Austin, Texas and San Jose, Calif. (PRWEB) January 21, 2009
Bigfoot Networks , the networking technology company behind the Killer™ line of gaming network cards utilizing the groundbreaking Lag and Latency Reduction (LLR) technology, today announced that it has hired Silicon Valley-based Michael Howse as its new president and CEO. Howse will work closely with company founder Harlan Beverly, who is moving into the role of CTO and vice president of engineering, to drive the next phase of business growth with aggressive new product, technology and revenue plans for 2009 and beyond.
"I'm joining Bigfoot Networks at an exciting point in the company's history," said CEO Michael Howse. "Online gaming is one of the hottest sectors of the technology market today and improving the player's experience is critical to its future growth."
Bigfoot Networks has announced that its Killer NIC™ products are shipping in volume with Dell, Alienware, Falcon Northwest, Commodore and other leading computer system manufacturers. The company also provides a unique software technology platform that enables game developers to easily enhance the performance of their online titles for the best interactive performance and player scalability possible.
"Michael joining our team marks a major milestone in the development of our business," said Harlan Beverly, co-founder, CTO and vice president of engineering of Bigfoot Networks. "His impressive background as a consumer technology category creator is exactly what we were looking for in a leader of our company."
A skilled CEO and marketing executive, Howse has more than 20 years of consumer technology, entertainment, infrastructure and networking experience. He 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 PC's 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 numerous other marketing and product awards.
Most recently, Howse was CEO and president of PacketHop, a wireless mesh-networking company he co-founded while serving as an entrepreneur in residence at U.S. Venture Partners. With Howse's hiring, Bigfoot Networks will be moving its headquarters to Silicon Valley while maintaining primary technology development in Austin.
About Bigfoot Networks
Bigfoot Networks is dedicated to developing groundbreaking networking hardware and software for gamers and mass-market consumers. Bigfoot aims to support the rapidly growing online and competitive gaming markets, in addition to mainstream consumer applications that can benefit from the company's leading technology. Powered by Bigfoot's proprietary Lag and Latency Reduction technology, the company's first product line, Killer™ NIC, is the industry's first network interface card (NIC) designed specifically to improve network performance for a smoother, more responsive online game experience. Bigfoot Networks is funded by leading venture capital firms North Bridge Venture Partners and Palomar Ventures. To learn more, visit Bigfoot Networks at http://www.killernic.