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Dries Buytaert, Oprichter Drupal en CTO Acquia: “Personalisatie is Volgende Internetmijlpaal” [April 16, 2014]

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Customer Talk

“Een website is al lang geen aanhangsel van een bedrijf meer, vaak is de site de kern van je organisatie.” Dat stelt Dries Buytaert, oprichter van het open source cms Drupal en cto bij het eveneens door hem opgerichte bedrijf Acquia. Alles draait volgens hem om goede digitale ervaringen en die kun je niet bieden met standaard content. Klanten leren kennen, profielen opbouwen en persoonlijke content bieden is volgens Buytaert de sleutel tot succes.

De Belg Dries Buytaert ontwikkelde het open source content management systeem (cms) Drupal veertien jaar geleden vanaf zijn studentenkamer. Hij ontwikkelde het systeem vooral omdat hij wilde leren over de technologie achter websites en daarnaast had hij behoefte aan een berichtensysteem. Veertien jaar later is zijn berichtensysteem uitgegroeid tot een grote cms-oplossing en is Buytaert chief technology officer (cto) bij Acquia; het door hem opgerichte bedrijf dat technische ondersteuning biedt aan Drupal-gebruikers. Acquia groeide in de afgelopen jaren uit tot een groot bedrijf. Het hoofdkantoor staat in Burlington, Massachusetts, in de Verenigde Staten, maar in de Benelux zijn ondertussen zo’n vijftien medewerkers actief.

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Het grootste verschil met andere enterprise cms-oplossingen is dat Drupal open source is. Buytaert: “Enerzijds betekent dit dat Drupal een softwarelicentie is die iedereen gratis kan gebruiken en anderzijds kunnen ze de software niet alleen gratis gebruiken, ook krijgt iedereen gratis toegang tot de broncode.” Dit gegeven kan marketeers volgens Buytaert helpen bij hun huidige uitdaging. “Marketeers moeten steeds meer doen met minder middelen en met Drupal zit je niet vast aan een softwarepakket met vaste functionaliteiten. Je kunt alle tools die je nodig hebt zelf toevoegen”, aldus Buytaert.

Volgens Buytaert is Drupal succesvol, omdat er zo’n grote groep ontwikkelaars actief is. Er is een community van ruim 10.000 ontwikkelaars die Drupal continu verbeteren en uitbreiden met nieuwe modules. Hierdoor kunnen nieuwe ontwikkelingen in marketingland snel opgepakt worden door de marketeer. Buytaert: “Waar gebruikers van een ‘vaste’ softwareoplossing vaak jaren moeten wachten op bijvoorbeeld een nieuwe functionaliteit voor Pinterest, was deze module binnen Drupal in zeer korte tijd klaar voor gebruik.”

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Acquia Might IPO in 2014, Plans for E-commerce Play [March 3, 2014]

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BostInno

By Gilles Bernard

Burlington, Mass.-based Acquia might hold its initial public offering as early as this year.

"We don't have a specific time frame other than to say we're certainly big enough to do it now," the firm's CEO Tom Erickson told the Boston Business Journal in a recent interview.

The company, which offers cloud hosting and tools for development software Drupal, released its 2013 growth numbers last week. In the last year, the company cited revenue growths of 50 percent, hitting its record revenue of $68 million. The company reaped around $45 million in revenue in 2012 – more than double that of 2011. Acquia's revenue has grown for 19 consecutive quarters.

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Drupal Creator and Acquia Co-Founder Dries Buytaert Does a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" = Awesome! [Jan 22, 2014]

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By Dennis Keohane

At the end of last week, Drupal creator and Acquia co-founder/CTO Dries Buytaert went on reddit and spent some time doing an "Ask Me Anything" session with a whole slew of interested redditors. It was significant for Buytaert because the Q & A fell on the thirteenth anniversary of the founding of Drupal.

It's interesting for us because it gives some insight into the life and career of one of the local tech leaders who is generally quiet and pretty private.

The session, "I'm Dries Buytaert, project lead of Drupal. Ask me anything", featured a ton of questions about Drupal, content management system, as well as Acquia. However, there were plenty of personal and pretty funny exchanges as well.

Here are some of the best...

Acquia's Dries Buytaert 'Not Interested in the Hype' [Dec. 26, 2013]

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Boston Business Journal

In 1999, Dries Buytaert made the decision to spend "a couple nights" working on a message board for himself and other computer science students at the University of Antwerp to use.

“That ended up being 13 years of my life,” said Buytaert, whose project evolved into Drupal, an open-source content management system and site development platform now powering more than 2 percent of the world’s websites.

Drupal provides Web developers with a free set of tools and is particularly tailored to sites that have a lot of content that is continuously being updated, as well as sites that need to serve a large number of registered users.

Drupal now has more than 1 million users in 228 countries, and Buytaert continues to serve as the project lead for Drupal as well as president of the nonprofit Drupal Association.

“I very much feel like I’m an accidental leader,” Buytaert said. “I enjoy what I do and feel great about what I do, but I never planned to build software that would be so widely used.”

Acquia Won't Rush IPO [Dec. 19, 2013]

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Computerworld

By Rohan Pearce

Boston-based Web technology company Acquia is heading towards an IPO but it's in no rush to go public according to Dries Buytaert, Acquia's co-founder and the creator of the open source CMS Drupal.

"For us [an IPO] is something that we're working on but it's not front and centre right now," Buytaert, the CTO of the Drupal services firm, said.

"We think it's a key milestone, but it's only just that as well: It's a milestone in a much longer path to building a significant independent company. So that's the reason I say we're not obsessed with it."

Earlier this year, the company hired Dennis Morgan as CFO, which is "obviously a key component for being able to do an IPO," the CTO added.

"In general we want to be an IPO-ready company such that we have the luxury to file for an IPO if we were to choose to," Buytaert said.

Step Aside Coding, It's Time to Embrace the Assembled Web [Dec. 9, 2013]

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Forbes

By Dries Buytaert

To "assemble" means to build. Assembling also means that we come together. Sometimes, both aspects are true. When that happens and we work together to build, we are better off for it.

The open source community is a perfect example of this. When Linux creator Linus Torvalds spoke about how it felt to get contributions from a worldwide network of people, he remarked "I had hoisted myself up on the shoulders of giants". I'm lucky enough to feel the same way.

The Internet has created a culture of sharing, letting people connect and collaborate on areas of common interest. When I started developing Drupal in 2000 from my university dormitory in Antwerp, I never imagined I'd build a network of people who were interested in building a content management system with me. Yet word of my project spread, and before I knew it, I was getting contributions to my project from around the world. Soon I also was standing on the shoulders of giants.

Dries Buytaert to Present Keynote at DrupalCon Prague [Sept. 19, 2013]

LONDON, UK – 19 September 2013 – Acquia, where great digital experiences begin, today announced that Drupal Project Founder and Acquia Co-founder and CTO Dries Buytaert will present the keynote at DrupalCon Prague held 23-27 September 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Best Advice I Ever Got: Dries Buytaert [Sept. 9, 2013]

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Inc. Magazine

Original Drupal creator and Acquia co-founder/CTO Dries Buytaert explains why startup founders can never think too big--and shares his story of open-source web publishing.

When I started working on Drupal in my college dormitory 12 years ago, I had no idea that one day it would be used by 2 percent of the world's websites. What's even more exciting is the open-source community that has grown up around Drupal. More than 20,000 contributors share their code and are responsible for the Drupal we know today.

I co-founded Acquia six years ago to support the growing number of organizations that rely on Drupal, and also co-founded Mollom to solve the spam moderation challenges for website owners. Six years later, Mollom was acquired, and Acquia has almost 400 employees. As I've encountered challenges every step of the way, I've discovered that some of the best advice I've received is useful no matter what the project.

1. Think big

So often I meet entrepreneurs who are working on a startup concept. They have a great idea and a business plan to bring it to market, but they're thinking too small about what they're trying to do.

Open-source Code: By the People, For the People [Aug. 29, 2013]

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VentureBeat

By Dries Buytaert

Many organizations adopt open source for reasons like flexibility and agility. Everyone needs to do more with less. But in government, open source drives both civic engagement and government participation like never before. Because of digital, the world feels much smaller and more connected. And open source gives people the opportunity to rally around a cause, no matter where they live.

Think about how we petitioned our government before we had the We The People website. I bet you have to think pretty hard about how it was done (I do!). Now, a website has brought to life the First Amendment rights of U.S. citizens. Millions of people’s voices are heard. People pull together based on common concerns. The White House built We The People using Drupal and shared the code on GitHub, opening up the opportunity for other governments to easily create their own online petitioning systems.

Acquia: $45M in 2012 revenue, staff now above 300 [May 22, 2013]

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Boston Business Journal

By Kyle Alspach

Burlington-based Web publishing software firm Acquia said Wednesday it received $45.3 million in revenue in 2012, more than doubling its top line from the previous year.

Acquia also said it has doubled its employee count in the past 15 months, and now has about 340 employees globally, with half of them in Burlington.

That's up from the 260 employees Acquia had in late November, when the firm raised $30 million in funding.

The company provides tools and support for enterprises using the open-source Drupal Web publishing platform. Drupal has surged in popularity among enterprises in recent years due to the potential for cost savings and the flexibility of design.
Acquia previously reported receiving $21.8 million in revenue in 2011. Those revenue results had made Acquia the fastest-growing software company on the 2012 Inc. 500 list, and the eighth fastest-growing company on the list overall.

The firm says it now has more than 3,800 customers, up from about 2,000 at the end of 2011. New customers include Georgetown University, Olympus Corporation of the Americas and Polycom.

Acquia is "enabling our customers to build disruptive digital businesses in an open source way," co-founder and CTO Dries Buytaert said in a news release announcing the revenue growth Wednesday.

Key customer sectors include media and entertainment (NBC, Warner Music Group), high-tech (eBay, Twitter), health care (Humana) and higher-education (Stanford University).

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