Northern Imagination is a small holding company based in California and organized by Dorrian Porter

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

Dorrian is currently focused on operating Vestaboard. Founded by Dorrian in 2015, Vestaboard is set to start shipping its first units in 2018.

Dorrian is currently focused on operating Vestaboard. Founded by Dorrian in 2015, Vestaboard is set to start shipping its first units in 2018.

 
 

Dorrian is the Chair of the Board of the Museum of Craft and Design, an independent 501(c)(3) in the Dogpatch district of San Francisco 

"Dive again and again into the river of uncertainty. Create in the dark, only then can you recognize the light." -Jyrki Vainonen

The Museum of Craft and Design is San Francisco’s only museum devoted exclusively to modern and contemporary craft and design.

The Museum of Craft and Design is San Francisco’s only museum devoted exclusively to modern and contemporary craft and design.

 
 

Dorrian founded two companies prior to Vestaboard

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." - Helen Keller

Mozes was founded in 2005 and acquired by HelloWorld (now Merkle) in 2012.

Mozes was founded in 2005 and acquired by HelloWorld (now Merkle) in 2012.

HigherMarkets was founded in 2000 and acquired by SciQuest (now Jaegger) in 2002.

HigherMarkets was founded in 2000 and acquired by SciQuest (now Jaegger) in 2002.

 

We enjoy helping other companies get started.  

“A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.” - John A. Shedd. 

Whiskey9 was a joint development project with Jason Tokoph. In 2017 the Whiskey9 software was sold to Nonagon Group where Northern Imagination retains an ownership stake.

Whiskey9 was a joint development project with Jason Tokoph. In 2017 the Whiskey9 software was sold to Nonagon Group where Northern Imagination retains an ownership stake.

dailyKarma, run by Patricia Dao and backed by Anand and Rajeev Mecheri, allows individuals and companies the ability to create Cause Funds as a way to contribute to and promote their favorite charities. You can see Northern Imagination's Cause Fund here.

dailyKarma, run by Patricia Dao and backed by Anand and Rajeev Mecheri, allows individuals and companies the ability to create Cause Funds as a way to contribute to and promote their favorite charities. You can see Northern Imagination's Cause Fund here.

Sharethrough was founded by Dan Greenberg and others. Dan turned down an offer to join Mozes full-time so he could start Sharethrough, the creator and leader in native digital advertising ("content, not ads"). 

Sharethrough was founded by Dan Greenberg and others. Dan turned down an offer to join Mozes full-time so he could start Sharethrough, the creator and leader in native digital advertising ("content, not ads"). 

Dohje was founded by Amanda Krantz in 2014 and is dedicated to building the largest thank you network in healthcare and beyond.  Dorrian serves as a sounding board to Amanda and advisor to Dohje.

Dohje was founded by Amanda Krantz in 2014 and is dedicated to building the largest thank you network in healthcare and beyond.  Dorrian serves as a sounding board to Amanda and advisor to Dohje.

We love to create video.  We also crowdfunded a statue of Nikola Tesla in the Silicon Valley in 2013.

"I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird." - Paul McCartney

The Kickstarter campaign in 2013 to fund a Statue of Nikola Tesla in the Silicon Valley was the most successful Kickstarter for a public art project to that point.  The statue emits free wi-fi and and has a time capsule that will be opened in 2043.

The Kickstarter campaign in 2013 to fund a Statue of Nikola Tesla in the Silicon Valley was the most successful Kickstarter for a public art project to that point.  The statue emits free wi-fi and and has a time capsule that will be opened in 2043.

Tesla pitches Silicon VCs: Dorrian wrote and produced a cartoon imagining what it would be like for Nikola Tesla to pitch modern day Silicon Valley VCs.

Tesla pitches Silicon VCs: Dorrian wrote and produced a cartoon imagining what it would be like for Nikola Tesla to pitch modern day Silicon Valley VCs.

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