Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 13, 2022
Couchbase, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
3250 Olcott Street Santa Clara, California 95054
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(650) 417-7500
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Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Common stock, $0.00001 par value per shareBASENasdaq Global Select Market
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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers;         
Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On October 13, 2022, the Compensation Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Directors of Couchbase, Inc. (the “Company”) approved the terms of a discretionary cash bonus payable to Matthew Cain, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, in the aggregate amount of $1,000,000 (the “Bonus”) payable in portion on each of the following dates (each, a “Retention Date”), subject to Mr. Cain’s continued employment with the Company through each Retention Date:

$500,000 will be paid on October 31, 2022;
$250,000 will be paid on January 31, 2023; and
$250,000 will be paid on April 30, 2023.

The Bonus is intended to reward Mr. Cain in recognition of his performance and leadership in his role as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. The Committee determined that approval of the Bonus was in the best interest of the Company and its stockholders.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Couchbase, Inc.
/s/ Margaret Chow
By:Margaret Chow
Title:Chief Legal Officer
Date: October 14, 2022