This article is about MongoDB trivia. If you work with the MongoDB database, you might be interested in some of these tidbits. Credit goes to MongoDB for this idea. They held a talk at their last conference on company trivia. I made notes and did extra research for this article.

What year was MongoDB founded?

MongoDB was founded in 2007 by Dwight Merriman, Eliot Horowitz, and Kevin Ryan.

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At the Internet advertising company DoubleClick (now owned by Google), the team developed and used many custom data stores to work around the shortcomings of existing databases. The business served 400,000 ads per second, but often struggled with both scalability and agility. Frustrated, the team was inspired to create a database that tackled the challenges it faced at DoubleClick. [source]

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Before it was named MongoDB, what was the company called?

In 2007, the company was named 10gen Software. The company changed its name to MongoDB Inc. in 2013.

What year did MongoDB IPO?

On October 20, 2017, MongoDB became a publicly traded company, listed on NASDAQ as MDB with an IPO price of $24 per share.

Today, 2022-08-08, MDB is trading at $363.71.

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MongoDB was the first database provider to go public in the last 20 years (as of 2017)

Dev Ittycheria, President and CEO led its IPO in 2017—the first public offering of a database company in over 26 years. [source]

[Editor’s note: who was the previous database vendor that went public sometime in the 1990s?]

What is MongoDB’s market share?

IDC estimates the database market to be ~137 billion. MongoDB has approximately 1 percent based on revenues. MongoDB 2022 revenues were $873.8 million USD. Operating income was $-289.4 million USD.

  • Q1 2023 Revenue: $285.4 million.
  • Q2 2023 Guidance: $279 million – $282 million.

The NoSQL database market share is valued at $5.5 Billion in 2021 and is anticipated to reach $27 billion USD by 2027. [source]

The key NoSQL key players are:

  • MongoDB
  • Redis
  • Cassandra
  • HBase
  • Neo4j
  • Oracle NoSQL Database
  • Amazon DynamoDB
  • Amazon DocumentDB
  • CouchDB
  • Memcached

An interesting video to watch that shows a moving graph versus time is The Most Popular Databases – 2006 – 2022. MongoDB appears for the first time in May 2010 with 0.2%. MongoDB moves into the top 10 in April 2012. MongoDB overtakes PostgreSQL in June 2021 for the number 5 position only to fall back to number 6 in February 2022. The video ends on May 2022 with MongoDB being number 6 with a market share of 4.48%.

AWS has announced MongoDB compatibility for Amazon DocumentDB:

How many times has the MongoDB database platform been downloaded (as of Q1 FY2023)?

The MongoDB database platform has been downloaded over 265 million times and there have been more than 1.5 million MongoDB University registrations. [source]

MongoDB Atlas has been growing tremendously. What is Atlas’s Year over Year growth (as of Q1 FY2023)?

In 2016, the company released MongoDB Atlas, its database as a service to run MongoDB in the Cloud. Six years later, Atlas has become the majority of the company’s revenue.

In Q1 FY23 (ending in April), Atlas grew +82% Y/Y, which was barely a slowdown from the previous quarter. As a result, Atlas is now 60% of the company’s top line.

In FY20, Atlas represented only 39% of the top line.


MongoDB’s team has also been growing tremendously. How many employees do they have?

Total employees: 3,998.

  • MongoDB total number of employees in 2022 was 3,544, a 39.58% increase from 2021.
  • MongoDB total number of employees in 2021 was 2,539, a 40.04% increase from 2020.
  • MongoDB total number of employees in 2020 was 1,813, a 49.59% increase from 2019.
  • MongoDB total number of employees in 2019 was 1,212, a 25.99% increase from 2018.


Which of these is not a MongoDB core value?

  • Build Together
  • Own What You Do
  • Think Big, Go Far
  • Freedom to Innovate

The answer is interesting: Freedom to Innovate.

MongoDB’s core values are [source]:

  • Think Big, Go Far
  • Make It Matter
  • Build Together
  • Embrace the Power of Differences
  • Be Intellectually Honest
  • Own What You Do

What company did MongoDB CEO Dev Ittycheria co-found?

Dev Ittycheria was CEO/Co-founder of BladeLogic, which was acquired by BMC for $900 million. [source]

What is the name of MongoDB CTO Mark Porter’s personal website and blog?

Mark Loves Tech

Who is the newest member of MongoDB’s Engineering Leadership team

Tara Hernandez. She was a Senior Engineering Manager at Google Cloud and a Senior Infrastructure Engineer and Team Lead, among other positions.

Where is MongoDB’s European headquarters?

Dublin, Ireland, EU [source] Their office is near IBM Ireland.

MongoDB holds an annual, week-long internal hackathon for Engineers called “Skunkworks”

I had a difficult time finding public information about Skunkworks. Here are a couple of links:

What hashtag can you follow on social media to hear from their employees about their experiences working at MongoDB?



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