First Acquia employees

Today, we announced that Gábor Hojtsy and Kieran Lal have joined Acquia as employee one and two respectively.

The nice thing about hiring from an Open Source community is that it makes the hiring process significantly easier. I've been working with Gabor and Kieran for many years, so I knew exactly what to expect in terms of their capabilities, the quality of their work, and even their shortcomings. Needless to say, I like Gabor and Kieran a great deal -- both have been instrumental in the success of Drupal.

Developers whose experience is mostly with traditional closed-source software companies may, or may not, have the right attitude towards how to work with an Open Source community, and the Drupal community in particular. We don't want to grab; we want to give. What is important here is that Gabor and Kieran understand Open Source development, and how we gain by giving. Acquia succeeds if we work closely with the community to advance Drupal. By hiring Gabor and Kieran, we make sure we are staffing the company with people who want to be strong contributors to make Drupal better.

Comments

Nick Lewis (not verified):

Talk about the right people for the job... Those two are highly enriched weapons-grade Drupal talent.

December 20, 2007 - 23:13
bertboerland (not verified):

Congrats all! Re: gaining by giving. A good friend has the slogan that does not translate well, so I'll post in Dutch:

Als je niet kan delen kan je ook niet vermenigvuldigen.

Something like: if you can not share, you can not multiply.

December 20, 2007 - 23:13
Khalid -- 2bits (not verified):

Congratulations to Dries and Jay for landing Gabor and Kieran. And congratulations to them for joining Acquia.

With a strong team, the success of Acquia will be the success of Drupal.

December 22, 2007 - 00:34

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