Dave Howell

Dave Howell

Mobile Apps Entrepreneur

Portland, Oregon (Portland, Oregon Area)
Computer Software

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Dave Howell's Overview

  • Member, Board of Advisors at Linka
  • Sr Software Engineering Manager at Apple
  • Founder and Principal Engineer at Pablo Media
  • Lead Software Engineer at MetaCreations
  • Lead Software Engineer at New Video Corporation
  • Lead Mac Software Engineer at ParcPlace-Digitalk
  • Lead Software Engineer at Passport Designs

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Dave Howell's Summary

Entrepreneur, software architect, and engineering manager with twenty-five years of leadership experience. Focused on producing software for the iPhone and iPod touch platform, with a background in creating tools for visual effects, motion graphics, video and film editing, music composition, and imaging.

Specialties: Entrepreneurship, engineering management, software architecture, application design, and SDK design.

Dave Howell's Experience

Founder and CEO

Avatron Software, Inc.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Computer Software industry

April 2008Present (6 years 7 months) portland, oregon

Leading a great team of experienced software engineers to produce useful, innovative mobile apps.

Check out our Air Login, Air Display, and Air Sharing apps in the App Store, Mac App Store, Google Play, and our own web site.

Our Everydisk project launched on Kickstarter in late December 2013.

Member, Board of Advisors


March 2012September 2012 (7 months) Portland, Oregon

Advise on mobile strategy, iOS software architecture

Sr Software Engineering Manager


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; AAPL; Consumer Electronics industry

June 2002April 2008 (5 years 11 months)

Managed FxPlug plug-in architecture (engineering, marketing, tech support, QA).
Managed and led engineering team to develop LiveType application.
Led engineering team to implement features in Aperture application.
Contributed to productivity applications, including Keynote, Numbers, Pages, and iWeb.
Received patent for animated fonts and scriptable text effects.

Founder and Principal Engineer

Pablo Media

September 1994June 2002 (7 years 10 months)

Fulfilled dozens of software-engineering contracts.
Managed subcontractors.
Clients included Apple Computer, Intel, Sarnoff Corporation, Iomega, Lucasfilm Ltd., Hasbro Interactive, Westwood Studios, Prismo Graphics, and others.

Negotiated acquisition of assets by Apple.

Lead Software Engineer


Public Company; 201-500 employees; MCRE; Computer Software industry

February 1994September 1994 (8 months)

Wrote cross-platform graphics library for use in Kai’s Power Tools, wrote QuickShow slide show application.

Lead Software Engineer

New Video Corporation

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Entertainment industry

19911994 (3 years)

Led team of software engineers, at desktop-video startup funded by Apple Computer and Intel, to develop software suite for the EyeQ family of desktop-video cards. Wrote pre-QuickTime video I/O SDK, Premiere plug-ins, XObjects and Xtras, applications, tools, and QuickTime components, including video codecs for JPEG, DVI PLV, DVI RTV, and EyeQ Video. Ported Intel’s Indeo 1.0 software decompressor to Macintosh.

Lead Mac Software Engineer


19901991 (1 year)

Maintained Smalltalk/V Mac development environment and Smalltalk Goodies object library.

Lead Software Engineer

Passport Designs

19881990 (2 years)

Wrote Master Tracks Pro 4 Macintosh MIDI sequencer, which won Electronic Musician’s “Most Innovative Software Product” award. Ported Master Tracks Pro to Apple IIgs. Wrote specifications for Producer, MIDI Player, and Pro Audio applications.

Dave Howell's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Board member

      Oregon Entrepreneurs Network
      January 2013 present (1 year 10 months)

      Chair of Entrepreneurial Services Committee

    • Co-founder, Board member

      Jazz Society of Santa Cruz County
      • Arts and Culture

Dave Howell's Skills & Expertise

  1. Marketing Strategy
  2. Piano
  3. Engineering Management
  4. Mobile Applications
  5. Objective-C
  6. Entrepreneurship
  7. Architecture
  8. iOS
  9. iPhone
  10. Software Design
  11. Software Engineering
  12. Software Development
  13. Mac
  14. Start-ups
  15. User Experience
  16. iOS development
  17. Programming
  18. OS X
  19. Mobile Devices
  20. User Interface
  21. Object Oriented Design
  22. Xcode
  23. Cocoa
  24. Android
  25. Web Applications
  26. Scalability
  27. Subversion

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Dave Howell's Patents

  • Virtual WDDM Driver

    • United States Patent Application Pending
    Inventors: Dave Howell, Dean Beeler

    Covers key inventions that have allowed us to build a hardware-accelerated virtual video driver for Windows.

  • Method and apparatus for titling

    • United States Patent 7199805
    • Issued August 28, 2002

    This covers the interesting parts of Apple's LiveType app, LiveFont animated fonts, and FontScript effects.

Dave Howell's Education

Cornell University - S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management

MBA, Business Administration


Dual MBA degrees received from Cornell University's Johnson School and Queen's University in Kingston Ontario

Case Western Reserve University

MS (almost), Computer Science


Completed coursework but dropped thesis. (The title was “An expert system to assist in the design of industrial boiler systems.” You would have dropped it too.)

Case Western Reserve University

BA, Music


Activities and Societies: Mu Phi Epsilon honorary music fraternity, High Honors

Case Western Reserve University

BS, Computer Science


Activities and Societies: National Merit Scholarship, Ohio Academic Scholarship, Tau Beta Pi, Resident Assistant, High Honors

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