Cloudfare Acquires Mobile VPN Startup Neumob
Cloudflare acquired mobile VPN startup, Neumob. The purchase gives Cloudflare a mobile performance tool it was lacking, and a road to its first direct to consumer product. The company did not reveal the purchase price.
Cloudflare plans to make the Neumob VPN functionality and the SDK available to Cloudflare business customers in the future, and will also offer the VPN app in the iOS and Android app stores after it is released again, giving Cloudflare its first direct connection to consumers.
Neumob, which had raised close to $11 million, was founded in 2015 to give users a faster mobile VPN experience that purports to actually save battery life by reducing the necessity to keep pinging the network. It also built an SDK to give developers the ability to build that same experience right inside their mobile apps.
Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince explained. “It’s just a natural synergistic relationship that their technology combined with our network will allow the technology to grow even faster,” he said.
The Neumob website will shut down today and the products will no longer be available to the public until they are rereleased later this year or toward the beginning of 2018 under the Cloudflare brand.