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Rich Stuppy: Idaho Tech Hall of Fame inducts 4th class

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Rich Stuppy

Members of the Idaho Technology Council have created an exceptional and inclusive event that is fast becoming the biggest thing in the Idaho autumn beyond Boise State University football and hunting season: the Idaho Technology Council Hall of Fame Celebration featuring the Idaho Innovation Awards presented by Stoel Rives and Kickstand.

On Oct. 23 at the Boise Centre, groundbreaking technology professionals Greg Carr and Tim Barber will become the fourth class of inductees into the Idaho Technology Hall of Fame. As many as 900 people are expected to attend the celebration.

The event is the Idaho Technology Council’s most important recognition of the visionaries who have created a technology and innovation culture that has grown into a key driver of the Idaho economy.

“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.

Barber, a prolific inventor, is responsible for dozens of pending or issued patents. His patents have led to the founding of four Idaho technology companies: Kount, an industry leading fraud-prevention company serving the world’s largest payment processors and retailers; ClickBank, an e-commerce platform for Internet “infopreneurs,” facilitating more than 25,000 sales every day in more than 200 countries; 2AI Labs, a research collaboration focusing on the nature of intelligence in humans and machines; and O2Amp, an optics company providing lenses that dramatically enhance your ability to see health-related color changes.

Barber is one the founders of local technology company Keynetics, the leading privately held technology company in Idaho and currently 11 on Idaho’s Private 75. Barber continues to lead Keynetics through innovation, which has created new growth opportunities for Keynetics.

At a young age, Idaho Falls native Carr became excited about “the idea that every person on Earth should have basic human rights.”

“I had the idea at 25 that if I made a lot of money, then I could do whatever I wanted,” he said.

In the spring of 1986, Carr founded his first company, Boston Technology, with partner Scott Jones, an MIT lab scientist. After four short years the company became the nation’s No. 1 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 ended the decade with a personal net worth of nearly $200 million. When he turned 40, he decided to devote the rest of his life to philanthropy.

Carr co-founded the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University and the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls, a cultural and natural history museum. He also 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 spends up to half of his time in Mozambique restoring and managing the country’s flagship national park, Gorongosa. In January 2008, he signed an agreement with the government of Mozambique to work on the project for the next 20 years.

Their string of brilliant ideas make Tim Barber and Greg Carr the two 2013 inductees into the Idaho Technology Council Hall of Fame.

Author Rick Belluzzo, a former senior executive at Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft, will deliver the keynote address at the celebration. Videos featuring the perspectives of global leaders and appearances from the Micron Foundation and Albertsons Foundation also are on the agenda.

The Oct. 23 event will cap a day of energy and technology activities at the Boise Centre. Tickets can be purchased at