MongoDB CEO Gives Up His Job, Citing Need for More Quality Family Time

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-08-06 Print this article Print

And with that, his decision was made, he wrote. "Unfortunately, I cannot be that leader given the geography of the majority of the company in New York and my family in California."

He will stay with MongoDB as a vice chairman and in another less demanding role, he wrote. "I recognize that by writing this I may be disqualifying myself from some future CEO role. Will that cost me tens of millions of dollars someday? Maybe. Life is about choices. Right now, I choose to spend more time with my family and am confident that I can continue to have a meaningful and rewarding work life while doing so. At first, it seemed like a hard choice, but the more I have sat with the choice the more certain I am that it is the right choice."

In an Aug. 5 telephone interview with eWEEK, Schireson said that he'd heard from many people after they read his post, most of whom lauded him for his decision.

"It's been an interesting day," he said. "The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive," he added. His blog post received some 25,000 page views, far more than the 3,000 or so views that were received when he posted about how the company last year raised another $150 million in investment money, he said.

"I think obviously that the post struck a chord with a lot of people … about the expectations on fathers," he said. "In the past, I got to be a hero when I watched the kids for a few hours. I'm glad we are talking about this now."

Schireson said his time so far at MongoDB has "been an interesting and phenomenal experience," which he wouldn't trade for anything. "But at the same time I felt that I need to make the change" to enjoy and experience more family time, he said.

Replacing Schireson as CEO and president effective Sept. 3 will be Dev Ittycheria, who was the co-founder and CEO of BladeLogic, according to a MongoDB announcement.   

Before joining MongoDB, Schireson spent more than seven years at MarkLogic, which offers databases for unstructured information. He also spent nine years at Oracle, where he served as chief applications architect and vice president of e-commerce and self-service applications.

MongoDB has a thriving global community with more than 5 million downloads of its open-source database, 100,000 online education registrations, 20,000 user group members and 20,000 MongoDB Days attendees, according to an earlier eWEEK report.


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