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OCS 2020 Breakout: Morgan Mahlock & Grant Whiting

jj profile image Joseph (JJ) Jacks ・2 min read

Morgan Mahlock is an investor at IQT, the strategic venture capital arm of the Intelligence Community. In-Q-Tel bridges the gap between the technology needs of national security agencies, the rapidly changing innovations of the startup world, and the venture community that funds those startups. Morgan previously spent time at the NFL and at Lockheed Martin. She graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Product Design and MS in Management Science and Engineering, where she was on the lightweight rowing team and started Stanford Women in Design. She works with a variety of nonprofit organizations including BLCK VC and EVCA, and in her free time, enjoys running, rowing, playing piano, and traveling.

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Grant Whiting is a Senior Associate on the Investment team at In-Q-Tel where he focuses on investments in cybersecurity and advanced analytics technologies. Prior to joining In-Q-Tel, Grant was a Case Team Leader at Bain & Company, where he led teams of consultants supporting business leaders in healthcare, tech and private equity to assess and execute growth strategies, with a focus on adjacency strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and post-merger integration. Prior to Bain & Company, Grant was a ground intelligence Captain in the Marine Corps and served in the NYPD’s intelligence bureau overseeing counter-terrorism investigations.

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In-Q-Tel (IQT) and its perspective on investing in open source startups.

Grant and Morgan’s introductions and Presentation topic: Open Source in Government - 0:00

Presentation Agenda - 0:30

In-Q-Tel is a Private, Independent, Not-for-Profit Connecting Three Different Worlds, investing for Mission Impact - 0:54

Why In-QTel? The Challenge - 2:20

In-Q-Tel Investment Model - 3:40

Selected In-Q-Tel “Open Source” Portfolio - 4:44

Why In-Q-Tel Engages with Open Source Companies - 5:26

Traditional USG concerns with Open Source, across usability (long-term maintenance) and security. Key takeaway: risk mitigation. - 8:25

Opportunities in USG use of Open Source - 9:41


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