Michael Howse is a Silicon Valley veteran, who consistently catapults emerging-growth technology companies to profitability and market leadership. A skilled CEO and marketing executive, Mr. Howse’s career spans more than 20 years and touches virtually every conceivable technology category, with special emphasis on consumer electronics, computer gaming, entertainment, mobile and web application services.
Most recently, Mr. Howse served as CEO and President of Bigfoot Networks where he led the Company from initial customers through its successful acquisition by Qualcomm. Bigfoot Network’s KillerTM technology serves as the StreamboostTM software and cloud services platform for Qualcomm’s next generation networking products.
Prior to Bigfoot Networks, Mr. Howse was an Entrepreneur in Residence at U.S. Venture Partners where he developed the strategy for investments in video, wireless technology and mobile services. He subsequently served as CEO and President of PacketHop, the leader in wireless mesh networks and peer-to-peer mobile applications. As a marketing executive, he was integral in creating the 3D graphics category for mainstream consumers while serving in executive roles at Creative Labs, S3 and 3dfx Interactive. As senior vice president of marketing and business development at 3dfx Interactive, he conceived and executed the strategy that increased revenue from $20 million to more than $400 million in three years by creating the “Voodoo” line of products, one of the PCs first major consumer technology brands.
Over the last two decades, Mr. Howse has received numerous industry awards, including “Marketer of the Year” from Marketing Computers Magazine / Brandweek, PC World’s “50 Best Products of All Time”, as well as an Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences award for his pioneering work at Total Vision. He has also been a featured speaker at CES, E3, Churchill Club, Comdex, Digital Hollywood, and Game Developers Conference (GDC) amongst many others. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the UCLA Venture Capital Fund.
Mr. Howse received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and completed the Executive Program at Stanford University. He lives in the San Francisco Peninsula with his wife and four children. For fun, he enjoys fly fishing, traveling, cooking, great music and is an award winning jazz drummer.