The Open Source CEO: Dries Buytaert, Drupal
In this tenth installment of the Open Source CEO Series, I shifted gears again to talk with someone that has chosen not to carry the CEO title, despite ample opportunity to claim it. (I know a range of VCs who would love to invest in Drupal.) Dries Buytaert, the founder of Drupal, is Linus-like in his ability to build an amazing community without undue concern for commercializing his success. I think he's one of the most interesting people in open source, given what he's accomplished and what he continues to forego in terms of cash and publicity.
I caught up with Dries on his way to the O'Reilly Foo Camp. Here's a guy who has created one of the world's best open source web content management systems...yet I bet no one will recognize him at the airport...or even at FOO.
Name, position, and company of executive
Dries Buytaert, Founder and Project Lead, Drupal.
Year company/project was founded and year you joined it
I started working on Drupal in 2000, and released the first version of Drupal on January 15, 2001.