Who am I? Why am I here?
by David Rothstein
I'm finishing up my fourth day at Acquia, and in thinking about how to introduce myself, one phrase immediately jumped to mind: "Who am I? Why am I here?"
Those somewhat-awkward-yet-charming words were famously uttered by Admiral James Stockdale, a surprise candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1992, in his first introduction to a national audience. I have to admit I feel a little bit like Admiral Stockdale, plucked from obscurity and suddenly thrust into the spotlight. Although I've been actively involved in developing for Drupal the past several months, I'm still pretty new to the community.
In what seems to be a bit of a trend among recent Acquia hires, I have a background in physics (mine is in astrophysics) and am coming to Acquia very much from outside the web development industry. I got involved with Drupal because in the course of doing scientific research, I was also building websites that focused on science education and public outreach, and I eventually learned that (a) collaborating with an open source community is way more fulfilling and productive than writing code on your own, and (b) Drupal is a lot of fun. I was quickly hooked.
A fortuitous set of circumstances came together to bring me to Acquia, and I'm excited beyond belief at the opportunity I have here. I'm amazed at the people I have a chance to work with, both at Acquia and in the larger Drupal community, and I'm eager to learn from them. I hope that in time I'll be able to do my own part to help both Acquia and Drupal achieve great things for the world.