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Tech CEO Quits to Spend Time With His Family—Really

Max Schireson with his family
Max Schireson with his familyCourtesy Max Schireson/MongoDB

The Alpha Dad movement has been waiting a long time for this day. A high-profile man in the business world has finally gone public with a long-held secret of working fathers: Men struggle with work-family balance, too.

Max Schireson, chief executive officer of MongoDB, a $1 billion database company, yesterday announced he was leaving his position. In a blog post, he said he found combining his role as a high-level executive with being the kind of dad that he wants to be almost impossible—something that women executives have known and talked about for years. In the piece, titled “Why I am leaving the best job I ever had,” he writes: