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Hello there.

As you may have heard, I recently joined Acquia as vice president of marketing. It's wonderful to be part of such a strong team and to be able to work with such an incredible open source community. We're going to do great things together.

So who am I? Well, first the important stuff: I'm a father of four great kids and an aspiring amateur photographer (a Nikon guy just like Dries). I also recently started blogging, and managed to get things running on Drupal last week.

I spent almost eight years leading software businesses at Adobe, Macromedia, and Allaire. See my LinkedIn profile for the gory details. During that time, I learned how to grow and work productively with the strong communities around our Flex, Flash, and ColdFusion product lines.

At Adobe I was part of the team that released Flex under an open source license and made the Tamarin ECMAScript virtual machine a joint open source project with Mozilla. It was exhilarating to help guide the company toward the open source strategy and then help the press and analyst community come to understand and accept our commitment to openness. This experience really prepared me to answer the call from Acquia when they contacted me last fall. It's great to be on board.

We have LOT of great stuff on our Acquia marketing to do list this year. We need to build a world-class team of product marketers, product managers, and technical evangelists. We've committed to helping the Drupalcon Boston 2008 organizing team deliver a conference that absolutely rocks. We've got to work with the community to dramatically increase the industry profile of Drupal. And of course we need to successfully launch the initial set of Acquia products. It should be fun.

Beyond the Acquia to-do list, I also want to actively engage in the existing community initiatives focused on marketing Drupal. I've been tracking the Drupal Marketing group on Drupal.org for a while now and I look forward to participating more actively there, starting today.

Be sure to let me know if you have any suggestions or feedback. You can either leave a comment here, shoot me an email at jeff at acquia dot com or find me on groups.drupal.org as "jwhatcott". I really look forward to hearing from you and working with you in the years ahead. And be sure to track me down at Drupalcon Boston 2008. You are going to be there, right?


Posted on by paris (not verified).

Welcome to the community Jeff! Looking forward to what 2008 will bring.

Posted on by Jim E (not verified).

Great intro Jeff. I am excited about working with you on the Drupalcon Boston 2008. I really believe that collaboration among your team at Acquia, development firms such as Achieve and our entire community is going to create tremendous value for the firms desiring to leverage the best of the Web 2.0 world. All the best to you and your team.

Posted on by Anonymous (not verified).

I was a Cold Fusion developer when Allaire had the reigns. I watched the fiasco and subsequent destruction of that language by the acquisition of Macromedia and the further chaos played by Adobe. I watched the Cold Fusion community react and fragment at each step. It is what drove me to Drupal and out of those communities.

Your probably a great boon and comfort to the VC that runs Acquia ... grats. I don't see your Drupal ID but I am familiar with your work.

Yeah ... welcome to Drupal ... *starts flipping through the cms pages evaluating options*

Posted on by ashok (not verified).

It would be great to get your feedback on the Marketing of Drupal group, and more specifically to the request for Drupal growth data that Acquia is using and Drupal's new slogan.

Posted on by jwhatcott Whatcott.

Thanks. I just posted on the growth data thread and will get to the slogan thread later this afternoon. I've had a few good discussions on this topic in the past 24 hours.


Posted on by Duane Nickull (not verified).

Dude - congrats! Now you have a good excuse to come visit Vancouver, the home of the Drupal universe! I've still got a bottle with your name on it in the cellar!


Posted on by jwhatcott Whatcott.

Thanks Duane. I'm definitely due for a trip to Vancouver.

Posted on by Rainer (not verified).

You're the next (IT) famous person in the acquia team. I am keen on who follows next. Looking forward to see you all in Boston.

Posted on by Corey (not verified).

Congratulations on the new job. I don't know much about Acquia or Drupal. I guess that it's your job now to change the status quo. Good luck.

Posted on by peach - a. drup... (not verified).

gratz man. It's fun to see this company shaping up.

offtopic: I don't think the red accent matches with the blue.. 'het vloekt', as we say in Dutch. (ask Dries ;)).

Posted on by Don Grady (not verified).


Congratulations on your recent funding.

I received information about your company from one of my peers in the channels group. You manage web content. Our SOA technology delivers various types of data content to the web. (We have over 350 adapters for data, popular applications, message formats,etc). I'd like to talk to you about ways in which our joint techologies can enhance information delivery. Are you available to discuss?

don grady
(917) 339-6892

Posted on by Chris Charlton (not verified).

Hi Jeff, cool to hear about your work with Flex.