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Washington officials are like moths drawn to the flame of Silicon Valley. They see it as a source of talent, ideas and technology. And it is. But it’s not the only place they find those things. Virginia venture capitalist Jonathan Aberman tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin a more careful approach to acquisition can tease out the best from industry no matter what the location.

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Technology advances, but it also matures and becomes less lucrative. That’s one reason Lockheed Martin is spinning off its cybersecurity services business. Yet Dell is betting $50 billion on EMC, a manufacturer of several mature technologies. What does it all mean for the federal market? Federal Drive host Tom Temin asks Jonathan Aberman, the managing director of Amplifier Ventures and founder of Tandem NSI.

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Like a siren, California’s Silicon Valley seems to beckon to members of the Obama administration. But the land of start-ups and technology innovation isn’t all that interested in Washington, or at least not in federal contracting. Jonathan Aberman is the managing director of Amplifier Ventures and the chairman of Tandem NSI, both focused on startups locally. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why government buyers looking for non-traditional or start-up suppliers need to look beyond mainstream venture capital activity.

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