Idaho tech council to induct Carr, Barber to Hall of Fame

August 14, 2013 

Inventor and tech firm founder Tim Barber and Greg Carr, voice-mail company founder and global philanthropist, will join the Idaho Technology Council Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony at Boise Centre on the Grove Oct. 23.

Also that night, this year’s winners of the Idaho Innovation Awards will be presented in four categories: Commercialized Innovation of the Year; Early-Stage Innovation of the Year; Innovative Company of the Year; and Innovator of the Year. As many as three finalists in each category will be honored, and one finalist in each category will be named a winner. The innovation awards program is sponsored by Stoel Rives and Kickstand.

The induction of Barber and Carr will be the centerpiece of the annual celebration, now in its fourth year, which attracts more than 600 technology professionals each year. The induction ceremony will include video productions featuring the perspectives of global leaders from across the technology industry and a keynote address by Richard Belluzo, an author and former senior executive at Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft.

"Tim Barber’s legacy of innovation is well-established and has made a significant impact in Idaho and throughout the world," said Jay Larsen, founder and president of the Idaho Technology Council. "In Greg Carr, tech professionals in Idaho recognize the early grasp of the swift and dynamic transitions of technology and the focused entrepreneurialism that helped to create a powerhouse in telecommunications."

"These distinguished business and community leaders serve as pathfinders to the next generation of technology professionals to drive innovations that continue to grow the Idaho economy," Idaho Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer said. Members of the public and ITC members can reserve tables/sponsorships for the Idaho Technology Council Hall of Fame Celebration by contacting Pamela Prather at pprather@idahotechcouncil.org. Individual tickets can be purchased at http://www.idahotechcouncil.org/itc-hall-of-fame-2013.

Barber earned undergraduate degrees in philosophy and physics from the University of Virginia, and went on to obtain a doctorate in Mathematics from Princeton University. While completing his doctorate, Barber spent seven years as part of a federal research group selected to solve some of the most difficult computational problems then facing U.S. national security.

In 1998, Barber co-founded Keynetics Inc. with Eileen Barber and Geoff Hoyl. They moved the company to Boise the next year. Since then, Keynetics has grown to be the largest privately held technology company in Idaho.

He is a prolific inventor, and his patents have led to the founding of four Idaho technology companies, including two that are sectors of Keynetics: Kount, an industry leading fraud-prevention company serving the world's largest payment processors and retailers; and ClickBank, an e-commerce platform for internet entrepreneurs, facilitating more than 25,000 sales every day in more than 200 countries.

He recently moved away from the daily operations of Keynetics to launch 2AI Labs, a research collaboration focusing on the nature of intelligence in humans and machines; a spinoff of 2AI is O2Amp, an optics company that provides lenses medical professionals can us to detect health-related color changes. Carr, an Idaho Falls native, spent his undergraduate years at the Utah State University, graduating as valedictorian of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. While enrolled in the master’s program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Carr realized that there was vast opportunity in the telecommunication services sector. In the spring of 1986 Carr founded his first company, Boston Technology, with partner Scott Jones, an MIT lab scientist. After four years the company became the nation’s number one voice-mail provider to telephone companies. By the end of the 1990s Carr moved away from the daily activities of the organization and served as its chairman. He had amassed a net worth of nearly $200 million, and when he turned 40 he decided to devote the rest of his life to philanthropy. In 1998 he co-founded the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University and in 2000 he co-founded the Museum of Idaho in Idaho. He donated $1 million to help develop the Idaho Human Rights Education Center in Coeur d'Alene and the Anne Frank Memorial in Boise.

Carr now splits his time between Sun Valley and Mozambique, where he signed a 20-year agreement with the government to restore and manage that country's flagship national park, Gorongosa. He is working with Zoo Boise to establish a 2-acre exhibit reflecting the Gorongosa habitat.

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