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A View From The Catbird Seat [Dec. 27, 2013]

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BostInno

By Jay Batson

This year I switched from an active operating role as founder of Acquia to being a mentor and angel investor in early-stage startups. Between helping companies via Techstars, MassChallenge, and random introductions, I’ve tried to lend a helping hand to many, many dozens of companies this year. Which means I’ve gained a rare place among those who can see the local tech ecosystem from a high perch, and I have a couple of thoughts about our tech culture.

The growth in the number of startups in Boston since I founded Acquia in 2007 has increased phenomenally, and I see no end in sight. Credit what you wish – the emergence of AWS, the "Lean Startup," or the growth in angel capital – the result is that Boston is no longer only the birthplace of old mini-computer or networking companies. Rather, it has re-energized into a full startup ecosystem. These startups have created thousands of jobs in the city, and I’m really happy with where our tech community is at.

It’s particularly exciting to see the vast bulk of these companies locating themselves within half a mile of the Red Line, stretching from Davis Square to the Broadway stop in South Boston. Notably, unless they are in the Cambridge Innovation Center, most startups are no longer in Kendall Square, which has become the home of Big Companies. It’s great; I can bike from company to company in 10 minutes, making it the most geographically concentrated tech center in the country. (Thanks to the City of Boston’s Nicole Freedman for making Boston so bikeable!)

This extended “Red Line Tech Corridor” is what I think Boston will become known for, eclipsing the “128 Corridor." I don’t see this stopping in 2014, and predict most startups will rent office space in the Leather District, Downtown Crossing, Chinatown, or the A St. end of South Boston. (Rents in the Innovation District have quickly gotten too high for startups!) But this concentration in the historic downtown area will only happen if the buildings are updated with credible, fiber-based high-speed Internet. Amazingly, a ton of startup-priced vacant office space in these areas simply does not have fast network access. If the new Mayor wants a meaty, high-impact problem to tackle early in his new administration, here it is. This state of connectivity is embarrassing for the city.

CompuCom-led executive forum identifies operational efficiency and cloud computing as top issues for CIOs in 2012 [Oct 27, 2011]

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jeudi, le 27 octobre 2011h
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The Wall Street Journal

CompuCom Systems, Inc., the leading IT outsourcing specialist, hosted a three-day forum with 25 executives from IT organizations across vertical markets. Jay Batson, Acquia VP and Co-Founder, explored how social collaboration brings together businesses, partners, and clients, assists with recruiting, and facilitates ideation during a panel discussion at the event.

Acquia releases Drupal Commons open source social software suite

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vendredi, le 31 octobre 2014h
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Fierce Content Management

Acquia released a new social software suite this week they are calling Drupal Commons. It's an open-source alternative to the proprietary Enterprise 2.0 suites we've written about quite often here. Acquia's Jay Batson was full of optimism about it when he wrote: "Time--once again--for open source to go blow the doors off another proprietary software cathedral." In this case, the cathedral is social software suites.

Rolling Your Own Social Network

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vendredi, le 31 octobre 2014h
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IT Business Edge

There has been a fundamental shift away from e-mail in favor of social networks where people can more readily communicate with groups of their peers.

Drupal Commons: Interview with Jay Batson of Acquia

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vendredi, le 31 octobre 2014h
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Online Community Report

With the impressive rise of Drupal over the past several years, a number of consulting and integration firms have emerged with specific expertise in Drupal. The best known of these is Acquia, the “commercial arm” of Drupal, providing products, services, and technical support. Recently Acquia began distributing a community platform called “Commons”. We caught up with co-founder Jay Batson to ask about Commons, and its role in the online community sector.

Digital Hollywood

Acquia co-founder Jay Batson will be presenting on a panel Demos at Digital Hollywood – Breakthroughs in Entertainment and Technology, discussing how the open source Drupal social publishing system is becoming a disruptive technology in the entertainment business.

Gilbane Boston 2008

Acquia CEO Jay Batson and Vice President of Marketing Jeff Whatcott will both be speaking on panels at the Gilbane Boston 2008 Conference.

Where Content Management Meets Social Media

Content management is more important than ever. But even as organizations are working to get their hands around rapidly growing and increasingly diverse collections of content, new web technologies are providing opportunities to create, manage, share, and deliver richer content more easily, sometimes cheaper, and often quicker.

AIIM 2009

Attend the AIIM International Exposition & Conference for expert insight and advice from the world's leading content and information management practitioners.

With 22 tracks, over 130 conference sessions featuring more than 100 real-world case studies, and 200+ information management technology vendors on the Expo floor, the 2009 event is sure to surpass your expectations and provide you with actionable insight that you can use.

Drupal’s Creator Envisions Web Publishing’s Plug-and-Play Future

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vendredi, le 31 octobre 2014h
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Webmonkey monkey_bites

Dries Buytaert started down his path to fame when he coded up a private message board for his college dormitory. Nine years later, that modest bulletin board software package has grown into Drupal, one of the most popular open-source content publishing systems on the web with thousands of active contributors. In March 2008, Buytaert connected with entrepreneur Jay Batson, and together the two of them founded Acquia, a commercial venture that will provide technical support for Drupal’s devotees as well as further the adoption and development of the platform.

Webmonkey sat down with Dries and Jay to talk about the history of Drupal, where development is headed and the role their new company will play in the project’s future.