Álvaro is a geek entrepreneur. Based in Madrid, Spain, he is the Founder and CEO of 8Kdata (www.8kdata.com), a database R&D company. He spends most of his time working on the ToroDB (www.torodb.com) project, the first NoSQL-on-SQL database, a MongoDB-compatible database that runs on top of a RDBMS. He is a passionate Java software developer and open source advocate, contributing as much as possible to the community. Álvaro is a frequent speaker at database and Java conferences (10+/year) all around the world.