MySQL’s seeds of success

David Axmark was one of the founders of MySQL, the open-source database company begun by two software engineers working from home

By David Axmark 18 November 2009



MySQL ended up being sold to Sun Microsystems for $1 billion in 2008.

The company only received venture capital funding after years of organic growth, teaching David and his colleagues the virtues of keeping costs down. “If you start with nothing, you get used to staying lean,” he says in this fascinating talk in which he shares his insights from building a highly successful low-cost distributed company.

He identifies five seeds of success that helped MySQL to grow, making this essential viewing for anyone interested in technology innovation.

This is taken from the student run TELL series.

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