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Explaining Varnish for Beginners

A short time ago I published a presentation I gave at DrupalACT entitled 'Varnish for Beginners'. Whilst the presentation itself went down well and those attending hopefully garnered a good amount of knowledge, I thought I'd share the basics in this blog post for those who would like to know more about it.

What is Varnish?

Three important start-up lessons I learned

The blog post below was a guest article I wrote for Inc Magazine and was published in September 2013. It has been a while since I shared a startup lesson on my personal blog so I'm cross-posting my article here.

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 is even more exciting is the open source community that has grown up around Drupal.

Web Publishing With the Acquia Advantage [Aug. 20, 2013]

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Bloomberg TV

Acquia CEO Thomas Erickson discusses the company's business model with Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg Television's "Money Moves."

"Social has been an add-on on the web until now. What people want to do is integrate social with their regular content," said Tom Erickson, Acquia CEO. "We're creating the opportunity for people to blend their content, their community and their commerce."

Acquia + Alfresco Join Forces for Agile, Dynamic, Multichannel Content Delivery [June 18, 2013]

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CMSWire

By David Roe

In the world of multichannel content delivery and management, partnerships are being formed at an astounding rate. Today, Alfresco and Acquia have announced a new partnership that will see the two open source platforms working together to provide advanced multichannel content management.

Acquia, Alfresco Digital Content
While both Acquia and Alfresco are strong, established players in their respective spaces, the two combined will greatly increase the ability of enterprises to provide full digital content management abilities to their clients, both internally and externally.

The combination will provide users with content applications that span everything from traditional document management to structured editorial workflows as well as the dynamic delivery of multichannel web experiences.

The result is a unified digital experience that pulls together content, community and commerce capabilities through the creation of web applications that can push content to all corners of the enterprises and to wherever it is needed.

Earlier this week we saw that many front-line workers were not in a position to close deals as many enterprise do not consider content delivery needs in their overall content strategies.

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).

Boston Business Journal Honors Acquia as a 2013 “Best Places to Work” Winner [May 1, 2013]

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Boston Business Journal

Best Places to work 2013
BOSTON - The Boston Business Journal has named Acquia one of the Best Places to Work in Massachusetts in its eleventh annual regional awards program. The honor recognizes Acquia’s achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of employee satisfaction, working conditions and company culture.

Acquia was one of over 400 companies to qualify for consideration based on a two-stage nomination process and the results of employee-satisfaction surveys taken throughout March & April.

“Our Best Places to Work event will again recognize the importance of cultivating a great workplace culture as a competitive advantage," said Chris McIntosh, publisher of the Boston Business Journal. "Companies on our list can be justifiably proud of creating a high level of workplace satisfaction during an economy where traditional rewards like big raises and bonuses aren't as easy to give. In good times and in bad, our results validate how the creation of the right corporate culture can create powerful business advantages. Employees are proud to work for companies that are about more than just business.”

The survey project was launched in January by the Boston Business Journal in conjunction with market research firm Quantum Workplace of Omaha, NE. Companies were evaluated on the results of more than 18,000 employee-satisfaction surveys. Employees answered questionnaires that addressed such factors as their pride in the company, company encouragement, support and recognition of achievement and relationships with co-workers and supervisors. The results were analyzed and scored by assigning points to each question.

80 companies total … the top 25 companies in three size categories plus the top 5 in a new category called “PR/Communications” will be awarded during a lively cocktail reception on June 13th at the iconic CitiCenter /Wang Theatre and profiled in a special supplement of the Boston Business Journal on June 14th.

Acquia to Present at 2013 Montgomery Technology Conference [Mar 1, 2013]

BURLINGTON, MA – March 1, 2013 – Acquia, the leading open cloud platform for integrated digital experiences, today announced that Acquia CEO Tom Erickson will be among the featured executives of high-growth companies who will present at the 2013 Montgomery Technology Conference.

Acquia is hiring in Europe

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We just celebrated our two year anniversary of Acquia's expansion into the Eur

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