About 2017-07-19T16:30:32+00:00

Founded in 2012, AppDetex is the global brand protection leader in combating brand infringement, fraud, and piracy within the increasingly complex worlds of mobile apps, marketplaces, and domains. We choose to specialize in these three areas most vulnerable to brand-jacking, and can be the most difficult to navigate for even experienced IP attorneys. We focus on developing best-in-class technologies and methodologies that expose and enable takedowns of the many egregious and often criminal activities found online today.

Through industry leading innovations in detection and enforcement, AppDetex helps some of the world’s most recognizable brands reduce consumer confusion, brand dilution and fraud while protecting reputations, credibility, and company bottom line.

Led by two experts in the online brand protection industry, Faisal Shah and Chris Bura, our company is headquartered in Boise, Idaho.

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Leadership Team

Faisal Shah
Faisal ShahFounder & CEO
Prior to starting AppDetex, Faisal founded the brand protection company MarkMonitor, Inc., which was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2012. He founded FTF Technologies Inc. (aka First to File) in 2006, serving as CEO and President. FTF’s Electronic File Room is the world’s leading web-based patent prosecution and management service. The company was acquired by CPA Global in February 2013.
Faisal is a former partner of the international law firm Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now known as Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP), one of the nation’s top law firms. Following his time there, he joined Richardson Labs as an Executive Vice President and General Counsel.

He received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco and a B.S. from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Chris Bura
Chris BuraFounder
Chris is an experienced entrepreneur, having spent 15 years successfully starting and building companies. In 1996, he founded and served as the CEO of Alldomains.com, a leading domain registration and brand protection corporation. Among its many accomplishments, Alldomains.com won contracts with many of the world’s best known brands, including Boeing, eBay, GM, Google, Time Warner, and Yahoo!. In 2003, Alldomains.com merged with MarkMonitor to create the preeminent company for Brand Protection Solutions.
Prior to Alldomains.com, Chris founded a web-hosting company, NetCorps, then by Hostcentric, then by Interland, Inc. (NASDAQ: INLD), ultimately becoming Web.com (NASDAQ: WWW). Prior to AppDetex, he founded RoofRay, an online solar modeling company. RoofRay became the busiest solar website in the US before selling the technology to a European investment firm.

He received his B.A. from California State University, East Bay.

John Rubocki
John RubockiCFO
John brings over 20 years of experience to AppDetex, where he oversees all financial and strategic activities. The former CFO for Bully Dog, John oversaw the company’s rapid growth, and led and managed a successful sale to a private equity group, generating an increase in value to the owners of approximately 400%.
Prior to Bully Dog, he was responsible for planning, directing and controlling the financial and strategic planning process for a designer and manufacturer of electronic safety products for the international commercial vehicle market. John also worked in the Corporate Development/Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Falcon Building Products, a $1B revenue portfolio company of private equity fund Investcorp. He also worked as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch.

John holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ben Milam
Ben MilamExecutive Vice President/General Counsel
With a background in business and intellectual property law and litigation, Ben brings 25 years of legal experience to AppDetex. He has served as an outside general counsel for small start-up companies in Idaho and elsewhere and has litigated intellectual property cases in state and federal courts and obtained injunctions in both forums to prevent infringement and other illegal activities.

Ben has obtained jury verdicts, court verdicts and settlements in civil cases totaling millions of dollars. He has successfully obtained defense verdicts on behalf of a wide variety of clients, from Fortune 100 companies to privately-held businesses, in trials before juries, judges and administrative bodies.

Ben is a member of the California and Idaho State Bar associations.

David Montz
David MontzCTO
A 20-year veteran in software and internet technologies, David brings a dynamic set of skills and experience to AppDetex. Well before the term became ubiquitous, he worked in cloud services at Daptiv (acquired by ChangePoint) as VP of Engineering, creating market leading Enterprise Project and Portfolio Management solutions. Later, he worked on the consumer facing side as VP of Engineering at Bodybuilding.com (acquired by Liberty Media) where he was responsible for building platforms that powered both the largest fitness social network and largest health and fitness digital publication in existence.

As CTO, David is responsible for building the technology that powers AppDetex’s brand protection products and services.

When he isn’t following his passion for tech you’ll likely find him in the mountains of Idaho fly fishing, mountain biking or skiing.

Ravi Surya
Ravi SuryaGeneral Manager, Domains
Ravi has a proven track record as an entrepreneur who has built and sold solidly engineered software products. He was the founder of Fly9.com, a start-up company that provided platform-as-a-service for domain name registrars and successfully executed contracts with two of the top three domain name registries.

Ravi’s work highlights include implementation of the world’s first international domain name (IDN) email at Afilias, DNS platform product and scalable cloud based domain registrar platform. He has over 17 years of experience in management, software development and product management. Ravi has worked as a consultant, technical team lead, vice president of engineering for start-ups such as Name.com, a technical lead at SnapNames, a senior consultant to world class registries including Afilias and ICM Registry and Fortune 100 companies including Nike.

Dr. Krissa Wrigley
Dr. Krissa WrigleyDirector, Operations
Krissa’s career in economic development in Idaho and Oregon has spanned both private and public sectors. She served as Director of Client Services for a market research firm, as an account manager for a startup grassroots marketing company, and as a vice president at a public-private non-profit that helps entrepreneurs and small businesses develop ideas and commercialize technology. She has worked as a contractor, consultant and project manager with economic development organizations in the Boise Valley and served as an administrator and professor of economics.

Krissa holds a M.S. in Economics and a PhD in Sociology from Utah State University.

Michael Krause
Michael KrauseHead of Global Customer Success
Michael comes to AppDetex with over 25 years of hands on experience in strategic revenue growth, working with major corporations and brands like NFL, Tesla, NBC, BBC, Grammy’s, Warner Brothers and Michael Page. He architected and led teams for the federal government for USAF, HHS and VA. As a design engineer at Microsoft, he helped create and roll out the first versions of the .Net Framework.

Michael is the co-founder of Dark Yeti consulting group and the co-founder of startups JikaJot, ExactPlus and 3Launch. He loves learning and teaming with clients to solve big challenges. He is currently enrolled in a doctoral program D.B.A. Business Finance and Strategy (StartUps) at the City University Seattle. Michael spends his spare time exploring the outdoors with his family.