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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.

Recente blogs

Posted on woensdag, 9 oktober 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 Meer...
Posted on woensdag, 11 september 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 Meer...
Posted on dinsdag, 30 juli 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 Meer...
Posted on woensdag, 5 juni 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 Meer...
Posted on woensdag, 27 februari 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 Meer...
Posted on dinsdag, 29 januari 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 Meer...
Posted on maandag, 14 januari 2013, 15:30
For 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 apparent for some time, in 2012 we were being Meer...
Posted on maandag, 7 januari 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 Meer...
Posted on Vrijdag, 7 december 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 Meer...
Posted on donderdag, 6 december 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 Meer...
Posted on donderdag, 29 november 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 Meer...
Posted on zaterdag, 3 november 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 Meer...
Posted on donderdag, 20 september 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 Meer...
Posted on dinsdag, 21 augustus 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 Meer...
Posted on dinsdag, 14 augustus 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 Meer...
Posted on woensdag, 30 mei 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 Meer...
Posted on dinsdag, 1 mei 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" ( Meer...
Posted on Vrijdag, 20 april 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 Meer...
Posted on Vrijdag, 16 maart 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 Meer...
Posted on donderdag, 5 januari 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 Meer...

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