Max Schireson used to be the CEO of billion dollar database company MongoDB. He “used to be” not because he was involved in some type of scandal, but because he decided family was more important.
“Life is about choices. Right now, I choose to spend more time with my family and am confident that I can continue to have an meaningful and rewarding work life while doing so,” he wrote. “At first, it seemed like a hard choice, but the more I have sat with the choice the more certain I am that it is the right choice.”
Racking up over 300,000 miles this year alone by traveling from his New York company to his California family, Schireson points at his crazy schedule as a large factor behind his decision.
“During that travel, I have missed a lot of family fun, perhaps more importantly, I was not with my kids when our puppy was hit by a car or when my son had (minor and successful, and of course unexpected) emergency surgery.”
Schireson also credits his wife with being behind him every step of the way.
“I love her, I am forever in her debt for finding a way to keep the family working despite my crazy travel. I should not continue abusing that patience.”
Effective Sept. 3, Schireson will be replaced by Dev Ittycheria and will assume a full time role as vice chairman of the company.