The CIA’s focus is shifting from missiles and electronic warfare gadgets to surveillance and big data, the article notes. In-Q-Tel has offices in Menlo Park, Calif., Arlington, Va., and Boston, Mass. Most In-Q-Tel-backed firms typically receive funding of $1 million to $3 million, In-Q-Tel’s chief executive told the newspaper.
Silicon Valley recipients of In-Q-Tel funding include hearing aid maker Sonitus Medical, which is developing a wireless, two-way communications device that fits covertly in a person’s mouth. Holographic computing platform provider Infinite Z manipulates data in 3D for intelligence analysts to spot patterns and trends. Biotech firm Fluidigm, which makes microchips that analyze genetic samples, has also received In-Q-Tel funding.