A New Adventure: Leaving MongoDB and Joining OrientDB
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Leaving one of the most successful startups in history isn’t easy. Leaving a leadership team that you trust and work well with is one of the most difficult decisions one can take and, if you also love the product, it’s (almost) impossible. It’s been great to contribute to the MongoDB journey and I’ve learned a lot throughout the process. Then why have I decided to leave?
I’ve been offered the unique opportunity to join a disruptive startup that’s changing how people work with data and how data is connected. I’m joining Orient Technologies: the commercial sponsor of OrientDB, a multi-model database. I’m going to lead all the market-facing functions and help the company to accelerate growth.
OrientDB is an elegant and complete solution that pioneered a concept that’s now becoming mainstream: multi-model. To put it simply, it’s a distributed graph database where every vertex and edge can be a JSON document. Documents can be linked and the cost of traversal is constant and independent from the size of the database (think of instantaneous joins across billions of records). Data can be manipulated with multiple APIs (including an extension of the familiar SQL)
It’s schema-full, schema-less or hybrid and supports ACID transactions. Multi-master replication, sharding and all the fantastic features you’d expect from a modern database are also part of the package. It’s easily embeddable and released using a friendly license. It’s like MySQL, MongoDB and Neo4j all in one product and then even more functionality added on top. What else? ;-)
Want to know more? The Udemy “Getting Started with OrientDB” training is free and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
However, having a good product is not enough. Some bright ideas were too early in the market, too immature or not marketed effectively. OrientDB has thousands of production users, 50,000 downloads a week and an active community with more than 70 committers. The team invested most of the resources in R&D and the result is a stable and proven solution already adopted by Fortune 500 companies in critical use cases. It’s now time to move to the next stage and further accelerate growth… and that’s going to be my mission for the years to come.
I’m going to miss all of my friends, colleagues and partners at MongoDB, but I’m sure we’ll stay in touch and I’m looking forward to this new adventure. Needless to say, we are hiring in multiple countries and extending our partner network.
Reach out to me directly to learn more.
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