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How Acquia Brought Drupal to the Enterprise [Sept. 18, 2014]

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TechRepublic

Dries Buytaert built what would become the open source software Drupal in his dorm room at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. What started as an experiment to build an intranet message board for his friends eventually turned into the open source software behind Drupal, and launched in 2001.

Drupal quickly grew, now boasts more than one million participants in its open source community online. In addition to a spike in individual users, Buytaert began to see an uptick in Drupal adoption by big businesses and large nonprofit organizations.

While working on his research dissertation, Buytaert began providing support to companies that had adopted the Drupal software. He recalled one particular evening when, after he was approached by a company in the UK for help, he spent the entire night working to resolve the issues it was having.

"That was my ah-ha moment," Buytaert said. "I realized there was a big opportunity to help organizations accelerate their adoption of Drupal and be successful."

Buytaert founded Acquia with Jay Batson in 2007 after the pair were introduced by Michael Skok, a partner at North Bridge Venture Networks. Acquia provides enterprise products, services, and support for Drupal, with the goal of accelerating Drupal adoption among enterprise users. Currently, Acquia works with brands such as Pinterest, Mercedes Benz, Warner Music Group, and Stanford University.

Along with businesses and nonprofits, governmental sites now run on Drupal too. The official White House site has a Drupal initiative, and Acquia published a case study on data.gov.uk, an open data project started by the UK government.

While some enterprises are hesitant to embrace open source, Buytaert believes that the collaborative software development it provides is what has kept Acquia innovative. His hope is that Acquia can be a role model for entrepreneurs with similar aspirations.

The product set
Acquia's product set aims help enterprises successfully use Drupal. The company's offerings begin with Acquia Cloud, the company's platform-as-a-service that provides cloud solutions and development tools. Buytaert said that it includes pre-built testing solutions, an API for creating custom tests, and a tool called Acquia Insight.

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Execs from Acquia, MassChallenge, CoachUp make BBJ's 40 Under 40 [Sept. 3, 2014]

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Boston Business Journal

By Sara Castellanos

Employees and executives from several Boston-area tech companies and startups made the BBJ's 40 Under 40 list this year.

The Boston Business Journal on Tuesday announced the 2014 class of 40 Under 40 honorees — business and civic leaders who already are making a major impact in their respective fields and the civic life of the Boston area. Many of them are in the field of technology and startups.

Judges reviewed nominations for more than 350 individuals. Key factors in picking honorees were professional accomplishments and civic engagement. This year's class is the 17th since the Business Journal launched the program.

The 2014 honorees will be recognized the evening of Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Mandarin Oriental Boston Hotel. Click here for information about the event. Those honored in the field of technology and startups include:

  • Dries Buytaert, Acquia. Recent company story: Amazon invests in IPO-bound digital services company Acquia to improve online shopping.
  • Wayne Chang, Twitter. Chang recently invested in Boston-based nightclub mobile app Tablelist.
  • Laura Esnaola, Care.com. Recent company story: Care.com leases new Waltham HQ, doubling size of current space.
  • Jordan Fliegel, CoachUp. Recent company story: CoachUp gets $6.7M Series A to expand site for athlete-coach matching.
  • John Foristall, Shoebuy.com
  • Catherine Havasi, Luminoso. Recent company story: MIT spinoff Luminoso taps IBM executive as VP of sales
  • Akhil Nigam, MassChallenge. Recent company story: Meet 10 female founders of MassChallenge startups.
  • Jason Robins, DraftKings. Recent company story: DraftKings lands $41M in funding, buys Cambridge-based StarStreet.
  • John Serafini, Allied Minds. Recent company story: Boston startup working with Los Alamos National Lab to better secure data online.
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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.

Meer doen met minder
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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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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donderdag, 26 december 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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maandag, 30 december 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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maandag, 9 december 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.

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