October 31, 2013
We’re excited to introduce members of our fantastic MongoDB team in a new series featuring an employee of the week on our blog. Structured in a Q&A format, the employees will share how they came to MongoDB, their role at the company and a few light-hearted questions about what they do when they’re not in our offices.
Our first featured employee is Brendan Coleman, Director of Business Development.
Brendan with his son Harvey
What is your role at MongoDB? What department do you work in?
I’ve been part of the Business Development team for over two years, specifically working with various types of partners that are integrating MongoDB into their value proposition.
*Where were you before MongoDB? *
I worked at Alfresco, which is an Open Source Enterprise Content Management Company.
What’s your hometown?
I currently live in Atlanta, GA but Pittsburgh, PA [The Burgh] will always be my home.
Did you have previous experience using MongoDB before you arrived? If so, how are things different now that you work at MongoDB? If not, how did you learn MongoDB and how was the education process
MongoDB started coming up in conversations here [at Alfresco] and there before I jumped ship, but I mostly started from scratch. There was a lot of self-education, a few patient colleagues and a week of technical training. At that time, the education was at a stage where you learned as you went and picked up things by communicating with customers. On-boarding has improved significantly over the past couple years but you still have all departments pitching in, which is great.
Have you had any personal projects where you’ve used MongoDB?
Does elevating my monitor with various MongoDB books count?
Bike or public transportation to work?
Neither. I work from home when I’m not on the road. My daily commute consists of walking to the next room or roller blading to the local coffee shop.
What’s a typical day (or week) for you?
I start each day with an episode of Sit and Be Fit; helps me maintain my figure.
Since Business Development allows me to work with all parts of the organization, things are interesting and every day brings something new.
Why did you choose to come to MongoDB? What do you love most about MongoDB?
With the risk of sounding cliché, I chose MongoDB because of the opportunity to disrupt the database market. It made no sense to me (at the time and now) why people continued to use and accept a tool that didn’t address the evolving requirements of the business.
One thing that still excites me about MongoDB is the quality of people I work with and whom we continue to hire as we expand our team. It’s challenging to stay disciplined when it comes to hiring at scale and it’s very cool to be on the positive side of it all.
And the swag’s not too bad either.
What’s the most challenging project here at MongoDB that you’ve worked on, and how did you succeed?
Explaining what I do and what MongoDB is to my Dad. He has the basic concept down and rocks the t-shirt so I’d call that a victory.
What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had working here so far?
Working with the various people across MongoDB has been a very interesting and rewarding process over the past couple years. Taking a step back and seeing what we’ve accomplished in a short amount of time is very cool.
What’s your favorite Seamless lunch order?
I always miss the deadline to order.
Name one secret skill you have, unrelated to work.
I can juggle.
Kindle or book? What’s your favorite book?
Book: I like to keep them scattered throughout my apartment to break awkward silences at social gatherings. My favorite is Islands in the Stream, by Hemingway.
If you were a Major League baseball player what song would they play when you step up to bat?
Describe your perfect weekend.
A perfect weekend would include zero obligations and time outdoors with the people that make me happy. Oh - and some time to work on the base tan.