- Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince built his career on his strong beliefs about how the internet should run.
- Cloudflare, last valued at $3.2 billion, protected websites run by groups, from the Taliban to sex workers, from outside attacks. And it made no exceptions until 2017, when the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer pissed off Prince, and he stopped providing it services.
- Now Cloudflare is going public, and the SPAM-hating, ever-principled Prince is going to have to answer to Wall Street.
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It was late in the evening on a Sunday, in the hours after two separate mass shootings left dozens of people dead in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, and Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince decided to change the internet forever.
For only the second time in its 10 year history, Prince announced that Cloudflare would stop working with a customer, 8chan, an internet forum tied to three mass-shootings this year. Without Cloudflare as its protector, 8chan was left vulnerable to denial-of-service attacks, and the site quickly went offline.See the rest of the story at Business Insider