Birthday Week recap: everything we announced — plus an AI-powered opportunity for startups

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This year
DATE

,

Cloudflare
ORG

officially became a teenager, turning

13 years old
DATE

. We celebrated this milestone with a series of announcements that benefit both our customers and the Internet community.

From developing applications in the age of AI to securing against the most advanced attacks that are yet to come,

Cloudflare
ORG

is proud to provide the tools that help our customers stay

one
CARDINAL

step ahead.

We hope you’ve had a great time following along and for anyone looking for a recap of everything we launched

this week
DATE

, here it is:


Monday
DATE

What In a sentence… Switching to

Cloudflare
ORG

can cut emissions by

up to 96%
PERCENT

Switching enterprise network services from on-prem to

Cloudflare
ORG

can cut related carbon emissions by

up to 96%
PERCENT

. Cloudflare Trace Use Cloudflare Trace to see which rules and settings are invoked when an HTTP request for your site goes through our network. Cloudflare Fonts Introducing Cloudflare Fonts. Enhance privacy and performance for websites using

Google Fonts
PRODUCT

by loading fonts directly from the

Cloudflare
ORG

network. How Cloudflare intelligently routes traffic Technical deep dive that explains how

Cloudflare
ORG

uses machine learning to intelligently route traffic through our vast network. Low Latency Live Streaming Cloudflare Stream’s

LL-HLS
ORG

support is now in open beta. You can deliver video to your audience faster, reducing the latency a viewer may experience on their player to

as little as 3 seconds
PERCENT

. Account permissions for all

Cloudflare
ORG

account permissions are now available to all customers, not just Enterprise. In addition, we’ll show you how you can use them and best practices.

Incident Alerts Customers
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can subscribe to

Cloudflare Incident Alerts
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and choose when to get notified based on affected products and level of impact.


Tuesday
DATE


Wednesday
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Thursday
DATE


Friday
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What In a sentence…

Post Quantum Cryptography
ORG

goes

GA Cloudflare
ORG

is rolling out post-quantum cryptography support to customers, services, and internal systems to proactively protect against advanced attacks. Encrypted Client Hello Announcing a contribution that helps improve privacy for everyone on the Internet. Encrypted Client Hello, a new standard that prevents networks from snooping on which websites a user is visiting, is now available on all

Cloudflare
ORG

plans. Email Retro Scan Cloudflare customers can now scan messages within their

Office 365 Inboxes
ORG

for threats. The Retro Scan will let you look back

seven days
DATE

to see what threats your current email security tool has missed. Turnstile is Generally Available Turnstile,

Cloudflare
ORG

’s

CAPTCHA
ORG

replacement, is now generally available and available for free to everyone and includes unlimited use. AI crawler bots Any

Cloudflare
ORG

user, on any plan, can choose specific categories of bots that they want to allow or block, including AI crawlers. We are also recommending a new standard to robots.txt that will make it easier for websites to clearly direct how AI bots can and can’t crawl.

Detecting

zero-days
DATE

before

zero-day
DATE

Deep dive into

Cloudflare
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’s approach and ongoing research into detecting novel web attack vectors in our WAF before they are seen by a security researcher. Privacy Preserving Metrics Deep dive into the fundamental concepts behind

the Distributed Aggregation Protocol
LAW

(

DAP
ORG

) protocol with examples on how we’ve implemented it into

Daphne
PERSON

, our open source aggregator server. Post-quantum cryptography to origin We are rolling out post-quantum cryptography support for outbound connections to origins and

Cloudflare Workers
ORG

fetch() calls. Learn more about what we enabled, how we rolled it out in a safe manner, and how you can add support to your origin server

today
DATE

. Network performance update

Cloudflare
ORG

’s updated benchmark results regarding network performance plus a dive into the tools and processes that we use to monitor and improve our network performance.


One
CARDINAL

More Thing

When

Cloudflare
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turned

12
CARDINAL


last year
DATE

, we announced

the Workers Launchpad Funding Program
ORG

– you can think of it like a startup accelerator program for companies building on

Cloudlare’s Developer Platform
ORG

, with no restrictions on your size, stage, or geography.

A refresher on how the

Launchpad
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works:

Each quarter
DATE

, we admit a group of startups who then get access to a wide range of technical advice, mentorship, and fundraising opportunities. That includes our Founders Bootcamp, Open Office Hours with our Solution Architects, and

Demo Day
DATE

. Those who are ready to fundraise will also be connected to our community of

40
CARDINAL

+ leading global

Venture Capital
ORG

firms.

In exchange, we just ask for your honest feedback. We want to know what works, what doesn’t and what you need us to build for you. We don’t ask for a stake in your company, and we don’t ask you to pay to be a part of the program.


Targum
PERSON

(my startup) was

one
CARDINAL

of the

first
ORDINAL

AI companies (w/ @jamdotdev ) in the

Cloudflare
ORG

workers launchpad!

In return to tons of stuff we got from

CF 🙏
ORG

they asked for feedback, and my main one was, let me do everything end to end on

CF
GPE

, I don’t want to rent

GPU
ORG

servers… https://t.co/0j2ZymXpsL —

Alex Volkov
PERSON

(@altryne)

September 27
DATE

, 2023

Over

the past year
DATE

, we’ve received applications from

nearly 60
CARDINAL

different countries. We’ve had a chance to work closely with

50
CARDINAL

amazing early and growth-stage startups admitted into the

first
ORDINAL


two
CARDINAL

cohorts, and have grown our

VC
ORG

partner community to

40
CARDINAL

+ firms and

more than $2 billion
MONEY

in potential investments in startups building on

Cloudflare
ORG

.

Next up: Cohort #3! Between recently wrapping up Cohort #2 (check out their

Demo Day
EVENT

!), celebrating the

Launchpad
ORG

’s

1st
ORDINAL

birthday, and the heaps of announcements we made

last week
DATE

, we thought that everyone could use a little extra time to catch up on all the news – which is why we are extending the deadline for Cohort #

3
MONEY


a few weeks
DATE

to October 13,

2023
DATE

. AND we’re reserving

5
CARDINAL

spots in the class for those who are already using any of

last Wednesday
DATE

’s

AI
ORG

announcements. Just be sure to mention what you’re using in your application.

So once you’ve had a chance to check out the announcements and pour yourself a cup of coffee, check out

the Workers Launchpad
ORG

. Applying is a breeze — you’ll be done long before your coffee gets cold.

Until next time

That’s all for

Birthday Week 2023
DATE

. We hope you enjoyed the ride, and we’ll see you at our next innovation week!