Internet Hero!


We’re delighted to let you know that Aodhan Cullen (founder and CEO of StatCounter) has been chosen as this year’s Internet Hero at the eircom Golden Spider Awards! The award, sponsored by Business and Finance, was created to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to the development of the internet.

Aodhan was honored to receive the award from last year’s Internet Hero, Dr. Denis Jennings.

Here’s a transcript of the speech given by Aodhan last night as he accepted the award in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin…

    Once upon a time, there was a little boy who lived in Castleknock [residential area in Dublin, Ireland]. Although small for his age and quite shy, this young chap was also very determined… he wanted to earn some extra pocket money [allowance] and he wanted to earn it NOW!

    So, despite being just 10 years of age, he put an ad in the Golden Pages [telephone and business directory] for typing services… “£2 / page & a free copy with that!”

    Although he counted doctors, professors & other highly qualified people among his clients, I can assure you that 10 year old had absolutely no idea that 15 years later he would be standing here tonight before his peers to accept such a prestigious award.

    “Business Link” that first typing business is no more but these days I work on StatCounter – a free online visitor stats tool that helps 2 million website owners and bloggers worldwide understand and optimise their websites. If you haven’t yet got a StatCounter on your website, then you need to get one! Look us up tomorrow!

    I am thrilled & humbled to be the recipient of this year’s Internet Hero Award. Tonight I’m being presented with some big shoes & I hope I can fill them.

    I’d like to thank a few people:

    • The judges for choosing me.
    • All the team at eircom and Business & Finance for organizing tonight’s event.
    • All my family & parents – who still to this day, get calls asking about CV [résumé] typing!
    • And of course my wife Jenni who is thrilled to be Mrs Internet Hero 2008!
    • Thanks also to my colleagues on the StatCounter Team and all the StatCounter members worldwide – without their loyalty & support I wouldn’t be here tonight.

    Finally, I want to thank all of you sitting here tonight, my friends & peers in the internet industry – many of you have offered advice & support to me over the last 15 years, in some cases just via email or message boards so that we have never actually met in person. To one and all – thank you!

    And I look forward to trying to live up to my new title in the next 12 months.

    Goodnight and God bless!

We, the StatCounter Team, don’t think Aodhan will have any trouble living up to the new title… look how well the suit fits?! 😉

244 comments on “Internet Hero!

  1. You have become an integral part of our charity. Your resources have helped us gain recognition, understand our business and raise money.

    That you have accomplished so very much at a young age is wonderful. It also is a testament to the wonderful world we live in. That a young chap with a bit of initiative and hunger can accomplish so much illustrates the opportunity that is out there.

    I hope that my young son, may one day meet you in person. And perhaps follow in your footsteps to success.

  2. I came across a young and budding start-up service. A guy named Aodhan Cullen was offering a totally free service that had serious potential to help website managers/owners. I registered with his service, used it without regreat and told many of it’s benefit.

    Personally I like it when an idea becomes a small business and then grows to become a benchmark for the industry. Well done and keep on bringing your ideas to the world Aodhan!

  3. When I show of the existence of StatCounter, I did not think he was going to be a tool of the day. Thanks for the service – you deserve my personal thanks. Usefull.

  4. Congratulations on your award! Thank You for sharing your wonderful talent, it has been a Blessing to me…stay True to your dream…

  5. Very many congratulations. I really love StatCounter. It’s one of the greatest tools on the net, and I drop your code all over my website designs.

    Thanks for helping me to do my job, and much success in your future endeavours.

  6. Aodhan, I use statcounter every day to see what my sites/visitores are doing. You certainly deserve this award and more. Thank very much for all you have done. A LOT of work I’m sure.

  7. I’ve tried a couple of counters like the one offered at Bravenet etc, but yours is distinct. U know why? U considered satisfaction first, I guess that’s why you allowed even free trial members access the invisible stat. That’s what made you different…..THUMBS UP…

  8. hi.
    I must say congratulations! Wonderful changes and new opportunities. All these people are glad for you.. me too
    God bless superman 😉

  9. Congratulations Aodhan!

    I’m impressed by reading about you and surprised that you are from Ireland. Being fom Holland, I am a real Ireland-fan as you can see on my websites and

    After a comparison with Google Analitics, I just decided to stay with StatCounter. GA is far too complex and time consuming. GA is difficult (or even impossible) to integrate with my stats-archive, which I filled by downloading the StatCounter csv-files.

    Thanks and all the best to you for 2009!


  10. wow, u look so good, Aodhan 🙂

    thanks a lot for statcounter…it is a miracle 🙂
    congratulations and keep up the good work, statcounter team!

  11. ı ve tried a couple of counters like the one offered at Bravenet etc, but yours is distinct. U know why? U considered satisfaction first, I guess that’s why you allowed even free trial members access the invisible stat. That’s what made you different…..THUMBS UP

  12. I love statcounter. However, can you please fix the blocking cookie mess!

    Blocking cookies are only useful when they block and are useless if it resets after you close the window

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