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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 organisation 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 Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 15:07
The first version of Drupal's automated test framework was developed in 2004 by Moshe Weitzman. It started as a simple wrapper around the SimpleTest unit testing framework. Later, Thomas Ilsche and Rok Zlender extended it as part of the Google More...
Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 11:38
Improving the usability of Drupal is very important. Yesterday, I wrote about the progress that was made on Drupal 7 usability -- the community has made a ton of incremental improvements, while Mark and Leisa have been preparing mockups and More...
Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 11:36
Based on a survey that I conducted last year, it was clear that one of the community's key goals is making Drupal easier to use. This is not really all that surprising. An easier to use Drupal means a Drupal that attracts more users, and therefore More...
Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 08:01
Acquia was featured in today's Boston Globe. The article, titled Start-up built on free software, talks about the growing interest in Open Source during tough economic times. The Boston Globe is a daily newspaper based in Boston, owned by The New More...
Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 23:32
At Acquia, we've launched Acquia Search in public beta today. As I've previously announced, Acquia Search is a hosted Acquia Network service, delivering the capabilities of the Apache Solr as a web service to Drupal websites of any size. Acquia More...
Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 23:01
If you're looking to evaluate Drupal, or if you're a Drupal developer, you have got to check out Acquia's Stack Installer, aka DAMP, that we released at DrupalCon DC today. No doubt most of you are familiar with LAMP, MAMP, WAMP or XAMPP, which are More...
Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 07:44
Acquia's subscription business has taken off as expected, and we are now launching a number of new initiatives as announced in the Acquia 2009 roadmap. With the coming release of Acquia Search, new projects like Acquia Fields and Acquia Gardens, More...
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 09:23
Alfresco and Optaros, in conjunction with Acquia, have made available a set of Drupal modules that integrate Drupal with Alfresco using the CMIS APIs. See the CMIS module and the CMIS Alfresco module on drupal.org. It all started with my Amnesty More...
Posted on Monday, January 19, 2009 - 08:47
Last weekend, I attended DrupalCamp Köln in Germany. It was great to put my feelers out in the German Drupal community and to talk with so many Drupal users and developers. Executive summary: the German Drupal community is going strong. Thanks for More...
Posted on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 - 07:02
Good news! During the week of December 15, we're organizing a 5-day Fields in Drupal core code sprint at Acquia! The goal is to get CCK functionality into Drupal 7. So far, Karen, Yves and Barry have signed up -- Karen and Yves are the main CCK More...
Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 04:43
I've recently been thinking a lot about the freemium business model. For those unfamiliar with the freemium business model, it was first articulated by venture capitalist Fred Wilson in 2006: "Give your service away for free, possibly ad supported More...
Posted on Friday, October 17, 2008 - 03:31
I was featured on the infamous Lullabot podcast series. Jeff Robbins and I talk about Acquia, Mollom and Drupal 7. Check out the Lullabot podcast #65 (mirror) if you want. We kick it off talking about Acquia, the Mollom part starts around minute More...
Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 - 01:24
After months of hard work, Acquia is now open for business! Starting today, everyone can connect their Drupal 6 site to the Acquia Network to take advantage of our services. Oh my! The Acquia Network (previously code-named Spokes) is a hosted More...
Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2008 - 05:13
John Eckman of Optaros sat down with Jeff Whatcott, Acquia's Chief Communicator, to talk about Drupal and Acquia. Rock on, Jeff. If you can't see the video above, you can view it directly at blip.tv. More...
Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 15:45
Acquia was one of six companies chosen to present at the Launch Pad event at the Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco last week. Selection for Launch Pad was a great honor - more than 150 companies submitted applications - and a tremendous opportunity to More...
Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 04:01
Every week, several people ask me what I spend time on at Acquia? What does a co-founder and start-up CTO in a high-tech company do? In starting a company, there are lots of things that have to be done but my main responsibility right now is to More...
Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 08:08
(The video above was shot last week when Jay and I were driving to work. Jay said 'December' but really meant 'January'.) As you might have read on the Acquia website, Acquia is six people now. We had the fortune of being able to hire some More...
Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2007 - 16:05
Today, we announced that Gábor Hojtsy and Kieran Lal have joined Acquia as employee one and two respectively. The nice thing about hiring from an Open Source community is that it makes the hiring process significantly easier. I've been working with More...

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