Top Techs the CIA Thinks Are Hot

Through its investment firm called In-Q-Tel, the CIA funds companies, mostly start-ups, to push forward technologies deemed useful to government intelligence agencies. Here are the latest picks to get undisclosed amounts of IQT money.

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Top techs the CIA thinks are hot

Through its investment firm called In-Q-Tel, the CIA funds companies, mostly start-ups, to push forward technologies  deemed useful to  government intelligence agencies. Here are the latest picks to get undisclosed amounts of IQT money; and for last year’s summary of IQT picks, check here.

Apigee

In either cloud or on premises, Apigee’s digital business Big Data platform provides tools that developers can use to build and scale their APIs. Its customers include Walgreens, Sears and eBay.

Goal Zero

Founded by Robert Workman, whose background includes helping the poor in Africa and elsewhere set up businesses, Goal Zero makes portable power packs and solar kits for tough environments lacking readily available electrical sources.

HyTrust

HyTrust, which last year acquired start-up HighCloud for its encryption and key-management, offers virtual-machine security, including CloudControl, for hybrid and public cloud networks.

Narrative Science

Co-founded by chief scientist Kris Hammond, Narrative Science has an artificial intelligence product called Quill that can basically generate a written-language “story” based on analysis of data streams fed into it.

NerVve Technologies

After getting IQT funding this April, NerVve Technologies, which makes a visual search platform, said it would work under an agreement with IQT to further for intelligence purposes its product for extraction of raw pixel data in order to perform search queries.

OpenGeo (now Boundless)

After last year receiving a strategic investment from IQT, OpenGeo, which makes the OpenGeo suite of geospatial software for analysis and publishing of geospatial data, was re-named Boundless.

Paxata

Paxata has a multi-tenant cloud platform called IntelliFusion that acts as a data-preparation engine for use by business-data analysts.

Protonex

Protonex provides advanced fuel-cell power products for portable, remote and mobile applications, and its products are in use by the military.

Pure Storage

Makers of all-flash storage, including the Pure Storage FlashArray units, the FA-405 for up to 40TB’s to the FA-450 for up to 250TBs.

RedOwl Analytics

RedOwl Anlasytics offers its Reveal software for capturing data trails of individuals from e-mail to cellphones to social networking to provide answers to “plain-language questions,” as the company puts it.

Socrata

Based in Seattle, Socrata offers online data-hosting and API development platform and applications in use by state and federal agencies as well as other sectors, such as healthcare.

Weather Analytics

By ingesting historical and forecast data from NOAA and other sources, Weather Analytics can provide weather status and predictions on a global scale.

Vorbeck Materials Corp.

Based in Jessup, Md., this manufacturing firm specializes in graphene technology and last month indicated it had entered into a strategic agreement with IQT to develop conductive compounds expected to have broader use in the commercial electronics industry.