About me

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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 850 people and works with many large organizations.

I'm a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum.

I hold a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent University and a Licentiate Computer Science (MsC) from the University of Antwerp.

I was born and raised in Antwerp (Belgium), but moved to Boston (United States) in 2010.

My passions

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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. It's exciting to see how many people and organizations Drupal and Acquia touch and the impact we make. 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 believe in giving back. Not only through open source code or through my blog, but also by investing in startups, investing in people, and more.

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, photography, having fun with spreadsheets (yes, really), hanging out with friends, trying out a new restaurant, and working on my blog.

My work

  • Co-founder, CTO and Chairman of the Board, Acquia
    2007 - current
    In 2007 I co-founded Acquia. Acquia helps enterprises build digital experiences using Drupal. Acquia currently employs more than 850 people across 15 offices in the world, and has raised over $180 million dollar. In 2011, Forbes elected Acquia as one of the Top 100 Most Promising Companies. In 2012, Inc declared Acquia the fastest growing private software company in the United States.
  • Co-founder and CEO of Mollom (acquired by Acquia in 2012)
    2008 - 2012
    Mollom 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 material. 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 Association
    2006 - current
    The 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 20 full-time employees. Between 2006 and 2017, I was the Chairman and President.
  • Founder and Project Lead of Drupal
    2000 - current
    In 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.

At any given time, I try to help a few other startups, either as an advisor or a board member. I don't really consider that "My work", but if you are interested in those, check out my LinkedIn page.

My education

Contact me

You can mail me at [email protected] (personal) or [email protected] (work).

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Key awards

  • ACM SIGPLAN award for the most influential paper published 10 years ago at OOPSLA 2007
  • Boston Tech 30, Boston Magazine
  • 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
  • Second fastest growing technology company in the United States in 2013 according to Deloitte's FAST 500 (84,171% growth in the past 5 years)
  • 2012 fastest growing private software company in the United States by Inc Magazine
  • Most promising company of 2012 by BelCham
  • 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year award from Ernst & Young for New England
  • The 50 Most Powerful People In Enterprise Tech: Business Insider
  • 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

Academic work

I have a PhD in Computer Science. Some of my academic publications:

  • Java Performance Evaluation through Rigorous Replay Compilation, Andy Georges, Lieven Eeckhout and Dries Buytaert. 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, Dries Buytaert, Andy Georges, Michael Hind, Matthew Arnold, Lieven Eeckhout and Koen De Bosschere. 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, Andy Georges, Dries Buytaert and Lieven Eeckhout. 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, Jonas Maebe, Dries Buytaert, Lieven Eeckhout and Koen De Bosschere. 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, Dries Buytaert, Jonas Maebe, Lieven Eeckhout and Koen De Bosschere. 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, Dries Buytaert, Kris Venstermans, Lieven Eeckhout and Koen De Bosschere. Transactions on High-Performance Embedded Architectures and Compilers, 1(1):52-72, June 2006.
  • Garbage collection hints, Dries Buytaert, Kris Venstermans, Lieven Eeckhout and Koen De Bosschere. 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, Philippe Faes, Mark Christiaens, Dries Buytaert, Dirk Stroobandt. 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, Dries Buytaert, Andy Georges, Lieven Eeckhout and Koen De Bosschere. 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, Andy Georges, Dries Buytaert, Lieven Eeckhout and Koen De Bosschere. 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, Dries Buytaert. In Cappuccino, BeJUG's six-monthly printed newsletter, January 2003.
  • Dynamic delivery of end-user services using Java, Chris Gray and Dries Buytaert. In proceedings of the Java and embedded systems symposium (JAES'02), Gent, Belgium, November 2002.
  • A selective runtime compiler for the Wonka Virtual Machine, Dries Buytaert, Frans Arickx, Steven Buytaert and Johan Vos. 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, Dries Byutaert, Frans Arickx and Johan Vos. 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, Johan Vos, Steven Buytaert and Dries Buytaert. 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.

Colophon

They say 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".