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2014-01-12 14:27:12.971477+00 by meuon 4 comments

In-Q-Tel is the US CIA and "Intelligence Community") acting as Venture Capitalists. It has a public portfolio and I am sure a private one... You might want to be aware who the VC in your vendors are, and their vendors.. and...

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#Comment Re: made: 2014-01-13 07:26:29.446937+00 by: ebradway

Suprised you didn't know about In-Q-Tel. I know several people with startups and small tech firms funded by them. In the GeoWeb, they are about the only ones investing.

#Comment Re: made: 2014-01-13 17:13:44.401037+00 by: meuon [edit history]

"they are the only ones investing" - As I consider "GeoWeb" a lot of real stuff working with real data, that's interesting. They tout that they leverage other VC, or seed it. Does their involvement scare off other VC?

#Comment Re: made: 2014-01-14 07:09:23.441446+00 by: ebradway

Not sure what the problem is with Geo and VCs. I think part of the problem is the 800lb Gorilla (Esri). They are so entrenched that a company has to be in serious startup land (like Waze and Foursquare) to attract private VC. Otherwise, In-Q-Tel invests because the CIA needs a second source besides Esri.

FortiusOne/GeoIQ/Geocommons was funded by In-Q-Tel but ultimately picked up by Esri in a firesale as government contracts dried up due to budgetary issues.

About one week later, OpenGeo latched onto the In-Q-Tel nipple. They are a clear example of the CIA trying to maintain a viable second source to Esri.

#Comment Re: made: 2014-01-14 13:58:07.205927+00 by: meuon

That makes a lot of sense, thanks for the insight from a former insider.