Monty is the “spiritual father” of MariaDB, a renowned advocate of the open source software movement, and one of the original developers of MySQL, the predecessor to MariaDB. Monty continues to stay involved hands-on in the development of MariaDB. His work in developing and advocating for Free and Open Source Software spans to 1995. Most recently, Monty has served on the boards of MariaDB Corporation and the MariaDB Foundation, the non-profit organization charged with promoting, protecting and advancing the MariaDB codebase, community, and ecosystem, where he was also CTO. 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 co-author of the MySQL Reference Manual, was awarded in 2003 the Finnish Software Entrepreneur of The Year prize and in 2015 Monty was selected as one of the 100 most influential persons in the Finnish IT market. Monty studied at the Helsinki University of Technology and lives in Finland.