CloudFlare

Founded in 2009, CloudFlare’s mission is to build a better internet. As one of the largest authoritative DNS networks in the world, the company accelerates and protects web properties using its network of 62 global data centers. Website

CloudFlare's Growth Story

In 2004, Matthew Prince and Lee Holloway set out to answer the basic question: “Where does email spam come from?” The two of them built Project Honey Pot, a system that allowed anyone with a website to track how spammers harvested email addresses. Thousands of websites signed up, but while users loved the system’s ability to track online malicious behavior, they had one repeated request: don’t just track the bad guys, stop them.

In 2009, Matthew met Michelle Zatlyn. Michelle recognized the opportunity to create a service that would take Project Honey Pot to that next level.

Fast-forward eight years and Matthew, Lee, and Michelle have built a company that is fundamentally changing the way 2 billion people access information. CloudFlare makes any internet application fast, protects them from attacks, ensures they are always online, and makes it simple to add web apps with a single click. More than 5% of global internet requests flow through CloudFlare’s network, and about 7,000 new customers sign up for CloudFlare every day.