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Drupal creator's startup, other firm, seek lead roles in open source

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Mass High Tech

If two companies launched here have their way, Massachusetts will become a double epicenter for open-source software. Two startups with Massachusetts roots are hoping to become the next Red Hat Inc. (NYSE: RHT) of their respective open-source communities, and venture dollars are chasing their efforts.

Acquia Inc. has closed $8 million in new financing — a story first reported on www.masshightech.com earlier this week, bringing to $15 million the total in funds raised by the company founded by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert.

Andover-based Acquia hopes to become Drupal’s anchor, proving the credibility and scalability of the open-source web content management platform in enterprise applications.

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Matt Mullenweg And Dries Buytaert Probably Separated At Birth

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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InformationWeek

When it comes to open sourced content management platforms and their creators, there's no question about the celebrity status that WordPress and its young founder Matt Mullenweg have ascended to. If offered an opportunity to interview Mullenweg about some news, I'd undoubtedly jump on it. But when I was offered the chance to do the same with Dries Buytaert, my initial response was "Dries who?" Once I realized "Dries, the creator of Drupal," I didn't hesitate (podcast below).

As I came to learn in the interview, it's as though Buytaert and Mullenweg were separated at birth. They were born only 6 years apart (The older of the two -- Buytaert -- was born in 1978 when I was a senior in high school). Both went on to create wildly successful PHP-based content management systems (Mullenweg did WordPress, Buytaert did Drupal). Both men open sourced those content management systems. And today, both are the founders of VC-funded commercial enterprises (Mullenweg's Automattic and Buytaert's Acquia) looking to capitalize on their founders' art and fame.

DrupalCamp is coming to Germany

DrupalCamp CologneWhat are you doing on January 17th and 18th? Hopefully you'll be coming to DrupalCamp Cologne and hanging out with Drupallers from all over the world! This is the first ever Drupal-specific camp or conference that Germany has ever seen, so it will be quite an event.

TR35 2008 Young Innovator - Dries Buytaert

Submitted on
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Technology Review

The Internet has made publishing on a global scale almost effortless. That's the rhetoric, anyway. The truth is more complicated, because the Internet provides only a means of distribution; a would-be publisher still needs a publishing tool. A decade ago, people who wanted such a tool had three choices, all bad: a cheap but inflexible system, a versatile but expensive one, or one written from scratch. What was needed was something in the ­middle, requiring neither enormous expense nor months of development--not a single application, but a platform for creating custom publishing environments. For tens of thousands of sites and millions of users, that something is Drupal.

Created as an open-source project by Dries Buytaert, Drupal is a free content management framework--a tool for building customized websites quickly and easily, without sacrificing features or stability. Site owners can choose from a list of possible features: they might, say, want to publish ­articles, offer each user a profile and a blog, or allow users to vote or comment on content. All these features are optional, and most are independent of the others.

Dries at Foo Camp

Duane Nickull was on my evangelism team when I worked at Adobe. As you'll see in the Adobe TV video embedded below, Duane is one of those colorful characters who make working in the tech industry a lot of fun. He has eclectic interests and seems to know everyone in the industry.

Duane caught up with Dries at Foo Camp last month and pulled him aside for a quick interview you'll see in the first segment of the video. Dries gives a quick overview about Drupal, what Acquia is doing to broaden Drupal adoption. He also explains how Mollom works to block content spam.

Dries Selected as a Business Week Best Young Entrepreneur of Tech

This is really cool and very well deserved. Dries was selected by Business Week magazine as a Best Young Entrepreneur of Tech.

Dries is "among a handful of innovators who are building businesses and products aimed at other companies and who were identified in a survey of venture capitalists and BusinessWeek editors and readers as some of this year's most promising young technology entrepreneurs."

The Business of Startups is Business

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Businessweek.com

###As the economy slumps, many entrepreneurs are looking past consumer Web sites to focus on products and services for companies

As far as entrepreneur Dries Buytaert is concerned, a startup with smart ideas and driven people has a good chance of surviving, whatever the economic climate. "Make sure you have a solid business plan and you've done your homework and are passionate about what you are doing, and people will recognize your potential," says Buytaert, who in 2001 came up with a new way for people to collaborate online and publish Web content. His idea turned into Drupal, a project that draws together software developers from around the world who collectively tinker with and add features to the content management system made available for free.

Seven years on, as he tries to turn his idea into a successful business, Buytaert isn't taking any chances. He and fellow entrepreneur Jay Batson co-founded Acquia and have raised $7 million to help them in their quest to widen the use of Drupal.

###Special Report - Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech

###Slide Show - Tech's Best Young Entrepreneurs

Cloud Computing and Drupal

<p>Dries has an interesting post on <a href="http://buytaert.net/drupal-in-the-cloud">cloud computing as it relates to Drupal</a>. There have been a bunch of recent announcements and things are generally heading in the right direction. According to Dries, getting Drupal in the cloud is all about making relational databases scale. <a href="http://buytaert.net/drupal-in-the-cloud">Check it out</a>.</p>

<div class="posttagsblock"><a href="http://technorati.com/tag/drupal" rel="tag">drupal</a>, <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/cloud%20computing" rel="tag">cloud computing</a></div>

“In my opinion we can now add the founder of the open source content management system Drupal (and its commercial startup Acquia) Dries Buytaert to the rock star list.”

Dries Buytaert Open Source Rock Star / Entrepreneur?

Submitted on
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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InternetNews: The Blog

In the world of technology we're always looking for the latest 'rock star'. Who is that next hot tech visionary that will build an adoring following of thousands?

In my opinion we can now add the founder of the open source content management system Drupal (and its commercial startup Acquia) Dries Buytaert to the rock star list. This week he launched Acquia with $7 million in funding. He also hosted a Drupal lovefest (DrupalCon Boston) which boasted over 800 attendees.

It's all a far cry from the humble beginnings in a Belgian dorm room a few short years ago. I asked Buytaert about those humble beginnings and about the surprises he's had along the way.

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