Vista Research was one of the pioneers of the expert network industry. Founded in 2001, it grew quickly in tandem with GLG, until it was acquired by S&P in 2005.
At this time, every expert network had a cool name. Whereas GLG had "the GLG Council", Vista ran "the Society of Industry Leaders".
Vista was a high-growth darling of the financial research industry, but soon turned toxic for S&P. In 2007, the New York State Attorney General began investigating Vista and GLG in relation to insider trading probes.
Vista Research cubs
Vista employees have gone on to start other successful expert networks: