Business Insider: 25 Cutting Edge Firms Funded by the CIA

August 11, 2012 | Coverage

By Walter Hickey

It's no secret the Central Intelligence Agency has an investment firm that funds startups that could have a big impact for the Agency.

If there is a company out there doing intelligence research, it's likely that In-Q-Tel, the CIA's personal investor, either looked them up or made a check out to them.

It's all to ensure that the Agency remains on the forefront of tech. Not long ago, In-Q-Tel invested heavily in a company called Keyhole. Never heard of them? Maybe you know their work, a little project eventually known as Google Earth.

So, want to know what's next for technology? Keep an eye on these 25 companies.

3VR is a video surveillance company that is changing the game

The company 3VR Inc develops software enabling organizations to mine data from video.

In-Q-Tel first invested in the company in 2005. 3VR works with leading banks, governments, law enforcement and retailers at the moment.

They also own CrimeDex, which is basically the place where loss prevention and law enforcement professionals hang out online.

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