When I first began thinking about building my new venture, I knew I would need a basic content management system. Two open source tools were recommended by various people — Joomla and Drupal.
We ended up going with Joomla (the dev should be done soon), but I just learned today that Drupal was created by Dries Buytaert when he was in college (at Antwerp) and he continued to work on it while completing his PhD in engineering at Ghent University. His venture backed firm Acquia sells commercial products and services related to Drupal.
His blog looks pretty cool and it becomes quickly apparent that Dries (a native of Belgium) is very sharp and involved in some quite interesting things. BTW, it appears that Google is dumping some programming fellowship money into Drupal development – that must make Dries feel pretty good. (A venture launched by a group of campus entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley supporting a venture startup by a campus entrepreneur in Europe.) Nice!