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A native New Yorker, Eliot Horowitz is one of the most well-respected engineers in the city, serving as the CTO and cofounder of MongoDB. Horowitz got his start in tech early, at the age of five to be precise, rewriting code with his father. Out of college, he joined DoubleClick as a software engineer and this is where he met his MongoDB cofounder Dwight Merriman. With Merriman, he went on to cofound ShopWiki, the online retail search engine that was acquired in 2010.
Merriman and Horowitz teamed up with another DoubleClick vet and NYC Tech Influencers past honoree Kevin Ryan to found MongoDB in 2007. Horowitz is credited for writing the core code base for the open source database and later building the engineering and product teams for the open-source database provider. Under Horowitz's leadership and technology roadmap, the company went public in 2017 in one of the most successful New York Tech exits. Today, the stock is trading at a 52 week high, up over 3X its IPO price in an environment that has been less than friendly to tech companies that went public.
An engineer at heart, Horowitz frequently blogs about software development on his personal website and maintains an active repository on GitHub. As a visionary, his advances and product design in the field of databases have been routinely been mimicked by some of the larger, incumbent cloud database providers including AWS and Azure.
Active in the NYC Tech community, where he got his start, Horowitz today serves on the board of the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline, the city's workforce initiative to engage industry and deliver training and education opportunities for New Yorkers in the new economy. A graduate of Brown, Horowitz was recognized by Crain's as one of their 40 under 40 honorees in 2017.