Michele Neylon, CEO of Blacknight, who has helped to build Ireland’s internet has been named on Irish Top 30 list for 30 years of the web.
During the annual Spider awards, last week Business and Finance Magazine decided to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Web. Michele Neylon, who founded Blacknight with Paul Kelly in 2003, was named among the Top 30 Tech Disruptors because of his pioneering role in the development of the internet. His company has its own data center in Carlow and sites in Dublin. Blacknight is now the leading Irish-owned web hosting company and number one registrar of .ie domains.
Top 30 Tech Disruptors
The list also includes Dr. Dennis Jennings who also played a pioneering role and became the first Irish person to be inducted into the International Internet Hall of Fame. Realex Payments’ founder Colm Lyon, who is now CEO of Fire Financial Services is also on the list.
Michele Neylon said:
“The company I used was flaky so I got my own server, and then they morphed into many servers and I woke up one day as a hosting provider. The fact that you no longer need to be in a big city or in a big metropolitan area; as long as you have a decent internet connection, there’s nothing to stop you from setting up a business. If you look at how the internet has changed Ireland, it’s helped to remove us from isolation in many respects.”