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March 28, 2012

Mtg: Growing SDL through the Telecom Boom: Lessons in Entrepreneurship

by @ 5:07 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors
 

TUESDAY May 1, 2012
SCV Photonics Chapter
Speaker: Donald Scifres, Ph.D., SDL ventures, founder and former CEO of SDL, Inc.; past President of IEEE Photonics Society
Time: Networking and light dinner at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Keypoint Credit Union, 2805 Bowers Ave, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/leos

Don Scifres was the rare individual who was able to invent a new class of product (the high power semiconductor laser), then founded a joint venture with just a few people, and grew it to a company of thousands of people that was acquired by JDSU in Feb 2001 for $41B.? Most of the growth took place during just three years: 1998-2000.? In this story is a remarkable case study of what it takes to overcome the usual barriers to growth, to re-invent the organization, and do whatever it takes to keep up with the demand ramp.? ? Join us to hear the story of how Don and his team accomplished this, and his advice for entrepreneurs today.? He will also talk about his current investments through SDL Ventures, and what areas he believes are promising for future investment.

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