Acquia Coverage

The VC Floodgates Open for Drupal and Acquia

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Computerworld UK

A little while back, the creator of the Drupal open source web collaboration and publishing platform, Dries Buytaert, announced that he was setting up a company alongside the project. Now that company has just got a lot of dosh

Acquia Gets Funding For Commercial Drupal Firm

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Awakened Voice

I want to congratulate Dries Buytaert and his team over at Acquia on the news that they have gained funding for their Drupal focused startup. According to their website, “Acquia is a new software company that will provide value-added software products and services for the Drupal web collaboration and publishing platform.”

A Big Drop in the Bucket for Drupal

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Xconomy

Apparently, the days when a computer science graduate student can invent some cool Web software and raise a few million dollars to build a company around it are not over. Brand new (less than a month old) North Andover, MA, startup Acquia announced yesterday that it’s raised $7 million to market software and services in support of the popular Web publishing system Drupal, invented by Dries Buytaert, a PhD candidate at the University of Ghent in Belgium.

Dries Buytaert Announces Acquia, Drupal's Latest Startup

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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OpenSourceCommunity.org

Today, Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal, announced Acquia, a new Drupal startup. As is his nature, Dries articulated a compelling description of his vision of the future and how Drupal must adapt to stay relevant.

Dries spoke to the need to reach out to more and different types of people. He wants Drupal to become the Linux of the web. He addressed the social networking wave and stated the need to position Drupal as a data repository rather than merely a website development tool. Smart. Good thinking. It's coming. And, he addressed the need for financial backing for viable open source projects.

Introducing Acquia: Dries Buytaert’s Drupal start-up

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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451 CAOS Theory

This is old news for those in the Drupal and content management communities, but for some reason has not got a lot of attention from the wider open source industry: a few days ago Dries Buytaert announced that he is forming his own Drupal start-up, called Acquia.

Buytaert has teamed up with Jay Batson, who founded Pingtel and continues to advise the company following its acquisition by Bluesocket, to form Acquia, which will offer annual subscriptions for software and services based around the Drupal web content management system.

Startup Acquia acquires $7M in first round

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Mass High Tech

North Andover's Acquia Inc. reports closing a Series A round of financing.

Acquia attracted $7 million in a round led by North Bridge Venture Partners, Sigma Partners and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, company officials said.

Acquia develops products based on Drupal, an open-source platform for Web 2.0 applications such as single or multi-user blogs, wikis, community networks, digital media portals, and core web content management. The Drupal platform has been downloaded more than 2 million times since it was released in 2001, the year it was originally created by Acquia co-founder Dries Buytaert.

Acquia raises $7M for Drupal platform

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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VentureBeat

Founded only a few months ago, Acquia is a North Andover, Mass. startup that capitalizes on a content management system written by its co-founder in 2001.

Drupal Founder Dries Buytaert (Finally) Enters Start-Up Life with Acquia

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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blognation Belgium

Last weekend at Barcamp Brussels, I had a chance to talk to Dries Buytaert (also, see this video interview) about his recent announcement that he’s going to start a company called Acquia now that he’s in the final stage of completing his PhD from the University of Ghent.

Dries, in case you don’t know, is the guy that created Drupal a few years ago and has remained project lead for the development community ever since. He also founded and presides the Drupal Association that was set up exactly one year ago. He’s now entering start-up life with Acquia, and evidently Drupal is the center piece of the venture.

Drupal Forms Commercial Wing To Sell Extra Services To Publishers

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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paidContent: UK

Dries Buytaert, the Belgian developer behind the Drupal open-source content management system, is launching a start-up to take parts of the effort commercial. Debuted in 2001, Drupal powers newspaper sites including Bluffton Today, New York Observer, SavannahNow.com and Dagbladet Information, but it has remained a non-profit project heavily supported by a developer community and a recently formed association.

Acquia Raises $7 Million First Round For Commercialization Of Drupal Publishing Platform

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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paidContent.org

Acquia, the commercial developer of open source publishing platform Drupal, has raised a $7 million first round led by North Bridge Venture Partners; also participating were Sigma Partners and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. Funding will go towards the establishment of value-added software and services around Drupal.

Drupal CMS to Move to a Whole New Level

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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SYS-CON Media

"It is very important to me that Acquia has a marketing leader who understands the importance of growing and sustaining a community and who is passionate about the principles of open source software," said Acquia co-founder and CTO Dries Buytaert as Jeff Whatcott joined the company as vice president of marketing, responsible for all marketing activity. Whatcott recently arrived from Adobe, where he led marketing for LiveCycle and Flex.

VC Funding for Drupal?

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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CMS Watch

I've heard from several different sources about a "hot deal" for venture capital funding of a Drupal-oriented start-up called Acquia. Acquia has been in stealth mode, but not for long -- "hot" means likely to get funded, perhaps by a consortium of VCs.

Exclusive: Interview with Drupal Founder Dries Buytaert

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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CMS Wire

Drupal project founder Dries Buytaert has had a productive year, even by his standards. He wrapped up his PhD, became a father, started a company (Acquia) with Jay Batson, and, oh yeah, continued to steer the good ship Drupal towards modular, multi-user Web CMS heaven.

We caught up with the man just before Christmas, and collared him for a quick chat about Acquia, Drupal and OSS.

Drupal Goes Commercial?

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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CMS Wire

“When I examine the landscape of open source projects that have had a big impact on the technology industry, I’ve concluded that projects which have had the biggest impact (usually) have a well-capitalized company behind them.”

- Dries Buytaert, November 2007

According to CMSWatch, big piles of venture capital are being thrown at a Drupal-oriented startup called Acquia. Maybe you’re happy for Dries and company or maybe you don’t care.

But, as you might well have heard, there’s more to this story than meets the eye. Drupal founder Dries Buytaert (who owns the Drupal trademark) is one half of the team behind the startup, along with Jay Batson. The move will see PhD student (and new father - Congratulations!) Buytaert finally cashing in on his popular Web CMS invention.

Drupal Developers Acquia Raise $7 Million

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Mashable!

Only a few days ago did Dries Buytaert, the Belgian developer behind Drupal, the open-source content management system, decide to launch a start-up to take parts of the effort commercial. Today, Acquia, the company formed to pusue that effort, has gathered together a $7 million first round investment. The round was led by North Bridge Venture Partners as well as Sigma Partners and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures.

Buytaert put Acquia together to be “a company that is to Drupal what Ubuntu or RedHat are to Linux. If we want Drupal to grow by at least a factor of 10, keeping Drupal a hobby project as it is today, and taking a regular programming job at a big Belgian bank is clearly not going to cut it.”

Drupal and Dries: A business model that works

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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CMS Report

What is the good news? Dries Buytaert, project leader for Drupal, is starting his first Drupal startup. The working name for the company is Acquia.

Does anyone else see the irony in Drupal's founder not beginning his first Drupal startup until seven years after releasing Drupal publicly? Think of all the developers, IT leaders, and companies that have prospered over the years from Drupal. In all that time, Dries has been very careful to not benefit more than others in the Drupal community. All in all, I think Dries has shown the highest respect for open source as well as loyalty to the Drupal community.

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