From Intern to CTO – An interview with 10gen’s Eliot Horowitz

April 17, 2013 in 10gen, Coding, Community Internship, Guest Post, Intern Advice, Intern Guide, Intern Training, MongoDB, Networking, Pictures, Slideshow, Technology

It’s one of the many reasons I love the working culture at 10gen; where else would you find the CTO of the company happily sitting down to chat to the intern?

Eliot Horowitz, co-founder and CTO of 10gen, knows all too well the perks and pitfalls of intern life. Though now head of a 75-person engineering team, Eliot began his professional life when he was 19 years old, when he undertook a summer internship with DoubleClick, a company co-founded by Dwight Merriman, 10gen’s Chairman and fellow co-founder.

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Before he jetted back to New York, I had the chance to ask Eliot about his time as an intern, and to enquire about any advice he would offer prospective and current interns of today:

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Insight Of An Intern – Sexism in Tech

October 2, 2012 in Afterhours, Coding, Community Internship, Community Marketing, Conferences, Intern Advice, Intern Guide, Introduction, Networking, Personal, Sexism, Slideshow, Technology

Believe it or not, I’m generally not one to get on my high horse. Despite being a politics student, I attempt to keep my mind open and, where appropriate, my mouth shut.

But I have my limits, so I apologise in advance for what may be quite a long entry. 

I am currently attending a GOTO conference in Aarhus, Denmark; it’s a software development conference designed for developers, team leads, architects and project managers. Overall, it has been a great experience; my first ever tech conference, my first time travelling to a new country on my own and a really great chance to immerse myself in the latest developments in the software development community.

As with most things tech, the conference is hugely male-dominated – I’d estimate that around 90% of the attendees are male, and around 80% of the exhibiting sponsors, of which my placement company 10gen is one.

Now, this isn’t generally an issue; I’ve always been somewhat of a tomboy, and in my short time in the tech industry I’ve been fortunate to meet some of the nicest people I’ve ever met; in fact, my placement company itself provides undoubtedly the most welcoming and supportive working environment that I have ever had the pleasure to experience.

Yet there are still moments where I am forced to consider whether this is really an industry culture I wish to be a part of- and whether it really wants me to be a part of it…

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PHP apparently = Party Hard People

August 3, 2012 in 10gen, Afterhours, Coding, Community Internship, London Living, Meetup.com, Networking, Personal, Technology

Yesterday I attended my first tech-related Meet Up Group (MUG), PHP London, which took place at the London Google Campus.

This morning I suffer the consequences.

According to their Meetup profile“PHP London is a non-profit group to promote knowledge sharing and best practice amongst PHP developers and web development and business professionals in London.”

They neglect to mention that following the official event, PHP users apparently like to party. Hard.

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