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 Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 11:53
On our quest to offer the best possible hosting solution for large-scale Drupal sites here at Acquia, we recently added support for memcache to our Acquia Hosting platform. For those that don't know memcache, it is a high-performance memory object More...
Posted on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 13:43
The U.S. Department of Education just launched a new micro-site built on Drupal: teach.gov. At teach.gov you can learn what it's like to be a teacher and get the tools you need to launch your own career in education. The site looks surprisingly More...
Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 09:40
Despite a great effort from many people, getting Drupal 7 released has proven to be a slow and arduous process. What remains is not trivial. The release of Drupal 7 is important to all of us, our businesses, and growing both adoption and our More...
Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 10:17
We hit another milestone today: twenty-thousand sites have been created with Drupal Gardens. It was only two months ago that we hit the 10,000 sites milestone. Who would have thought that we would have doubled that number so quickly? This is More...
Posted on Monday, August 9, 2010 - 09:21
On Tuesday August 17, Acquia is sponsoring a day-long code sprint at our offices just outside of Boston. During the sprint, we'll concentrate on addressing as many of the core Drupal 7 critical issues as possible. Moshe Weitzman and Stéphane More...
Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 11:24
This year in my keynote at DrupalCon San Francisco, I mentioned that the elephants are coming. Well, earlier this week Capgemini, one of the world's foremost consulting providers with 95,000 employees, announced a new service, Capgemini Immediate More...
Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 14:09
Today we’ve reached another important milestone at Acquia: Drupal Gardens is now in open beta. No more beta codes. No more waiting to try the service. Now anyone can access Drupal Gardens and create a free Drupal 7 site! It’s been fun to watch More...
Posted on Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 06:29
There exists an interesting story about a man and a butterfly cocoon. It is about a man that found a cocoon, and brought it home to watch it turn into a butterfly. As the butterfly inside matured, it struggled to get out of its cocoon, but couldn't More...
Posted on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 09:03
I really only want two things for my website: (1) I want the software that runs my website to be high-quality and (2) I want my website's content to be high-quality. It sounds easy and straight-forward but I assure you it isn't. I want the software More...
Posted on Friday, July 2, 2010 - 10:47
About 20 months ago, at Acquia, we began working on a hosted offering for Apache Solr, an open source enterprise search platform from the Apache Lucene project. Exactly one year ago, we launched it commercially as Acquia Search. Time and the public More...
Posted on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 10:23
I pretty much spent my entire life in Antwerp -- 31 years to date. However, in just a few weeks, my family and I will be moving to Boston. Why? Primarily, it allows me to reduce my travel and spend more time with my family. I flew 65,000 miles More...
Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 07:06
Working at Acquia often means taking on the hard problems, the big challenges, and making the difference between success and failure for our customers. To highlight just how flexible our Client Advisory Team needs to be on a daily basis, I want to More...
Posted on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 10:07
The fact that thousands of developers use Drupal to make money building websites for their customers has resulted in thousands of modules being created and hundreds of events being organized around the world. When I started Drupal, I wasn't aware More...
Posted on Friday, May 14, 2010 - 08:52
Roughly 8 months ago at DrupalCon Paris, we launched Acquia Hosting. In this blog post, I wanted to give a quick update on where we are after 8 months. Current status For those who don't know, Acquia Hosting is a highly-available cloud-based hosting More...
Posted on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 09:20
DrupalCon San Francisco ended a few days ago, so once again I'm sitting here with post-DrupalCon blues, trying to wrap my head around what just happened, digging out my backlog of work, and rediscovering my usual rhythm. It happens to me every time More...
Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 17:13
Quick but cool update on Drupal Gardens: Drupal Gardens users can now use Typekit fonts on their sites. The ThemeBuilder in Drupal Gardens offers a nice set of fonts, but we wanted to work with Typekit to give users access to a huge library of fonts More...
Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 15:12
For a long time now, I've been saying that we need to train more Drupalistas. Almost every Drupal company I talked to is trying to hire talented Drupal developers, but can't find any, to the point that it is holding back Drupal's adoption. To help More...
Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 13:53
DrupalCon San Francisco didn't even start, and already we have a first announcement to make! If you follow the Acquia blog, you might have read that we've begun building a free Drupal distribution, named "Drupal Commons", to go after social More...
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 18:16
Jay just posted a blog post, called Building enterprise social communities with Drupal, sharing a white paper that we have written at Acquia. In this white paper, we answer questions like: what kind of social features Drupal supplies, why Drupal is More...
Posted on Friday, March 12, 2010 - 06:56
And the answer to yesterday's "Eye grow Drupal" question is: Druplipets. Hundreds of cute little Druplipets, your friendly Druplicon chia pet. Druplipet is the newest member of the Acquia and Drupal Gardens family and will be making appearances at More...

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