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Arbolus / CIQ Group
UK

Arbolus – the Expert Platform is an expert network operating a DIY Marketplace model. It offers projects ranging from 1h expert calls to multi-month consulting projects. Two former AlphaSights managers joined forces to start CIQ Group in 2018.

In 2019, the company:

  • Rebranded its service as Arbolus – the Expert Platform. The parent company remains CIQ Group.
  • Raised $1.8m from Fuel Ventures
  • Late 2019, Arbolus acquired Waterside, an upstart firm launched the same year.

Visit Arbolus’ website here.

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Askvisory
USA

Askvisory is an expert network started in 2011 as an “Expert on Demand marketplace“, what we at Inex One call a DIY marketplace.

After some years of inactivity, Askvisory.com was rebooted in 2017 under a new CEO, with a background from Guidepoint, BCC Global and Vista Research. However, as of November 2019, Askvisory seems to yet again be without a leader and operating team.

Visit the company website here.

AskWonder
USA

AskWonder offers “Expert Q&A” services. It was founded in 2012 and has a flexible workforce doing desktop research and simpler data collection gigs on demand. When clients ask a question on AskWonder.com, it activates its network of researchers (typically students or flexible gig workers) who do web searches and compile a comprehensive answer based on publicly available sources. The replies are stored for future use. Some are made publicly available, unless the client opts to keep them private.

Over the years, the company has had hundreds of gig researchers and clients. Although online reviews from employed researchers are mixed, the users that we’ve spoken to are mostly positive to the service.

AskWonder shares extensive detail on its business model in this public welcome document.

Read about different expert network business models or visit AskWonder’s website.

Bioexpert Network
USA

Bioexpert Network is an expert network based in Barcelona, Spain. Bioexpert Network was started in 2017. It uses freelancers to recruit experts.

Bioexpert Network is specialized on experts within life sciences (medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and diagnostics), a focus that it shares with Techspert.io, Experts OnTap and Bioinformatics.

Visit the Bioexpert Network’s website here.

Clarity.fm
USA

Clarity.fm is a DIY Marketplace expert network. It is focused on delivering coaching to startups.

Clarity.fm was founded in 2012 and raised a total of $2.7m before being acquired in 2015 by Fundable.

CleverX
Canada

CleverX is an expert network based in Toronto, Canada. CleverX was founded in 2017 as an DIY marketplace expert network by a former manager at Gartner.

CleverX is one of the handful of firms outright stating they use AI and machine learning in their work. Other such “machine-driven expert networks” include XperitiNewtonX, ENG llc, Prosapient and Atheneum (after its acquisition of Chime Advisors).

Visit the company website here.

CognitionX
UK

DIY Marketplace, focused on AI questions

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Dexter expert network
USA

Dexter Expert Network was started in 2019. It is an expert network division of DeciBio, a life sciences research and consulting firm.

Dexter Expert Network operates a DIY marketplace. It focuses on experts in healthcare/ life sciences.

 

Experfy
USA

Experfy is a DIY expert network, an “intellectual marketplace” where industry thought leaders can combine consulting and teaching. Experfy provides free consultations to help scoping project needs and provide savings over traditional consulting firms.

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Expertise Finder
USA

Expertise Finder is an expert network platform targeting universities, helping them organize and index their employees’ expertise. Its intended customers are journalists, seeking to connect with university experts on news topics. The platform bears similarities to that developed by Deepbench.

Expertise Finder was started in 2011 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

Visit the company website here.

Experty.io
Poland

Experty.io is a firm based in Poland launched in November 2018. The company was originally set up as a DIY Marketplace expert network, where experts were to be paid in cryptocurrency. Experty.io planned for an ICO in 2019, but soon pivoted the entire business. Today, Experty offers video coaching for entrepreneurs and influencers on how to extend their marketing reach.

It is no longer considered an expert network.

Visit the company website here.

GlobalWonks
USA

GlobalWonks is an expert network based in Washington, D.C. GlobalWonks was founded in 2017 and operates a “DIY Marketplace” focused on foreign affairs and political risk experts.

Read our description of expert network operating models or visit the company’s website.

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Linker Intel
China

Linker Intel is an expert network based in Shanghai, China. Linked Intel was founded in 2018 by former managers at Capvision.

Linker Intel applies a machine-driven business model, scraping and analyzing large sets of data.

Read about different expert network models, or visit the company’s website.

LinkToExpert
USA

DIY Marketplace, likely inactive

Monocl
Sweden

Monocl is an expert network focused on medical experts and medical key opinion leaders. As it is not native to the expert network industry, Monocl describes itself as a cloud-based stakeholder platform although the use cases and clients are directly matching those of other expert networks. Monocl is machine-driven, analyzing large datasets to find relevant experts. Over three funding rounds, it has raised a total of approx. $4,5 m.

1st funding round of 8 msek in December 2015.

2nd funding round of 5 msek in January 2017.

3rd funding round of €3 m in July 2019.

 

Learn more about machine-driven expert networks in our AI deepdive: AI and expert networks.

Visit Monocl’s website or read more about different expert network models.

NewtonX
USA

NewtonX is a machine-driven expert network started in 2016. NewtonX initially focused on automating regular expert network services. However, it soon pivoted to survey data collection from professionals and consumers. This focus has paid off – with $15 million of fresh venture capital, the firm looks set to take a piece of the expert network survey business.

The company was co-founded by two former McKinsey consultants and two CTOs, one of which is still with the company. Because of the technical core product, NewtonX employs more engineers/ developers than typical expert networks.

$3m first round funding raised in 2018.

$12m second round funding raised in 2019.

NewtonX is one of the handful of firms outright stating they use AI in their work. Other such “machine-driven expert networks” include Xperiti, ENG llc, CleverX, Prosapient and Atheneum (after its acquisition of Chime Advisors). We identified NewtonX as a regional challenger in our review of the 2019 expert network market size.

Learn more about machine-driven expert networks in our AI deepdive: AI and expert networks.

Visit the company’s website or read more about different expert network models.

OnFrontiers
USA

OnFrontiers is an expert network based in New York. OnFrontiers was founded in 2014 and is operating a DIY Marketplace expert network. The service is focused on expert in emerging markets, beyond what is typically covered by classic expert networks.

The company joined the NYC Techstars accelerator batch in the summer of 2016.

Read our description of expert network operating models or visit the company’s website.

ProSapient
UK

Prosapient started in 2018 as a machine-driven expert network. Prosapient has its headquarter in London and a technical development team in the Ukraine. One co-founder and multiple employees previously worked at Coleman Research. The company has grown with a low-cost offering, selling both expert calls and surveys. It has raised funds from angel investors, raising £1.3m in 2017 and >£2m in 2019 in two subsequent rounds, with a third round (undisclosed) early 2020. Consequently, the funding rounds led to the company having 55+ shareholders (many of which are employees at potential client firms).

The Prosapient expert network is one of the handful of firms outright stating they use AI and machine learning in their work. Other such “machine-driven expert networks” include XperitiNewtonXENG llc, CleverX, Techspert.io and Atheneum (after its acquisition of Chime Advisors).

Prosapient was featured in our expert network benchmarking in June-July 2018. We identified Prosapient as a regional challenger in our review of the 2019 expert network market size. Regional challengers are separated from other smaller expert networks by merit of their growth and/or business model.

In late 2019, Prosapient announced that it will be launching an expert network aggregator. From Inex One, we watch with interest if Prosapient will manage to be both a network and an aggregator, or if they will indeed divest one of the business areas.

We analyzed the machine-driven business model in our AI deepdive from 2019: AI and expert networks. The article discusses the evolution of expert networks and the pros&cons of using machine learning/ statistical models. Visit Prosapient’s website here or read more about different expert network models here.

Ramp.plus
USA

DIY Marketplace, started late 2018

Slingshot Insights
USA

Slingshot Insights is an expert network founded in 2013 in New York. Slingshot Offers “crowd-funded expert calls” and transcripts, allowing multiple clients to dial in to the same phone calls.

The company has focused on retail investors, collaborating with Seeking Alpha.

Slingshot Insights acquired Truth on Call, a healthcare survey firm, in October 2019.

Visit the company website here.

Techspert
UK

The Techspert.io expert network was founded in 2015, as a machine-driven expert network in Cambridge, UK. It started out with a focus on life sciences under the name Biotechspert. It rebranded and addressed additional industry segments, gaining VC-backing:

Learn more about machine-driven expert networks in our AI deepdive: AI and expert networks, or read Techspert’s own explainer on AI and ML here. Other such “machine-driven expert networks” include Xperiti, NewtonX, CleverX, Prosapient and Atheneum (after its acquisition of Chime Advisors).

Techspert is mostly specialized on experts within life sciences (medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and diagnostics), a focus that it shares with Bioinformatics Inc, Experts OnTap and Bioexpert Network.

Visit Techspert.io’s website or read more about different expert network models.

Xperiti
Israel

The Xperiti expert network was started in 2017 and went live in 2018. Xperiti is a machine-driven expert network, analyzing large datasets to identify experts.

For enterprise clients, Xperiti plans to develop “organizational expertise maps”, containing detailed information about each individual employed at the company. When the client company launches a request for experts, Xperiti would start its expert search in the organizational expertise map (looking for company-internal experts first). Xperiti’s offering has similarities with the “internal network of experts” proposed by Deepbench.io.

Xperiti has raised a total of $1.2m in three funding rounds.

Visit Xperiti’s website here.

Yegii
USA

Yegii is an expert network and DIY knowledge search engine. It was started in 2013, went inactive in 2015, and is set to relaunch during 2019-20.

Zintro
USA

Zintro is an expert network that operates a “DIY Marketplace“. It offers tools for clients to recruit experts on their own. It also posts projects to a public marketplace, where experts can browse and pitch themselves.

Zintro presents itself as an affordable alternative to other expert networks. Experts may browse the public marketplace and pitch themselves for projects. The matching, vetting and quality assurance of experts is not done in-house as in other expert networks, but instead outsourced to the clients and experts themselves. Therefore, Zintro requires far fewer employees to operate.

On the other hand, most clients use expert networks precisely because they want someone to do matching, vetting and QA for them. Zintro thus targets a self-serve segment of the market. This includes small corporates who only have occasional need for expert network services and less time-sensitive requests.

You may visit the company website here.