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Acquia's 10 year anniversary

on Thu, 06/29/2017 - 19:07

Starting small, building huge

This week marks ten years since I incorporated Acquia, the company that I count as the highest positive-impact business I’ve built. Yet, it wasn’t some incredible strategic, execution, or product skill on my part that made it happen; it is - of course - due to the people involved.

I often suggest to other founders that they thoughtfully identify the key things they need to do to reduce risk / create value in their companies, and put extra focus on those.

History in the making: Acquia article in the Boston Globe

on Tue, 05/26/2009 - 14:39

Today in the Boston Globe there's an article in the business section about Acquia. It's gratifying to see our company start to get visibility outside the close-knit Drupal community. I just wanted to take a moment to expand on it a bit.

The article led with a key point about Acquia / Drupal: free software is disruptive. "Free" both as in the Free Software Foundation's "liberty" definition, as well as in Free Beer definition.

Marten Mickos departure expected IMHO

on Sat, 02/07/2009 - 16:59

Looks like Marten Mickos, one-time CEO of MySQL is leaving Sun.  Matt Asay talked to Mickos, and had a sense that they key motivating factor was "(Mickos') frustration at Sun's bureaucracy."

I have no doubt this was a strong contributing factor.  I've had my own experiences with Sun over the years, and while I love the technology they produce (which apparently enough other people like to keep them a big company), the <em>business side</em> of Sun can be maddening.  Getting something done with Sun is typically a big exercise in patience.

But in contrast to Matt, I don't think the bureaucracy

Open source WCM vs. Interwoven

on Sat, 12/06/2008 - 21:15

Ahhhh.... In the cycling world, when you catch up to a group riding ahead of you, and pass them with ease, you feel sooooo happy about the the fact that you're strong enough to pass them. (Am I competitive? Nah... ;-)

The same thing happens in tech, too. The latest example? When closed source vendors start to get defensive about open source alternatives, you know the open source is starting to affect their business, and the open source project is pulling up to - and passing - the closed-source products.

Witness the blog post by Annie Weinberger from Interwoven, where she tries to

Drupal has passionate coders. We need more passionate users.

on Sat, 11/29/2008 - 22:20

I just took 30+ minutes to watch Kathy Sierra speaking at a WordCamp SF event. It's worth listening to.

The Drupal community could certainly stand to take some of these principles to heart. Particularly what she says from 7:50 - 8:30. To date, most Drupal technology has not enabled end users to get above the "Suck threshhold" - much less the Passionate User level. We've done a great job getting programmers there - even novice programmers; but that's not enough.

The Drupal.org redesign looks like it's beginning to take the step to helping end-users get there.

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