By Deane Barker on December 1, 2007

Acquia, my Drupal startup | Dries Buytaert: The founder of Drupal is (finally) starting a company so he can develop software based on Drupal and perhaps even make a little money off it. I have a feeling this is going to make for some crazy-good Drupal-based stuff.

Thus, I’m starting a Drupal company whose current working name is ‘Acquia’. Acquia’s software products will include a number of Drupal distributions — for community networks, digital media properties, corporate websites, and others. In addition to providing Drupal distributions, Acquia will build the Drupal-tuned analogue of the RedHat Network, over which we can deliver a wide variety of electronic services intended to be useful to people developing and operating Drupal websites. An example such service is an automated upgrade/update service, an uptime and performance monitoring / reporting service, a configuration management service, etc.

Bryan at CMSReport puts it well:

Does anyone else see the irony in Drupal’s founder not beginning his first Drupal startup until seven years after releasing Drupal publicly? Think of all the developers, IT leaders, and companies that have prospered over the years from Drupal. In all that time, Dries has been very careful to not benefit more than others in the Drupal community. All in all, I think Dries has shown the highest respect for open source as well as loyalty to the Drupal community.