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Accurate Insight
Brazil

Accurate Insight is an expert network based in Brazil. It is focused on recruiting experts in Latin America and southern Europe. Accurate Insight was founded in 2016 by former Atheneum managers.

Visit the company’s website here.

Africa Expert Network
USA

Africa Expert Network is focused on the African continent. It’s headquartered in Washington, USA, with recruitment personnel in South Africa.

Visit the Africa Expert Network website here.

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AlphaSights
UK

Alphasights expert network

Alphasights is one of the larger expert networks. It was founded in 2008 and became one of the first firms to successfully reduce GLG’s market dominance. The founders had a background in consulting with McKinsey and BCG.

When Alphasights started out, GLG was dependent on its traditional static network. Experts were recruited proactively, on fairs and from telephone directories. Onboarding an expert was time-consuming and complex. Alphasights, lacking a database of experts, began recruiting experts directly for live projects. To enable this, they sped up the onboarding of experts, with modern tech tools and user-friendly interfaces. This business model’s success was supported by the even faster growth of LinkedIn. Today, the company combines a large database with custom recruiting.

Associates manage both research (expert recruitment), client account management and sales for their accounts. This differs from GLG and Third Bridge, who have separated the research role and customer-facing sales roles. As a result, Alphasights has kept a higher productivity/ yield per employee than most peers and managed to retain key employees.

Alphasights was featured in our expert network benchmarking from June-July 2018, receiving one of the highest rankings. The company is sometimes confused with its India-based competitor Insight Alpha, which was founded in the same year.

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Alphasights historic milestones

  • 2008 – Founded in London, backed by an investment from Acton Capital.
  • 2011 – New York office opened
  • 2012 – Hong Kong office opened
  • 2013 – Dubai office opened
  • 2015 – San Francisco office opened
  • 2016 – Hamburg, Shanghai and Seoul offices opened
  • 2017 – Tokyo office opened
  • 2019 – Inex One identified AlphaSights as a global leader in our review of the 2019 expert network market size.

 

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

Apex Leaders
USA

Apex Leaders is an expert network based in Boise, Idaho. It was founded in 2009 by a former manager at Kingfish Group.

Apex Leaders offers boutique expert network services, but also HR/recruitment services and related advice.

Visit the company’s website here.

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Arches
Singapore

The Arches expert network started in 2019 by former consultants at Accenture and YCP Solidiance. It sprung out of the Japanese consumer research firm Needsarch.

The company offers four types of expert network services:

  • Phone consultations
  • Expert surveys
  • On-site consultations/ seminars
  • Short-term professional staffing

Arches is headquartered in Singapore with additional offices in Tokyo, Vietnam and Uzbekistan. The company focuses on recruiting experts across Southeast Asia, China, Japan and India. It partners with recruiting/head hunting firms to accelerate the search process.

Visit the company website here.

Asia CEO Network
Thailand

Asia CEO Network is an expert network based in Bangkok, Thailand. Asia CEO Network started in 2010 as an informal network of senior business leaders, and evolved into a expert network over time.

The company operates as a standard expert network.

Visit the company website here.

Atheneum
Germany

Atheneum was founded in 2010 by former consultants from L.E.K. and Kaiser Associates. It gained strong presence in Germany and central Europe and is today one of the larger expert networks. According to our expert interviews, the company makes the bulk of revenues in Europe and primarily serves strategy consulting firms.

In 2015, Atheneum raised €10m from Vogel Business Media, a German publishing company.

In September 2018, the firm raised another €10m from Crosslantic Capital Management, a German growth capital firm.

In August 2019, the firm announced an updated offering: Research-as-a-Service (RaaS) is the name for the combination of (1) expert calls, (2) custom reports and (3) expert recruitment for longer-term projects. In conjunction with this, the firm appointed a new CTO to drive the adoption of machine learning in the expert recruitment process. The CTO had previously co-founded Chime Advisors, a machine-driven expert network.

Atheneum was featured in our expert network benchmarking from June-July 2018. Inex One identified Atheneum 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, while typically also offering global services.

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Atheneum has offices in 10 locations: Berlin (HQ), London, New York, Santiago De Chile, Lahore, Shanghai, Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Munich.

 

 

Avalon Red
Spain

Focused on Spain and Latin America

Axon Advisors
USA

Axon Advisors is an expert network based in Indiana, USA. Axon Advisors is focused on serving corporate clients and entrepreneurs.

Visit the company website here.

Bioinformatics Inc
USA

Bioinformatics Inc is a research and advisory firm operating an expert network business area. Bioinformatics was founded in 1994.

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

Visit Bioinformatics’ website here.

Bridger
USA

The Bridger expert network was started in 2019 by former Guidepoint managers. Bridger operates as a standard expert network with custom recruiting of experts. However, it uses freelance recruiters instead of full-time employees.

Read about the different business models for expert networks or visit the Bridger website here.

Business Connect China (BCC)
China

Business Connect China (BCC) is an expert network based in Shanghai, China. The company was founded in 2008 dedicated to recruiting experts in China for international clients.

In 2010, BCC arranged a partnership with Maven Research. The ambition was for Maven’s primarily US-based clients to access BCC’s expert network.

In 2011, the expert network JC Moritz was founded by former BCC employees.

In 2011, BCC acquired Circle of Experts from Evalueserve.

Over the years, BCC has used the names AGI (Astute Global Infoservice) and Advantus Global, however its main name remains Business Connect China.

Visit the company website here.

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Candour
UK

The Candour expert network was formed in 2016 by ex-consultants in from the oil and gas industry to provide premium expert network service to clients in the consulting and financial markets. Candour focuses purely on the energy and industrials sector.

Visit Candour’s website here or return to the expert network directory.

Capvision
China

Capvision is one of the larger expert networks. It was founded in 2006 by former Bain & Company consultants. Capvision is the largest expert network based in China. The bulk of its clients are Chinese firms, although the firm has been successful in serving US-based firms researching Chinese markets. Capvision had early success with serving international mutual funds, becoming a preferred partner for Chinese experts. It has since branched into other segments (e.g. corporates, private equity and hedge funds).

The company originally focused specifically on sourcing experts within China, but has since expanded globally. It currently has offices in New York, Shanghai, Munich, Hong Kong, Osaka, and Beijing and offers both expert calls, surveys and corporate access services.

In 2018, former Capvision managers founded the machine-driven expert network Linker Intel in Shanghai.

The company was featured in our expert network benchmarking from June-July 2018. Inex One identified Capvision 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, while typically also offering global services.

Visit the official website here.

 

 

Catalant
USA

Catalant mainly coordinates longer-term consulting projects, but offers expert network services as a component through its expert marketplace. The company was founded in Boston in 2013 as “HourlyNerd” and rebranded to Catalant in 2016.

Visit the company website here.

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CIC expert network
China

The CIC expert network (China Insights Consultancy) is an expert network and consulting company focused on China. It was founded in 2014 by former directors at the consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. Their focus and growth in recent years point to a further fragmentation of the expert network industry. We discuss fragmentation versus consolidation of the expert network industry in this blog post.

The CIC expert network says they have over 50,000 experts in their database.

Visit the company’s website here.

Clear Horizon Research
Brazil

Clear Horizon Research was an expert network based in Sao Paolo mainly serving European and North American clients interested in the Brazilian market.

Visit the company website here.

Coleman Research
USA

Coleman Research is a medium-sized expert network founded in 2003. It operates a standard expert network model and focuses on buy-side firms.

The company has offices in New York, Raleigh, Boston, San Francisco, London and Hong Kong.

Coleman Research company background

The founder of Coleman Research has a background at Multex, a financial information service launched in the dot-com wave of 1999. He shares this background with the founder at Ridgetop Research.

In 2017, some Coleman employees left to set up the Prosapient expert network.

Coleman Research’s Expert Management System (EMS)

At Inex One, we are particularly intrigued by Coleman Research’s latest move. They built a tool that bears resemblance to the Inex One Expert Management System.

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Screenshot from the Coleman EMS

 

Coleman faced a strategic dilemma between investing in its profitable expert network services, and developing an EMS that risks cannibalizing its core expert network business. The pivot towards serving expert networks seems reasonable. Whichever the outcome, we are excited about their move towards aggregation.

Expert Management Systems create transparency and efficiency in the industry. Therefore, they are a logical next step in the history of expert networks. In addition, they’re valuable to the users – here’s how a bank saved >40% on expert network costs by using the Inex One EMS.

 

Coleman Research featured in our expert network benchmarking from June-July 2018. We identified Coleman as a regional champion in our review of the 2019 expert network market size. Visit the company website here.

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CW Group
USA

CW Group is a consulting firm based in Greenwich, CT, USA. It operates a standard expert network along with its consulting services.

Visit the company website here.

Deepbench
USA

The Deepbench expert network was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in Boston. It operates a few different business models:

  1. A regular expert network service (standard on-demand recruitment).
  2. A blog with curious snippets of information called Deepbench Learn.
  3. A DIY marketplace, where clients can browse Deepbench’s existing network to connect with experts.
  4. A software solution that helps banks identify internal experts and make them available for expert network consultations.

The latter business model is similar to the “organizational expertise map” proposed by Xperiti.

Deepbench has taken in an investment from Macquarie bank, helping it to promote its analysts to external clients.

Visit Deepbench’s website here.

DeMatteo Research
USA

DeMatteo Research is a one of the oldest expert networks. DeMatteo Research was founded in 1997 as a general investment research company.

In 2009, DeMatteo Research struck an exclusive partnership with LinkedIn. This was predicted to give DeMatteo an advantage over GLG and other newly started networks, however it does not seem to have materialized. Today, DeMatteo operates a medium-sized expert network business, primarily serving US-based buy-side firms.

Dialectica
UK

Dialectica is an expert network headquartered in Athens, Greece and London, UK. The company started in 2015, and is growing quickly with a low-cost offering. Although the founders have a background at Alphasights, buyside firms and Goldman Sachs, Dialectica is particularly strong with consulting firms. It is mostly focused on serving clients in Europe from its office in Athens.

Clients gave Dialectica the highest rating in our expert network benchmarking from June 2018. We identified the firm 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.

Visit the company website here.

ENG expert network
USA

The ENG expert network was founded in 2009 in New York. ENG is today a medium-sized expert network, focused on serving buy-side firms.

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

ENG alumni have founded Knowledge Ridge (2016) and Inventiv Insights (2019).

Visit the ENG website here.

Evalueserve Circle of Experts
USA

Evalueserve Circle of Experts was an expert network run within Evalueserve, a Swiss research company. Circle of Experts was originally founded in 2003 and acquired by Evalueserve in 2007. In 2011, it became part of what is today Business Connect China.

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Expert Connect Global Research
Noida

Expert Connect Global Research (ECGR) is an expert network based in Noida, India. It started in 2013 and operates a standard expert network model.

Visit the company website here.

Expert Engine
USA

Expert Engine is an expert network based in New York, USA. It is a branch of the media company Engine Group, providing expert support to marketing and strategy projects.

Visit the Expert Engine website here.

ExpertConnect
USA

ExpertConnect is an expert network based in New York. It was founded in 2009 by former directors at GLG and Guidepoint. ExpertConnect today operates a medium-sized expert network.

Visit the ExpertConnect website here.

Expertera
Turkey

Expertera is a Turkey-based expert network providing on-demand expertise resources with more than 15,000 experts in over 100 countries.

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Expertpowerhouse
Germany

Expertpowerhouse is an expert network headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany. Expert powerhouse started in 2016, led by a former BCG consultant. It specializes on recruiting experts in German-speaking countries (DACH). Expert powerhouse operates a standard expert network model.

Visit the expertpowerhouse website here.

Experts Networks
India

Experts Networks is a small expert network started in 2018. It is based in Gurgaon, India and operates a standard expert network model.

Visit the company website here.

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Experts OnTap
USA

Experts OnTap is an expert network based in Philadephia. Experts OnTap was founded in 2018 as Enzyme Life Science Experts but rebranded in 2019.

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

Visit the company’s website here.

ExpertView
UK

Relaunched in 2019 after being inactive

Flexingit
India

India-focused expert network.

Focal Fact
Ireland

Focal Fact is an expert network based in Dublin, Ireland. Focal Fact was started in 2019 by former GLG managers. It offers both expert network services and recruitment for longer projects.

Visit the company website here.

Frontier Strategy Group
USA

Founded in 2004, Frontier Strategy Group provides information and advisory services for emerging market executives. FSG is now part of DuckerFrontier.

Futureminds Consulting
India

Futureminds Consulting is an expert network founded in 2009 in New Delhi, India. Futureminds’ expert network is focused on South Asia.

Its employees have former experience from GLG and Insight Alpha.

Visit the Futureminds Consulting website here.

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Get Me Experts
India

Get Me Experts is an expert network based in New Delhi, India. Get Me Experts was founded in 2014 and operates a standard expert network model.

Visit the company website here.

GLG expert network
USA

The GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) expert network was founded in 1998 and is today the world’s largest expert network. It pioneered the industry and holds a significant market share. However, recent growth has been slower, and it has been losing market share to new entrants.

When GLG started, experts were recruited “offline”, at fairs and events. Their expert network was a good phone directory, but nowhere close to the wealth of information stored in today’s browsable databases. GLG has experimented with many interesting business areas over the years. These include:

However, the 1h expert phone call has remained their core value proposition, according to former executives.

Major milestones for GLG:

 

Further reading

GLG has evolved significantly over time. We discuss the emergence and history of GLG in our history of the expert network industry. Furthermore, a senior expert shared colorful insights on the expert network’s evolution in this piece. In 2019, GLG generated close to $600m revenues and remains the largest expert network in the industry.

Finally, here’s GLG’s website.

Guidepoint
USA

Guidepoint is one of the larger expert networks and operates a standard business model. It was founded in 2003 by Albert Sebag, an organic chemist that had “developed a deep Rolodex of the world’s leading physicians” (link).

Guidepoint – major milestones

2003 – Founded in New York City as Clinical Advisors.

2007 – Rebranded as Guidepoint Global.

2009 – Acquired Vista Research, one of the first expert networks, for $10-13m. Employees at Vista had started the competing networks Primary Insight and Ridgetop Research, and later also Mosaic Research.

2011 – Mentioned in relation to an insider trading case, but not accused of any wrongdoing.

2015 – Acquired Innosquared, a German expert network with a strong presence in Europe.

2019 – Launched Insights, a product similar to Forum offered by Third Bridge.

2019 – Inex One identified Guidepoint as a global leader in our review of the 2019 expert network market size.

 

Visit the company website here.

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Indusguru
India

Indusguru is an expert network based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Indusguru was started in 2016 by former Accenture consultants.

Visit the company website here.

Infollion
India

Infollion is an expert network based in Gurgaon, India. Infollion was founded in 2009 and is today one of the larger India-focused expert networks.

Visit Infollion’s website here.

Infomineo
Morocco

Infomineo is an expert network based in Casablanca, Morocco. Infomineo was founded in 2011 by former McKinsey and BCG consultants. It started out as a business research firm, focusing on the Middle East and Africa. In 2018, Infomineo recruited a manager from Atheneum to lead its expansion into the expert network industry.

Visit the company’s website here.

Insight Alpha
India

Insight Alpha is an expert network based in India. It was founded in 2008 and is today one of the larger India-focused expert networks.

Insight Alpha is sometimes confused with its UK-based competitor AlphaSights, which was founded in the same year.

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Read about the evolution of expert networks here, or visit the Insight Alpha website.

Insight Connect
France

Insight Connect is an expert network based in France. It was started in 2011 by a former Accenture consultant.

Insight Connect is focused on serving French private equity clients, recruiting experts in French-speaking countries. This is similar to expert networks Presans and Xperts Council.

Visit the company website here.

Inventiv Insights
India

Inventiv Insights is an expert network based in India. It was started in 2018 by former GLG and ENG managers and is focused on custom-recruiting experts with a global reach.

Visit Inventiv Insights’ website here.

iResearch
China

Started in 2018

Kingfish Group
USA

Kingfish Group is an expert network based in Boise, Idaho, founded in 2004. Kingfish Group offers boutique expert network services, but also HR/recruitment services and related advice.

An former Kingfish employee started Apex Leaders in 2009.

Visit the company’s website here.

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Knowledge Gate
Sweden

Knowledge Gate is a standard expert network based in the Nordics. Knowledge Gate’s management has experience from Coleman Research and Nordic Knowledge Partners. The company operates as a standard expert network.

Visit the Knowledge Gate website here.

Knowledge Ridge
India

Knowledge Ridge is a mid-sized global expert network, specialized in custom research and expertise delivery across all industries. It was founded in 2016 by a senior manager with then 12 years of experience working with the pioneers in expert network industry. Knowledge Ridge has researchers on the ground and local language capabilities across all significant business regions of the world. It is headquartered in Pune – India, and has offices in Gurugram – India, and Houston, TX – USA.

Visit the company’s website here.

 

 

LB Networks
UK

LB Networks is an expert network headquartered in London. LB Networks was started in 2018, with one team member having experience from Silverlight Research.

Visit the company website here.

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Liahnson & Company
Korea

Liahnson & Company is an expert network headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. Former managers at Capvision and GLG started Liahnson in 2015. Consequently, it’s modeled on large-scale operations with a robust compliance operation.

Liahnson offers both expert network services and more extensive market research.

The company focuses on experts in Southeast Asia from offices in Korea, Japan and China.

Visit the company website here.

Lynk expert network
Hong Kong

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. Lynk has offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, and Mumbai.

Lynk raised $4 million in april 2017 and an undisclosed amount in 2019.

Visit the Lynk Global website here.

Magellan Research Group
USA

Magellan Research Group is an expert network based in New York. A former AlphaSights manager founded Magellan Research Group in 2014.

In 2019, a former director at Magellan launched the expert network Waterside, acquired the same year by CIQ Group.

Visit the company’s website here.

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Marquis
India

Marquis is an expert network based in Mumbai, India. Marquis was started in 2018 as a division of the research and consulting company Nextyn, which specializes in market entry strategy for the Indian market.

Visit the company website here.

Maven Research
USA

Maven Research is an expert network founded in 2008. Maven Research is focused on serving corporate customers, offering both expert calls and longer projects.

Before starting Maven Research, the founder worked at GLG.

In 2010, Maven Research arranged a partnership with Business Connect China (BCC). The ambition was for Maven’s primarily US-based clients to access BCC’s expert network.

Visit the Maven website here.

MEDACorp
USA

MEDACorp is a strategic knowledge resource leveraged within all of parent company SVB Leerink’s client services to enhance their differentiated offerings. It is a global expert network with access to healthcare professionals.

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Mimir Expert Research
Japan

Mimir Expert Research is an expert network based in Tokyo, Japan. It is a subsidiary of the research company Uzabase. Mimir Expert Research focuses on recruiting experts in Japan, for domestic and international clients. One co-founder has a background from Guidepoint.

The focus on Japan is shared with its domestic competitor VisasQ. The Japanese market for expert network services has grown quickly since 2014-15. Consequently, both GLG, AlphaSights, Atheneum and Guidepoint have recently established offices in Tokyo.

Visit the company website here.

Mosaic Research
USA

The Mosaic Research expert network was founded in New York in 2010. Mosaic Research is focused on custom recruiting experts for buy-side clients, but also offers related services. The founder had previously been employed at a hedge fund and at Vista Research, an expert network founded in 2001 and later acquired by Guidepoint. Other firms rooted in Vista Research include Ridgetop Research and Primary Insight.

Mosaic offers both regular expert network services, data streams and a reporting software based on the Salesforce platform. The company was an early proponent of an Expert Management System.

Mosaic Research Management Philippines team

Curiously, Mosaic has a team of 8 Executive Assistants to the CEO based in Philippines. This might be a code word for expert network recruiters, or the CEO is just really really busy. 🤔

Visit the company’s website here.

Noble Insights
USA

The Noble Insights expert network was founded in New York in 2010. The firm is focused on custom recruiting experts for buy-side clients.

Before starting Noble Insights, the founder was a manager at GLG.

Visit the Noble Insights website here.

Nordic Knowledge Partners
Denmark

Nordic Knowledge Partners is an expert network based in Copenhagen, Denmark. It started in 2016 as Mintebi, operating a DIY Marketplace, but pivoted to a standard expert network model under the name Nordic Knowledge Partners in 2017. Although the name conveys a Nordic focus, the company now serves international clients on international projects.

Inex One identified NKP as a regional player in our review of the 2019 expert network market size.

Visit Nordic Knowledge Partners’ website here.

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Pengo Insight
South Africa

Pengo Insight is an expert network based in Cape Town, South Africa. It operates a standard expert network model. Pengo Insight is focused on recruiting experts in African countries.

Visit the company website here.

Presans
France

Focused on corporate clients

Pride Advisory
USA

Expert network arm of HR/recruitment firm Pride Global.

Primary Global Research
USA

Primary Global Research (PGR) was an expert network based in Mountain View, California. Although inactive since years (it’s website was latest updated in 2010), it is noteworthy for its history.

In 2008-2010, Primary Global Research received praise for its innovative services and rapid growth.

In 2010, it was implicated in the FBI insider trading investigations.

In 2011, it announced it closed its offices, while supposedly remaining in business.

Primary Insight
USA

Primary Insight is a medium-sized expert network based in New York. It was founded in 2005 as an in-house expert network at Bear Stearns. After the bank’s collapse and acquisition by J.P. Morgan in 2008, Primary Insight was spun out as an independent firm in 2009.

Prior to setting up Primary Insight within Bear Sterns, the founders worked at Vista Research, an expert network founded in 2001 and eventually acquired by Guidepoint in 2009. Vista Research was also where the founders of Ridgetop Research and Mosaic Research started out. Today’s Primary Insight management team combines backgrounds from GLG, Guidepoint and Coleman Research.

Visit Primary Insight’s website here.

Promatrix & Co
China

Promatrix & Co is an expert network headquartered in Beijing, China. Promatrix was founded in 2012 and offers a range of HR and recruitment services along with expert calls. The company is focused on recruiting in China.

Ridgetop Research
USA

Ridgetop Research is a medium-sized network founded in 2008, operating a standard expert network model.

Ridgetop has a shared background with three other New York-based expert networks:

Inex One identified Ridgetop 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 Ridgetop Research’s website here.

Roulston Research
USA

Roulston Research was an expert network based in the Ohio, USA. Roulston Research operated between 2006-2015.

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Sealed Expert Network
Singapore

Sealed is an expert network started in 2019 and headquartered in Singapore. Sealed operates a standard expert network business model and is focused on recruiting experts across Southeast Asia.

Visit Sealed’s website here.

Sermo
USA

Sermo is a “virtual doctors’ lounge” facilitating medical collaboration and crowdsourcing with over 800,000 verified doctors spanning 150+ countries.

Sightlinx
USA

Sightlinx was an Expert Network in the health and wellness industry, operating 2012-13.

Silverlight Research
UK

Silverlight Research is an expert network based in London. It operates with a standard expert network model, recruiting experts from public sources. Silverlight Research was founded in November 2017 by a former Morgan Stanley investment manager. The company primarily serves buy-side and capital markets teams.

Silverlight offers a helpful guide on compliance for experts, complete with an FAQ.

Silverlight sits at the same London office hotel as Atheneum. The company has grown with a distributed workforce. It opened a Lisbon office in 2019, but also has satellite teams working part-time from around the globe, e.g. Bangladesh, New York, and Macao. Silverlight alumni co-founded the London-based expert network LB Networks in 2018.

We identified Silverlight 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.

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Visit the company’s website here.

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Six Degrees Intelligence
China

Six Degrees Intelligence is an expert network based in Hangzhou, China. Former managers at Third Bridge founded the firm in 2017 and grown it quickly.

Six Degrees Intelligence operates a standard expert network model.

As of December 2019, Six Degrees has the funkiest website of all expert networks.

Speakin
India

SpeakIn is an expert network based in India, operating a standard expert network model. Speakin was founded in 2016 by a former EY consultant. It is focused on experts from the Indian subcontinent, and has the most active Twitter account in the world of expert networks.

In 2019, SpeakIn raised $400k from Homage Ventures.

Visit the SpeakIn website here.

Technical Expert Network
USA

Technical Expert Network (TEN) is an expert network based in Singapore. It focuses of technical experts providing services particularly to customers in Southeast Asia.

Visit the company website here.

 

Tegus Expert Network
USA

Tegus is an expert network based in Chicago. It was started in 2016 by a former employee at Alphasights and a current employee at Investment Group Santa Barbara.

In addition to a standard expert network service, it offers a database of call transcripts reminiscent of Third Bridge‘s Forum product, and similar services offered by GLG and Guidepoint.

The company raised $1,5m in 2017. We identified Tegus 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.

Read about different expert network operating models, visit Tegus’ website, or read about the evolution of expert networks.

Third Bridge
UK

Third Bridge expert network

Third Bridge is one of the largest expert networks globally. Founded in 2007 as Cognolink, it rebranded in 2015 as Third Bridge (the name of one of its business units). It was one of the first firms to successfully reduce GLG’s market dominance. Its founders had a background in consulting with Bain & Company, which was an important early client according to expert sources.

When Third Bridge started out, GLG was dependent on its traditional static network. Experts were recruited proactively, on fairs and from telephone directories. Onboarding an expert was time-consuming and complex. Third Bridge, lacking a database of experts, began recruiting experts directly for live projects. To enable this, they sped up the onboarding of experts with modern tech tools and user-friendly interfaces. This business model’s success was supported by the even faster growth of LinkedIn.

 

Third Bridge business areas

The company combines a large database with custom recruiting, promoted in two business areas:

  • Connections, a standard expert network operation with phone calls, surveys, project recruiting etc.
  • Forum, a service of hosted expert calls. Clients either listen in or get the transcripts.

Forum has seen rapid growth since it was created in 2015. Clients pay per-seat subscriptions to access Third Bridge’s growing database of call transcripts. Our expert sources mention that it represents ~25% of Third Bridge’s revenues, and the lions’ share of its net profit. Visit the Forum dashboard here.

 

Third Bridge historic milestones

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

TransGlobal Insight
UK

TransGlobal Insight was an expert network started in London in 2015. It has since gone inactive.

Unisearch
Australia

Unisearch is an Australian provider of expert network and expert opinion services, drawing from large knowledge bank including an extensive panel from academics and industry leaders.

Unisearch is focused on serving companies operating in Australia and SEA.

Vedak
India

Small firm, specialized on India

VeriMed Healthcare
USA

VeriMed was an expert network focused B2C, serving consumers with expert advice. The core business was having physicians generate written content (healthcare advice and assessments).

It is no longer in operation.

visasQ
Japan

VisasQ is an expert network specialized on Japan. It was launched in 2012 as Walkntalk Inc. and later rebranded. The company operates two business areas:

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

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 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.

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Westlake International
USA

Westlake International supports institutional investors to stay up to date about drivers impacting Chinese sectors and companies since its founding in 2008. It provides primary research for Greater China, including limited distribution technology and China Internet research reports, channel check, custom research/survey and field check services across a wide variety of verticals and specialties.

Xperts Council
France

Xperts Council is a medium-sized expert network with offices in London, Paris and Porto. It was founded in 2013 and is well-connected with investment firms in central and southern Europe. Xperts Council is sector-agnostic with global coverage, focusing on 100% custom sourcing.

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YourEncore
USA

YourEncore is an expert network based in Indiana, USA and founded in 2003. YourEncore is focused on life sciences and consumer goods.

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Zebra Insights
Hong Kong

Zebra Insights is an expert network based in Hong Kong. The company started in 2012 as Asia Business Development Group and rebranded to Zebra Insights in 2017.

Zebra is focused on recruiting APAC experts for asset managers. It has offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Mumbai.

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