MongoDB Inc.

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MongoDB Inc.
Industry Software
Founded 2007
  • New York City, USA
  • Palo Alto, California, USA
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • London, UK[1]
  • Sydney, Australia[1]
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MongoDB Inc. (formerly 10gen) is an American software company that develops and provides commercial support for the open source database MongoDB, a NoSQL database that stores data in JSON-like documents with flexible schemas.


MongoDB's office in Palo Alto, California

The company was first established in 2007 as 10gen. Based in New York City, 10gen was founded by former DoubleClick founder and CTO Dwight Merriman and former DoubleClick CEO and Gilt Groupe founder Kevin P. Ryan with former Doubleclick engineer and ShopWiki founder and CTO Eliot Horowitz and received $81 million in venture capital funding from Flybridge Capital Partners, In-Q-Tel, Intel Capital, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Red Hat, Sequoia Capital, and Union Square Ventures.[3][4][5][6] 10gen originally aimed to build a platform as a service architecture based entirely on open source components; however, the company was unable to find an existing database platform that met their "principles" for a cloud architecture. As a result, the company began to develop a document-oriented database system it called MongoDB. After realizing the potential of the software on its own, 10gen's team decided to scrap its cloud platform and focus on maintaining MongoDB instead.[7] In 2009, 10gen released MongoDB as an open source project.[8][9] 10gen opened its first west coast office in August 2010,[10] having offices in Palo Alto, Reston, London, Dublin, Barcelona, and Sydney by 2012.[1][11]

In September 2012, 10gen was named as the top software company and number 9 overall on The Wall Street Journal's The Next Big Thing 2012.[12]

In April 2013, 10gen moved into the old New York Times building.[13]

On August 27, 2013, 10gen announced that it would change its name to MongoDB Inc., associating itself more closely with what ultimately became its flagship products.[9]

On August 5, 2014, Dev Ittycheria was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer.[14]

CIA backing and controversy[edit]

MongoDB Inc., then known as 10gen, has received funding from the U.S. Government through the CIA-sponsored venture capital arm In-Q-Tel. This has been a source of controversy in India.[15]

Products and services[edit]


MongoDB Inc's primary technology product is the open source, NoSQL database MongoDB. MongoDB Inc. employs most of the developers of MongoDB.

MongoDB Enterprise[edit]

In March 2010, MongoDB announced that it would offer commercial support for MongoDB.[16] MongoDB's subscription offering includes access to MongoDB Enterprise, professional support, and commercial licensing. With MongoDB 2.4 release, MongoDB introduced MongoDB Enterprise as part of its subscription offering.[17] MongoDB Enterprise contains monitoring and security features such as kerberos authentication and role-based privileges.

Production Support[edit]

In August 2014, MongoDB announced that it would offer support for the community edition of MongoDB.[18][19]

MongoDB Management Service[edit]

In September 2011 the company announced the availability of a free SaaS monitoring tool for MongoDB, then called MongoDB Monitoring Service.[20][21] MongoDB expanded the MMS offering in April 2013 with the limited release of their hosted backup service, enabling customers to back up their MMS deployments to MongoDB Inc.'s datacenters.[22] Shortly after the release of backup capabilities, MMS was rebranded MongoDB Management Service (MMS).[23]

An on-prem version of MMS is available as part of MongoDB Enterprise.

MongoDB University[edit]

In September 2012, the company announced a partnership with EdX to offer free MongoDB training online.[24] There were 47,000 enrolments in the first MongoDB online education courses in 2012.[25]

In addition to online education, MongoDB University offers public training classes around the world as well as on-site training.[26]


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