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Cloudflare, the web performance and security company, has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a 2012 Technology Pioneer. The Forum’s Technology Pioneers represent the most innovative startup companies worldwide, poised to make a significant, positive impact on business and society. Cloudflare was selected for its mission to bring performance and security to every website on the Internet.
“The Internet is one of the great technological innovations of all time and its promise is the ability to give anyone with something to share a way to address a global audience,” said Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare. “At Cloudflare, we measure our success in large part on how well we are helping deliver on that promise. We hope that our selection as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer will help us accelerate our goal of building a faster, safer web for everyone worldwide.”
Previous Technology Pioneers have included groundbreaking companies like Google, Twitter, PayPal, Admob, and Mozilla. This year, the 25 winners were selected from thousands of nominated startups.
“The revolutionary technological platform Cloudflare has developed allows us to deliver the resources previously reserved for the Internet giants at a price any website in the world can afford,” said Mr. Prince. “We operate 14 data centers worldwide to ensure any website can effectively reach a global audience.”
Every month, Cloudflare makes the web faster and safer for more than 350 million Internet visitors worldwide, representing more than 17 percent of the Internet’s total population. Cloudflare has stopped more than a billion attacks directed at its customers’ websites. By making websites faster, Cloudflare saves more than 50 lives worth of time every month that would have otherwise been spent waiting for websites to load.
The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a foundation in 1971, and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests (http://www.weforum.org).
Cloudflare, Inc. (www.cloudflare.com / @cloudflare) makes sites lightning fast, protects them from attacks, ensures they are always online, and makes it simple to add web apps with a single click. Regardless of size or platform, Cloudflare supercharges websites with no need to add hardware, install software, or change a line of code. The Cloudflare community gets stronger as it grows: every new site makes the network smarter. More than 5% of global web requests flow through Cloudflare’s network daily. And, thanks to our awesome sauce technology, every month billions of people experience a faster, safer, better Internet. Cloudflare was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer, named the Most Innovative Network & Internet Technology Company for two years running by the Wall Street Journal, and ranked among the world’s 50 most innovative companies by Fast Company. Cloudflare is based in San Francisco, California, USA.