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The Expert Network Directory helps navigate the expert network industry. The directory contains all networks that we come across. It is a continuation to our previous article on the market size of expert networks.

An expert network specializes in finding experts for its clients. Its employees browse the web to find the individuals most knowledgeable about any given topic. Since only ~25% of internet users speak English as their first language, there is ample room for expert networks to specialize by language region (e.g. Latin America, DACH, or China). Other expert networks specialize by industry vertical, with some networks focusing on e.g. Healthcare or TMT.

Inex One helps you work with multiple expert networks in one dashboard. This is consistent with the preferences and interests of professional investment analysts. Inex One has created the infrastructure to make the industry more efficient, reducing unnecessary transaction costs.

For clients

This is a collection of resources intended to help you choose expert networks. Firstly, here’s how you compare expert networks. For clarifications on the categories used below, see our article about how expert networks operate.

Do you have additional info on any expert network listed in the directory? Do you wish to get better access to expertise? Please contact us. We are experts on expert networks.

For expert networks

Do you run an expert network that is not yet included? Do you have comments, questions or corrections on your expert network listing in the directory? Please contact us.

High-quality expert networks can apply to join the Approved Network Program (ANP) and get client business. Here’s how to join the ANP.

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Accurate Insight
Brazil
Accurate Insight is an expert network based in Brazil. It is focused on recruiting experts in Latin America and southern Europe. Accurate Insight was founded in 2016 by former Atheneum managers. Visit the company’s website here.
Acoi expert network
Brazil

The Acoi expert network was based in São Paolo, Brazil. Acoi focused on recruiting experts across Brazil with a standard expert network model. It is no longer active.

Africa Expert Network
USA

Focused on the African continent

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AlphaSights
UK

Alphasights expert network

Alphasights is one of the larger expert networks. It was founded in 2008 and became one of the first firms to successfully reduce GLG’s market dominance. The founders had a background in consulting with McKinsey and BCG.

When Alphasights started out, GLG was dependent on its traditional static network. Experts were recruited proactively, on fairs and from telephone directories. Onboarding an expert was time-consuming and complex. Alphasights, lacking a database of experts, began recruiting experts directly for live projects. To enable this, they sped up the onboarding of experts, with modern tech tools and user-friendly interfaces. This business model’s success was supported by the even faster growth of LinkedIn. Today, the company combines a large database with custom recruiting.

Associates manage both research (expert recruitment), client account management and sales for their accounts. This differs from GLG and Third Bridge, who have separated the research role and customer-facing sales roles. As a result, Alphasights has kept a higher productivity/ yield per employee than most peers and managed to retain key employees.

Alphasights was featured in our expert network benchmarking from June-July 2018, receiving one of the highest rankings. The company is sometimes confused with its India-based competitor Insight Alpha, which was founded in the same year.

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Alphasights historic milestones

  • 2008 – Founded in London, backed by an investment from Acton Capital.
  • 2011 – New York office opened
  • 2012 – Hong Kong office opened
  • 2013 – Dubai office opened
  • 2015 – San Francisco office opened
  • 2016 – Hamburg, Shanghai and Seoul offices opened
  • 2017 – Tokyo office opened

 

Visit the company’s website or read more about different expert network models.

Apex Leaders
USA

Apex Leaders is an expert network based in Boise, Idaho. It was founded in 2009 by a former manager at Kingfish Group.

Apex Leaders offers boutique expert network services, but also HR/recruitment services and related advice.

Visit the company’s website here.

Arches
Vietnam

The Arches expert network started in 2019 by former consultants at Accenture and YCP Group. It sprung out of the Japanese consumer research firm Needsarch.

Arches is headquartered in Singapore and focuses on experts across Southeast Asia, China, Japan and India.

Visit the company website here.

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Askvisory
USA

Askvisory is an expert network started in 2011 as an “Expert on Demand marketplace”, what we’d call a DIY marketplace.

After some years of inactivity, Askvisory.com was rebooted in 2017 under a new CEO, with a background from Guidepoint and Vista Research.

 

AskWonder
USA

AskWonder offers “Expert Q&A” services. It was founded in 2012 and has a flexible workforce doing desktop research and simpler data collection gigs on demand. When clients ask a question on AskWonder.com, it activates its network of researchers (typically students or flexible gig workers) who do web searches and compile a comprehensive answer based on publicly available sources. The replies are stored for future use. Some are made publicly available, unless the client opts to keep them private.

Over the years, the company has had hundreds of gig researchers and clients. Although online reviews from employed researchers are mixed, the users that we’ve spoken to are mostly positive to the service.

AskWonder shares extensive detail on its business model in this public welcome document.

Read about different expert network business models or visit AskWonder’s website.

Atheneum
Germany

Atheneum was founded in 2010 by former consultants from L.E.K. and Kaiser Associates. It gained strong presence in Germany and central Europe and is today one of the larger expert networks. According to our expert interviews, the company makes the bulk of revenues in Europe and primarily serves strategy consulting firms.

In 2015, Atheneum raised €10m from Vogel Business Media, a German publishing company.

In September 2018, Atheneum raised another €10m from Crosslantic Capital Management, a German growth capital firm.

In August 2019, Atheneum announced an updated offering: Research-as-a-Service (RaaS) is the name for the combination of (1) expert calls, (2) custom reports and (3) expert recruitment for longer-term projects. In conjunction with this, the firm appointed a new CTO to drive the adoption of machine learning in the expert recruitment process. The CTO had previously co-founded Chime Advisors, a machine-driven expert network.

Atheneum was featured in our expert network benchmarking from June-July 2018.

Images showing the 10 cities where Atheneum has offices

Atheneum has offices in 10 locations: Berlin (HQ), London, New York, Santiago De Chile, Lahore, Shanghai, Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Munich.

 

 

Avalon Red
Spain

Focused on Spain and Latin America

Bioexpert Network
USA

Bioexpert Network is an expert network based in Barcelona, Spain. Bioexpert Network was started in 2017. It uses freelancers to recruit experts.

Bioexpert Network is specialized on experts within life sciences (medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and diagnostics), a focus that it shares with Techspert.io, Experts OnTap and Bioinformatics.

Visit the Bioexpert Network’s website here.

Bioinformatics Inc
USA

Bioinformatics Inc is a research and advisory firm operating an expert network business area. Bioinformatics was founded in 1994.

Bioinformatics is specialized on experts within life sciences (medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and diagnostics), a focus that it shares with Techspert.io, Experts OnTap and Bioexpert Network.

Visit Bioinformatics’ website here.

Bridger
USA

The Bridger expert network was started in 2019 by former Guidepoint managers. Bridger operates as a standard expert network with custom recruiting of experts. However, it uses freelance recruiters instead of full-time employees.

Read about the different business models for expert networks or visit the Bridger website here.

Business Connect China (BCC)
China

Business Connect China (BCC) is an expert network based in Shanghai, China. Business Connect China was founded in 2008 dedicated to recruiting experts in China for international clients.

In 2010, Business Connect China arranged a partnership with Maven Research. The ambition was for Maven’s primarily US-based clients to access BCC’s expert network.

In 2011, the expert network JC Moritz was founded by former BCC employees.

Visit BCC’s website here.

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Candour
UK

The Candour expert network was formed in 2016 by ex-consultants in from the oil and gas industry to provide premium expert network service to clients in the consulting and financial markets. Candour focuses purely on the energy and industrials sector.

Visit Candour’s website here or return to the expert network directory.

Capvision
China

Capvision is one of the larger expert networks. It was founded in 2006 by former Bain & Company consultants. Capvision is the largest expert network based in China. The bulk of its clients are Chinese firms, although the firm has been successful in serving US-based firms researching Chinese markets.

The company originally focused specifically on sourcing experts within China, but has since expanded globally. It currently has offices in New York, Shanghai, Munich, Hong Kong, Osaka, and Beijing and offers both expert calls, surveys and corporate access services.

In 2018, former Capvision managers founded the machine-driven expert network Linker Intel in Shanghai.

The company was featured in our expert network benchmarking from June-July 2018. Visit the official website here.

 

 

Catalant
USA

Catalant mainly coordinates longer-term consulting projects, but offers expert calls as a component. Catalant was formerly called HourlyNerd.

Visit Catalant’s website here.

Chime Advisors
UK

Chime Advisors was a machine-driven expert network in London. It was founded in 2015 by an ex-McKinsey consultant and the director of a web development agency. Chime Advisors set out to build a machine-driven expert network, using statistics/machine learning to identify experts. It was and shut down in early 2019 and the CTO joined Atheneum.

 

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CIC expert network
China

The CIC expert network (China Insights Consultancy) is an expert network and consulting company focused on China. It was founded in 2014 by former directors at the consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. Their focus and growth in recent years point to a further fragmentation of the expert network industry. We discuss fragmentation versus consolidation of the expert network industry in this blog post.

The CIC expert network says they have over 50,000 experts in their database.

Visit the company’s website here.

CIQ Group
UK

CIQ Group is an expert network operating a DIY Marketplace model. It offers projects ranging from 1h expert calls to multi-month consulting projects. CIQ Group was founded in 2018 by former AlphaSights managers.

Visit CIQ Group’s website here.

Clarity.fm
USA

DIY Marketplace, focused on startups

CognitionX
UK

DIY Marketplace, focused on AI questions

Coleman Research
USA

Coleman Research is a medium-sized expert network founded in 2003. It operates a standard expert network model and focuses on buy-side firms.

The company has offices in New York, Raleigh, Boston, San Francisco, London and Hong Kong.

Coleman Research company background

The founder of Coleman Research has a background at Multex, a financial information service launched in the dot-com wave of 1999. He shares this background with the founder at Ridgetop Research.

In 2017, some Coleman employees left to set up the Prosapient expert network.

Coleman Research’s Expert Management System (EMS)

At Inex One, we are particularly intrigued by Coleman Research’s latest move. They built a tool that seems to copy the Inex One Expert Management System.

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Screenshot from the Coleman EMS

 

We are curious to see how Coleman will manage being both an aggregator and a supplier. The company faces a strategic dilemma between investing in its profitable expert network services, or in an EMS that risks cannibalizing its core expert network business. Whichever the outcome, we are excited about their move towards aggregation.

Expert Management Systems create transparency and efficiency in the industry. Therefore, they are a logical next step in the history of expert networks. In addition, they’re valuable to the users – here’s how a bank saved >40% on expert network costs by using the Inex One EMS.

 

Coleman Research featured in our expert network benchmarking from June-July 2018. Visit the company website here.

Deepbench
USA

The Deepbench expert network was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in Boston. It operates a few different business models:

  1. A regular expert network service (standard on-demand recruitment).
  2. A blog with curious snippets of information called Deepbench Learn.
  3. A DIY marketplace, where clients can browse Deepbench’s existing network to connect with experts.
  4. A software solution that helps banks identify internal experts and make them available for expert network consultations.

The latter business model is similar to the “organizational expertise map” proposed by Xperiti.

Deepbench has taken in an investment from Macquarie bank, helping it to promote its analysts to external clients.

Visit Deepbench’s website here.

DeMatteo Research
USA

DeMatteo Research is a one of the oldest expert networks. DeMatteo Research was founded in 1997 as a general investment research company.

In 2009, DeMatteo Research struck an exclusive partnership with LinkedIn. This was predicted to give DeMatteo an advantage over GLG and other newly started networks, however it does not seem to have materialized. Today, DeMatteo operates a medium-sized expert network business, primarily serving US-based buy-side firms.

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Dexter expert network
USA

Dexter Expert Network was started in 2019. It is an expert network division of DeciBio, a life sciences research and consulting firm.

Dexter Expert Network operates a DIY marketplace. It focuses on experts in healthcare/ life sciences.

 

Dialectica
UK

Dialectica is an expert network headquartered in Athens, Greece and London, UK. Dialectica started in 2015, and is growing quickly with a low-cost offering. Although the founders have a background at Alphasights, buyside firms and Goldman Sachs, Dialectica is particularly strong with consulting firms. It is mostly focused on serving clients in Europe from its office in Athens.

Dialectica achieved the highest rating by clients in our expert network benchmarking from June 2018.

Visit Dialectica’s website here.

ENG expert network
USA

The ENG expert network was founded in 2009 in New York. ENG is today a medium-sized expert network, focused on serving buy-side firms.

The ENG expert network is one of the handful of firms outright stating they use AI in their work. Other such “machine-driven expert networks” include Xperiti, NewtonX, Prosapient, and Atheneum (after its acquisition of Chime Advisors).

ENG alumni have founded Knowledge Ridge (2016) and Inventiv Insights (2019).

Visit the ENG website here.

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Expert Witness Exchange
USA

Expert Witness Exchange is an expert network firm focused on expert witnesses to participate in court cases and legal disputes. It was founded in 2014 in Connecticut.

Visit the Expert Witness Exchange website here.

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Expert Witness Institute
UK

Expert Witness Institute is an expert network firm focused on expert witnesses to participate in court cases and legal disputes.

Visit the Expert Witness Institute website here.

ExpertConnect
USA

ExpertConnect is an expert network based in New York. It was founded in 2009 by former directors at GLG and Guidepoint. ExpertConnect today operates a medium-sized expert network.

Visit the ExpertConnect website here.

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Expertpowerhouse
Germany

Expertpowerhouse is an expert network headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany. Expert powerhouse started in 2016, led by a former BCG consultant. It specializes on recruiting experts in German-speaking countries (DACH). Expert powerhouse operates a standard expert network model.

Visit the expertpowerhouse website here.

Experts Networks
India

Started in 2018

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Experts OnTap
USA

Experts OnTap is an expert network based in Philadephia. Experts OnTap was founded in 2018 as Enzyme Life Science Experts but rebranded in 2019.

Experts OnTap is specialized on experts within life sciences (medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and diagnostics), a focus that it shares with Techspert.io, Bioexpert network and Bioinformatics.

Visit the company’s website here.

ExpertView
UK

Relaunched in 2019 after being inactive

Experty.io
Poland

DIY Marketplace, did an ICO and launched Nov-2018

Flexingit
India

India-focused expert network.

Focal Fact
Ireland

Focal Fact is an expert network based in Dublin, Ireland. Focal Fact was started in 2019 by former GLG managers. It offers both expert network services and recruitment for longer projects.

Visit the company website here.

Futureminds Consulting
India

Futureminds Consulting is an expert network founded in 2009 in New Delhi, India. Futureminds’ expert network is focused on South Asia.

Its employees have former experience from GLG and Insight Alpha.

Visit the Futureminds Consulting website here.

GLG expert network
USA

The GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) expert network was founded in 1998 and is today the world’s largest expert network. It pioneered the industry and holds a significant market share. However, recent growth has been slower, and it has been losing market share to new entrants.

When GLG started, experts were recruited “offline”, at fairs and events. Their expert network was a good phone directory, but nowhere close to the wealth of information stored in today’s browsable databases. GLG has experimented with many interesting business areas over the years. These include:

  • The 2008 collaboration with Credit Suisse. GLG offered access to the bank’s analysts, but this was later shut down.
  • The 2010 partnership with Bloomberg, later shut down.
  • The 2011 Q&A website Gplus/GLG High table, shut down in 2013.
  • The 2014 GLG Share, offering expert calls for entrepreneurs. No longer active.
  • The 2016 GLG Law, offering expert witness services (experts are brought in on litigation cases). Still active.

However, the 1h expert phone call has remained their core value proposition, according to former executives.

Major milestones for GLG:

 

Further reading

GLG has evolved significantly over time. We discuss the emergence and history of GLG in our history of the expert network industry. Furthermore, a senior expert shared colorful insights on the expert networks’ evolution in this piece.

Finally, here’s GLG’s website.

GlobalWonks
USA

GlobalWonks is an expert network based in Washington, D.C. GlobalWonks was founded in 2017 and operates a “DIY Marketplace” focused on foreign affairs and political risk experts.

Read our description of expert network operating models or visit the company’s website.

Guidepoint
USA

Guidepoint is one of the larger expert networks and operates a standard business model. It was founded in 2003 by Albert Sebag, an organic chemist that had “developed a deep Rolodex of the world’s leading physicians” (link).

Guidepoint – major milestones

2003 – Founded in New York City as Clinical Advisors.

2007 – Rebranded as Guidepoint Global.

2009 – Acquired Vista Research, one of the first expert networks, for $10-13m. Employees at Vista had started the competing networks Primary Insight and Ridgetop Research, and later also Mosaic Research.

2011 – Mentioned in relation to an insider trading case, but not accused of any wrongdoing.

2015 – Acquired Innosquared, a German expert network with a strong presence in Europe.

 

Infollion
India

Infollion is an expert network based in Gurgaon, India. Infollion was founded in 2009 and is today one of the larger India-focused expert networks.

Visit Infollion’s website here.

Infomineo
Morocco

Infomineo is an expert network based in Casablanca, Morocco. Infomineo was founded in 2011 by former McKinsey and BCG consultants. It started out as a business research firm, focusing on the Middle East and Africa. In 2018, Infomineo recruited a manager from Atheneum to lead its expansion into the expert network industry.

Visit the company’s website here.

Insight Alpha
India

Insight Alpha is an expert network based in India. It was founded in 2008 and is today one of the larger India-focused expert networks.

Insight Alpha is sometimes confused with its UK-based competitor AlphaSights, which was founded in the same year.

Alphasights and Insight Alpha logos

Read about the evolution of expert networks here, or visit the Insight Alpha website.

Insight Connect
France

Insight Connect is an expert network based in France. It was started in 2011 by a former Accenture consultant.

Insight Connect is focused on serving French private equity clients, recruiting experts in French-speaking countries. This is similar to expert networks Presans and Xperts Council.

Visit the company website here.

Inventiv Insights
India

Inventiv Insights is an expert network based in India. It was started in 2018 by former GLG and ENG managers and is focused on custom-recruiting experts with a global reach.

Visit Inventiv Insights’ website here.

iResearch
China

Started in 2018

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JC Moritz
China

JC Moritz is an expert network headquartered in Shanghai, China. It was founded in 2011 with former managers from Business Connect China.

JC Moritz offers various research services, including expert network services. The company has a historic focus on the healthcare/ pharma/ medtech industry in China

Visit the company’s website here.

Kingfish Group
USA

Kingfish Group is an expert network based in Boise, Idaho, founded in 2004. Kingfish Group offers boutique expert network services, but also HR/recruitment services and related advice.

An former Kingfish employee started Apex Leaders in 2009.

Visit the company’s website here.

Knowers
UK

DIY Marketplace.

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Knowledge Gate
Sweden

Knowledge Gate is a standard expert network based in the Nordics. Knowledge Gate’s management has experience from Coleman Research and Nordic Knowledge Partners. The company operates as a standard expert network.

Visit the Knowledge Gate website here.

Knowledge Ridge
India

Knowledge Ridge is a mid-sized global expert network, specialized in custom research and expertise delivery across all industries. It was founded in 2016 by a senior manager with then 12 years of experience working with the pioneers in expert network industry. Knowledge Ridge has researchers on the ground and local language capabilities across all significant business regions of the world. It is headquartered in Pune – India, and has offices in Gurugram – India, and Houston, TX – USA.

Visit the company’s website here.

 

 

LB Networks
UK

LB Networks is an expert network headquartered in London. LB Networks was started in 2018, with one team member having experience from Silverlight Research.

Visit the company website here.

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Linker Intel
China

Linker Intel is an expert network based in Shanghai, China. Linked Intel was founded in 2018 by former managers at Capvision.

Linker Intel applies a machine-driven business model, scraping and analyzing large sets of data.

Read about different expert network models, or visit the company’s website.

LinkToExpert
USA

DIY Marketplace, likely inactive

Lynk expert network
Hong Kong

The Lynk Global expert network was founded in Singapore in 2015 as The Straits Network. Lynk’s founder is a PE and hedge fund professional who worked at Silver Lake in the years of its $200m investment in GLG.

Lynk Global is today one of the larger expert networks and has grown to serve clients also beyond Southeast Asia. Lynk has offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, and Mumbai.

Visit the Lynk Global website here.

Magellan Research Group
USA

Magellan Research Group is an expert network based in New York. Magellan Research Group was founded in 2014 by former AlphaSights managers.

Visit the company’s website here.

Maven Research
USA

Maven Research is an expert network founded in 2008. Maven Research is focused on serving corporate customers, offering both expert calls and longer projects.

Before starting Maven Research, the founder worked at GLG.

In 2010, Maven Research arranged a partnership with Business Connect China (BCC). The ambition was for Maven’s primarily US-based clients to access BCC’s expert network.

Visit the Maven website here.

Monocl
Sweden

Monocl is an expert network focused on medical experts and medical key opinion leaders. As it is not native to the expert network industry, Monocl describes itself as a cloud-based stakeholder platform although the use cases and clients are directly matching those of other expert networks. Monocl is machine-driven, analyzing large datasets to find relevant experts. Over three funding rounds, it has raised a total of approx. $4,5 m.

1st funding round of 8 msek in December 2015.

2nd funding round of 5 msek in January 2017.

3rd funding round of €3 m in July 2019.

 

Learn more about machine-driven expert networks in our AI deepdive: AI and expert networks.

Visit Monocl’s website or read more about different expert network models.

Mosaic Research
USA

The Mosaic Research expert network was founded in New York in 2010. Mosaic Research is focused on custom recruiting experts for buy-side clients, but also offers related services. The founder had previously been employed at a hedge fund and at Vista Research, an expert network founded in 2001 and later acquired by Guidepoint. Other firms rooted in Vista Research include Ridgetop Research and Primary Insight.

Mosaic offers both regular expert network services, data streams and a reporting software based on the Salesforce platform.

Mosaic was an early proponent of an Expert Management System.

Visit the company’s website here.

Network of Experts (Greenwood)
USA

Standard expert network

NewtonX
USA

NewtonX is a machine-driven expert network started in 2016. NewtonX initially focused on automating regular expert network services. However, it soon pivoted to survey data collection from professionals and consumers. This focus has paid off – with $15 million of fresh venture capital, the firm looks set to take a piece of the expert network survey business.

The company was co-founded by two former McKinsey consultants and two CTOs, one of which is still with the company. Because of the technical core product, NewtonX employs more engineers/ developers than typical expert networks.

$3m first round funding raised in 2018.

$12m second round funding raised in 2019.

NewtonX is one of the handful of firms outright stating they use AI in their work. Other such “machine-driven expert networks” include Xperiti, ENG llc, Prosapient and Atheneum (after its acquisition of Chime Advisors).

Learn more about machine-driven expert networks in our AI deepdive: AI and expert networks.

Visit the company’s website or read more about different expert network models.

Noble Insights
USA

The Noble Insights expert network was founded in New York in 2010. The firm is focused on custom recruiting experts for buy-side clients.

Before starting Noble Insights, the founder was a manager at GLG.

Visit the Noble Insights website here.

Nordic Knowledge Partners
Denmark

Nordic Knowledge Partners is an expert network based in Copenhagen, Denmark. It started in 2016 as Mintebi, operating a DIY Marketplace, but pivoted to a standard expert network model under the name Nordic Knowledge Partners in 2017. Although the name conveys a Nordic focus, the company now serves international clients on international projects.

Visit Nordic Knowledge Partners’ website here.

OnFrontiers
USA

OnFrontiers is an expert network based in New York. OnFrontiers was founded in 2014 and is operating a “DIY Marketplace”, focused on emerging markets.

Read our description of expert network operating models or visit the company’s website.

ORC International (Engine US)
USA

Standard expert network

Pochmak
USA

DIY Marketplace

Presans
France

Focused on corporate clients

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Previro
Sweden

Previro was an expert network based in Stockholm. Previro was co-founded in 2016 by Inex One co-founder Max Friberg. When co-founding Inex One early 2018, Max sold his shares in Previro to Workvi, a recruitment company.

Workvi eventually sold the business to Danish Knowledge Gate in late 2019.

Pride Advisory
USA

Expert network arm of HR/recruitment firm Pride Global.

Primary Insight
USA

Primary Insight is a medium-sized expert network based in New York. It was founded in 2005 as an in-house expert network at Bear Stearns. After the bank’s collapse and acquisition by J.P. Morgan in 2008, Primary Insight was spun out as an independent firm in 2009.

Prior to setting up Primary Insight within Bear Sterns, the founders worked at Vista Research, an expert network founded in 2001 and eventually acquired by Guidepoint in 2009. Vista Research was also where the founders of Ridgetop Research and Mosaic Research started out. Today’s Primary Insight management team combines backgrounds from GLG, Guidepoint and Coleman Research.

Visit Primary Insight’s website here.

Promatrix & Co
China

Promatrix & Co is an expert network headquartered in Beijing, China. Promatrix was founded in 2012 and offers a range of HR and recruitment services along with expert calls. The company is focused on recruiting in China.

ProSapient
UK

Prosapient started in 2018 as a machine-driven expert network. Prosapient has its headquarter in London and a technical development team in the Ukraine. One co-founder and multiple employees used to work at Coleman Research. The company has grown with a low-cost offering, selling both expert calls and surveys. It has made multiple angel rounds and now has 43 shareholders (many of which are employees at potential client firms).

The Prosapient expert network is one of the handful of firms outright stating they use AI and machine learning in their work. Other such “machine-driven expert networks” include XperitiNewtonXENG llc, and Atheneum (after its acquisition of Chime Advisors).

Prosapient was featured in our expert network benchmarking in June-July 2018.

We analyzed the machine-driven business model in our AI deepdive from 2019: AI and expert networks. The article discusses the evolution of expert networks and the pros&cons of using machine learning/ statistical models. Visit Prosapient’s website here or read more about different expert network models here.

Ramp.plus
USA

DIY Marketplace, started late 2018

Ridgetop Research
USA

Ridgetop Research is a medium-sized network founded in 2008, operating a standard expert network model.

Ridgetop has a shared background with three other New York-based expert networks:

Visit Ridgetop Research’s website here.

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Roundtable Group
USA

Roundtable Group is an expert network focusing on expert witness services. It was rebranded from Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Services in 2019.

Visit the company website here.

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Sealed Expert Network
Singapore

Sealed is an expert network started in 2019 and headquartered in Singapore. Sealed operates a standard expert network business model and is focused on recruiting experts across Southeast Asia.

Visit Sealed’s website here.

Silverlight Research
UK

Silverlight Research is an expert network based in London. It operates with a standard expert network model, recruiting experts from public sources. Silverlight Research was founded in November 2017 by a former Morgan Stanley investment manager. The company primarily serves buy-side and capital markets teams.

Silverlight offers a helpful guide on compliance for experts, complete with an FAQ.

Silverlight sits at the same London office hotel as Atheneum. The company has grown with a distributed workforce. It opened a Lisbon office in 2019, but also has satellite teams working part-time from around the globe, e.g. Bangladesh, New York, and Macao. Silverlight alumni co-founded the London-based expert network LB Networks in 2018.

The deer used as logo of Silverlight research

Visit the company’s website here.

Slingshot Insights
USA

Slingshot Insights is an expert network founded in 2013 in New York. Slingshot Offers “crowd-funded expert calls” and transcripts, allowing multiple clients to dial in to the same phone calls.

The company has focused on retail investors, collaborating with Seeking Alpha.

Slingshot Insights acquired Truth on Call, a healthcare survey firm, in October 2019.

Visit the company website here.

Speakin
India

SpeakIn is an expert network based in India, operating a standard expert network model. Speakin was founded in 2016 by a former EY consultant. It is focused on experts from the Indian subcontinent, and has the most active Twitter account in the world of expert networks.

In 2019, SpeakIn raised $400k from Homage Ventures.

Visit the SpeakIn website here.

Techspert
UK

The Techspert.io expert network was founded in 2015, as a machine-driven expert network in Cambridge, UK. It started out with a focus on life sciences under the name Biotechspert, but successfully pivoted into expert calls and raised venture capital during 2018.

$1.1m first round funding.

Learn more about machine-driven expert networks in our AI deepdive: AI and expert networks, or read Techspert’s own explainer on AI and ML here.

Techspert is specialized on experts within life sciences (medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and diagnostics), a focus that it shares with Bioinformatics Inc, Experts OnTap and Bioexpert Network.

Visit Techspert.io’s website or read more about different expert network models.

Tegus Expert Network
USA

Tegus is an expert network based in Chicago. It was started in 2016 by a former employee at Alphasights and a current employee at Investment Group Santa Barbara.

In addition to a standard expert network service, it offers a database of call transcripts reminiscent of Third Bridge‘s Forum product, and similar services offered by GLG and Guidepoint.

Tegus raised $1,5m in 2017.

Read about different expert network operating models, visit Tegus’ website, or read about the evolution of expert networks.

The expert institute
The Expert Institute
USA

The Expert Institute is an expert network firm focused on expert witnesses to participate in court cases and legal disputes. The company was founded in New York in 2010 by former managers at AlphaSights.

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Third Bridge
UK

Third Bridge expert network

Third Bridge is one of the largest expert networks globally. Founded in 2007 as Cognolink, it rebranded in 2015 as Third Bridge (the name of one of its business units). It was one of the first firms to successfully reduce GLG’s market dominance. Its founders had a background in consulting with Bain & Company, which was an important early client according to expert sources.

When Third Bridge started out, GLG was dependent on its traditional static network. Experts were recruited proactively, on fairs and from telephone directories. Onboarding an expert was time-consuming and complex. Third Bridge, lacking a database of experts, began recruiting experts directly for live projects. To enable this, they sped up the onboarding of experts with modern tech tools and user-friendly interfaces. This business model’s success was supported by the even faster growth of LinkedIn.

 

Third Bridge business areas

The company combines a large database with custom recruiting, promoted in two business areas:

  • Connections, a standard expert network operation with phone calls, surveys, project recruiting etc.
  • Forum, a service of hosted expert calls. Clients either listen in or get the transcripts.

Forum has seen rapid growth since it was created in 2015. Clients pay per-seat subscriptions to access Third Bridge’s growing database of call transcripts. Our expert sources mention that it represents ~25% of Third Bridge’s revenues, and the lions’ share of its net profit. Visit the Forum dashboard here.

 

Third Bridge historic milestones

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TMT Expert Network
Poland

Focused on Technology, Media and Telecom.

TransGlobal Insight
UK

TransGlobal Insight was an expert network started in London in 2015. It has since gone inactive.

Vancery
USA

Vancery started late 2018 as Atrium Expert, and was rebranded in June 2019. In addition to regular expert network services, it is also developing a DIY Marketplace.

 

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Vedak
India

Small firm, specialized on India

visasQ
Japan

VisasQ is an expert network specialized on Japan. It was launched in 2012 as Walkntalk Inc. and later rebranded. VisasQ operates two business areas:

  1. A standard expert network called VQ
  2. A DIY marketplace called “spot consulting”

The founders and management team of VisasQ combine experience from investment banks (Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan) and investment firms (Sumitomo, Unison). VisasQ is the leader in the Japanese expert network market, which has seen strong growth in recent years as both GLG, AlphaSights, Atheneum and Guidepoint established offices in Tokyo.

Xperiti
Israel

The Xperiti expert network was started in 2017 and went live in 2018. Xperiti is a machine-driven expert network, analyzing large datasets to identify experts.

For enterprise clients, Xperiti plans to develop “organizational expertise maps”, containing detailed information about each individual employed at the company. When the client company launches a request for experts, Xperiti would start its expert search in the organizational expertise map (looking for company-internal experts first). Xperiti’s offering has similarities with the “internal network of experts” proposed by Deepbench.io.

Xperiti has raised a total of $1.2m in three funding rounds.

Visit Xperiti’s website here.

Xperts Council
France

Xperts Council is a medium-sized expert network with offices in London, Paris and Porto. It was founded in 2013 and is well-connected with investment firms in central and southern Europe. Xperts Council is sector-agnostic with global coverage, focusing on 100% custom sourcing.

Visit the Xperts Council website here.

Yegii
Norway

DIY knowledge search engine, relaunching in 2019

Zintro
USA

Zintro is an expert network that operates a “DIY Marketplace“. Zintro offers tools for clients to recruit experts on their own. It also posts projects to a public marketplace, where experts can browse and pitch themselves.