Don’s career has been both successful and rewarding. He was the visionary behind the world’s first consumer digital camera, which he developed at Kodak and launched at Apple. This camera disrupted the traditional imaging markets and led the way to a new industry in digital imaging. As Apple’s Vice President of Imaging and Publishing, Don led the re-architecture of the Apple platform from traditional print publishing to “new media” including music, video and the Internet.
Don left Apple to head a Silicon Valley startup company, PictureWorks Technology, which was one of the first companies to implement its technology as a “Software as a Service” (SaaS) deployment. His company invented and patented the familiar “drag and drop” interface for uploading images, music and video to websites. He sold his startup company to a public company, IPIX Corporation, and became its CEO. Over the course of five years He led the company to become an early pioneer of the “Web 2.0” business model with its interactive imaging technologies.
He now heads Strickland & Associates, which consults with some of the world’s most successful companies on business model innovation and corporate entrepreneurship. He also serves as Adjunct Professor, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Imperial College London.
Education has played an important role in Don’s career. He holds a Master of Science degree in Physics (University of Notre Dame), a Master of Science degree in Optics (University of Rochester), a Juris Doctor degree in Law with a specialty in Intellectual Property (George Washington University), and attended Stanford University as a Sloan Fellow.