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 Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - 11:23
It's a big day for us at Acquia. We finally took the beta-wraps off of Acquia Search, and made it available commercially as part of the Acquia Network. Thanks to the 250+ beta testers who helped make our hosted search service fit for use in More...
Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 14:31
On Friday, there is a Drupal meetup happening in Utrecht, The Netherlands. I'm planning to attend so looking forward to meet some of you there. On Saturday and Sunday, a smaller group of core developers will meet in the offices of One Shoe in More...
Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 09:11
In this screencast, Bryan House from Acquia discusses Acquia Search with Michael Coté from RedMonk. Great demo, Bryan! More...
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 Friday, May 15, 2009 - 04:56
A couple of days ago, Acquia announced a technology partnership with WoodWing. WoodWing's Enterprise 6 Content Publishing Platform now ships with Acquia Drupal as the default CMS, as well as a connector module. WoodWing's typical customers are More...
Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 07:17
Ever wanted to see the Media Lab at MIT? An almost mythical place where "...the future is lived, not imagined ... a world where radical technology advances are taken for granted, ..." and technology is designed "... for people to create a better More...
Posted on Monday, May 11, 2009 - 09:05
For years now, people have been asking me how many Drupal sites there are. This is, of course, something of a moving target and I figured that the only way to answer that question was to count all the Drupal sites out there one by one. Three years More...
Posted on Friday, April 17, 2009 - 10:38
Earlier this week, Lullabot showed a preview of Buzzr (previously announced as "Codename"), a hosted version of Drupal 6 with a new user interface and user experience. Interestingly enough, the new user interface has remarkable similarities with the More...
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 02:19
OSBC, the Open Source Business Conference that took place in San Francisco this week, just wrapped up. I'm sitting here in my hotel room, trying to digest all of the conversations that I've had over the past days and process the presentations that More...
Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 15:30
Microsoft announced its Web Application Gallery at its annual MIX conference today. The exciting news for many of us is that Drupal is one of the first 10 applications to be included as part of the Web Application Gallery. Other open source 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 Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 14:09
The Drupal NYC group just hosted its sixth annual DrupalCamp on Saturday, February 28th, at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University in downtown Brooklyn. Held the weekend before DCDC, the event was attended by some seventy people and can More...
Posted on Monday, March 2, 2009 - 01:55
Drupal has thousands of contributors. About twice a year, we stop contributing long enough to have a beer together. We call that DrupalCon. ;-) DrupalCon DC, or DCDC for short, is this week, and I'm leaving in a few moments to attend. DCDC's 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 Friday, February 20, 2009 - 10:28
Now that the Acquia Network and Acquia Drupal are available, it is a good time to provide more visibility into where Acquia is headed. Just like we did early on in Acquia's life when we announced "Carbon" (now called "Acquia Drupal") and "Spokes" ( More...

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