Arik Hesseldahl

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10gen Promotes Schireson to CEO Slot

Max Schireson_10gen_Jan 2013t-feature10gen, the company behind the open-source MongoDB database software, said today that it has promoted its president Max Schireson to CEO. Former CEO Dwight Merriman will become Chairman.

Schireson joined New York-based 10gen in 2011, and previously served as COO at MarkLogic. Before that he spent nearly a decade at Oracle where he was chief applications architect and vice president for eCommerce and Self-Service Applications.

MongoDB has certainly got a lot of momentum behind it. It has been downloaded 3.8 million times. 10gen’s commercial customers include Cisco Systems, Disney, eBay, Salesforce.com and FourSquare. It has raised more than $81 million in funding from investors including Flybridge Capital Partners, In-Q-Tel, Intel Capital, NEA, Red Hat, Sequoia Capital and Union Square Ventures.

Merriman, a former CTO at DoubleClick, the Web advertising company that Google acquired for $3.1 billion, started MongoDB in 2007 with current CTO Eliot Horowitz.


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