How The NSA Hunts For Startups Through VC Firms Dedicated To Serving Intelligence Community
In-Q-Tel (IQT) is a not-for-profit venture capital group that helps the NSA and other agencies hunt for startup and young companies with core technology for the U.S. intelligence community. These young companies are often outside the reach of the intelligence community. About 70 percent of them have never worked with the government before. IQT often co-invests with venture capital groups, giving the CIA, NSA and other intelligence agencies access to the most new and innovative technologies in the market. IQT is highly influential with the startup community and serves as an arm for intelligence operations. That’s evident in how it markets itself to potential employees: The bottom line is that In-Q-Tel accelerates the Intelligence Community’s access to cutting-edge technology. We have had significant impact in supporting the IC mission, but we know that the only way to maintain our success is to continually attract top-notch talent from a wide variety of industries and professions. ...
Japan Says It Will Abide by Apologies Over War
Japan’s conservative government backed away from earlier suggestions that it might try to revise or even repudiate apologies to sex slaves and other nations.
BootstrapAccelerator Asia Wants To Bring Promising Southeast Asia Startups To Silicon Valley
Though Southeast Asia is one of the world’s fastest growing economies and benefits from a youthful, tech-savvy population, the region’s startup ecosystem is still in its infancy and many founders lack resources. The freshly launched BootstrapAccelerator Asia seeks to address that gap. Founded by San Francisco-based seed and venture capital fund BootstrapLabs and Malaysia’s MAD Incubator, BootstrapAccelerator Asia is currently seeking startups that have the potential for global expansion. The year-long program will focus on “early-stage capital efficient startups that leverage the speed of Internet distribution and the scalability of cloud infrastructure,” bringing promising candidates to Silicon Valley. Foreign startups that BootstrapLabs has previously relocated to Silicon Valley include Prezi, Witsbits, AudioDraft and Zerply, which have raised a combined $25 million in funding. MAD (Make A Difference) Incubator is the largest private incubator in Malaysia, with the goal of helping ...
Join TC In DC On Friday For Our White House Correspondents Dinner Weekend Party
As partygoers decend into DC for the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, TechCrunch wanted to remind the nation’s policy wonks of the startups that are keeping America on the cutting edge of innovation. So, we’re inviting proud geeks to party with us at the swanky new headquarters of startup incubator, 1776. On Friday, April 26th from 8pm-11pm, Aol founder Steve Case co-hosts the 1776 grand opening with patriotic-themed desserts, a full bar, and a (brief) thoughtful discussion on immigration, Internet taxes, and startups with Congressmen Darrell Issa and Joaquin Caster–after which there will be a rocking band and a lot of great friends who geek out over both open source and open government. It turns out that the technology industry is kind of the cool kid in the nation’s capitol. Word got out about the event before this announcement and it was so popular, we sold out of our initial round of 600 tickets in 48 hours. So, we’re opening up a few hundred more. Go to 1776.Eventbrite.com ...
Japan's Abe Launches Third Part of Growth Plan
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched the third part of his strategy to revive Japan's growth—a government push to better use the Internet and digital technology to overhaul the country's regimented economy.