Vannevar Labs

Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA
CEO: Brett Granberg
Employees: 20
Privately held

Vannevar Labs builds machine learning products for the country’s most critical national security problems.

The company’s first product, Decrypt, has been deployed across nearly a dozen of the most important groups in the government since launching in January of 2021. Decrypt helps public servants working military and foreign policy decisions understand, target, and respond to foreign actors in ways previously not possible by analyzing documents and data in different languages.

In August 2021, the company raised $12 million in Series A funding co-led by Costanoa Ventures and Point72 Ventures. General Catalyst also invested. Vannevar Labs previously completed a $4.5 million seed round led by General Catalyst and Costanoa Ventures in 2019.

The company was founded by Brett Granberg and Nini Moorhead in 2019.

CEO Granberg previously worked with the CIA, NSA, and the Department of Defense on implementing computer vision and NLP technology and invested in startups for In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the CIA and the US intelligence community. Moorhead is Chief Operating Officer of the company and former U.S. intelligence officer.

“Our mission is to get the best of American technology to the people that keep our country safe,” said Brett Granberg, CEO at Vannevar Labs after Series A funding. “This new round of funding will allow us to significantly grow our team and develop new technology for some of the most critical national security missions of our time.”

The company is named after Vannevar Bush, an engineer and inventor who was head of the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development during World War II.

Updated August 27, 2021