A little while back, the creator of the Drupal open source web collaboration and publishing platform, Dries Buytaert, announced that he was setting up a company alongside the project. Now that company has just got a lot of dosh:
Acquia, Inc. today announced it has secured $7 million in a Series A financing led by North Bridge Venture Partners, with additional investment from Sigma Partners and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. The company plans to use the capital to create value-added software and network services around the popular Drupal open source web collaboration and publishing platform. Company founders are Dries Buytaert, original creator of Drupal, and Jay Batson, previously founding CEO of open source VOIP software company Pingtel.
It's always good to see the people who spend years slaving away on these projects out of love when they end up a little material comfort too. It will be interesting to see what they do with all this foldable stuff; here's a hint:
build a company that develops a number of Drupal distributions and that offers electronic services that make Drupal easier to use and manage.
And as Buytaert himself notes:
Acquia succeeds only if Drupal succeeds, and we're going to do our part. We'll contribute code, QA testing and other important things like user experience design, marketing, documentation, etc.
Which is why such commercialisations, if done properly, benefit everyone.