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Cloudflare Overview

San Francisco, CA
501 to 1000 employees
2010
Company - Public (NET)
Internet
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Cloudflare is a leading performance and security company helping to build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers trillions of requests per month.

Mission: Cloudflare is on a mission to help build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks, with nearly 10 percent of the Fortune 1,000 as paying customers and approximately 19 percent of the top 10,000 websites using at least one Cloudflare ... Read more

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Cloudflare – Why Work With Us?


Those of us who work for Cloudflare come to work every day knowing we're going to face serious challenges but that our work is important to make the web a better place. We're always looking for smart, talented, driven, down-to-earth, fun-to-work-with people who want to make a positive and meaningful impact.

Head to https://www.cloudflare.com/careers/ to view our current openings!

How Cloudflare began

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 a system that allowed anyone with a website to track how spammers harvested email addresses. Project Honey Pot was born.

Project Honey Pot quietly grew over the years. Lee's flexible architecture adapted to track more of the threats that web administrators faced. Thousands of websites, from more than 185 countries, signed up to participate in the project. While users loved Project Honey Pot's ability to track online malicious behavior, they had one repeated request: don't just track the bad guys, stop them.

In 2009, Matthew had taken a sabbatical from his full time work to get his MBA from the Harvard Business School. There he met Michelle Zatlyn, now Cloudflare's head of user experience. The two were talking one day when Matthew mentioned Project Honey Pot and its amazing community of users. Michelle immediately recognized the opportunity to create a service that would take Project Honey Pot to the next level: not just tracking Internet threats, but stopping them too. The classmates started to work on a business plan.

One of the first orders of business was coming up with a name. The first business plan was titled "Project Web Wall," but that hardly resonated. A friend of Matthew's suggested that they were creating a "firewall in the cloud," so it should be known as Cloudflare. The name immediately felt right and stuck. Matthew and Michelle worked with the faculty at the Harvard Business School to refine the business plan. In the meantime, Lee built the first working prototype in his spare time. In April 2009, Cloudflare won the prestigious Harvard Business School Business Plan competition.

Lee was based in California and, after graduating from HBS, Michelle and Matthew headed west. The three co-founders spent the summer refining the Cloudflare prototype. They felt that Cloudflare solved a real need and set out to take Cloudflare to the next level. In November of 2009, Cloudflare closed its Series A financing with Ray Rothrock, from Venrock, and Carl Ledbetter, from Pelion Venture Partners.

Matthew, Lee, and Michelle began to build the Cloudflare team. Recruiting before you have a product is always tricky, but one thing resonated with everyone: Cloudflare's core mission to help clean up the Internet. That was a project that smart engineers could get passionate about. Soon Cloudflare's Palo Alto, CA offices began to fill with a talented team who hailed from top companies like Google, Yahoo, PayPal, and Mint.com.

The biggest concern that investors and advisors had was that Cloudflare's solution, which was originally focused on securing websites, would introduce latency. The team became obsessed with stamping out latency anywhere in the system. In June 2010, Cloudflare quietly launched a private beta to select members of the Project Honey Pot community. The whole team held their breath. Then something surprising happened. Users began writing in that not only was Cloudflare protecting them against online bad guys, but their sites were loading, on average, 30% faster. The efficiency of Cloudflare's system, the layer of caching for static resources, and the fact that Cloudflare was taking so much garbage traffic off its user's sites meant Cloudflare not only offered security, it also offered incredible performance.

From the first discussions of Cloudflare back on the Harvard Business School's campus in 2009, the plan was always to launch at TechCrunch. On September 27, 2010, Cloudflare did just that. The entire Cloudflare team gathered in an auditorium in downtown San Francisco at TechCrunch Disrupt. Early beta users were excited about finally being able to talk about the cool service they'd been using for months.  And Matthew and Michelle stepped on stage to announce to the world Cloudflare's launch.

Frequently asked questions

What benefits does Cloudflare offer?

The biggest benefit from working for Cloudflare is being part of a team that is doing something important to make the Internet better. Beyond that, we offer competitive salaries, early stage company equity options compensation, a fantastic health benefits plan, new laptop, public transportation reimbursement, and the opportunity to work with a smart, motivated team where you will see your contribution daily. 

What is it like to work at Cloudflare?

At Cloudflare every member of the team contributes. We're a flat organization that respects ideas, not titles or position. If you are entrepreneurial and want to make sure what you're doing not only makes you a good living but also makes a positive impact on the world, you're likely to fit in well with us.



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    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity at Cloudflare and the business is doing extremely well. The executive team is humble, passionate, and dedicated to making Cloudflare a great place to be. The company went public in 2019 so they're in an in-between stage of start-up and moving into a more mature company. There is a lot of process already in place, but still a ton of room to make change.

    Cons

    Very fast-paced which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's not for everyone.

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Cloudflare Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Cloudflare.

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    A process I've enjoyed thoroughly. Despite more interview stages (5) than other companies, I could only resonate with their intention in making sure every hire is the right fit. Interviewers go out of their way to ensure you feel comfortable, while recruiters check in with you after every interview stage, making interviewees feel like they're being set up for success. It was indeed a unique, yet positive process. For such a huge company, it was even surprising we had the opportunity to interview with the executives from the C-Suite at the final round, which is truly the cherry on the cake for any interview process. Keep up the process!!

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