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.