Coleman Research is a medium-sized expert network founded in 2003. It operates a standard expert network model and focuses on buy-side firms.
In June 2020, the company had 200+ employees working across 7 offices in New York, Raleigh, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong.
Coleman Research has a network of 250 000+ expert advisors, more than half of which are C-level executives and Managing Directors.
Coleman Research company background
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 bears resemblance to the Inex One Expert Management System.
- In November 2018, Coleman Research announced that they would launch a platform for aggregating analyst access and expert network services.
- In June 2019, the company published a post on privacy legislation (e.g. GDPR). The post acknowledges the challenges around privacy legislation that Inex One had pointed out in a series of posts.
- In July 2019, Coleman’s long-standing CTO left the firm. A new Chairman joined to drive tech strategy.
- In October 2019, the company rebranded its Expert Management System as an Expert Relationship Management (ERM) platform. The platform is aimed at companies operating their own expert network.
Coleman faced a strategic dilemma between investing in its profitable expert network services, and developing an EMS that risks cannibalizing its core expert network business. The pivot towards serving expert networks seems reasonable. Whichever the outcome, we are excited about their move towards aggregation.
Aside from these main services Coleman also offers 35+ weekly Hosted Events (webinars and roundtables featuring senior experts hosted by Coleman analysts) and expert surveys.
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. We identified Coleman as a regional champion in our review of the 2019 expert network market size. Visit the company website here.