Commercial open source software company Acquia may soon have to describe itself with a capitalised and bolded COMMERICIAL given the firm’s ascendancy from initial start up phase to its current financial status.
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The firm, which provides products, services, and technical support for the open source Drupal social publishing system has raised over £18 million (US $30 million) in what is described as “Investor Growth Capital” as well as venture capitalism funds in order to finance its expansion.
Acquia co-founder and Drupal creator Dries Buytaert is quoted on Reuters saying that his firm is at a stage where it is seeing “tremendous growth” just now.
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Buytaert says that Acquia’s next moves will be to invest in sales and marketing alongside a push towards research and development to create and produce new products.
Expansion in Europe and Asia is also reportedly on the cards.
“There seems to be a big shift from funding consumer Internet companies to enterprise Internet companies. It seems enterprise software is sexy again,” Buytaert told Reuters, in a telephone interview.
The firm has been ranked as one of the 10 fastest growing software companies in America and has now raised a total of £42 million ($68.5 million) from the likes of Goldman Sachs, Accolade Partners and Tenaya Capital.