The strategy for SDL Ventures is to focus on early stage investments offering clear technical differentiation and a strong founder team. A majority of SDL Ventures' investments have involved optical technology. Additional investments have also been made in the medical, alternative energy and Internet-related industries.
Since its inception, SDL Ventures has been involved with over twenty financings in fourteen companies. SDL Ventures is the lead investor for half of these companies. In mid-2005, one of these companies, Photonic Power, accomplished a successful exit via an acquisition.