CIA is Investing Heavily in Social Media Data Mining Startups

CIA is Investing Heavily in Social Media Data Mining Startups


As the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations become more and more media savvy and use the internet in ever more deceptive ways to coordinate attacks, CIA is also gearing up to get the information they need to stop the attacks.  In search of that CIA is now investing ever more in areas like Social Media mining and surveillance.   In-Q-Tel is CIA’s venture capital firm.   It has recently invested in companies like Dataminr, Geofeedia, PATHAR, and TransVoyant.  These companies have created tools to mine data from social media platforms like Twitter.

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The investment process for In-Q-Tel is illustrated below.

Investment Process for IQT

Investment Process for IQT

Based on In-Q-Tel’s document, the main techological focus areas are the following.

IQTel Focus Areas

IQTel Technology Focus Areas

The Intercept has shared the details of unpublicized portfolio of companies that In-Q-Tel has invested in.  Here is the list.

Company Description Contract
Aquifi 3D vision software solutions
Beartooth Decentralized mobile network
CliQr Hybrid cloud management platform Contract
CloudPassage On-demand, automated infrastructure security
Databricks Cloud-hosted big data analytics and processing platform
Dataminr Situational awareness and analysis at the speed of social media Contract
Docker Open platform to build, ship, and run distributed applications Contract
Echodyne Next-generation electronically scanning radar systems Contract
Epiq Solutions Software-defined radio platforms and applications Contract
Geofeedia Location-based social media monitoring platform Contract
goTenna Alternate network for off-grid smartphone communications Contract
Headspin Network-focused approach to improving mobile application performance Contract
Interset Inside threat detection using analytics, machine learning, and big data
Keyssa Fast, simple, and secure contactless data transfer
Kymeta Antenna technology for broadband satellite communications
Lookout Cloud-based mobile cybersecurity
Mapbox Design and publish visual, data-rich maps Contract
Mesosphere Next-generation scale, efficiency, and automation in a physical or cloud-based data center Contract
Nervana Next-generation machine learning platform
Orbital Insight Satellite imagery processing and data science at scale
Orion Labs Wearable device and real-time voice communications platform
Parallel Wireless LTE radio access nodes and software stack for small cell deployment
PATHAR Channel-specific social media analytics platform Contract
Pneubotics Mobile material handling solutions to automate tasks
PsiKick Redefined ultra-low power wireless sensor solutions Contract
PubNub Build and scale real-time apps
Rocket Lab Launch provider for small satellites Contract
Skincential Sciences Novel materials for biological sample collection
Soft Robotics Soft robotics actuators and systems
Sonatype Software supply chain automation and security Contract
Spaceflight Industries Small satellite launch, network, and imagery provider Contract
Threatstream Leading enterprise-class threat intelligence platform Accessible code-driven analysis platform
Transient Electronics Dissolvable semiconductor technology Contract
TransVoyant Live predictive intelligence platform
TRX Systems 3D indoor location and mapping solutions
Voltaiq SaaS platform for advanced battery analysis
Zoomdata Big data exploration, visualization, and analytics platform Contract
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