VC  SDL Capital

     Office Locations:

480 San Antonio Road, Suite 200
Mountain View, CA 94040
Phone: 650-559-9355
Fax: 650-559-9353



  • Early



  • Communications & Networking
  • Energy & Clean Tech
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Medical Device
  • Software & Internet



    SDL Capital is an investment firm founded in February 2003 by Dr. Donald R. Scifres, formerly the founder, CEO and Chairman of SDL, Inc. Dr. Scifres partnered with Michael L. Foster, the former CFO at SDL, Inc., to create SDL Ventures and invest in technology start-ups. The strategy for SDL Ventures is to focus on early stage investments offering clear technical differentiation and strong founder teams. A majority of SDL Ventures' investments have involved optical technology and/or communications or medical solutions. Additional investments have been made in green tech and Internet-related companies. Since its inception, SDL Ventures has been involved in over seventy financings in twenty companies. SDL Ventures has been the lead investor for over half of these companies. Through 2014, six of these companies have been acquired or gone have public, four have been very successful and one was at a loss.



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    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Don Scifres Managing Director
    Michael Foster Vice President, Partner


    Portfolio companies include:

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      Calient Networks
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      GCT Semiconductor
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      Leaf Healthcare
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      Neurotrope Bioscience
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      Pavlov Media
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      Photonic Power
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      RetroSense Therapeutics
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      Sorrento Therapeutics
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      Sparkle Holdings
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