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VisasQ is an expert network specialized on Japan. It was launched in 2012 as Walkntalk Inc. and later rebranded. In June 2020, the company had 108 employees and a network of 100 000+ expert advisors. Most of VQ’s experts are based in Japan, but the firm’s network also has a significant share of advisors in India, Malaysia, Indonesia and the US, thus demonstrating that the firm’s geographic expertise scope has been expanding rapidly. VisasQ is headquartered in Tokyo and has a second office in Singapore.

The company operates two business areas:

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

VisasQ offers not only the standard expert calls but also expert surveys, on-site visits accompanied by experts, the possibility to hire advisors for short term assignments, expert workshop sessions for the entire client’s team, and in-person meetings.

The founders and management team 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.

The growth of VisasQ itself has been impressive in the recent years. In 2019 the company recorded annual growth of 512.95% and was awarded 6th place in "2019 Japan Technology @ Fast 50 (Technology company growth rate ranking)"

The focus on Japan is shared with its domestic competitor Mimir Expert Research.

Inex One identified VisasQ as a regional champion in our review of the 2019 expert network market size. Regional champions have a particularly strong foothold in their respective regions.

Visit the company website here.

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