A skilled CEO and marketing executive, Michael Howse’s career spans more than 20 years with expertise in consumer technology, interactive entertainment, and mobile applications. Most recently, Michael served as CEO and President of Bigfoot Networks where he successfully led the Company from initial customers through its successful acquisition by Qualcomm in September of 2011. The Bigfoot KillerTM technology will serve as the software and cloud services platform for Qualcomm’s next generation network processors and interfaces; providing consumers the best possible experience for online HD video and multiplayer gaming.
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.
Howse 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 received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and completed the Executive MBA Program at Stanford University.