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Acquia is a Red Herring finalist

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 companies like Google, Yahoo!, Skype, Netscape, Salesforce.com, and YouTube. It is still early days for Acquia but it is good to get noticed early on. The winners will be announced in May so fingers crossed ...

Big Week

Whew. Lots going on this week.
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Forrester study: Hot growth for Web 2.0 suites.... [ed. like Drupal]

On August 9th, 2007 the Drupal association was invited to participate in a study to size the global enterprise Web 2.0 market. We were invited since Drupal was associated with this technology market. Forrester wanted to get our insights and perspectives to help us with their research. The research and questions were answered by Troy Angrignon and myself. Troy and I discussed this report at Druaplcon Barcelona and he offered to help make some estimates of the Drupal business opportunity at the time.
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Come out to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs...

For fans of one of the greatest action classics of all time, Die Hard, you'll remember East coast cop John McClane's sarcastic description of his invitation to come out to the west coast after he gets trapped in a building full of thieves.
This week Jeff, Bryan, and Barry from Acquia's Boston HQ will be here in San Francisco for Web 2.0. They won't be facing off against Eastern European safe crackers and corporate executive kidnappers. They'll be competing against six... More

The Minnesota Search Sprint

Continuing the great and growing tradition of bringing people together in small groups to attack focused problems, a search related code sprint has been planned. From May 9 to 11, in the headquarters of the University of Minnesota Libraries, a small but dedicated group of Drupal coders will be melding minds to bring forth the next generation of Drupal search.
## Why Search?
Drupal has a great search module. The search index it builds powers search on Drupal.org and thousands of other sites. It is a critical piece of the... More

Dries Selected as a Business Week Best Young Entrepreneur of Tech

This is really cool and very well deserved. Dries was selected by Business Week magazine as a Best Young Entrepreneur of Tech.
Dries is "among a handful of innovators who are building businesses and products aimed at other companies and who were identified in a survey of venture capitalists and BusinessWeek editors and readers as some of this year's most promising young technology entrepreneurs."
It's great recognition... More

BussinessWeek's Young Entrepreneurs of Tech

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, is the importance of all the thousands of people, including my new colleagues at Acquia, who are working every day to make Drupal great. This is a big... More

Shining the light on Acquia and Drupal

Things are cooking here at Acquia - with lots happening to spread the word about Acquia and Drupal.
First - Dries was named one of Tech’s best young entrepreneur’s today by Businessweek.com. It’s a good piece & Dries got great billing in the article. Congratulations, Dries - well deserved .
Next in the exciting news category, last week, we learned Acquia was one of six companies chosen to present at the ... More

Drupal at MySQL expo day 2 and 3

Here's how the MySQL expo went by the numbers:
* 145 Drupal rocks mini business cards were handed out. Actual size image on the right.
* I talked directly with approximately 115 people. 69 of those people were either aware of Drupal, considering, or in some advanced stage of using Drupal.
* I am on the fifth day of trying out my new social publishing elevator pitch, and it's going really well.
* Drupal is being adopted as the new developer community web platform of choice. Even other web application frameworks are using... More

Joining an Open Source Company

Joining Acquia not only marks the earliest stage that I’ve joined a company, but also the first time I’ve joined a commercial Open Source company. This was one of the main reasons I chose to join the company. Managing a services business at an Open Source software company creates some interesting challenges compared to my past experience in traditional software and consulting businesses.

There’s more than one culture to adapt to. When you join an Open Source company, you not only need to adjust to your company’s culture, but you need to become an active... More

Minneapolis: Hub of the Drupalverse?

As a native Bostonian, I'm pretty hesitant about calling something the "hub" of anything. I have to go reconsider my instinct as I look at the Drupal events scheduled for the week of May 5-11 in Minneapolis. That week, the Twin Cities will host two opportunities for training, the Drupal search sprint, and a the Minnesota Bar Camp (minnebar). For that week, the Hub of the Drupalverse has clearly shifted to the American Midwest.
Kicking off the agenda is the [Lullabot Training](http://www.lullabot.com/training), who will offer their theming and... More

Andy and Selena's video on when to use Drupal or Wordpress

Andy and Selena did a great presentation this weekend at LUGRadio. Andy's posted the video on her site.

Drupal at MySQL conference day 1

I am at the MySQL conference and expo in Santa Clara, CA this week. I am representing Drupal at the dot org pavilion. There was no expo on Monday, so I spent my day arranging a Drupal Birds of a Feather for Wednesday, at 7:30PM and working with Sooz on perfecting the Drupal booth kit.
I spent most of my day meeting and talking with MySQL folks. I apologize for the shameless name dropping.
CEO Martin Meekos - I asked Martin how he planned to grow MySQL’s contributor base beyond the one hundred to one hundred and fifty developers they have now. He indicated they had a large ecosystem of tools... More

Cloud Computing and Drupal

<p>Dries has an interesting post on <a href="/%3Ca%20href%3D"http://buytaert.net/drupal-in-the-cloud">cloud">http://buytaert.net/drupal-in-the-cloud">cloud computing as it relates to Drupal</a>. There have been a bunch of recent announcements and things are generally heading in the right direction. According to Dries, getting Drupal in the cloud is all about making relational databases scale. <a href="/%3Ca%20href%3D"http://buytaert.net/drupal-in-the-cloud">Check">http://buytaert.net/drupal-in-the-cloud">Check it out</a>.</p>... More

A skeptic plans a certification program

One of my responsibilities at [Acquia](http://acquia.com) is overseeing the development of our [certification program](http://acquia.com/wiki/projects/yellow-jersey). We're creating this program to establish baseline credentials for working with our commercially supported distribution of [Drupal](http://drupal.org) (codenamed [Carbon](http://acquia.com/projects/wiki/carbon)\) and our [Spokes](http://acquia.com/projects/... More

Drupal at LUGRadio live in San Francisco

This past weekend Neil Drumm and I manned the Drupal booth at LUGRadio live. There were a lot of Drupal fans in attendance, and I think Drupal got a lot of interest from groups like engineers without borders and the independent games developers conference.
The highlights of the conference for me was the Wordpress versus Drupal presentation by Andy De Luca and Selena Deckelmann, the community manager for Postgresql. Both are big Drupal fans and so it was really a presentation about what sucks and what's awesome about Drupal in comparison to Wordpress. All their points were rational and... More

Goals for Testing Code Sprint in Paris

I'm attending the Drupal testing code sprint in Paris and my goals are to graduate from the Károly and Jimmy's school of Drupal unit testing class make a dent in the unit test coverage. With this certificate, I'll extend what I learn to all via general community participation and to a much higher degree with other Acquia developers like Gábor Hojtsy, Barry Jaspan and Vladimir Dolgopolov.
During recess breaks, I'll bend Rok's ear on an entirely new angle regarding the use of continuous integration on Drupal that I've been working on here at Acquia... More

Why are people building social apps in PHP without Drupal?

Check out this chart of job trends in the number of job postings that mention the words "social" and "php" or "social" and "Drupal". It comes from Indeed.com.

social php jobs - social drupal jobs
There are currently 816 social app building jobs mentioning PHP skills and only... More

Building the Coolest Three-Minute Drupal Demo

Acquia is starting to build Drupal demos and we’d like the community’s input on today's coolest Drupal capabilities to highlight. These demos will be targeted at people who have never heard about Drupal or maybe think it is "a blogging CMS." Right now we're focusing on building a very short demo in the 2-4 minute range that will be based around a story of a company wanting to create social buzz for the community of people who might use its products. We're looking for maximum impact in minimum time.
So, what are the hottest, most exciting things Drupal can to today based entirely on core+... More

How to test 20 000 Drupal 7 core patches

Summary: 20 000 patches submitted by 1200 contributors for Drupal 7 will require:
* testing tools development with patch testing automation
* 1200 core contributors to be trained on how to write and maintain core tests
The tantalizing goal The Drupal project lead has presented an interesting challenge to the Drupal project's core development contributors. If contributors add 100% testing coverage to Drupal 7, they can reap the benefits of automated testing by having four more months of feature improvements in the development cycle. Dries has left the Drupal community drooling for more... More

Top twelve most subscribed working groups on groups.drupal.org

In my new role as the Drupal community adventure guide I am taking a look at where Drupal is growing. One part of the Drupal community that is really hot is http://groups.drupal.org.
Moshe Weitzman and the team of administrators at groups.drupal.org have hit an important growth milestone. For the second time in 4 months groups.drupal.org has over a million page views a month! I think that makes it a certifiable web 2.0 hot property ;-)
Where is all this growth coming from? Certainly a lot of the growth is coming from the 115 local groups. But let's... More

Open Source Business Conference

Today is my first day back from vacation in Maui, Hawaii. It turns out that my vacation was good preparation for this conference. For the last week, I've been waking up early in the morning to sea kayak into the ocean and swim with 50 ton blue whales.
Here at OSBC I am swimming with the big whales of open source companies as well. The keynotes were presented by Matt Asay, founder of OSBC and open source business blogger. Matt mentioned that he and a few others have estimated that at least $2 000 000 000 has been invested in open source... More

The Results Are in: OSBC Crowd Says Web CMS / Social Software Most Likely to Be Disrupted by Open Source

Later today at OSBC, I'll be joining a panel discussion of the results of the 2008 Future of Open Source survey led by by Michael Skok, general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners and CEOs of Ingres, MySQL, and SugarCRM.
The survey was conducted among OSBC attendees and customers/communities of the panelists, including many friends of Acquia who found the survey on my blog last week. You can see the survey results here.... More

Drupalcon Love

The last three months working on Drupalcon Boston 2008 have been an incredible experience for me. I've been able to give back to an amazing community that has giving so much to me professionally and personally. It's been an honor and a privilege to work with so many passionate, smart, and generous people. Before I take off for an exciting adventure vacation, I... More

Acquia launch party at Felt

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 music. Great parteeh!

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