A $1.6 billion startup that's aiming to take business from Oracle reportedly just filed to go public

MongoDB cofounders Elliot Horowitz, Michael Gordon, Dev IttychariaYouTube/devGeeK; MongoDBFrom left, MongoDB cofounders Elliot Horowitz, Michael Gordon, Dev Ittycharia

MongoDB, a database startup with over $US300 million in venture capital financing, has confidentially filed to go public, reports TechCrunch.

At the time of its last private valuation in 2015, MongoDB was reportedly a $US1.6 billion company. The Wall Street Journal reported in May that MongoDB had hired Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to underwrite an IPO.

A change to SEC regulations took effect earlier this summer, allowing any company to confidentially file to go public — a move intended to jump start the IPO market. Previously, this option had only been available to companies under a certain size.

Earlier this year, MongoDB CEO
Dev Ittycheria told Crain’s New York that the company was doing “nine figures” of revenue, with “double digit” growth. At the time, Ittycheria named Oracle as the company’s biggest target.

“We believe Oracle is incredibly vulnerable because they have lost the developer’s heart and soul,” said Ittycheria.

If MongoDB does go public, it will be the fifth so-called “unicorn” startup to do so in 2017.

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