Six Degrees Intelligence
Six Degrees Intelligence is an expert network based in Hangzhou, China, with a secondary office in Shanghai. Six Degrees was founded by former Third Bridge managers. The team includes alumni from other large expert networks, including Alphasights, GLG and Guidepoint. According to the website, the firm has ~1m industry experts in its database.
Six Degrees originally focused on recruiting experts in China, but expanded in 2022 to also cover wider SEA and the US.
Six Degrees Timeline
2017 - The company started.
In 2018, Liepin.com, BlueFocus and G5 invested in Six Degrees. Liepin 猎聘 is the largest job board in China. BlueFocus is one of the largest PR/communications groups in China, listed on the Shenzhen stock exchange. G5 is growth capital fund.
In 2020, Six Degrees took an investment from CGL, a large Chinese recruiting firm of 500+ employees. Six Degrees' investor Liepin is also an investor in CGL.
In June 2022, Six Degrees raised a Series A "in the tens of millions" from 36kr.com, a Chinese online media platform that focuses on news around technology startups, venture capital, and entrepreneurship. 36kr.com was founded in 2010 and has become a popular source of information and resources for the Chinese startup community. Following the investment, Six Degrees expanded beyond China to cover also the US and wider Southeast Asia.
Six Degrees Intelligence operates a core expert network model. Following the 2022 investment round, it launched Polaris (an expert call transcript library with calls hosted by Six Degrees analysts and 36kr reports) and a data platform.