Don Scifres is the co-founder of SDL Ventures, LLC, a venture capital firm focused on emerging technology companies. Prior to SDL Ventures, Scifres was at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center where he became Manager of Optoelectronics and a Xerox Research Fellow. In 1983, Scifres co-founded SDL, Inc. where he was CEO until 2001 when SDL, Inc. was sold to JDS Uniphase. Under Scifres' direction, SDL became one of the top 25 listed companies in NASDAQ in terms of market cap.
Scifres has been awarded over 140 US patents, has published over 300 technical articles and has won a number of awards including the Land Medal, the Rank Prize, The Tyndall Award and the Noyce Medal. Scifres is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.