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The Future of Drupal and Acquia

By John | March 4, 2008

There is a great post on Acquia at Drupalcon today.  Before I get flamed let me say two things, first I am a newbie to Drupal and second I love Drupal.  In the above article the author talks about VC and Acquia.  Here are my thoughts…

VC’s are in it for the money and nothing else.  An ex VC once said that a VC doesn’t breath air unless they make money on the transaction.  Based on this, IMHO, the fate of Acquia will fall into one of these three paths:

  1. Acquia will sell to a big fish. This can happen without making a lot of money.  All they need is to keep the aggregate-eye-ball growth going.  If the big fish is a good citizen (e.g., SUN) then everyone wins.
  2. They will IPO.  This will probably will not happen without Acquia making big time cash on top of Drupal.  This will be a very tricky road for the Acquia team to keep a happy community and make mad-money the way VC’s like it.  The transparancy of JBOSS like transactions has left the station.  The community can easily figure out who are going to be the have and have not.
  3. Sorry to say, and with utmost respect for Dries Buyaert, if one or two doesn’t happen heads will roll.  I have seen VC’s beat the best of them and I fear a good soul like Buyaert will be no match for them.

So here in lies the ultimate question – Who ownes the Drupal trademark Buyaert or Acquia?

Topics: cms, drupal | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “The Future of Drupal and Acquia”

  1. Will Acquia ruin Drupal? | John M Willis ESM Blog Says:
    March 5th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

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  2. Boris Mann Says:
    March 8th, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Dries owns the trademark, and it is managed in trust by the Drupal Association.

  3. John Says:
    March 9th, 2008 at 9:36 pm


    Thank you for clearing that up for me. That is a good things. I am just very anti-vc and the thought of them having some potential control of that trademark seems scary.

    Thanks again for your info.