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Former MongoDB CEO talks about stepping down to be a better dad — and NoSQL, of course

Another week, another Structure Show podcast. In this week’s installment, Gigaom reporter Jonathan Vanian and I cover a broad spectrum of issues, from the Poodle bug to the Microsoft-Docker relationship, and the growing attempt by big data companies to prove their technologies can run nicely in the cloud.

And because a week can’t go by without some OpenStack news, we also touch on the acquisition of OpenStack startup Cloudscaling by storage giant EMC.

Max Schireson. Source: MongoDB
Max Schireson. Source: MongoDB

Our guest this week is Max Schireson, the vice chairman of MongoDB who ceded his CEO role earlier this summer in order to spend less time traveling and more time with his family. Two months after the move was announced, we speak with him about how it’s going, the reaction he received to a viral blog post about his decision, and the importance of understanding that fathers are important members of the family, too.

Coming on the heels of some interesting moves by MongoDB — including a new cloud management service announced this week — we also speak about the company’s history, its strategy and its ultimate role in a database market worth many billions of dollars.

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Hosts: Jonathan Vanian and Derrick Harris

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