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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The 10gen Penguin Challenge

August 15, 2012 in 10gen, Guest Post, Intern Guide, Introduction, London Living, Pictures, Prizes

Most workplaces have their own ‘traditions’, from company lunch days to initiation tasks. 10gen is no different…

Just when I thought they couldn’t throw anything more wonderfully odd my way, I found myself sat in the office, filming as one of our new Senior Account Managers attempted to eat 15 penguins in seven minutes.

The 10gen London ‘Penguin Challenge’ is notorious in the office, though I am still struggling to find anyone who can explain the potential gain for completing it – I know it has something to do with getting consulting time allocated.

Here, in his own words, our brave challenger recounts his experience:

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GUEST POST – Insight of a Former Intern: The Cultural Fit

August 9, 2012 in 10gen, Community Internship, Guest Post, Intern Advice, Intern Guide, Networking, Technology

I’d like to welcome James Chesters to IOAI.com – James is EMEA Community Marketing Manager for 10gen and has a professional background across marketing, PR and journalism. He is also a freelance adventurer, a writer and a social media fanboy. In this post James touches upon the issue of ‘cultural fit‘.

Adventurer James trekking the Arctic with sled dogs

I have had interviews in the past. A lot of interviews. More interviews than you could shake a stick at — however hard you might try.

I have had panel interviews and group interviews. I’ve had telephone interviews, in-person interviews and Skype interviews. I’ve met everyone in companies that you would expect to meet, and probably a few that you wouldn’t. You learn something every time.

But over the years the most elusive part of any interview or hiring process is the question of cultural fit. Any time that you are turned down for a position that you really want can be disappointing, but to be told ambiguously about cultural fit can be especially frustrating.

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GUEST POST – Insight of a Former Intern: The Cultural Fit

August 9, 2012 in 10gen, Community Internship, Guest Post, Intern Advice, Intern Guide, Networking, Technology

I’d like to welcome James Chesters to IOAI.com – James is EMEA Community Marketing Manager for 10gen and has a professional background across marketing, PR and journalism. He is also a freelance adventurer, a writer and a social media fanboy. In this post James touches upon the issue of ‘cultural fit‘.

Adventurer James trekking the Arctic with sled dogs

I have had interviews in the past. A lot of interviews. More interviews than you could shake a stick at — however hard you might try.

I have had panel interviews and group interviews. I’ve had telephone interviews, in-person interviews and Skype interviews. I’ve met everyone in companies that you would expect to meet, and probably a few that you wouldn’t. You learn something every time.

But over the years the most elusive part of any interview or hiring process is the question of cultural fit. Any time that you are turned down for a position that you really want can be disappointing, but to be told ambiguously about cultural fit can be especially frustrating.

Read the rest of this entry →