Wiliam A. Porter

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William A. Porter was born in Boulder, Colorado back in 1928. He quit school at 16 to join the Navy. Once they found out about his age they expelled him. He went on to put himself through college in only 3 years. Part of a statement he made was “you just do things because they’re right and you have that self-confidence that just won’t quit”.

He received his B.A. from Adams State College, his M.S. from Kansas State University and a Master’s from MIT.

During his lifetime, he accumulated some 14 patents dealing with a number of electronic devices. He died in 2015 at 89.

What you may not know about William is that he developed the first commercial low-light night vision electron microscope, the first low-light television camera which is still in use to this day. However, that is not his greatest accomplishment for you see William was the co-founder of the first electronic stock brokerage “E*TRADE”, he also co-founded the International Securities Exchange (ISE) becoming the first chairman on the 70th birthday in 1998. Until tomorrow my wish for you is to have a great day, filled with lots of laughs and good times

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Comments (17)

Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

What a great set of accomplishments! Thanks for letting us know all of the things William Porter did 

May 24, 2018 04:28 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Quite a list of impressive accomphishments, James. And quite the sea change from electronics to an stock trading company.

May 24, 2018 04:30 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Wow, James!  Just think what he could have done for the Navy if they hadn't kicked him out.

May 24, 2018 04:47 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning James Dray ,

I was thinking the same as Gabe Sanders ..such a shame they didn't value what he could do. I loved the E-trade commercials with the babies..they were hysterical!

May 24, 2018 05:31 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

I vote with Gabe Sanders and Dorie Dillard ...squelching may not have been the best decision !

May 24, 2018 05:34 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray WOW.... what a list of accomplishments..... the navy did him a favor!

May 24, 2018 05:43 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. William saw detours as opportunities. Much to learn from this. Enjoy your day!

May 24, 2018 05:44 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

An at an older age was internet savvy!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 24, 2018 05:46 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Fascinating! A really good and interesting read today.

May 24, 2018 07:12 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - people with his attitude always do achieve great things.  His achievement left a mark.

May 24, 2018 08:11 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I love your stories of these various inventors.  E Trade was an enormous contribution and game changer.  A

May 24, 2018 08:55 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, so that is where eTrade come from, I would never have known without reading this post.

May 24, 2018 10:18 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have made a lot of money through my eTrade  Account and now I know who to thank James Dray 

May 24, 2018 12:33 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

My goodness, James- What an accomplished man!!! And I too have to echo Gabe Sanders ...just think what he could have accomplished for the Navy!

May 24, 2018 01:08 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James

That is quite a list of accomplishments for William. Glad he did not stay in the Navy but maybe there would have been impressive stories there, too! I have used E*trade in the past.

Have a good weekend!


May 25, 2018 11:28 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

What a wide range of inventions by this brilliant man!

May 26, 2018 11:30 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Amazing life, James, and in our current time frame.  WOW! He has quite a list of accomplishments and contributions!!

May 26, 2018 12:52 PM