Cloudflare announced Tuesday it has launched a platform for developers to build applications leveraging the company’s infrastructure, and will support it with a $100 million developer fund.
The Cloudflare Apps platform will enable developers to distribute apps to the company’s 6 million customers, as well as to potentially access funding, marketing support, and technical advice from venture capital partners. The Cloudflare Developer Fund is backed by the company’s first three venture capital investors; New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Venrock, and Pelion Venture Partners.
“Cloudflare’s app platform is an exciting opportunity for developers and investors,” Bryan Roberts, Partner, Venrock said in a statement. “Building on the success of other app platforms like Java and the iPhone App Store, Cloudflare is giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to rethink and shape how the next generation of Internet companies get built.”
In addition to opening up the company’s huge network to third-party developers, Cloudflare Apps provides a collection of APIs to allow them to build applications, easily deploy them to Cloudflare customers, and get paid. More than 50 applications are already available on the platform, including ones developed by Twitter, Pinterest, Spotify, ZenDesk, and VigLink.
“When you build a startup you need three things: a way to efficiently reach customers, a way to get paid, and capital to finance your development,” Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare said in a statement. “Together the Cloudflare Apps Platform and Developer Fund solve these three challenges. I’m looking forward to seeing the new applications that will be created now that we’ve unlocked for developers access to Cloudflare’s global infrastructure, and world-class investors who understand the opportunity of leveraging Cloudflare’s scale.”
Cloudflare appointed Thomas Seifert chief financial officer earlier in June to oversee preparations for an IPO next year.