The biggest companies in defense were born out of the arrival of the airplane. Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman. These are aerospace companies.
Raven Black believes that software -- especially big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence -- represents a change as monumental as the one caused by flight a century ago. It is time for a new generation of players, built from the ground up as technology companies, and unencumbered by cultures defined by decades of traditional government contracting.
Raven Black's goal is to bring the best of Silicon Valley expertise to defense, from core technologies to development practices. We model ourselves on Lockheed Martin's SkunkWorks. Secrecy isn't what made them successful. It was that they knew when to innovate and when to integrate. That allowed a small, talented team to build revolutionary aircraft decades ahead of their time.
However, software is powerful, and armed conflict is complicated. We understand the importance of considering not just efficacy, but also ethics to ensure the result of our work is a safer, more peaceful world.
Raven Black is located in San Francisco, California, and supported in our vision by top tier venture capital firms.
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