Entrepreneurs. Technologists. Investors.
IQT is the not-for-profit strategic investor that accelerates the development and delivery of cutting-edge technologies to national security agencies. Our work bridges the gap between the challenging technology needs of our government partners, the rapidly changing innovations of the startup world, and the venture community that funds those startups.
IQT occupies a distinct role at the intersection of all stakeholders – our government customers, the venture capital community, and the startup world. It is our access to and deep understanding of these diverse communities that fuel our ability to make relevant investments.
IQT was established in 1999 to ensure that our country’s intelligence agencies had access to innovative technologies from the startup community to help protect and preserve our nation’s security. CIA leaders recognized that technological innovation had largely shifted from the purview of government R&D and large organizations to entrepreneurs and the startup community who were developing much-needed technologies more quickly and less expensively, and continue to do so today.
As a not-for-profit strategic investor, IQT has connected visionary startups with a potent mix of support: financial resources in the form of strategic investments, market understanding, and engineering expertise to bring their technology to the intelligence community. Being able to translate between government customers and the startup community has enabled us to deliver on national security needs.
From the dot-com boom to the age of AI, IQT has been scouting revolutionary tech tools to help the intelligence and defense communities keep our nation safe. See how we’ve innovated over the last twenty years amidst a rapidly changing technology landscape.
IQT’s staff includes a unique mix of entrepreneurs, technologists, and investors. While our team represents a diverse array of backgrounds, its members share similar traits – deep knowledge of their chosen fields, strategic vision, and a dedication to IQT’s core mission: delivering solutions that address the critical technology needs of the national security community.
Dr. Megan Anderson
Dr. Tara O'Toole
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Michael M. Crow became the sixteenth president of Arizona State University on July 1, 2002. He is guiding the transformation of ASU into one of the nation’s leading public metropolitan research universities, an institution that combines the highest levels of academic excellence, inclusiveness to a broad demographic, and maximum societal impact—a model he designed known as the “New American University.”
Under his leadership ASU has established major interdisciplinary research initiatives such as the Biodesign Institute, Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS), and more than a dozen new transdisciplinary schools, and witnessed an unprecedented academic infrastructure expansion, tripling of research expenditures, and attainment of record levels of diversity in the student body.
Crow was previously professor of science and technology policy and executive vice provost of Columbia University, where he served as chief strategist of Columbia’s research enterprise and technology transfer operations.
Jim Barksdale is chairman of the board and president of Barksdale Management Corporation – a private company that manages his investments and philanthropic activities – and also serves as chairman of Spread Networks.
Peter Barris has been Managing General Partner of New Enterprise Associates (NEA) since 1999, where during that time NEA’s assets under management have grown from $1B to over $13B and operations have expanded to India and China.
Howard Cox is an Advisory Partner at Greylock, a national venture capital firm. Greylock, with committed capital of over $2 billion under management, has been an active investor in enterprise software, consumer internet and healthcare.
Chris Darby has served as President and CEO of In-Q-Tel since September 2006. Darby was previously Vice President and General Manager at Intel, where he oversaw the Middleware Products Division. At Intel, Darby had responsibility for the corporation’s Infrastructure Software business, including open source and commercial products. He joined Intel in August 2005 with the acquisition of Sarvega, a venture-backed supplier of XML networking and security products, where Darby served as President and CEO.
Professor Anita Jones is a University Professor Emerita at the University of Virginia, having taught computer science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science
A.B. “Buzzy” Krongard serves as an outside director on the Global Board of DLA Piper, as well as the Lead Director of Under Armour Inc. where he chairs the Audit Committee. Krongard retired from the Central Intelligence Agency on November 30, 2004 where he had served as Executive Director since March 2001.
David is President and a member of the Management Committee for Bridgewater Associates, a global macro investment firm with over $160 billion in assets under management, and the world’s largest hedge fund.
Before joining Bridgewater, he was U.S. Treasury Undersecretary for International Affairs in the Bush Administration and prior to that Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Policy and Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration.
Jami Miscik is President and Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., the New York-based strategic international consulting firm that assesses and navigates emerging market geopolitical and macroeconomic risks for its clients. Miscik also had a distinguished 20-year career in intelligence, ultimately serving as the Central Intelligence Agency’s Deputy Director for Intelligence from 2002 to 2005.
Admiral Mike Mullen served as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2007) and was the principal military advisor to President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.
Ted Schlein is a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Schlein joined KPCB in 1996 with a focus on early-stage technology companies in the enterprise software and infrastructure markets, including ventures within the networking and consumer security arenas.
Jeffrey Smith is a retired partner from Arnold & Porter and former head of the firm’s National Security practice. He regularly counseled both U.S. and foreign companies on a wide range of national security issues. His practice included advising major defense and aerospace companies and representing major media organizations and individuals with respect to First Amendment issues and unauthorized disclosures of classified information.
Mr. Smith is a former General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He has also served as General Counsel of the Senate Armed Services Committee and was Senator Sam Nunn’s designee to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Iran/Contra Committee.
George J. Tenet is currently Chairman of Allen & Company LLC, a privately-held investment bank based in New York. Previously, Tenet served as the 18th Director of Central Intelligence from 1997 until 2004.