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.