CEO of billion-dollar firm quits to spend time with family

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He was the CEO of a billion dollar company.

Mr Max Schireson, 44, spent more time on planes than with his wife and three kids.

As the boss of MongoDB, a New York-based database company, he would have become “phenomenally wealthy” had he stayed on the job, Mail Online reported.

He announced on his blog on Wednesday that he was stepping down from the “best job in the world” in order to have more time at home.

A tipping point for Mr Schireson came on a long-delayed overnight flight to Austin.

He woke up in Tuscon in Arizona to discover his flight had gone through an emergency landing and needed to replace crew members traumatised by the experience.

Slept through

He slept through all that, Forbes reported.

“In that moment, I realised, ‘What am I doing’?”

The California-based Mr Schireson wrote on his blog: “I have three wonderful kids at home, aged 14, 12 and nine, and I love spending time with them: skiing, cooking, playing backgammon, swimming, watching movies or Warriors or Giants games, talking, whatever.

“I have an amazing wife who also has an important career: she is a doctor and professor at Stanford...

“She is a fantastic mum, brilliant, beautiful, and infinitely patient with me.

“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.”

Source: Mail Online, Forbes,



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