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London lures Canadian tech startups with tax incentives, grants [June 18, 2012]

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Financial Post

The promise of billion-dollar exits and splashy stock offerings have long lured tech entrepreneurs to the southern San Francisco Bay area and prompted other metropolitan areas to try to create their own innovation-based sectors.

Tech City in east London, England, is one such example and some Canadian startups looking to tap into larger markets are bypassing the original Valley and instead heading east across the Atlantic.

Hossein Rahnama, founder and chief executive of Flybits based out of Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ) in Toronto, said he decided to set up a second office in London because it was similar to the company’s home city in many ways.

Acquia Goes Big in Boston [June 13, 2012]

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De Tijd

Acquia Goes Big in Boston

With the backing he received from American venture capital investors in 2007, Antwerp resident Dries Buytaert (33) established in Boston Acquia, a company that offers Drupal content management services, software developed by Buytaert himself and used by webmasters to build and manage their websites. The software is free and hundreds of thousands of developers around the globe are constantly working on improving the programme. Acquia does not build websites, but assists businesses with the maintenance, monitoring and safeguarding of their websites.

Maxim, Drupal, And The Hometown Hotties [June 11, 2012]

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Information Week

Moving the men's magazine website to Drupal has given Maxim's Web developers more flexibility, including the ability to add social features to online events such as voting for "hot hometown girls."

This year's Maxim Hometown Hotties get to strike a pose on maxim.com thanks to Drupal, which replaced the site's previous Java-powered content management system (CMS) in January.

Maxim's current Hometown Hotties competition, in which women from across the country submitted pictures and profiles, is one example of the most dynamic content now featured on the site, according to Michael Le Du, CTO of Alpha Media Group, the publisher of Maxim. Maxim is a leader in the new generation of men's magazines that favor lingerie over nudity, combined with content catering to other young men's interests, such as sports, gaming, gadgets, and, of course, sex advice. Maxim's most famous reader-awarded contest, the Hot 100, just released its list of the most beautiful women (oddly, including Stephen Colbert at #69), but Le Du said Hometown Hotties is a better example of a something new Maxim was able to implement more easily thanks to Drupal. The contest is not new, but this is the first time it's been hosted on maxim.com.

Acquia Video: Maxim Magazine

Spark update: in-line editing in Drupal

The goal of the Spark distribution is to incubate authoring experience improvements in a Drupal 7 and Drupal 8. It was announced earlier this month, and since then we've been hard at work on initial research and design.

NYSE Relies on Open Source for Growth [May 28, 2012]

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CIO Journal

The announcement by NYSE Technologies, the commercial technology division of NYSE Euronext, that it is expanding the terms of its partnership with the Warsaw Stock Exchange, illustrates how the exchange company expects to significantly increase revenue by commercializing its own technology.

NYXT, as the unit is known internally, generated $490 million in revenue in 2011, up from $444 million in 2010 and $363 million in 2009. Management says the company is on track to hit $1 billion in revenues by 2015. NYSE also sees commercialization of its technology as a wedge allowing it to develop relationships with blue chip customers for its financial exchange businesses.

Bob Kerner, chief digital officer for NYSE, says the technology organization has been able to ramp up to support this aggressive growth strategy by using Drupal, an open source application used to build web sites and tools for collaboration and knowledge management. Drupal was first released in 2001, but has gained in popularity since 2007. Kerner’s team also uses a software development methodology called Agile, which is characterized by rapid, iterative development cycles and close collaboration between developers and their internal customers.

Announcing Our Partnership with NetSuite

In most enterprises today, the web is broken.

NBC Universal

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Rob: Rob Gill, I’m Director of Operations for NBC Universal’s O&TS, Operation Technical Services. We’re shared corporate organization that tries to promote best practices.

Chris: I’m Chris Herring. At NBC Universal, we use Drupal as a centralized publishing system for a lot of the NBC Universal brands.

Rob: Across company, we have 30, 40 brands: Bravo, SyFy, Telemundo. We have films, parks and we’re in a unique position to work with all of those different brands and their digital properties. We had tried a lot of the enterprise content management systems out there. They were very content-specific so there might be a really good blogging platform and if you want to build a website out of it, you could modify that blogging platform and sort of get it to do most of what you wanted it to do. Drupal was one of the first, if not the first, platform to come out. It was more of a global solution to a website as opposed to using something and then trying to make it work for everything else.

Chris: The fact that there’s a community behind Drupal made a huge difference, particularly around time to deploy for a new site.

Rob: Another major, major factor for us is on the editorial side. We have, in some cases, brands that have 30 editors that are entering content and very specifically, Drupal scaled really well on the editorial side. We consider our primary customers the editors that use the system and they have been incredibly happy with it so that was the success that we’ve built on. As we push - continue to try to push Drupal as our standard across the company, being able to back that up and have an Acquia-type company, has been very helpful.

Chris: We tend to use Acquia as a knowledge resource so when we’re researching a particular use case or a business problem, we tend to use Acquia to help us make that final determination on which module we should use. The few times that we have engaged Acquia for that sort of architectural guidance and advice, it’s been really interesting to me because each time, not only were we told the right way to go, but the options we were considering we shouldn’t have even been considering. They helped filter a lot of the noise that is out there in the community down to the exact right option to solve a business problem.

Drupal goes to Rock Center

NBC Universal is a world leader in media and entertainment and is headquartered in the mecca for these industries - Rockefeller Center in New York City.

17 Enterprise Startups To Bet Your Career On [May 2, 2012]

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Business Insider

Acquia has a famous founder and is the go-to company for millions of web sites.

Company: Acquia
Location: Burlington, MA
What it does: The support and hosting arm for companies using Drupal. Drupal is a popular free, open source content management systems used to build websites.
Founded: 2007
Funding: $38.5 million
Why it's hot: Drupal was written by Dries Buytaert when he was college and it organically grew into a massively popular CMS today.

Announcing Spark: authoring improvements for Drupal 7 and Drupal 8

At DrupalCon Denver, I announced the need for a strong focus on Drupal's authoring experience in my State of Drupal presentation. During my core conversation later in the week, I announced the creation of a Drupal 7 distribution named "Spark" (formerly code-named "Phoenix"). The goal of Spark is to act as an incubator for Drupal 8 authoring experience improvements that can be tested in the field.

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