Michael “Monty” Widenius

Technology, Community & Open Source Wizard
My Story


Monty is one of the founding partners at OpenOcean – and an technical mind behind MySQL and MariaDB.

At 19, he dropped out of the Helsinki University of Technology – and at 33, he coded the entire first release of MySQL, which is still the most popular open-source database in the world today. At OpenOcean, Monty is a tech wizard, advising entrepreneurs on all things community and open source.

He and his wife Anna are regular hosts of our Poker Nights at Slush.

You can read more on Monty’s story here.

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Databases & Open Source

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    MySQL is an open-source database that supports scalable web-based and embedded database applications....
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    MariaDB is one of the most popular database servers. Made by the original developers of...
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