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 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 Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 09:28
Cheers to the Acquia launch, which went really well. Hundreds of people signed up for a free community subscription. Also, check out Jeff Whatcott's blog post covering some of the blog posts, press articles, and Tweets about our new product and 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 Monday, July 21, 2008 - 14:32
One of the things we're building at Acquia is a Drupal technical support center where customers can call for help with Drupal questions. We're busy setting up a phone system, a bug tracker, a customer tracking application, a knowledge base and more 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 Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 07:11
This is what a typical work day at Acquia looks like for me -- a lot of video conferencing that is. ;-) More...
Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 05:42
I was recently interviewed by Barbara Vandenbussche for Jobat, a Belgian employment website with a weekly print magazine written in Dutch. The interview (PDF, Dutch) talks about Drupal, but also mentions Acquia and Mollom. It is the first time More...
Posted on Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 04:37
Last week in San Francisco, Jay and I spent some time at the Wired office with Wired's Michael Calore and Scott Loganbill. Of course, we took this as an opportunity to evangelize Drupal so we sat down in Wired's Webmonkey zoo to talk about Drupal More...
Posted on Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 03:45
When I was in San Francisco last week for Gilbane, I was interviewed by Rafe Needleman of CNET's WebWare. We talked about Drupal and how amazing the project is, as well as about Acquia, my Drupal startup. You can read the interview online, or you More...
Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - 17:57
I'm in San Francisco this week to sing the Drupal gospel at the Gilbane conference. I take part in a panel discussion called Social Technologies for Ad Hoc Information Sharing. Also on the panel will be John Newton, co-founder and CTO of Alfresco, More...
Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 06:08
I think Sun/MySQL's Marten Mickos nailed it when he said "There's a difference between organizations that have more time than money and organizations that have more money than time". Read Savio Rodrigues' post on InfoWorld and Matt Asay's post on 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 Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 05:32
Acquia (my company) is part of an exceptional group of companies vying for the 2008 Red Herring 100 North America award. The award recognizes the top 100 privately held companies in North America. This is big because previous winners included More...
Posted on Friday, April 18, 2008 - 13:04
It is a real honor and privilege that BusinessWeek included me on their list of top 30-and-under innovators for 2008. I'm very happy to see Drupal getting this level of recognition from the business world. What BusinessWeek only hints at, though, More...
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2008 - 06:46
At DrupalCon Boston, Acquia sponsored a launch party at the Felt club in Boston. Jeff Robbins from Lullabot performed live with its former rock band Orbit, and Acquia's Jay Batson took the crowd deep into the night with progressive house and trance More...
Posted on Monday, March 3, 2008 - 23:27
Today was a great day for Drupal. We kicked off our largest Drupal conference ever – more than 800 Drupal enthusiasts from all over of the world are getting together in Boston for one week to brainstorm, to share and to work on Drupal. DrupalCon More...
Posted on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 12:36
I was interviewed by John Conroy of CMSWire. It turned out slightly more technical and visionary than previous interviews. 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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