About Northern Light

Inspired by success driven by radical innovation

When it came to speed, the clipper ships were in a class by themselves; and in this class of champions, the Northern Light was the fastest of them all.
Northern Light has been providing strategic research portals, business research content, and search technology to global enterprises since 1996. We are headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, and we have just over 50 employees. The company is employee-owned and operated, profitable, and self-funded. Every Northern Light employee shares one common characteristic – a compulsive drive to provide the very best client support possible. We are also quite proud of our perfect on-time delivery record on new client portal projects; we have never once been late or over budget on a client project.

About our name – Our name was inspired by the clipper ship Northern Light. Built in Boston in 1851, her design was radically innovative, being sharply raked below the waterline. The radical design of the Northern Light created a great deal of buzz in homes, taverns, and at social gatherings all along the East Coast. The new design of the Northern Light proved to be a great success. She set a speed record in 1854 for the voyage from San Francisco to the East Coast – a record which stood until the 1990s when it was “beaten” by a high-tech catamaran sailed with the aide of modern satellite navigation. In that record-setting voyage, the Northern Light was in a head to head race with two other clipper ships from the New York school of clipper ship design and the race was the first sports competition between Boston and New York. Because the telegraph had been deployed by 1854, the whole nation was able to follow the race, which also made the event the first nation-wide media-broadcast sporting event. When the Northern Light was spotted charging into Boston harbor under full sail, days ahead of the ships from New York, it touched off a wild victory party that rolled through the streets of the city for four days.

The Northern Light. Built in Boston. A radical new design. The best in its class. May we be as successful.