Best Advice I Ever Got: Dries Buytaert [Sept. 9, 2013]
Original Drupal creator and Acquia co-founder/CTO Dries Buytaert explains why startup founders can never think too big--and shares his story of open-source web publishing.
When I started working on Drupal in my college dormitory 12 years ago, I had no idea that one day it would be used by 2 percent of the world's websites. What's even more exciting is the open-source community that has grown up around Drupal. More than 20,000 contributors share their code and are responsible for the Drupal we know today.
I co-founded Acquia six years ago to support the growing number of organizations that rely on Drupal, and also co-founded Mollom to solve the spam moderation challenges for website owners. Six years later, Mollom was acquired, and Acquia has almost 400 employees. As I've encountered challenges every step of the way, I've discovered that some of the best advice I've received is useful no matter what the project.
1. Think big
So often I meet entrepreneurs who are working on a startup concept. They have a great idea and a business plan to bring it to market, but they're thinking too small about what they're trying to do.