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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 Monday, February 23, 2009 - 09:23
Alfresco and Optaros, in conjunction with Acquia, have made available a set of Drupal modules that integrate Drupal with Alfresco using the CMIS APIs. See the CMIS module and the CMIS Alfresco module on drupal.org. It all started with my Amnesty More...
Posted on Monday, January 19, 2009 - 08:47
Last weekend, I attended DrupalCamp Köln in Germany. It was great to put my feelers out in the German Drupal community and to talk with so many Drupal users and developers. Executive summary: the German Drupal community is going strong. Thanks for More...
Posted on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 - 07:02
Good news! During the week of December 15, we're organizing a 5-day Fields in Drupal core code sprint at Acquia! The goal is to get CCK functionality into Drupal 7. So far, Karen, Yves and Barry have signed up -- Karen and Yves are the main CCK More...
Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 04:43
I've recently been thinking a lot about the freemium business model. For those unfamiliar with the freemium business model, it was first articulated by venture capitalist Fred Wilson in 2006: "Give your service away for free, possibly ad supported More...
Posted on Friday, October 17, 2008 - 03:31
I was featured on the infamous Lullabot podcast series. Jeff Robbins and I talk about Acquia, Mollom and Drupal 7. Check out the Lullabot podcast #65 (mirror) if you want. We kick it off talking about Acquia, the Mollom part starts around minute More...
Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 - 01:24
After months of hard work, Acquia is now open for business! Starting today, everyone can connect their Drupal 6 site to the Acquia Network to take advantage of our services. Oh my! The Acquia Network (previously code-named Spokes) is a hosted More...
Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2008 - 05:13
John Eckman of Optaros sat down with Jeff Whatcott, Acquia's Chief Communicator, to talk about Drupal and Acquia. Rock on, Jeff. If you can't see the video above, you can view it directly at blip.tv. More...
Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 15:45
Acquia was one of six companies chosen to present at the Launch Pad event at the Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco last week. Selection for Launch Pad was a great honor - more than 150 companies submitted applications - and a tremendous opportunity to More...
Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 04:01
Every week, several people ask me what I spend time on at Acquia? What does a co-founder and start-up CTO in a high-tech company do? In starting a company, there are lots of things that have to be done but my main responsibility right now is to More...
Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 08:08
(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 More...
Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2007 - 16:05
Today, we announced that Gábor Hojtsy and Kieran Lal have joined Acquia as employee one and two respectively. The nice thing about hiring from an Open Source community is that it makes the hiring process significantly easier. I've been working with More...

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