My name is Dries Buytaert. I'm an Open Source developer, startup founder, technology executive, academic, hobbyist photographer and father of two wonderful kids.
I'm the founder and project lead of Drupal, an Open Source platform for building websites and digital experiences. Drupal is used by 2% of the world's websites and has 35,000 active contributors around the world.
In 2007, I co-founded Acquia. Acquia is an Open Source company that provides a cloud platform and marketing solutions to build, operate and optimize Drupal-powered digital experiences. I'm the Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of the Board. Acquia employs around 950 people and works with many large organizations.
I was born and raised in Antwerp (Belgium), but moved to Boston (United States) in 2010.
Creating and learning is what makes me happy. Optimizing for impact is what gives me purpose.
I like creating things; blog posts, websites, companies, and more. I love learning and try to read at least one hour a day. I especially love learning about innovative new ideas, and love interacting with the people who bring them to life.
I work a lot, but I love what I do because I believe in the positive impact of my work.
So far I spent my entire professional career in Open Source, and believe it to be a superior in many ways, including its ability to optimize for impact.
I love to travel and usually fly over 250,000 km (155,000 miles) a year. When I'm not working or traveling, I enjoy the simple things; watching a good movie, playing board games with my family, reading non-fiction, playing tennis, sailing, skiing, finding investment opportunities, photography, having fun with spreadsheets (yes, really), hanging out with friends, trying out a new restaurant, or working on my blog.
Co-founder, CTO and Chairman of the Board, Acquia2007 - currentIn 2007 I co-founded Acquia. Acquia helps enterprises build digital experiences using Drupal. We raised over $180 million dollar and are one of the fastest growing startups in the United States. Today, Acquia has over $200 million in annual revenue and employs more than 950 people across 15 offices in the world.
Co-founder and CEO of Mollom (acquired by Acquia in 2012)2008 - 2012Mollom is an intelligent content moderation platform for the web. Mollom uses machine learning to evaluate the quality of user generated content to help organizations identify spam, profanity or generally unwanted content. Mollom has blocked over 15 billion spam comments across 60,000 websites. We bootstrapped Mollom without external capital and sold Mollom to Acquia after 4.5 years.
Co-founder and Board Member of the Drupal Association2006 - currentThe Drupal Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and advancing Drupal. The Association funds and operates the Drupal.org website and promotes Drupal through events and other marketing activities. The Drupal Association is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and has about 30 full-time employees. Between 2006 and 2017, I was the Chairman and President.
Founder and Project Lead of Drupal2000 - currentIn 2000 I founded Drupal. Drupal is a free tool for building customized websites quickly and easily. A huge international community has grown up around Drupal, with over 30,000 active contributors. Drupal powers 2% of all the website on the internet, and is used by organizations like Sony Music, Verizon, World Economic Forum, Al Jazeera, Time, White House, NBC, eBay, Harvard, MIT, and more.
PhD in Computer Science and EngineeringUniversity of Ghent, Belgium2003 - 2008
- Thesis: Profiling Techniques for Performance Analysis and Optimization of Java Applications
- Promoters: Koen De Bosschere and Lieven Eeckhout
- James Gosling (inventor of Java and VP at Sun Microsystems) and Michael Hind (Research staff member and senior manager of programming technologies department at IBM T.J. Watson) were part of my PhD defense committee.
Licentiate Computer Science (Master of Science)University of Antwerp, Belgium1996 - 2000
- Grade: magna cum laude (with great distinction)
- Thesis: Java AWT for embedded systems
The awards that I'm most proud of:
- ACM SIGPLAN award for the most influential paper published 10 years ago at OOPSLA 2007
- 2015 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year in High-Tech
- CTO of the Year 2014 by Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC)
- DataNews ICT Personality of the Year 2014
- Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum 2013
- 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year award from Ernst & Young for New England
- CIO of the Year 2012 in the Emerging Technology category, Boston Business Journal and Mass High Tech
- BusinessWeek Young Entrepreneurs of Tech 2008, top 30-and-under innovators for 2008
- MIT TR 35 Young Innovator 2008
- CIOnet Innovation Award 2009
- University of Antwerp Alumnus of the Year 2010
- Java Performance Evaluation through Rigorous Replay Compilation, . In proceedings of the ACM conference on object-oriented programming, systems, languages, and applications (OOPSLA '08), Nashville, USA, October 2008.
- Using HPM-sampling to drive dynamic compilation, . In proceedings of the ACM conference on object-oriented programming, systems, languages, and applications (OOPSLA '07), Montreal, Canada, October 2007.
- Statistically rigorous Java performance evaluation, . In proceedings of the ACM conference on object-oriented programming, systems, languages, and applications (OOPSLA '07), Montreal, Canada, October 2007.
- Javana: a system for building customized Java program analysis tools, . In proceedings of the ACM conference on object-oriented programming, systems, languages, and applications (OOPSLA '06), Portland, USA, October 2006.
- Building Java Program analysis tools using Javana, . In proceedings of the ACM conference on object-oriented programming, systems, languages, and applications (OOPSLA '06 companion), Portland, USA, October 2006.
- GCH: Hints for Triggering Garbage Collections, . Transactions on High-Performance Embedded Architectures and Compilers, 1(1):52-72, June 2006.
- Garbage collection hints, . In Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 3793, Springer-Verlag. In proceeding of the international conference on high performance embedded architectures & compilers (HIPEAC'05), Barcelona, Spain, November 2005.
- FPGA-aware garbage collection in Java, . In proceedings of the international conference on field programmable logic and applications (FPL'05), Tampere, Finland, August 2005.
- Bottleneck analysis in Java applications using hardware performance monitors, . In proceedings of the ACM conference on object-oriented programming, systems, languages, and applications (OOPSLA '04 companion), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 2004.
- Method-level phase behavior in Java workloads, . In proceedings of the ACM conference on object-oriented programming, systems, languages, and applications (OOPSLA '04), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 2004.
- Wonka, Oswald, Rudolph and friends: Java 2 goes mobile, . In Cappuccino, BeJUG's six-monthly printed newsletter, January 2003.
- Dynamic delivery of end-user services using Java, . In proceedings of the Java and embedded systems symposium (JAES'02), Gent, Belgium, November 2002.
- A selective runtime compiler for the Wonka Virtual Machine, . In proceedings of the symposium on program acceleration through application and architecture driven code transformations (PA3CT '02), Edegem, Belgium, September 2002.
- A profiler and compiler for the Wonka Virtual Machine, . In proceedings of the second Java Virtual Machine research and technology symposium (JVM '02), WIP session, San Francisco, USA, August 2002.
- A dynamic service delivery framework based on the OSGi model, . In proceedings of the international conference on advances in infrastructure for electronic business, education, science and medicine on the internet (SSGRR '02), L'aquila, Italy, January 2002.
Change starts with you. I believe in protecting and promoting the Open Web. I built my site using Drupal and host it at Acquia, who gives back to Open Source a lot. I also try to follow the principles of POSSE and use my website as my primary hub for blog posts, photos, thoughts, etc rather than relying solely on third-party services that are "walled gardens".