A Secret Tech Fund Backed by the CIA
As a Futurist who prides himself on living at the edge of innovation, I can’t rely on conventional news sources for my research.
If the mainstream media are reporting on a breakthrough technology, the true investment potential has likely been realized already.
So instead, I use other unique resources to keep my finger on technology’s pulse.
Among my favorites is tracking a highly secretive venture capitalist (VC) firm founded in 1999 by two unlikely partners… a former CEO of Lockheed Martin, the well-known defense corporation, and… a video game designer responsible for bringing us the smash hit Tetris.
The firm is called In-Q-Tel.
In 20 years, it’s accrued quite a portfolio of breakthroughs, including touchscreen technologies found in modern iPads and other devices… Google Earth… and D-Wave, one of the globe’s most advanced quantum computing firms.
As one expert puts it, “The firm is seen as a trendsetter”
Business Insider says of In-Q-Tel…
“Its involvement in a startup is also a stamp-of-approval of sorts, often bringing in more money from other VC firms, to the tune of $11–15 for every dollar [THIS GROUP] kicks in.”
Simply put, this firm is an ideal resource for tracking the next big wave of tech.
But that’s where the similarities to other venture funds end.
Turns out In-Q-Tel’s core mission is to promote and invest in companies creating technologies with the potential to improve American spy agencies. The fund has even been likened to James Bond’s famous gadget creator “Q,” hence the Q in its name.
Talk about mind-blowing technology, In-Q-Tel’s “parent company,” so to speak, is none other than the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Yes, indeed… the CIA stealthily invests in tech startups — to the tune of tens of millions of dollars every year.
Now you can appreciate In-Q-Tel’s need for secrecy.
Originally launched as a five-year experiment, In-Q-Tel has been running for over 20 years now — a testament to its success.
Let’s take an even deeper dive into a few of In-Q-Tel’s most successful investments…
Keyhole Inc. — A satellite imaging company bought by Google and turned into Google Earth. (Initial Investment 2003)
Palantir — One of Silicon Valley’s greatest success stories, this data-mining startup founded by Peter Thiel is expected to become a $30 billion company in 2020. (Initial Investment 2005)
Cylance — An anti-malware company that uses advanced AI to protect large corporations, banks and government clients from malware attacks that is currently valued at over $1 billion. (Initial Investment 2016)
MindMeld — Voice command technology used by more than 1,200 companies, including Google and Samsung, to add voice commands into their apps. (Initial investment 2014)
SnapDNA — Handheld, battery-powered device that can analyze DNA within five minutes, versus hours or days. (Initial Investment 2012)
For a peek inside In-Q-Tel’s current technology portfolio, click here.
You’ll notice it’s stacked with a lot of the same sciences we value here at Technology Profits Daily — AI, predictive analytics, big data, cloud storage and genetics.
It’s also no coincidence that my premium research publication, Future Wealth, is extremely bullish on a technology that the CIA is presently flooding money into right now.
That technology is 5G.
According to The Washington Times, “The CIA isn’t waiting while the White House, Congress, the Justice Department and the Pentagon squabble over the best approach to combating Huawei’s domination of the future 5G wireless network.”
The telecom giants are betting big on 5G too, and they seldom ever lose.
To learn how to invest alongside the “smart money” rushing into 5G, click here.
Onward and upward,</p