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MemSQL Overview

San Francisco, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
Unknown / Non-Applicable
MemSQL envisions a world of adaptable databases and flexible data workloads - your data anywhere in real time. Today, global enterprises use MemSQL as a real-time data warehouse to cost-effectively ingest data and produce industry-leading time to insight. MemSQL works as a ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to enable every company to be a real-time enterprise.

Company Updates

  • Achieving one trillion rows scanned per second, MemSQL is one of the fastest databases available.

    MemSQL Establishes a New Baseline for Database Speed

    MemSQL, the database for real-time applications, today announced at the Strata Data Conference that it can scan over a trillion rows per second using standard hardware, making it one of the fastest databases on the market.

  • MemSQL Finished a Record Fiscal Year with Strongest Q4

    MemSQL Finished a Record Fiscal Year with Strongest Q4

    MemSQL, the database for real-time applications, today announced a solid finish to its fiscal year as a result of having a record quarter.

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MemSQL – Why Work With Us?

Our Interconnected and Interactive World

It's no secret that we're living in a data-driven world. Our appetite for, and consumption of, data continues to increase with no end in sight. Deriving value from data, particularly in real-time, has become a critical business advantage. At MemSQL, we began with the simple idea that every company should be capable of becoming a real-time enterprise and we set out to build the world's fastest database to enable that vision.

Moving Beyond Yesterday's Technology

For many companies, the technology of the past still runs today's data streams. In particular, businesses keep separate databases and data warehouses, leading to complex ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) processes and lengthy transfer times between data stores. Most systems still rely on slower disk drives, whereas today's information consumption and distribution operates at the speed of memory.

Businesses are bombarded by incoming data to store, and demanding analytic queries to answer. Inevitably, companies must choose between fast and correct, between easy and global, between saving data or serving data.

A Real-Time Database for Transactions and Analytics

At MemSQL, we believe the only way to truly succeed is to remove the compromises of the past. By delivering an in-memory, distributed database, we allow customers to capture and query high-value and high-velocity data with ease. MemSQL enables immediate analysis of every transaction, unprecedented performance, and the ability to deploy and scale easily in your own data center or in the cloud.

Answers to a Changing World

With immediate visibility up to the last transaction, MemSQL brings your data into the light of day. Businesses can now run analytics concurrently on a changing data set, offering a world without compromise and without limits.


Accel Partners

Accel Partners has been committed to helping exceptional entrepreneurs build lasting, category-defining technology companies since 1983. Utilizing a focused, "prepared mind" approach to investing, we partner with businesses that show potential for significant long-term success in specific sectors. Emphasizing synergy in our portfolio enables us to offer the advantages of a cohesive, cooperative Accel community, including access to an extensive network of past and present entrepreneurs. We know there is no one-size-fits-all approach to building a lasting company. As trusted peer, partner and confidant, we encourage our entrepreneurs to decide what their unique business requires to succeed. We help realize your vision with personalized, thoughtful and expeditious support.

Data Collective

Data Collective invests in entrepreneurs building Big Data companies. Our strong network, operational experience and technical background delivers unique value to entrepreneurs. Just as the shifts from kilobits and kilobytes to megabits and megabytes in the 1980s and from there to gigabits and gigabytes in the 1990s created hundreds of billions of dollars of value, we believe another even larger scale disruption is underway and are poised to help our entrepreneurs take advantage of it.

First Round Capital

First Round Capital is a venture capital firm dedicated to helping talented entrepreneurs build remarkable companies. We are not afraid of investing in pre-revenue companies – and often provide a company's first outside capital. As former entrepreneurs, we understand the challenges of launching a new enterprise. We look to take an active role in most of the companies we invest in. We believe our insight and expertise are far more valuable than our capital – and we look for entrepreneurs who feel the same.

IA Ventures

IA Ventures invests in early-stage companies developing breakthrough tools and technologies for managing and extracting value from big data. Limited Partners are world-class firms in the data, trading and financial technology arenas. Areas of interest include predictive analytics, anomaly detection, database architecture, high-performance computing and machine learning.


In-Q-Tel is the not-for-profit, strategic investment firm that works to identify, adapt, and deliver innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Launched in 1999 as a private, independent organization, IQT’s mission is to identify and partner with companies developing cutting-edge technologies that serve the national security interests of the United States. Working from an evolving strategic blueprint defining the Intelligence Community’s critical technology needs, IQT engages with entrepreneurs, startups, researchers, and investors to deliver technologies that provide superior capabilities for the CIA and broader Intelligence Community. For more information, visit

Khosla Ventures

Khosla Ventures is venture capital firm run by people who listen to, analyze, and advise entrepreneurs. We manage a main fund that supports early- and late-stage investments and a seed fund for developing very early-stage experiments. We focus on next-generation energy projects, new materials, mobility, the Internet and silicon technology. Our firm was established in 2004 by Vinod Khosla, who helped turn a computer science project into Sun Microsystems, a multibillion-dollar phenomenon.

 Careers at MemSQL

Every day MemSQL helps companies adapt and learn in real-time. If you want to be part of the solution - join us!

  • We "Own It" with intensity and education.
  • We set bold and ambitious plans.
  • We take a smart, modern approach.
  • We build foundational systems.
  • We maintain a fast pace and enable fast growth.
  • We understand and respect our customers.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Here at MemSQL, we believe that diversity unlocks creativity. The result is a community where members learn, adapt, and thrive. Last year, we launched the MemSQL Diversity Council, and have discovered that our company’s success depends on people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We welcome people who share this same passion. MemSQL proudly owns our responsibility as a leader in furthering these impactful initiatives.

MemSQL Reviews

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    "Great Workplace, Great Product, Growing Operationally"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MemSQL full-time (More than 3 years)


    Smartest Engineers I've ever worked with
    Product is amazing
    People are great


    Lacking some key operational leadership (but we're fixing this).
    The sales model is outdated. We've built the technology, we now need an operational strategy that isn't 30 years old.

    Advice to Management

    Key pushing for operational growth and stay focused on our product market fit.

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MemSQL Photos

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MemSQL Interviews



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Getting an Interview




  1. Helpful (4)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview


    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at MemSQL.


    Met the recruiter at a job fair at school, they were pretty nice. Then I had 3 rounds of phone interviews, all completely technical. Each was really just one problem, but they specifically broke them into different stages. I had all 3 interviews in less than 2 weeks, so it went by pretty quickly.

    Interview Questions

    • Determine whether 4 elements in an array sum to 0 in O(n^2) time.   3 Answers
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MemSQL Awards & Accolades

  • Global 250 Top Private Companies, AlwaysOn, 2015
  • The Breakout List, Breakout List, 2017
  • Top Workplaces 2017, Bay Area News Group, 2017
  • Challenger in the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Data Management Solutions for Analytics, Gartner Magic Quadrant, 2017
  • DBTA 100 2017 - The Companies That Matter Most in Data, Database Trends and Applications (DBTA), 2017
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Pledges & Certifications

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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