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Dries Buytaert

Chief Technology Officer
Acquia, Inc.

Dries Buytaert is the original creator and project lead for the Drupal open source web publishing and collaboration platform. Buytaert serves as president of the Drupal Association, a non-profit organisation formed to help Drupal flourish. He is also co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, a venture-backed software company that offers products and services for Drupal. Dries is also a co-founder of Mollom, a web service that helps you identify content quality and, more importantly, helps you stop website spam. A native of Belgium, Buytaert holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent University and a Licentiate Computer Science (MsC) from the University of Antwerp. In 2008, Buytaert was elected Young Entrepreneurs of Tech by BusinessWeek as well as MIT TR 35 Young Innovator.

Recent blog posts

Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 10:23
People wonder what we do at Acquia's Office of the CTO (OCTO). In order to provide some more transparency, I wanted to share how we plan to give back between today and the end of the year. Drupal 8 beta 1 Now that we're forgoing an upgrade path for More...
Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 15:41
People ask me what it is like to be the head of a big Open Source project, and whether they should Open Source their project or not. I wanted to talk about that a bit more in this blog post so more people can pick up my answer. Having been the More...
Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 08:59
I'm excited to announce that Acquia is launching Acquia Cloud Free, a no-cost development sandbox for Drupal development. While Acquia has always had a freemium offer for development purposes, it had an expiration date, and it required a credit card More...
Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 11:47
The blog post below was a guest article I wrote for Inc Magazine and was published in September 2013. It has been a while since I shared a startup lesson on my personal blog so I'm cross-posting my article here. When I started working on Drupal in More...
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 10:13
Many organizations have long had the need to maintain multiple websites as part of their digital marketing and enablement efforts. But when the number of sites tallied across different products and services, geographic regions, departments, and More...
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 14:23
It's been a while since I wrote about Acquia Cloud so I wanted to give you a quick update. Acquia Cloud has experienced incredible growth so far in 2013. We recently crossed a milestone that I'm proud to share; we’re now running over 6,000 cloud More...
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 14:51
Topic: AcquiaWe just celebrated our two year anniversary of Acquia's expansion into the European market. It has been a phenomenal two years and as a result, we have grown to over 50 employees in Europe. Our UK office is bursting at the seams More...
Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 13:13
Topic: DrupalAcquiaSpark distributionWhen we first announced the Spark authoring experience initiative for Drupal in May of last year, we chose Drupal 7 as our target in order to develop the features and get them in front of testers as quickly More...
Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 - 15:30
Topic: DrupalOpinionBusinessThe futureAcquiaFor Acquia, 2012 was a great year. In many ways, it's been our best year. Last year, we saw more evidence of Drupal continuing to become a growing part of the mainstream. While this trend has been More...
Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 - 15:48
Topic: DrupalAcquiaUsabilitySpark distributionA major focus of usability efforts in Drupal core has been around making it easier to edit things on your site. In Drupal 7, we introduced the Contextual links and Overlay modules to make it simpler More...
Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 - 15:28
Topic: DrupalAcquiaI'm proud to announce Acquia's newest member of the team, the LEGO Druplicon, courtesy of DataFlow (now ONE Agency). It all started on a hot August day at DrupalCon Munich. On that day, I stopped by DataFlow's booth to look More...
Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 09:32
For four years now I've been an advisor for Akiban, a Boston start-up building a new class of NewSQL/NoSQL database. I'm excited that after 4 years of hard work, Akiban launched their first Drupal customer solution in the Acquia Cloud. A great More...
Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 07:39
Today, we announced that Acquia raised $30 million, our single largest financing we have done to date. The investors include Investor Growth Capital, Goldman Sachs, Accolade Partners and our existing investors; North Bridge Venture Partners, Sigma More...
Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 02:50
I love attending events like BADCamp. Being here gives me a chance to connect with many people I've known for a long time, but I also get to meet new people that share our passion for Drupal. A lot of friendships are made at these events. In the More...
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 10:28
I've acquired other companies, but the sale of Mollom to Acquia, was the first time I sold a company of my own. Being the seller felt quite different. It's a interesting mixture of satisfaction tinged with loss. During the negotiation phase you More...
Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 12:19
Wow! Today it was announced that Acquia is the eighth company on the Inc 500. This means we are the eight fastest growing private company in the United States. With nearly 7 million private companies in the US, being honored as number eight is an More...
Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 08:00
We're excited to announce that Mollom has been acquired by Acquia. For the foreseeable future, Mollom will continue to be offered as it is today. I will continue my role as general manager of Mollom, Ben will continue to lead the development of our More...
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 20:23
The goal of the Spark distribution is to incubate authoring experience improvements in a Drupal 7 and Drupal 8. It was announced earlier this month, and since then we've been hard at work on initial research and design. The Spark team's primary More...
Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 10:55
At DrupalCon Denver, I announced the need for a strong focus on Drupal's authoring experience in my State of Drupal presentation. During my core conversation later in the week, I announced the creation of a Drupal 7 distribution named "Spark" ( More...
Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 - 11:42
For many years now, developers around the world have celebrated and promoted the numerous benefits that open source has to offer IT and business communities. Despite the flare for technology innovation and bringing new offerings to market, the real More...

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