Co-Founder Trailhead Boise
Faisal Shah was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, the middle child of three. As a child he lived in Caracas, Venezuela and later in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After high school, Faisal studied business administration at the University of Colorado Boulder - Leeds School of Business and later law at the University of San Francisco.
After graduating from law school, Faisal moved to Los Angeles and became a partner at one of the top law firms in the nation - Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now known as Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman). In 1997, Faisal moved to Boise, Idaho and applied his legal and business expertise to co-founding technology and services companies that protect the online intellectual property assets of corporations and their customers. In 1999, he co-founded MarkMonitor, Inc, a company specializing in enterprise brand protection serving the Fortune 500. In September 2012, Thomson Reuters acquired MarkMonitor in one of the largest technology company acquisitions in Idaho. He also co-founded FTF Technologies Inc. in Boise, Idaho (now known as First-to-File), an electronic document management company providing comprehensive patent management solutions to companies and law firms worldwide. In February 2013, CPA Global (a global IP management and technology company) acquired First-to-File. Faisal recently co-founded AppDetex, a Boise-based company that protects Global 2000 companies from online and mobile threats. The companies Faisal has co-founded continue to thrive and contribute to Idaho’s growing technology ecosystem.
Faisal is committed to helping others succeed in Idaho and meets regularly with entrepreneurs. In that vein, he is a co-founder of Trailhead Boise, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Boiseans start and scale businesses and also a co-founder of Nebula Shift, a Boise-based technology incubator. Faisal continues to invest in numerous Idaho startups while mentoring young entrepreneurs.