Here's this week's roundup of news from the MongoDB community.
Gazzang Advice from a Big Data Pro
I Learn As I Go Along MongoDB Aggregating Fractals
MongoHQ MongoDB Data Management
MongoHQ Q&A with Gild
The MongoDB Blog Visualizing Performance Metrics of a Sharded Cluster with One MMS Chart
The MongoDB Blog The 2013 FinTech Hackathon
The MongoDB Blog Meet Dan Pasette: VP of Engineering for the Server Team
OpenLife The Answer to Last Week’s MongoDB Aggregation Challenge
Reverb Partitioning MongoDB Data on the Fly
Vlad Mihalcea NoSQL is Not Just About Big Data
Vlad Mihalcea MongoDB Facts: Lightning Fast Aggregation
Meet Stacy Ferranti: Campus Recruiting and University Relations Manager
We're excited to introduce you to Stacy Ferranti, our Campus Recruiting and University Relations Manager. What is your role at MongoDB? I manage our Campus Recruiting and University Relations program. I recruit current students and recent graduates to join our summer internship or new grad program. I focus mostly on software engineers and tech recruits. Once the interns and new grads arrive, I manage the summer program and new grad rotational program. I liken what I do to the NFL draft: bringing up college kids to the pros. Where were you before MongoDB? Why did you choose to come to MongoDB? I studied International Politics in school and I thought I’d move to DC and change the world. I took a 180 and moved to Hong Kong instead to live abroad and be young and reckless for a while. After coming back to the states I kind of fell into recruiting. Right before I came to MongoDB I worked for Gap Inc. in their Talent Management Department. When I decided to move to New York, I contacted my network here. A few people I knew at Sequoia Capital referred me to MongoDB. The company had about 30 people at the time and the office was small and a bit intimidating. But after my first interview something sparked; I knew this company was going to be huge and I had to be here no matter what. How did you learn how to pitch MongoDB to students and developers after starting? I actually learned a ton from our co-founder and CTO Eliot Horowitz; he took the time to teach me what a database was and how ours was different. I persistently had lunch with our engineers and asked them to tell me about what they did. But I also spent a lot of time researching on Google, and following the philosophy of “fake it ‘til you make it”. What’s your hometown? I’m from a small mountain town in Southern California called Lake Arrowhead, but since I spent so much time in San Francisco, I consider that my second home. Bike or public transportation to work? I take the subway and brave the crowds at both Grand Central and Times Square. I have to put on my game face for every commute: every woman for herself! I have a bad habit of taking cabs when there is any hint of inclement weather. I hate the rain. What’s a typical day (or week) for you? Fall and spring are very busy since I could be at any number of college campuses across the country; I travel a lot during the recruiting seasons. When I’m not travelling, a typical day would start at 6am when I get up to work out. I go back home for a cup of coffee and start checking my emails. Inevitably I get lost in my emails and don’t get to the office until much later than I had planned. Once I’m in the office, I try to practice time blocking. The morning consists of reading student emails (which always seem to be sent between 12 and 4 am) reviewing resumes, and contacting candidates. I’m usually on the phone from 1 to 6 pm or later. In the summers, I spend the entire day running the internship program and planning for the upcoming fall. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve seen on a resume? I’ve seen some pretty interesting stuff on resumes. A lot of chess champions, and body-builders, people doing standup comedy, many people claiming to be connoisseurs of various types of food. What do you love most about MongoDB? I love the collaboration, transparency, and shared interests and passions I have with my co-workers. MongoDB is creating disruptive technology by developers for developers—it’s not social networking or a fleeting technology that no one will have heard of 10 years from now—which is really important to me. And the people I work with are absolutely amazing. What’s the most challenging aspect of your job? In a world of instant gratification, shiny things, and over the top perks at tech companies it’s so challenging to convey what actually matters in life to college students. What’s one of the most rewarding experiences you’ve had working here so far? I love seeing our summer interns turn into full time employees. When they get shout outs in our company-wide emails for the work they do, it puts me on cloud nine and makes all the long hours and travel beyond worth it! What’s your MongoDB kitchen snack weakness? I’m absolutely addicted to Oreos. Can’t stop, won’t stop! Name one secret skill you have, unrelated to work. I am surprisingly good at identifying and imitating American regional accents. My favorite is Minnesotan. Kindle or book? What’s your favorite book? Books. I’m old school. I love just about anything from John Steinbeck or Annie Proulx. But my favorite book is The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. I really enjoy stories about humans being humans, especially when the ending isn’t particularly happy. Describe your perfect weekend. When I romanticize New York, it’s perpetually fall (when I think New York is most beautiful). I’d start with Friday night dinner at my neighborhood Italian spot with nothing to do the next morning. Then I’d get up early and have coffee at home, leave the house with no agenda and get lost in the city. I’d spend the day discovering new neighborhoods, new restaurants, etc. And if it’s football season, it’s football Sunday (49ers all the way!) What’s your favorite cocktail? I’m always in search of the perfect Bloody Mary or Michelada. What ‘s your dream honeymoon? (Stacy is getting married in July!) Ideally somewhere warm and tropical where I would have nothing to do but enjoy the company of my new husband! If you're interested in joining the MongoDB Team there are a number of open positions available in Engineering, Sales, Marketing, and Business Development. To learn more about open roles at MongoDB, please visit the MongoDB Careers Page.
10 Exciting Things About MongoDB.local London
After nearly two years of the coronavirus pandemic preventing in-person events, MongoDB is very excited to once again see people face-to-face at MongoDB.local London! This event is designed to help developers grow and will be packed with educational content to teach you how to build data-driven applications without distraction. MongoDB.local London will be run as a hybrid event, featuring both in-person and virtual attendance options. For those unable to attend in-person, we will live stream most sessions for you to enjoy. All streamed content will be available on-demand for 30 days after the event. In-person attendance for the event is limited, so head over to our registration page and sign-up today! MongoDB.local London takes place on November 9, 2021. There will be something for everyone at .local London. Here are 10 exciting things about our upcoming event: Hear it Here First: The Keynote presentation will provide a recap of the products released in MongoDB 5.0 and highlight the new features in 5.1. Following the keynote, attendees can pose questions to MongoDB CTO, Mark Porter, CPO, Sahir Azam, and a larger panel of MongoDB experts. Customer Stories: During these sessions, attendees will hear from MongoDB customers and community members about how they are utilizing the MongoDB data platform to enhance the way they work with data. These sessions will include speakers from Boots, Vodafone, NatWest, and DWP Digital. “Ask Me Anything" Panels: Attendees can have their questions answered and problems solved live by a panel of MongoDB engineers and product experts. Panel topics include Performance & Security, the Aggregation Pipeline, and Schema Design. Technical Sessions: Over the course of the event, there will be 20+ educational technical sessions that will cover beginner, intermediate, and advanced level content. The information in these sessions has been selected specifically for this audience and will be delivered by the MongoDB experts who build the data platform. MongoDB Product and Feature Demos: The MongoDB product teams will be conducting dozens of demos on everything MongoDB, from Atlas to Ops Manager . This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about MongoDB and how it can work for you. Ask the Experts: Our MongoDB Experts will be offering free 1:1 technical consulting sessions where attendees can ask any technical questions that they have. Only available to in-person attendees. Deep-Dive Tutorials: Opportunity to learn by doing long-format, classroom style sessions on the latest data trends with MongoDB. You will receive 1:1 attention from MongoDB experts while you get hands-on with the data platform. Only available to in-person attendees. Community Café: Come to the Community Café stage where there will be an “up close and personal” with MongoDB CTO, Mark Porter, customer interviews, trivia, and so much more! Happy Hour: In-person attendees can grab some food and drinks at the event happy hour. Here’s your chance to engage and network with other attendees. Swag: Is it really a tech event if there isn’t some free swag? Stop by the event booths to get some swag from our MongoDB team members. Register today to save your spot for the event! Whether you attend in-person or virtually, we look forward to having you join us!