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Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

Here are some of the past week's highlights from DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption.

Scale like Twitter with Open Source

Why Drupal? First Principles

This post will give us some common ground on which I can build my case for Drupal. To get started, we’ll need working definitions of success in business today, the nature of open source software, and a quick explanation of Drupal itself. In subsequent posts, we’ll explore specific concepts and examples of how Drupal enables success because it is open source software at scale – a powerful combination: the empowerment of freedom multiplied by an ecosystem of thousands of service providers, tens of thousands of developers, and millions of sites online.

Drupal world domination - step 2

In recent years, a new breed of incubators called seed accelerators have had success helping new companies get started. They provide mentoring, connections, and capital. Depending on the accelerator, even the branding from having been accepted into the program adds value.

The best example I've seen is TechStars. TechStars has helped launch dozens of companies over several years by attracting extraordinary mentors, and running a well-thought-out program for getting startups off the ground. Historically, TechStars built programs in specific cities, and now has four: Boulder, Portland (OR), New York, and Boston. In 2012 it also ran its first vertical-specific program (TechStars Cloud). This was in Austin, but attracted startups from all over the world.

This trend is interesting to me in light of Drupal's rapid expansion. There is a very clearly a huge opportunity for entrepreneurs to build companies providing applications, distributions, tools, analytics, web services and more in, on and around Drupal. Seeding and feeding the ecosystem with a TechStars-like accelerator would make Drupal even stronger, in turn creating even more opportunities in a virtuous cycle.

So I'm going to spend some time seeing if I can put together a Seed Accelerator for Drupal. Thus - step 2 in my personal plan for Drupal world domination.

What is DrupalCon?

Those of us getting really excited that it is almost time for DrupalCon again sometimes need to explain to our friends, colleagues, or family members what all the fuss is about.

Explaining DrupalCon

Have you ever had trouble putting it into words? "Yeah, Mom, we sit in rooms together and write code! ... Yes, I do that all year ... Yes, I talk to these people online all the time ... But DrupalCon is incredible because it's so ... y'know, great! I met Dries! I committed a patch with Webchick!"

Meet Chris Porter, Drupal hero

Chris Porter talks about the satisfaction of helping people solve the hard problems that will let them run their Drupal installations and their businesses better.

He says he feels like a hero sometimes, because he's welcomed by people who have invited him to come and help, rather than being the consultant who shows up because someone is forced to buy help for a proprietary system.

Innovate or Die

I just attended OnMedia in NYC this week. It was my first time attending the event. I really enjoyed the format - panel discussions on topics such as social commerce, VC outlooks, and the socialization of video & TV - interspersed with CEO presentations from startups looking for new investors or partners.

Drupal Business Days Vienna 2012

Drupal Business Summit Vienna 2012 logo

Evaluators and business people as well as Drupal users and developers will have the opportunity to meet up and swap ideas how to improve and support business processes, build products and grow ideas.

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