Monty Widenius is the “spiritual father” of MariaDB and one of the original developers of MySQL, the predecessor to MariaDB. A renowned advocate of the open source software movement, Monty continues to stay involved hands-on in the development of MariaDB. Monty has served on the boards of MariaDB Corporation and the MariaDB Foundation, the nonprofit organization charged with promoting, protecting, and advancing the MariaDB codebase, community, and ecosystem, where he was also CTO. Previously, he was a founder of SkySQL and the CTO of MySQL AB until its sale to Sun Microsystems (now Oracle). Monty was also the founder of TCX DataKonsult AB (a Swedish data warehousing company). He is the coauthor of the MySQL Reference Manual. Monty was awarded in 2003 the Finnish Software Entrepreneur of the Year prize and in 2015 was selected as one of the 100 most influential persons in the Finnish IT market. Monty studied at the Helsinki University of Technology.
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