3-Minute interview with Max Schireson 

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Schireson, 41, enrolled at UC Berkeley at age 14. And it was there that the current president of 10gen, a Bay Area-based software company that develops large databases, began his tech career. The database he develops is called MongoDB.

What’s the essential difference between MongoDB and previous databases?

With MongoDB, building applications is much faster and much easier. And when you go to run those applications, rather than having to buy one really big server when you need more power, you can just keep adding small servers. It becomes much less expensive to grow.

When you were 14 and enrolled at UC Berkeley, did you ever think you would be the president of a startup?

Not at all. When I was 14 and I started college, studying math, I thought I would likely become a mathematician. But the energy and excitement of Silicon Valley drew me away from that career path.

What does the future have in store for 10gen?

I think that in the future, MongoDB will be really a mainstream way that developers build their applications. Right now, the majority of applications are still built on relational databases, like Oracle. But new databases like MongoDB are gaining popularity with developers very quickly.

— Alexis Terrazas

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