Starting & Growing a Drupal-based Business: 6 Valuable Lessons I Have Learned
This session will dive into the history of Mediacurrent. Sorry, Mediacurrent is not a VC-backed, Silicon-Valley based, recurring revenue product company that has a 3-year hyper-growth plan to do an IPO. Rather, about five years ago we were like many of you in the Drupal and open-source software community. We were two life-long friends setting out on a new business venture. We began our partnership in the back of a 100 sq foot office with limited capital and resources.
Today, Mediacurrent has one of the deepest Drupal portfolios in North America, and organically grown to 31 amazing team members across 7 states. We have learned a lot over the years about growing a Drupal-based business. This presentation will share six of these valuable lessons.
This session is intended for everyone, especially those that are already or considering running their own open-source software business. I hope sharing our experience will benefit others.
About Dave Terry
Dave Terry is a Partner and Co-owner at Mediacurrent, a 30-person, Atlanta, Georgia headquartered Drupal consultancy. He makes sure everything is running smoothly behind the scenes including billing, formulating estimates, drafting agreements, marketing, business development, recruiting, human resources and strategic partnerships. His most important responsibility is ensuring that Mediacurrent exceeds client expectations on every project.
Prior to becoming a Partner at Mediacurrent, Dave was Co-founder and President of Invesearch, an Atlanta based financial staffing firm. Under Dave’s guidance he organically grew Invesearch, and oversaw the successful acquisition of the company. He was one of the youngest sellers of a multi-million dollar staffing firm in the history of Georgia.
Dave is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors from Valdosta State University. He received numerous academic awards, and later attended graduate school at the University of Georgia. He has served on the Board of Directors for various non-profit organizations. Dave is a passionate open-source enthusiast and Drupal evangelist. He has been a primary organizer for the: the Atlanta Drupal User Group (ADUG) since 2008, Drupalcamp Atlanta 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, and the Atlanta Drupal Business Summit in 2011 and 2012.