Lynk expert network
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. According to some estimates, Lynk had around 100 employees in June 2020, working across 8 offices located in Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, and Mumbai, Shanghai, Hyderabad, Manila, and Toronto. As of June 2020, Lynk Global had a network of 840 000+ experts, one of the largest databases globally alongside GLG and Guidepoint. Like some other networks, the company has struggled with employee churn.
Aside from standard expert calls, Lynk Global’s service offering includes expert surveys, in-person meetings, webinars, and the possibility to engage experts as event speakers or as lecturers at corporate training sessions.
Lynk's fundraising history
A significant fundraise in 2021 speaks to Lynk's rapid growth in recent years:
- $1m in 2015 from Wavemaker Partners.
- $4 million Series A in April 2017 from Hong Leong financial group, Hong Kong’s Cyberport, construction and engineering company Zhuhai Da Heng Qin (DHQ), and CRE Venture Capital.
- $1m in 2019 led by MassMutual Ventures Southeast Asia (MMV SEA), with participation from Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund and Wavemaker Partners.
- $24m in 2021 from Brewer Lane Ventures, MassMutual Ventures, with participation from Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund.