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Harry Morrison, Faisal Shah named to Idaho Tech Hall of Fame

Faisal Shah talks to Centennial High School students at his Nebula Shift office at 609 W. Main St. in 2014.
Faisal Shah talks to Centennial High School students at his Nebula Shift office at 609 W. Main St. in 2014. Idaho Statesman

The late Harry W. Morrison, cofounder of Boise construction giant Morrison-Knudsen, and Boise’s Faisal Shah, a contemporary tech entrepreneur, are the 2016 inductees into the Idaho Technology Council’s Hall of Fame.

Harry Morrison

Morrison and Morris Hans Knudsen founded the Morrison-Knudsen Co. in 1912. The council says MK was the first in the construction industry to approach projects as joint ventures, collaborating with other companies to leverage their combined equipment, expertise and financial resources.

MK built many big projects, including Hoover (then called Boulder) Dam in the early 1930s. The dam helped MK become one of the most sought-after construction companies in the world, the technology council said in a news release.

In 1952, Morrison created the Morrison Family Foundation, which still contributes to charitable causes in Idaho.

Faisal Shah

After a legal career and a partnership at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, a New York law firm, Shah in 1999 began to cofound technology and services companies in Boise to protect the brands of corporations and their customers online.

His first startup, MarkMonitor, was sold in 2012 to Thomson Reuters. His second, First to File, was bought by CPA Global in 2013.

In 2011, Shah cofounded AppDetex to help mobile-app owners protect their intellectual property by eliminating fake copycat apps in mobile app stores. AppDetex has not been sold.

Shah is a cofounder of Trailhead Boise, a nonprofit that helps Boiseans start and build businesses. He founded the former Nebula Shift, a tech-business incubator, with partner James Hepworth. He advises and invests in Idaho startups and mentors young entrepreneurs in programs such as B|launched, an initiative he established with the Boise Young Professionals, an arm of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.

“I have no doubt that if Harry were alive today, he and Faisal would not only be great friends, they would be working together on something that would change our world,” said Jay Larsen, founder and president of the Idaho Technology Council, in a statement.

The council is a membership organization that fosters tech companies in Idaho, mainly in information technology, agriscience and energy.

David Staats: 208-377-6417, @DavidStaats