Co-founder & Co-CEO
In September 2002, Howard co-founded Picaboo with college friend and bamboo.com co-founder, Kevin McCurdy. The genesis of the Picaboo concept was spawned by a combination of their desire to share a growing library of digital pictures and their family's passion for enjoying albums and scrapbooks.
Prior to creating Picaboo, Howard co-founded bamboo.com (n/k/a iPIX) in 1995 with Kevin after graduating from college. Having developed innovative 360-degree panoramic imaging technology for the then-emerging World Wide Web, Howard and Kevin applied their creation to a common transaction frought with frustration that steals days of precious family time - shopping for a home. In an effort to save time and make the home-buying experience more fun and efficient, Howard and Kevin pioneered the market for virtual tours of real estate.
After signing a deal with Canada's largest real estate company, the real estate virtual tour industry was launched with Howard driving 3,000 miles across Canada personally visiting thousands of real estate agents from hundreds of branch offices, while Kevin processed virtual tours and posted them to the Web. Howard and Kevin moved the company to Palo Alto, CA in mid-1998 to expand their business throughout the US.
Serving as bamboo.com's Senior Vice President of Business Development, Howard played a key role in establishing bamboo's market leadership position by signing distribution, marketing and sales agreements with almost every major real estate company, multiple listing service and real estate website in the US and Canada. Bamboo.com went public in August 1999 and then merged with Interactive Pictures Corp to form iPIX in January 2000.
After the formation of iPIX, Howard continued to play a key role in guiding and executing the company's strategic vision which resulted in iPIX becoming the world's largest provider of digital imaging infrastructure for the Internet in such areas as online real estate, auction listings and classified ads.
Howard graduated magna cum laude from Babson College with a bachelors of science degree in business administration in 1995.
Co-founder & Co-CEO
Since 1995, Kevin has founded or co-founded several Internet-related companies including bamboo.com (n/k/a iPIX), Zinio, and Picaboo.
Kevin co-founded bamboo.com in 1995 with college friend Howard Field. Conceived on a napkin over a beer, bamboo.com was started from Kevin's living room and later moved to offices in Palo Alto, CA. Living on little more than cherry cheese danishes and coffee, Kevin, Howard, and lead programmer, 'Jut', developed innovative 360-degree panoramic imaging technology that would form the basis by which bamboo.com would become the world's leading supplier of virtual tours for real estate.
Kevin served as bamboo.com's CEO from 1995 to 1999, playing a key role in raising over $25 million of private financing, completing a successful IPO on Nasdaq, and consummating a merger with Interactive Pictures Corp to form iPIX. After the merger, iPIX would go on to become the world's leading provider of imaging infrastructure for the Internet, building and managing scaled imaging infrastructure for companies such as eBay.
Shortly after bamboo.com's merger with Interactive Pictures in 2000, Kevin founded Zinio in early 2000 after he became frustrated that he could not download any of his favorite magazines. Kevin served as Zinio's CEO from 2000 to 2002, where he played a key role in developing the company's award-winning technology, raising over $16 million of private equity financing from first-tier venture capitalists, and signing up publishers to distribute digital editions of their magazines. Zinio is now the world's leading digital magazine delivery system, with magazines such as BusinessWeek, US News & World Report, Reader's Digest, Premiere, Elle, PC Magazine, and Car and Driver distributed in Zinio format.
In September 2002, Kevin co-founded Picaboo with friend and bamboo.com co-founder, Howard Field.