Dries Buytaert

Chief Technology Officer
Acquia, Inc.

Dries Buytaert is the original creator and project lead for the Drupal open source web publishing and collaboration platform. Buytaert serves as president of the Drupal Association, a non-profit organization formed to help Drupal flourish. He is also co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, a venture-backed software company that offers products and services for Drupal. Dries is also a co-founder of Mollom, a web service that helps you identify content quality and, more importantly, helps you stop website spam. A native of Belgium, Buytaert holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent University and a Licentiate Computer Science (MsC) from the University of Antwerp. In 2008, Buytaert was elected Young Entrepreneurs of Tech by BusinessWeek as well as MIT TR 35 Young Innovator.

Recent blog posts

Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 16:53
Drupal continues to rack up successes among large developer communities, with x.commerce joining Twitter, which made the move last month. X.commerce is a new division of PayPal that serves as an open, central meeting place for over 700,000 More...
Posted on Friday, September 9, 2011 - 15:42
A number of concerns have been voiced from the community about the substantial growth Acquia has achieved since its inception, the number of key contributors who are now employed by Acquia, and the subsequent influence that this allows Acquia to More...
Posted on Friday, September 9, 2011 - 15:38
As followers of this blog, you might have read that Acquia acquired two Drupal companies; security specialist Growing Venture Solutions and migration expert Cyrve. We wanted to do these acquisitions because they create a win-win-win situation; it More...
Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 06:22
I'm thrilled to announce that Acquia has received $15 million in its fourth round of funding -- that is about twice as much as any of our earlier rounds (series A, series B, series C). Our previous investors affirmed their confidence by More...
Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 04:14
If you're a regular visitor to the Acquia website, you were probably surprised at what you saw the last time you stopped by. Aside from our new company logo, the whole site has a very different look, navigation, and main message points from a few More...
Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 16:07
It's always feast or famine. During Drupal's first few years, core contributors all knew when a new Drupal site launched, and usually also knew the people who created it. There's simply no way to keep up. Acquia runs a site crawler to find new More...
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 15:41
Starting today, Twitter's developer community lives and breathes on Drupal! Check it out at http://dev.twitter.com. This is a big deal for Drupal -- it's not every day that one of the hottest technology start-ups switches one of its sites to Drupal More...
Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 - 16:52
Anyone who runs a high-availability Drupal site knows about Varnish, the open-source HTTP reverse-proxy server. Varnish intercepts requests before they hit the web server and delivers relevant information that it finds in its cache, resulting in More...
Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 07:04
Last week, we flew everyone at Acquia that joined before 2011, as well as their significant others (or someone of their choice) to the Caribbean to celebrate an incredible year. I wrote about the trip in my blog post titled "Acquia goes to the More...
Posted on Monday, April 25, 2011 - 13:51
There are two things that I need most; (a) a hair cut and (b) more time. A hair cut I just got last weekend so that leaves me with finding more time. I need more time because things continue to grow: Acquia now has more than 100 people and a More...
Posted on Monday, April 25, 2011 - 10:22
This week many of us at Acquia will be on an epic trip to the Caribbean. Venture backed start-ups set aggressive goals. At Acquia, our goal for 2010 was to increase 2009 revenue by 250%. No small goal, no small feat. In the beginning of 2010, most More...
Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 07:01
Open source is the best way to build and distribute software. There are few things about which I'm more convinced. In some, but not all cases, Open Source also offers a viable business model. When it does, it's great because it allows you to do More...
Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 13:08
We just re-launched the Acquia Network with a new look and feel, powerful new services and a new developer-focused subscription. Peter Guagenti, who has championed the effort within Acquia, has all the details in his announcement blog post. The More...
Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 13:08
We just re-launched the Acquia Network with a new look and feel, powerful new services and a new developer-focused subscription. Peter Guagenti, who has championed the effort within Acquia, has all the details in his announcement blog post. The More...
Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 11:34
The following blog post was published as a guest blog post on Forbes.com. I wrote it after Al Jazeera successfully moved some of their Drupal sites from their traditional hosting company to Acquia Hosting (now called Acquia Managed Cloud) to help More...
Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 14:45
It has been only 18 months since we launched Acquia Hosting. Today, Acquia Hosting is serving 2.2 billion page views a month for several hundred customers and growing rapidly. In those 18 months, we also built a lot of tools to help organizations More...
Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 14:45
It has been only 18 months since we launched Acquia Hosting. Today, Acquia Hosting is serving 2.2 billion page views a month for several hundred customers and growing rapidly. In those 18 months, we also built a lot of tools to help organizations More...
Posted on Monday, February 14, 2011 - 12:55
I'm happy to share another gigantic win for Drupal; the World Economic Forum (the Forum) has launched their internal collaboration platform on Drupal. The Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the More...
Posted on Monday, February 14, 2011 - 12:55
I'm happy to share another gigantic win for Drupal; the World Economic Forum (the Forum) has launched their internal collaboration platform on Drupal. The Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the More...
Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 12:32
Tesla Moters is using Drupal for their website: http://www.teslamotors.com. Really beautiful design. Tesla went public last year; it is the first American automaker to go public since Ford Motor's IPO more than 50 years ago. Last month, Acquia More...

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