In-Q-Tel

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In-Q-Tel is a CIA-linked venture capital firm that often funds companies viewed as having the potential to develop capabilities of use to the intelligence community, such as Palantir. Some employees, such as CISO Daniel Geer Jr., have been vocal in their concerns about the dangers that may arise from the intelligence contracting industry.

While In-Q-Tel is nominally a private, Virginia-registered corporation and is legally independent of the CIA and thus exempt from any regulations which may bind such intelligence organizations, the corporation is legally bound to the service of the CIA by both its Charter agreement and its annual contract with the CIA. The CIA steers In-Q-Tel by way of the In-Q-Tel Interface Center (QIC), an office within the CIA.

History

In-Q-Tel was formed by the CIA in 1999 with $300 million in federal funds for about 90 companies. Spy-in-the-sky Keyhole, Inc., partially funded by In-Q-Tel, was acquired by Google in 2004. Today Google shares satellites with other contractors and takes pictures of your house. Their software is the standard for geospatial intelligence, and they provide search software to federal agencies. That's just one tiny example. Former NSA and CIA directors, such as Kenneth Minihan, Bobby Ray Inman, Mike McConnell, James Woolsey, John Deutch, and George Tenet, have been on the boards of intelligence contractors. Those are just the top guys -- if you reach down into the bureaucracy, the list gets much longer. The war on terrorism increased federal spending on national security programs, and made such close collaboration seem urgent and necessary. - "Spies for Hire"

“In-Q-Tel is focused on new and emerging commercial technologies that have the potential to give the CIA and broader U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) mission-advantage today and in the future”, according to the brief description at their website. - Intel Quotient – An Analysis of In-Q-Tel


There are three diverse practice areas that are the focus of what In-Q-Tel describes as:

“Working closely with our customers, we use these evolving macro architectures to guide our technology program engagements, and to target capabilities that are leading, disruptive, and fundamental to our customers’ mission needs. “.

  • Physical and Biological Technologies
  • Security
  • Software and Infrastructure

Company

Current Portfolio

Physical and Biotech

Advanced Photonix, Inc.
Alfalight
Arcxis
Biomatrica
Boreal Genomics
Cambrios
Contour Energy Systems
Digital Solid State Propulsion (DSSP)
Genia Photonics
febit
Fluidigm
Infinite Power Solutions
IntegenX
InView Technology Corporation
LensVector
MedShape Solutions
Nanosys
Nextreme Thermal Solutions
OpGen
Pelican Imaging
Pixim
QD Vision
Quanterix
Qyne
rgy
Rhevision Technology
Semprius
Seventh Sense Biosystems
SpectraFluidics
T2 Biosystems

IT & Communications

3VR
Adapx
Basis Technology
Bay Microsystems
Carnegie Speech
Cleversafe
Cloudera
Connectify
CopperEye
Destineer
Digital Reasoning
Elemental Technologies
Ember Corporation
Etherstack
Fetch Technologies
FireEye
FMS
Gainspan
GATR Technologies
GeoIQ
Geosemble
iMove
InnoCentive
Infinite Z
KZO Innovations
Lingotek
Lucid Imagination
Mersive
MiserWare
MotionDSP
NetBase
NovoDynamics
Oculis Labs
OpenSpan
Palantir Technologies
Paratek
Perceptive Pixel
PiXlogic
Platfora
Power Assure
Quantum4d
Recorded Future
RedSeal Networks
ReversingLabs
SkyBuilt Power
Signal Innovations Group (SIG)
Silver Tail Systems
SitScape
Sonitus Medical
SpotterRF
StreamBase Systems
Tendril
Teradici
TerraGo Technologies
Traction Software
Veracode
Visible Technologies
VSee
WiSpry

Board of Trustees

List of companies/institutions at which trustees held executive-level positions, including that of CEO

  • Netscape
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Time Warner
  • Federal Express
  • ATT Wireless
  • New Enterprise Associates


List of companies that In-Q-Tel has either aquired or invested in; most of them appear to be related to either aquisition or development of some type of component required to fulfill contracts

  • Tendril
  • Novodynamicz
  • Pixim
  • Etherstack
  • Paratek
  • Destineer
  • 3VR Security inc
  • Copan Systems
  • Seahawk Biosystems
  • Thetus
  • Rhrevision
  • Infobionics
  • Metacarta
  • Systems Research & Development


References: http://www.iqt.org/technology-portfolio/index-by-practice-area.html


Staff

Board Members

Michael M. Crow

Chairman of the Board of In-Q-Tel; President of Arizona State University

Map: http://mapper.nndb.com/start/?id=127120


James Barksdale

President and CEO of Barksdale Management Corporation

Career info: http://people.forbes.com/profile/james-l-barksdale/32117

Bio from http://www.societyofentrepreneurs.com/bio.asp?ID=1

Peter Barris

Managing  General Partner, New Enterprise Associates (NEA)

Charles G. Boyd

Former President and CEO of Business Executives for National Security (BENS)

Howard Cox

Partner, Greylock Venture Capital

Christopher Darby

President and CEO of In-Q-Tel

David E. Jeremiah

Chairman of Wackenhut Services Inc. (WSI) Board of Directors

Anita K. Jones

Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of Virginia

A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard

Former Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Jami Miscik

Vice Chairman and President of Kissinger Associates

Elisabeth Paté-Cornell

Chair of the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University

Charles M. Vest

President Emeritus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Board of Trustees Alumni

Norm Augustine

Former Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Lee Ault, III

Former Chairman, President and CEO, Telecredit, Inc.

John Seely Brown

Former Director and Chief Scientist, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center

Stephen Friedman

Senior Advisor at Crestview Partners

Paul Kaminski

Chairman and CEO at Technovation, Inc.

Dr. Jeong Kim

President, Bell Labs at Alcatel-Lucent

Alex Mandl

Chief Executive Officer, President, Director and Member of Compensation Committee, Gemplus International SA

John N. McMahon

Former Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency

Dr. William Perry

Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense


Links

In-Q-Tel @ Namebase

In-Q-Tel @Cryptome Archives