A skilled CEO and marketing executive, Michael Howse's career spans more than 20 years with expertise in cloud services, consumer technology, interactive entertainment, and mobile applications. Most recently, Michael served as CEO of Bigfoot Networks. He joined the company when it had launched the first Killer NIC gaming products (with a $6M burn rate) and transformed the business into a cloud service and product platform for home networks and carriers. Delivering 40x growth over three years, the Company was profitably acquired by Qualcomm.
Prior to Bigfoot Networks, Howse was an Entrepreneur in Residence at U.S. Venture Partners. He subsequently served as CEO and President of PacketHop, the leader in intelligent wireless video networks and peer-to-peer mobile applications. As a marketing executive, Howse was integral in creating the 3D graphics category for mainstream consumers while serving in executive roles at Creative Labs, S3 and 3dfx. As senior vice president of marketing and business development at 3dfx, he conceived and executed the strategy that increased revenue from $20 million to more than $400 million in three years by creating one of the PCs first major gaming brands with the "Voodoo" line of products. Howse was named "Marketer of the Year" in Marketing Computers Magazine / Brandweek and received an Interactive Academy of Arts & Sciences Award, along with other numerous marketing and product awards.
Michael launched his career in the entertainment industry as a manager and concert promoter working with the Beach Boys, Moody Blues, Ziggy Marley, Warrant, and Frank Zappa amongst others.
He is an Executive Board Member of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund his undergraduate alma mater.
Vice President, New Ventures (acting)
2013 - Jan, 2014
Executive Board Member
Senior Executive Advisor
2011 - Jan, 2012
CEO & President
2008 - Oct, 2011
CEO & co-founder
2003 - Jan, 2007
Entrepreneur In Residence
2001 - Jan, 2003
Senior Vice President, Marketing & Business Development
1998 - Jan, 2000