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This is the personal website of Dries Buytaert. Dries is the project lead of Drupal, co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, and co-founder of Mollom. On his blog, he writes about the web, open source, Drupal and photography.
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Founder dilution

Dries Buytaert's website - Fri, 04/03/2016 - 12:26pm

As founders of startups raise money from investors, their share of the company gets "diluted". This means the percentage of the company they own gets smaller and smaller. Last month a friend asked me the following question: "What do you believe would be a good equity position as a startup founder after a Series A? I don't want to be diluted too much.". This week, another friend who is in the process of raising money asked me if he should accept certain "preferences" from his potential investors in favor of a higher valuation and less dilution.

The rise of Drupal in India

Dries Buytaert's website - Fri, 26/02/2016 - 5:04pm

Earlier this week I returned from DrupalCon Asia, which took place at IIT Bombay, one of India's premier engineering universities. I wish I could have bottled up all the energy and excitement to take home with me. From dancing on stage, to posing for what felt like a million selfies, to a motorcycle giveaway, this DrupalCon was unlike any I've seen before.

A history of JavaScript across the stack

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 22/02/2016 - 5:10pm

Did you know that JavaScript was created in 10 days? In May 1995, Brendan Eich wrote the first version of JavaScript in 10 days while working at Netscape.

When traffic skyrockets your site shouldn't go down

Dries Buytaert's website - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 4:06am

This week's Grammy Awards is one of the best examples of the high traffic events websites that Acquia is so well known for. This marks the fourth time we hosted the Grammys' website. We saw close to 5 million unique visitors requesting nearly 20 million pages on the day of the awards and the day after. From television's Emmys to Superbowl advertisers' sites, Acquia has earned its reputation for keeping their Drupal sites humming during the most crushing peaks of traffic.

In memoriam: Richard Burford

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 16/02/2016 - 4:09am

It is with great sadness that we learned last week that Richard Burford has passed away. This is a tragic loss for his family, for Acquia, the Drupal community, and the broader open source world. Richard was a Sr. Software Engineer at Acquia for three and a half years (I still remember him interviewing with me), and known as psynaptic in the Drupal community. Richard has been a member of the Drupal community for 9+ years.

Should we prioritize technological advances?

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 15/02/2016 - 7:27am

This blog post is co-authored with Devesh Raj, Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy and Planning at Comcast-NBCU. Devesh and I are friends and both Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum.

Turning Drupal outside-in

Dries Buytaert's website - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 10:49am

There has been a lot of discussion around the future of the Drupal front end both on Drupal.org (#2645250, #2645666, #2651660, #2655556) and on my blog posts about the future of decoupled Drupal, why a standard fram

Dries meets the King and Queen of Belgium

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:31pm

A few weeks ago at Davos, I had the honor of meeting the King and Queen of Belgium. VTM, the main commercial television station in Belgium, captured the moment for the evening news. Proof in the video below!

Fast tracking life-saving innovations

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 25/01/2016 - 1:54pm

Last week, a member of my family died in a car accident. Jasper was on his way home and was hit by a taxi. He fought for his life, but died the next day. Jasper was only 16 years old. I was at Davos and at one point I had to step out of the conference to cry. Five years ago, another family member died after she was hit by a truck when crossing the road.

Drupal: 15 years old and still gaining momentum

Dries Buytaert's website - Fri, 15/01/2016 - 11:32am

On December 29, 2000, I made a code commit that would change my life; it is in this commit that I called my project "Drupal" and added the GPL license to it.

Drupal name and license

The commit where I dubbed my website project "Drupal" and added the GPL license.

Selecting a client-side framework for Drupal

Dries Buytaert's website - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 3:00pm

Last month, my blog post about whether a client-side framework is right for Drupal stimulated some excellent insights into how the future of the Drupal front end might look. There was broad agreement that incorporating more JavaScript into Drupal's administrative interface is important for a future-ready user experience.

Acquia retrospective 2015

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 05/01/2016 - 5:21pm

As many of my loyal blog readers know, I sit down to write a retrospective at the end of each year. It's helpful from the perspective of seeing how far Acquia has come in a single year, but it should also give you a glimpse of what is in store for Acquia in 2016 and beyond.

The oil bottom

Dries Buytaert's website - Sun, 27/12/2015 - 11:55am

The rapid decline of oil prices have dominated the financial news the second half of 2015. Each time you turn on CNBC chances are a Wall Street analyst is discussing the latest movement in oil prices. Just the other day one proclaimed "I believe we hit the bottom!".

State of Drupal presentation (September 2015)

Dries Buytaert's website - Wed, 23/12/2015 - 8:12am

File this under "better late than never". Before the year closes out, I wanted to post my 2015 DrupalCon Barcelona keynote video and slides. I archive all my DrupalCon keynotes on my site so anyone who is interested in taking a trip to memory lane or studying the evolution of Drupal, can check out all my previous DrupalCon keynotes.

Should we decouple Drupal with a client-side framework?

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 07/12/2015 - 1:19pm

As user experiences evolve from static pages to application-like experiences, end users' expectations of websites have become increasingly demanding. The Facebook newsfeed, the Gmail inbox, and the Twitter live stream are all compelling examples that form a baseline for the application-like experiences users now take for granted.

Algorithms rule our lives, so who should rule them?

Dries Buytaert's website - Fri, 04/12/2015 - 1:38pm

Volkswagen's recent emissions scandal highlighted the power that algorithms wield over our everyday lives. As technology advances and more everyday objects are driven almost entirely by software, it's become clear that we need a better way to catch cheating software and keep people safe.

BigPipe, no longer just for the top 50 websites

Dries Buytaert's website - Fri, 27/11/2015 - 3:27pm

One thing that is exciting to me, is how much we appear to have gotten right in Drupal 8. The other day, for example, I stumbled upon a recent article from the LinkedIn Engineering team describing how they completely changed how their homepage is built.

Drupal 8 milestones in Tweets

Dries Buytaert's website - Fri, 20/11/2015 - 3:24pm

Building Drupal 8 with all of you has been a wild ride. I thought it would be fun to take a little end-of-week look back at some of our community's biggest milestones through Twitter. If you can think of others important Tweets, please share them in the comments, and I'll update the post.

Drupal 8.0.0 released

Dries Buytaert's website - Thu, 19/11/2015 - 2:54pm

We just released Drupal 8.0.0! Today really marks the beginning of a new era for Drupal. Over the course of almost five years, we've brought the work of more than 3,000 contributors together to make something that is more flexible, more innovative, more easier to use, and more scalable.

Loosen control the Open Source way

Dries Buytaert's website - Wed, 18/11/2015 - 1:17pm

A couple of weeks ago a Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of one of the largest mobile telecommunications companies in the world asked me how a large organization such as hers should think about organizing itself to maintain control over costs and risks while still giving their global organization the freedom to innovate.

MasterCard poised for growth

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 17/11/2015 - 3:23am

I don't usually write about the topic of investing, but it is something I enjoy, so I decided to take the jump by sharing some thoughts on MasterCard, one of my favorite companies. Although it's not an obvious technology disruptor, MasterCard is a successful technology company. When it comes to investing, boring can be beautiful. Mastercard is relevant in the context of my blog, where I often write about the digitization of the world.

NY.gov on Drupal, one year later

Dries Buytaert's website - Thu, 12/11/2015 - 9:31pm

The web has done wonders to make government more accessible to its citizens. Take the State of New York; NY.gov is a perfect example of taking a people-centric approach to digital government. The site lets people easily access state government news and services, including real-time public transit updates, employment resources, healthcare information, and more.

From B2C to B2One

Dries Buytaert's website - Thu, 12/11/2015 - 8:49am

The Industrial Revolution, started in the middle of the 18th century, transformed the world. It marks the start of a major turning point in history that would influence almost every aspect of daily life. The Industrial Revolution meant the shift from handmade to machine-made products and increased productivity and capacity. Technological change also enabled the growth of capitalism. Factory owners and others who controlled the means of production rapidly became very rich and working conditions in the factories were often less than satisfactory.

Acquia and Drupal helped save Cisco $400 million USD

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 26/10/2015 - 7:03pm

At Acquia Engage, our annual customer and partner conference held last week, Cisco's Jamal Haider spoke about the tremendous savings ($400 million USD!) that came from building its support community on the Acquia Platform and Drupal. The company transformed its support organization into a valuable self-service portal for customers, leading to a 77% deflection rate for customer service calls.

Announcing Acquia Content Hub

Dries Buytaert's website - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 5:11pm

The explosion of content continues to grow. With more and more organizations managing multiple sites and digital channels, the distribution of content is increasingly difficult to manage. Content can easily become siloed in different sites or platforms. Different data models make it challenging to access, update, and replicate content changes across your sites.

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