Matthew Prince '00 Discusses CloudFlare with Cloud Computing Journal

From the interiew:

"Give us five minutes and we'll supercharge your website."

So goes a slogan on the website of CloudFlare, a new, dynamic company that seems to be getting a lot of traction in the security and ISP spaces. The company is headed by Matthew Prince, who co-founded it in 2009. Matthew attended the University of Chicago Law School, and was a practicing attorney for one day before deciding to something else. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

He had many interesting things to say in my recent interview with him, so we've broken the interview into two parts. Here is Part 1...

Cloud Computing Journal: CloudFlare has been around a little more than a year, but you and some of your current management team have been working similar issues for years, especially in addressing spam. So tell us a bit about Honey Pot and what relevance it has to what you're doing at CloudFlare.

Matthew: Back in 2003, Lee Holloway and I started Project Honey Pot as an open-source project to track online fraud and abuse. The Project allowed anyone with a website to install a piece of code and track hackers and spammers.

We ran it as a hobby and didn't think much about it until, in 2008, the Department of Homeland Security called and said, "Do you have any idea how valuable the data you have is?" That started us thinking about how we could effectively deploy the data from Project Honey Pot, as well as other sources, in order to protect websites online. That turned into the initial impetus for CloudFlare.

Read the rest of the interview here.