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#AcquiaEngage Recap: PFunk, Digital Disruption and the Future of Engagement

We need the funk, gotta have that funk. Owww…..

Emerging through the noise of a packed venue at Boston’s Royale, George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic brought “pure funk mayhem” to all in attendance.

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Digital Transformation Meetup: Boston

Attend an exclusive event for digital marketers and technology professionals hosted by Acquia & Boston Interactive at TRADE, minutes from south station! Network with Boston’s leading companies and get expert advice to jumpstart your web content management and digital transformation effort. (And, enjoy top-notch small plates and drinks on us while you’re at it)!

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

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Friday, December 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.

Acquia's Dries Buytaert 'Not Interested in the Hype' [Dec. 26, 2013]

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Thursday, December 26, 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.”

FutureM Conference

Acquia is proud to be a sponsor of FutureM!
We're speaking, exhibiting and hosting an awesome meet-up with R2integrated.

About FutureM:
MITX's FutureM brings together marketing and technology innovators to contemplate and celebrate the future of Marketing.  FutureM is about Marketing with a capital M - integrating traditional marketing, digital marketing, R&D, product development and all other parts of an organization that impact customer engagement and purchasing decisions.

Drupal in Higher Ed Meetup - Boston

Acquia is excited to be hosting another Drupal Higher Education Meetup this summer in Boston! Meet us at Tico in the heart of Boston for a networking reception filled with drinks, hors d'oeuvres and great conversation.

EduWeb Conference 2013

Acquia, the leading provider of Drupal support and services in higher education, is pleased to be be a major sponsor of this year's EduWeb Conference (July 29-31) here in our hometown of Boston! Here is what we're up to:

Acquia Drupal Courses in Boston

As one of the first things I'm doing as the new Director of Learning Services at Acquia, I'm proud to announce some (close to) FREE Drupal courses in Boston!

We'll will be holding two 2-day workshops in Boston (still nailing down exact location - check back for an update on that front).