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To seek, to strive, to find, and not to yield

I'd like to let everyone know that I have joined Acquia as a product manager. It's a position that naturally aligns with my interests and skills and all my activity in the Drupal community over the past few years.

As a product manager, I'll be helping define those value-added products and services that Dries and Jay have been talking about. I think it's going to be a lot of fun, and a great way to create value for the community.

Over four years ago, I set out on an adventure with three goals in mind. First of all, I wanted to help create a software platform. My early work experiences had taught me that the most value creation in software came from software platforms.

Secondly, I wanted to work with a lot of smart people. I had been completely spoiled, as full-time staff, with full access to all of IBM's research, product, and services groups. I knew the only other place with this caliber of resources was in open source. In the open source community, good code and ideas attract even more of the same.

Thirdly, having spent years working closely with some of the best computer scientists on the planet, I was confident that systems level software was on the right track. However, it seemed that a majority of the interesting innovations in software would be happening in HCI with the creation of new user experiences. With these goals in mind, I set off on my adventure.

I think I can best describe my philosophy on life with a quote from a famous Canadian, "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been." - Wayne Gretzky.

Three years ago I discovered Drupal through CivicSpace and found a passion. Up until recently, my involvement in Drupal had always been as an outsider, looking inside.

My first contribution to Drupal was to unfork CivicSpace. From there I, a.k.a Amazon, worked on documentation. For the CivicSpace 4.6 release, we hired so many hobby developers from the community to get modules upgraded that Dries removed the commit notifications from the developers mailing list.

In August 2005, I met 35 members of the Drupal community at OSCON and was finally able to explain where I was skating to. I committed to three goals with Dries and Boris: support the project module, create a legal entity to support the Drupal project, and help improve the user experience.

Today I am working on a number of different projects related to Drupal, most of them are related to where I think the puck is going to be. These include advertising, memberships, project recommendations, marketing, Drupal.org redesign, scaling Drupal.org, test driven development, performance, coordinating the security team, improving APIs for Web services, and configuring and updating distributions of Drupal.

Acquia will sponsor some of my strategic efforts where it aligns with my role as product manager. At the same time, they have assured my independence for my work with the Drupal Association. This next adventure will support the Drupal community's growth and will create opportunities for new user experiences. If you would like to help, please contact me.

Comments

Posted on by ryan (not verified).

congratulations! given how much you've done for drupal, i would have been surprised if you weren't part of acquia. regardless, this is great news. best of luck!

Posted on by Chris Fuller (not verified).

Great news Kieran! We're looking forward to continuing to work with you and evolving our relationship with Acquia. Going to be very exciting to see how the team there grows.

Posted on by Dries Knapen (not verified).

Kieran, congratulations! I think this is exactly the right job for you. Given your strong character (in a positive way!) I have no doubts about you safeguarding your independence as a member of the Drupal Association.

Posted on by Eric Gundersen (not verified).

Kieran,
This is great news! I am excited to hear what you all are going to be working on in the coming year.

Happy holidays!

Posted on by Wim Leers (not verified).

Given that I'm relatively new to Drupal (almost a year now), I know little about Drupal's history before my time. It seems you've played a key role in many of Drupal's greatest advances. That alone should make you an excellent choice to work for Acquia, I think.

Thanks for all your contributions Kieran, and congratulations :)

Posted on by Marc Robinsone (not verified).

Go Kieran!

It's nice to know that the future of Drupal is in good hands. The best of luck for all your journey ahead.

Posted on by Smoking Goat (not verified).

Congratulations Kieran! Wow, what a fantastic opportunity! It seems like such a long road from our first encouter in the non-profit CiviSpace world, but it's only be a few years!

And what a team, huh? :-)

Posted on by Joe Kim (not verified).

Congrats, Kieran! Good luck on the new role.

Posted on by jvandyk (not verified).

An excellent fit. Congratulations, Kieran!

Posted on by Chris Bryant (not verified).

Congratulations Kieran! It will be great to have people like yourself working full-time on key Drupal improvements from a high level perspective. Looking forward to the days ahead!

Posted on by Steve Dale (not verified).

Congratulations on the new gig Kieran, I miss your energy and creativity here, but I'm glad to see that you're doing well. Good luck!

Posted on by Daniel Meredth (not verified).

Congrats Kieran! You are a perfect fit for this and I know you will bring the same passion and drive for excellence to this venture as you do to everything you undertake. Good luck!

Posted on by Leslie G (not verified).

Kieran, Congrats on the new gig. Sounds really exciting!

Posted on by Keith Instone (not verified).

Congrats, sounds like a perfect match. One note - Wayne Gretzky with a Z.....

Posted on by Trey Reeser (not verified).

Kieran,

Congrats on the new role! It is great to see you are thriving! I hope we get a chance to catch up in person sometime soon.

Cheers,
Trey

Posted on by lyricnz (not verified).

Congrats! It's great to see this all coming together.