EchoDitto helps its clients create online communities. It believes in open source software and relies heavily on the Drupal content management system both internally and for its customers. EchoDitto CTO and co-founder Justin Pinder says it's the community that makes open source invaluable.
Pinder is not a stranger to the open source world. Even though he's only 31, he has been "dabbling in Internet technology" for 18 years. "My father was a professor and he got me access to a supercomputer," he says. "So I've been playing around with Unix and Linux for quite a while."
Back in 2004, Pinder worked as a lead developer for Howard Dean during his time as a presidential candidate. When he arrived at the Dean campaign, the team there was already using PHP. Pinder quickly learned to love it. "I decided PHP was such a rapid language, it would be a good basis for EchoDitto. And after that, we realized there were so many CMS projects already getting to a level of maturity that we could use those as the foundation for our development work.
"One of the things we used on the Dean campaign heavily was Drupal," Pinder says. "It's so easy to deploy and configure. We've recognized a lot of efficiencies in it versus a traditional commercial product, or building from the ground up."
When the campaign was over, Pinder and his colleagues wanted to keep on working together.
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