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He’s 28 years old and he looks like an average college student. But don’t let that first impression fool you: Dries Buytaert is far from average.

Currently a PhD student at the University of Ghent, and not even in his thirties yet, Dries has already managed to build up an impressive resume, which you can consult on his personal website. Most people know him as the founder and maintainer of Drupal, a brilliantly written piece of open source software, used by thousands of high-end developers worldwide to build content management systems, blogs, forums, collaborative authoring environments, etc. He’s the driving force behind the enthusiastic Drupal community (including the Belgian one), and an experienced speaker at international conferences.

If you want to know how it all started, it’s right after the jump.

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