|Original author(s)||Spencer Kimball, Peter Mattis, Ben Darnell|
21.1.2 / June 1, 2021
|Founder||Spencer Kimball, Peter Mattis, Ben Darnell|
|Headquarters||New York City|
|Spencer Kimball (CEO)|
Peter Mattis (VP of Engineering)
Ben Darnell (CTO)
Nate Stewart (Chief Product Officer)
Lindsay Grenawalt (Chief People Officer)
|Services||commercial database management systems|
Cockroach Labs was founded in 2015 by ex-Google employees Spencer Kimball, Peter Mattis, and Ben Darnell. Cockroach Labs founders Kimball and Mattis were key members of the Google File System team while Darnell was a key member of the Google Reader team. While at Google, all three had previously used Google-owned DBMS’s Bigtable and its successor Spanner.
After leaving Google, they wanted to design and build something similar on their own. Spencer Kimball wrote the first iteration of the design in January 2014, and began the open-source project on GitHub in February 2014, allowing outside access and contributions.
Development on GitHub attracted substantial contributions, which made the project earn the Open Source Rookie of the Year award by Black Duck Software.
The co-founders actively supported the project with conferences, networking, meet-ups, and fund-raising financial rounds.
In June 2019, Cockroach Labs announced that CockroachDB would change its license from the free software license Apache License 2.0 to their own proprietary license, known as the Business Source License (BSL), which forbids “offer[ing] a commercial version of CockroachDB as a service without buying a license”, while remaining free for community use.
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