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Ex-CIA technology pioneer Gus Hunt to advise ARTIS Ventures

27 Feb 2014

Gus Hunt CIA ARTIS VenturesThe CIA exec behind some of the US government’s most important technology decisions has joined San Francisco-based investment firm ARTIS Ventures as an advisor.

Former agency CTO Gus Hunt helped pave the way for the agency to implement commercial technology on a massive scale according to ARTIS, which pointed to the CIA’s $600m, 10-year investment in Amazon’s AWS cloud computing platform last year as one of his boldest recommendations.

He said, “At the CIA, I quickly learned that one of the best ways to identify emerging technologies was to watch the money.

“VCs are often the leading phalanx of where things are headed and that’s certainly been true of ARTIS over the last decade.”

Hunt will help identify and analyze new enterprise investment opportunities and work with portfolio companies, the firm said.

ARTIS president and founder Stuart Peterson added, “It goes without saying, but Gus has decades of experience analyzing and making decisions regarding new technologies at the highest levels of government.

“He also maintains an infectiously insatiable curiosity when it comes to seeking out new technologies.

“That open-mindedness is core to our investment approach, which focuses on identifying the biggest ideas and secular themes within technology and those companies best positioned to benefit, something Gus did at the CIA very successfully for quite some time.”

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