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Future of 21st Century Databases: CEO/CTO Discussion among Database Superstars

Panel of NuoDB CEO, 10gen/MongoDB CTO & Couchbase CEO
Free pizza, swag and drinks!

A Database Month event:
Co-sponsored by AppNexus' Engineering@Scale

We've assembled 3 of the TOP executives in the world of 21st century databases to discuss their point of view on the database landscape, convergence of NoSQL and SQL, and how databases are evolving to meet the next generation challenges of Mobile, Cloud and Social applications.

This round table will feature:

  • Eliot Horowitz, CTO and Co-Founder, 10gen / MongoDB
  • Barry Morris, Founder and CEO, NuoDB
  • Bob Wiederhold, President and CEO, Couchbase

This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see 3 of these top database industry leaders together for the first time. You'll be in heaven!

Panel of NuoDB CEO, 10gen/MongoDB CTO & Couchbase CEO

NoSQL: Eliot Horowitz, CTO and Co-Founder, 10gen / MongoDB

Eliot Horowitz is CTO of 10gen, the company that sponsors the open source MongoDB project. Eliot is one of the core MongoDB kernel committers. Eliot is also the co-founder and chief scientist of ShopWiki. In January 2005, he began developing the crawling and data extraction algorithm that is the core of ShopWiki's innovative technology. Eliot has quickly become one of Silicon Alley's up and coming entrepreneurs, having been selected as one of BusinessWeek's Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under Age 25 in 2006. Prior to ShopWiki, Eliot was a software developer in the R&D group at DoubleClick. Eliot received a B.S. in Computer Science from Brown University.

NewSQL: Barry Morris, Founder and CEO, NuoDB

Barry Morris is an accomplished software CEO with over 25 years of industry experience in the USA and Europe, running private and public companies ranging in scale from early startup phase to 1,000+ employees. He loves to build companies around industry-changing paradigm-shifts in technology.

Prior to co-founding NuoDB, Inc. with CTO Jim Starkey (among Jim's innovations: BLOB datatype, MySQL Falcon storage engine, Interbase, MVCC, Netfrastructure, etc.), Barry was CEO of StreamBase Systems, where he took an MIT project led by Dr. Michael Stonebraker (main architect of Ingres & Postgres, CTO of VoltDB) and built it into the market pioneer and leader in Complex Event Processing (CEP). Before then, he was the CEO of IONA Technologies, Ireland's most successful software company with over 10,000 customers, 270 technology partners, and over $180m in revenues.

Barry was born in South Africa and has lived for extended periods in England, Ireland, and Boston, MA. He has a Degree in Engineering from New College Oxford University, and an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from the IMCA.

NoSQL: Bob Wiederhold, President and CEO, Couchbase

Bob is the CEO of Couchbase and has more than 25 years of high technology experience. Until an acquisition by IBM in 2008, Bob served as chairman, CEO, and president of Transitive Corporation, the worldwide leader in cross-platform virtualization with over 20 million users. Previously, he was president and CEO of Tality Corporation, the worldwide leader in electronic design services, whose revenues and size grew to almost $200 million and had 1,500 worldwide employees. Bob held several executive general management positions at Cadence Design Systems, Inc., an electronic design automation company, which he joined in 1985 as an early stage start-up and helped to grow to more than $1.5 billion during his 13 years at the company. Bob also headed High Level Design Systems, a successful electronic design automation start-up that was acquired by Cadence in 1996. Bob has extensive board experience having served on both public (Certicom, HLDS) and private company boards (Snaketech, Tality, Transitive, FanfareGroup).

Doors open at 6:15pm
Swag giveaway at 6:30pm

Power-Networking at 6:40pm
Presentation starts at 6:45pm

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  • Eric David B.

    HD-Video of the event has been posted to


    May 6, 2013

  • Mehboob A.

    Just ironic that the topic "Future of 21st Century Databases" was hosted by the MySQL meetup.. just sayin'

    May 2, 2013

    • Haobo L.

      MySQL as a relational database on an open source model might be a metaphor for what is coming for databases.

      May 3, 2013

    • Vietnhi P.

      If you mean by your metaphor that new database products will be Open Source, I am with you on that. Otherwise, your metaphor went right over my head. As do most things :)

      May 3, 2013

  • NuoDB

    Hi All,

    We just wanted to take a second to thank all of you who made it out to the much-anticipated round table event last night. We had a total of 598 RSPV's w/ a maximum total of 300 attendees!

    If you unfortunately were not able to get in, the Meetup recording will be made available online and published on our site as well.

    We hope to see you all at our next event!


    Max Summit (& the NuoDB team!)

    May 2, 2013

  • Tom F.

    An interesting and informative discussion. Walked away with a list of things to look up. Looking forward to next events.

    1 · May 2, 2013

  • samster1974

    Good to hear from these guys, and nice job Eric on collating the questions together. While it's great to keep these meetings open to more people, feel like today's event should have been capped out. Lines prevented me from the networking portion really with other folks who were coming for the presentation.

    May 1, 2013

  • Haobo L.

    Can we ask questions without the chat tool?

    May 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Apparently in 5 minutes. ;)

      May 1, 2013

    • Haobo L.

      That is right. My question had been burning me with velocity like in Big Data.

      May 1, 2013

  • Andy H.

    There is a very long line waiting at entrance

    May 1, 2013

  • Konstantin K.

    Looking forward! Konstantin Klokachev

    1 · April 30, 2013

  • Shridhar A.

    Sorry need to take care of some emergency.

    May 1, 2013

  • david m.

    there are a lot of enterprises with big investments and commitments to relational databases. i am very interested in the integration of SQL and NoSQL and on a case by case basis choosing one over the other.

    1 · April 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Figuring out how they can work in a hybrid solution is also an outstanding topic. Choosing one over the other is 'easy'. Making them work together to build a perfect app is much more exciting.

      2 · April 23, 2013

    • Victor O.

      Let's make sure to meet tonight. I have been doing a lot of work in this space.

      May 1, 2013

  • Roberto S.

    Looking forward

    May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Won't be back to nyc in time

    April 30, 2013

  • Benjamin V.

    I'm there!

    April 30, 2013

  • Alim S. G.

    Wanted to go but have a compulsory board meeting to attend. Please record and post if possible.

    April 30, 2013

  • Charles G.

    Looking forward to this one. Looks great!

    April 30, 2013

  • Bob S.

    Meant to do this earlier!

    April 30, 2013

  • Jun Seok Y.

    Jun Yoon

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to help with a Big data class :)

    April 29, 2013

  • Anthony C.

    The Evolution of Dr. Edgar T. Codd's Base Paradigm - basically available ... eventually consistent

    April 29, 2013

  • rohini

    Web developer

    April 29, 2013

  • Sudhakar R.

    Looks like a great meeting. Looking forward to know more about the latest technologies

    1 · April 27, 2013

  • Sarah M.

    Very interested in hearing more about NoSQL

    April 27, 2013

  • John D.

    Looking foward to the congregation!

    1 · April 27, 2013

  • Mark J. M.

    Looking forward to it....

    April 26, 2013

  • Melanie

    my full name is Melanie Etchison

    April 23, 2013

  • John Chan (.

    like it

    April 23, 2013

  • Khaliq G.


    April 22, 2013

  • Wesley B.

    just got into nodejs/mongodb recently and loving it so far

    April 22, 2013

  • Rodrigo Pineda I.

    Hell yes

    1 · April 22, 2013

  • Prabhu A.

    Very much interested

    April 18, 2013

  • Beltkiss S.

    Can't wait to meet everyone :)

    April 18, 2013

  • Jeffrey A.

    looking forward

    April 17, 2013

  • BOBBI C.


    April 17, 2013

  • David C.

    David Choy

    April 17, 2013

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