantic, and New England, East Canada, and the South East. Hear from Regional Manager Jordan Gregory and a few Account Development Representatives about the ADR role and how MongoDB’s sales culture enables employees to grow and succeed in their career. An overview of Account Development in North America Jordan Gregory , Regional Manager of Sales Development for New England, East Canada, and the South East Account Development at MongoDB is crucial to the success of our sales organization, being the first point of contact with all of our prospective customers. We partner with our incredibly talented Enterprise Account Executives to find new business opportunities within some of the largest and most complex organizations in the world across a broad range of industries (financial institutions, video games, telecommunications, insurance - you name it!). The Account Development team culture is one of extreme ownership. It’s about controlling what we can control, building off of each other’s strengths, enjoying working together, and holding ourselves and each other accountable for growing and failing forward every day. If you work hard, you play hard, and that culminates in a lot of fun with this incredible group! MongoDB has a growth-focused culture. Our management and Sales leadership team take learning and development seriously, and the most successful individuals on the Sales team are those who are committed to growing and learning in their role. MongoDB is an open-source data platform company, and I firmly believe that if you can sell an open-source data platform, you can sell anything. This is one of the most challenging places to sell and because of that, and the focus on growth and development, I’ve seen countless people (including myself) take their careers to new heights. The hardest part of sales is prospecting, and it’s something we train our ADRs on extensively. You’ll learn how to identify your Ideal Customer Profile, execute deep discovery and qualification, and progress deals forward to Qualified Pipeline. You’ll also go through our Sales Bootcamp and on-the-job training. Another product of the ADR program is the massive impact we have on revenue which allows folks to build their internal brand and make lifelong connections. On top of that, we have structured upskill programs to set our ADRs up for success in the next role that they’re pursuing internally, whether that's as a Cloud Account Executive, an Associate Account Executive, or other non-direct sales roles like Customer Success and Field Marketing. We’ve also had internal promotions from the Sales Development org to Sales Enablement. At MongoDB, there is a lot of mobility to progress your career in the direction you want, and you’ll be truly valued as a person rather than an employee number or a revenue target. Hear from some team members Andrew Brownlee , Account Development Representative for New York City I joined MongoDB because it seemed like a great place to start my journey to being an Enterprise Sales Executive in the software industry. The people here have a winning mentality and operate as a team when faced with a challenge. The products are world-class and we invest heavily in R&D. MongoDB also has a process called BDR to CRO that’s geared towards developing and promoting sales talent year over year. The most exciting part about working here is the opportunity ahead. To be successful at MongoDB takes conviction, drive, and curiosity. You have to be firm in your opinion that our technology can transform an organization for the best. You must have the drive to push when it's easy, and when it's hard. The best ADRs are focused on being effective with their activity day-to-day and aren't dissuaded by how easy or hard that particular quarter is. Curiosity will help you grow in your career. It’ll also help you get the respect you need amongst your stakeholders. Maria Dorsey , Account Development Representative for North America Central I joined MongoDB because I was looking for a challenging yet rewarding start to my software sales career. It was clear to me throughout the MongoDB interview process that there is a huge emphasis on growth and development which is exactly what I was looking for. During my onboarding, I received a lot of support from my team. Although learning the MongoDB value proposition, products, and sales process can seem overwhelming, my team set aside time to ensure I was ramping up successfully. My manager also took the time to listen to my concerns, talk through tech fundamentals, walk through use cases I was unfamiliar with, and was an ally that I could depend on. What makes me stay at MongoDB is the opportunity for growth, the culture of the Sales Development organization, and the collaboration with enterprise reps and management. I’ve been extremely lucky to learn from and work alongside Enterprise Account Executives, Regional Directors, and my Regional Vice President who all truly care about my growth and success. The biggest thing that makes someone successful as an ADR is their willingness and eagerness to learn. MongoDB doesn’t necessarily care if you come from a software sales background (some of the best ADRs have not), but rather your ability and eagerness to learn the tech, sales process, and stakeholder management. These characteristics are a great foundation for building a long successful career at MongoDB. Vlad Pak , Account Development Representative for North America West I joined MongoDB because I wanted to challenge myself and gain experience working in enterprise sales. MongoDB is an incredible company that offers many opportunities for personal, professional, and financial growth, but the thing that keeps me happy here is the culture. I am surrounded by driven and intelligent teammates and leadership that cares about my success. It's great to be supported from an employee-first perspective. I think the two key traits that make someone successful on my team and in my role are proactiveness and curiosity. Many of our team members are proactively sharing insights, collaborating, and facilitating engagement with each other which benefits us all and drives us to be the best ADRs we can be. Curiosity is the bread and butter of any successful sales professional and will directly impact the quantity and quality of the meetings we set, helping us attain our quotas! I am looking forward to growing my career with MongoDB in a closing role and taking on the challenge of owning my own sales cycle. It’s exciting to work for a company that is leading the charge in digital transformation and changing the way enterprises approach technological innovation. It has been a great learning experience so far, and I can’t wait to see how the organization will grow and evolve along with my career! Interested in joining the sales team at MongoDB? We have several open roles on our team and would love for you to transform your career with us!