The most successful open-source business model to date may also be the one least able to consistently deliver growth.
Open-source companies have been hiring tier-one talent out of the proprietary world.
The company releases a commercially supported distribution of Drupal, a leading open-source Web content management system.
If you like Drupal but have wanted a stable, enterprise-grade version for deployment, Acquia may have just what the doctor ordered.
The open-source ecosystem is banding together, one application at a time.
The creator of the open-source publishing platform Drupal (a Webware 100 winner) is now starting a commercial venture around the code. The new company, Acquia, will open for business in the fall.
Rafe Needleman interviews Drupal developer and Acquia CTO Dries Buytaert.
Take a million downloads and a huge community and what do you get? Acquia, if you're lucky.
Also: Acquia launches new search tool for the Drupal 6 content management system; Zynga unveils Scramble Live for the iPhone, iPod Touch; and Conveneer raises $4.5 million.
A small but influential group of open-source entrepreneurs are double-timing their startups, which might be just what the doctor ordered.