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 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 800 people and works with many large organizations.
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 connect best with ambitious people. Creating and learning is what makes me happy.
My friends describe me as a "workaholic". It's true I work a lot, but for me it's not work. I love what I do, and do it as much as possible. It's exciting to see how many people and organizations Drupal and Acquia touch and the impact we can make.
I was born and raised in Antwerp (Belgium), but moved to Boston (United States) in 2010. 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, having fun with spreadsheets, hanging out with friends, trying out a new restaurant, and working on my blog.
I've been writing on this blog for over 10 years. Writing pushes me to think; it is my process to flesh out ideas. I use this blog to think out loud in a public space, and to start conversations with people thinking about the same topics.
I spent my entire professional career in Open Source, and believe it to be a superior innovation and collaboration model. I believe in the Open Web and try to follow the principles of POSSE. I use Open Source to power my website and use my website as my primary digital hub for blog posts, photos, thoughts, etc rather than relying solely on third-party services.
Co-founder, CTO and Chairman of the Board, Acquia2007 - currentIn 2007 I co-founded Acquia. Acquia helps enterprises build digital experiences using Drupal. Acquia currently employs more than 750 people across 14 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 - 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 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 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 20 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 Ghent2003 - 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 (MsC)University of Antwerp1996 - 2000
- Grade: magna cum laude (with great distinction)
- Thesis: Java AWT for embedded systems
- 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
- 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.
Board Member of Inventive Designers2014 - currentInventive Designers is a Belgian technology company that builds software for multichannel customer communications.
Advisor to NowPublic (acquired by Examiner.com)2005 - 2009NowPublic is a participatory news network which mobilizes an army of reporters to cover the events that define our world. In recent months, the company has become one of the fastest growing news organizations with thousands of reporters in over 140 countries. In 2009, NowPublic was acquired by Examiner.com. To learn more about NowPublic, read my blogs posts on NowPublic.
Founder and maintainer of the Linux WLAN FAQ1999 - 2000In 1999 I started and maintained the Linux WLAN FAQ. Today, I no longer maintain the FAQ but the work has been picked up by others in the Linux WLAN community. My aged version is no longer available at the original URL (http://linux.grmbl.be/wlan/) but has been archived at https://dri.es/files/wlan-faq.html. Maintained editions of the Linux WLAN FAQ can be found at http://www.linux-wlan.org/.