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How Couchbase wants to power the digital economy, from startups like Seenit to the enterprise

Scott Carey | March 28, 2016
Relational databases aren't fit for purpose when it comes to the digital economy, according to Couchbase CEO.

"Many are moving more and more to open source," says Wiederhold. "We have always viewed our business opportunity as being in the enterprise, so our focus is on enterprise developers building mission-critical applications for digital economy companies on our platform."

The problem for legacy companies comes down to switching from relational databases and all of the associated pain points. Couchbase is trying to make the transition easier with its N1QL query language, which Starling describes as "basically a SQL-like syntax for adjacent documents".

Wiederhold believes the case for switching will only become more compelling because for a company to thrive in the digital economy they need: "Scalability, performance, agile development, and must always be on."

Couchbase recently secured a $30 million Series F round of funding led by Sorenson Capital as it prepares for an initial public offering (IPO). "This funding round will take us to cash flow positive and should be our last round prior to an IPO," said Wiederhold.


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