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Dries Buytaert

Dries Buytaert is the original creator and project lead for the Drupal open source web publishing platform, used by 2% of the world's websites. Buytaert serves as president of the Drupal Association, a non-profit organization formed to help Drupal flourish.


Buytaert is also co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, a venture-backed software company that offers products and services for Drupal. 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.

A native of Belgium, Buytaert holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent University and a Licentiate Computer Science (MsC) from the University of Antwerp. In 2008, Buytaert was elected Young Entrepreneurs of Tech by BusinessWeek as well as MIT TR 35 Young Innovator. In 2012, Ernst & Young gave Buytaert the Entrepreneur Of The Year Award for New England. In 2013, Buytaert was elected a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum.

Founder and Project Lead of Drupal
2000 - current
In 2000 I founded Drupal, Drupal, a free tool for building customized websites quickly and easily. A huge international community has grown up around Drupal, with tens of thousands of 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, NBC, eBay, Harvard, MIT, and more.

A huge community has grown up around Drupal, with thousands of active committers who contribute to the open source technology, including nearly 10,000 community-developed modules for extending Drupal functionality.

For more information about Drupal, you can look at my Drupal press corner, you can check out some Drupal sites or visit

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