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A Dormant Drupal Opportunity?

Gartner, one of the leading technology industry analyst firms, published their list of the Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2008 back in October 2007 at their Gartner Symposium/ITXpo event. I was at the event, but somehow missed the press release. Karthikeyan over at Seeking Alpha just posted a summary that brought it to my attention.

On The Market Value of a Brand

Sandro Groganz has an interesting post where he attempts to calculate the value of the MySQL brand as a component of the acquisition price Sun paid. Here's the punch line: "As of today, a whopping 85% of MySQL’s economic value added can be attributed to its strong Open Source brand." I haven't checked Sandro's math in detail, but it's clear that brand is a huge component of the value of MySQL."

Drupalcon Update

Drupalcon Boston 2008 preparations are reaching a fever pitch. Session slots are starting to fill, sponsors are signing up, registrations are streaming in. But we need more - lots more. So if you haven’t submitted your session, purchased your sponsorship, or paid your registration, stop reading now and get over the drupalcon.org and get it done.

CMSWire interview

I was interviewed by John Conroy of CMSWire. It turned out slightly more technical and visionary than previous interviews.

Getting Things Rolling

As Dries said over on his blog, we’re really starting to ramp things up at Acquia. Everyone except Gabor was in town last week to do some planning and we made some great progress.

Here’s a photo of everyone around the conference table.
Acquia end of day bull session

What a ride so far

(The video above was shot last week when Jay and I were driving to work. Jay said 'December' but really meant 'January'.)

As you might have read on the Acquia website, Acquia is six people now. We had the fortune of being able to hire some really smart people:

Redmonk on Acquia

Redmonk
Michael Cote over at Redmonk just posted a writeup and analysis of our conversation about Acquia this afternoon.

Acquia Names Former Adobe & Macromedia Executive Jeff Whatcott as VP of Marketing

Industry veteran brings decade of experience building strong software businesses

**North Andover, MA, January 7, 2008** — Acquia, Inc. today announced that Jeff Whatcott has joined the company as vice president of marketing, responsible for all marketing activity. Whatcott joins Acquia from Adobe Systems, where he led marketing for the LiveCycle™ business process platform and the open source Flex™ rich Internet application development framework.

First Acquia employees

Today, we announced that Gábor Hojtsy and Kieran Lal have joined Acquia as employee one and two respectively.

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