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I have founded a software company called Acquia. The company will provide value-added software and services in and around Drupal. The company plans to participate actively within the Drupal community and project. Acquia will not create a closed-source version of Drupal or compete with existing professional services companies who build Drupal-based websites. Details are available in the Acquia FAQ and in my blog post.