Many years ago, I was speaking at a PHP meetup and got talking to a guy who worked at Microsoft. He told me about Microsoft’s BizSpark program, which lets startups use Microsoft’s software for free. As MongoDB was about a dozen people at the time, I filled out the application and started using PowerPoint for my presentations (which was a vast improvement over Open Office).
One of my friends just asked on Facebook how they could get a cheap license for Microsoft Word, so I looked up the BizSpark program page and saw:
MongoDB went from being one of the startups that BizSpark was aimed at to being one of the features of BizSpark. Pretty cool.