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Dries Buytaert

Chief Technology Officer
Acquia, Inc.

Dries Buytaert is an open source developer and technology executive. He is the original creator and project lead for Drupal, an open source platform for building websites and digital experiences. Buytaert is also co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, a venture-backed technology company. Acquia provides an open cloud platform to many large organizations, which helps them build, deliver and optimize digital experiences. A Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, he holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent University and a Licentiate Computer Science (MsC) from the University of Antwerp. He was named CTO of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and a Young Innovator by MIT Technology Review. He blogs frequently on Drupal, open source, startups, business, and the future at buytaert.net.

Recent blog posts

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...
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 - 18:13
It's that time of year again where we are gearing up for another great DrupalCon. Next week, 3000 Drupalists, including more than 70 Acquians, will be migrating out west to the Rocky Mountains for an action packed week filled with sessions, stickers More...
Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 14:59
It's that time of year again! In good tradition, here is my retrospective on Acquia's accomplishments for 2011. (You can also read my 2009 and 2010 retrospectives.) While 2011 was only Acquia's third full year in business (i.e. revenue-bearing year More...
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 22:07
Given that there are one billion people that live in India, many of which great engineers, one can only imagine what would happen if Drupal gained serious traction in India. To that extend, I decided to make a trip to India, and spent last week in More...
Posted on Monday, November 7, 2011 - 12:51
Due to Drupal's remarkable growth, the demand for Drupal talent continues to exceed the supply. Every Drupal company I talk to -- and I talk to many of them all around the world -- has a difficult time attracting enough qualified Drupal talent. More...
Posted on Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 20:57
It is that time of the year again: Movember! During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s More...
Posted on Monday, October 31, 2011 - 21:17
Recently Sitecore, a vendor of a proprietary CMS, published a white paper called "The Siren Song of Open Source CMS". It has some good old Open Source FUD. "In Greek mythology, the Sirens were seductresses who lured nearby sailors with their More...
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 16:53
Drupal continues to rack up successes among large developer communities, with x.commerce joining Twitter, which made the move last month. X.commerce is a new division of PayPal that serves as an open, central meeting place for over 700,000 More...
Posted on Friday, September 9, 2011 - 15:42
A number of concerns have been voiced from the community about the substantial growth Acquia has achieved since its inception, the number of key contributors who are now employed by Acquia, and the subsequent influence that this allows Acquia to More...
Posted on Friday, September 9, 2011 - 15:38
As followers of this blog, you might have read that Acquia acquired two Drupal companies; security specialist Growing Venture Solutions and migration expert Cyrve. We wanted to do these acquisitions because they create a win-win-win situation; it More...
Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 06:22
I'm thrilled to announce that Acquia has received $15 million in its fourth round of funding -- that is about twice as much as any of our earlier rounds (series A, series B, series C). Our previous investors affirmed their confidence by More...
Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 04:14
If you're a regular visitor to the Acquia website, you were probably surprised at what you saw the last time you stopped by. Aside from our new company logo, the whole site has a very different look, navigation, and main message points from a few More...
Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 16:07
It's always feast or famine. During Drupal's first few years, core contributors all knew when a new Drupal site launched, and usually also knew the people who created it. There's simply no way to keep up. Acquia runs a site crawler to find new More...
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 15:41
Starting today, Twitter's developer community lives and breathes on Drupal! Check it out at http://dev.twitter.com. This is a big deal for Drupal -- it's not every day that one of the hottest technology start-ups switches one of its sites to Drupal More...
Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 - 16:52
Anyone who runs a high-availability Drupal site knows about Varnish, the open-source HTTP reverse-proxy server. Varnish intercepts requests before they hit the web server and delivers relevant information that it finds in its cache, resulting in More...
Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 07:04
Last week, we flew everyone at Acquia that joined before 2011, as well as their significant others (or someone of their choice) to the Caribbean to celebrate an incredible year. I wrote about the trip in my blog post titled "Acquia goes to the More...
Posted on Monday, April 25, 2011 - 13:51
There are two things that I need most; (a) a hair cut and (b) more time. A hair cut I just got last weekend so that leaves me with finding more time. I need more time because things continue to grow: Acquia now has more than 100 people and a More...
Posted on Monday, April 25, 2011 - 10:22
This week many of us at Acquia will be on an epic trip to the Caribbean. Venture backed start-ups set aggressive goals. At Acquia, our goal for 2010 was to increase 2009 revenue by 250%. No small goal, no small feat. In the beginning of 2010, most More...
Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 07:01
Open source is the best way to build and distribute software. There are few things about which I'm more convinced. In some, but not all cases, Open Source also offers a viable business model. When it does, it's great because it allows you to do More...

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