|Born||May 17, 1981|
|Known for||Founding MongoDB Inc., ShopWiki|
Eliot Horowitz is a founder and the former chief technology officer of MongoDB Inc., a software company that develops and provides commercial support for the open source NoSQL database MongoDB. Previously, Eliot was the founder and CTO of ShopWiki.
Horowitz attended Brown University where he received a B.S. in Computer Science. After college, he joined DoubleClick as a software developer in its R&D group. He then left to start up ShopWiki, a search engine for e-commerce, with the CTO of DoubleClick, Dwight Merriman. He developed the crawling and data extraction algorithm for ShopWiki. In 2006, BusinessWeek selected Eliot as one of its Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under Age 25.
In 2007, Horowitz formed 10gen with Kevin P. Ryan and Merriman, and started writing the core code base for MongoDB, an open source database. Its first public release came two years later in 2009. MongoDB has become widely used to build high-performance systems by companies. 10gen was later renamed MongoDB Inc. in 2013, and it was listed on NASDAQ in 2017. It has a market capitalization of $7.2 billion by 2019. In March 2020, after nearly 13 years with the company, Horowitz announced he would step down as chief technology officer, as well as from MongoDB's board of directors, effective July 10, 2020. He continues to serve as technical advisor to MongoDB.
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