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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.

ALMExperts
USA

ALMExperts is a DIY marketplace for expert witnesses to promote themselves.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

 

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.

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.

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.

Expert Witness Doctors
USA

Expert Witness Doctors provides medical expert witness services to the legal and insurance communities.

Visit the company website here.

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Expert Witness Exchange
USA

Expert Witness Exchange is an expert network firm focused on expert witnesses to participate in court cases and legal disputes. It was founded in 2014 in Connecticut.

Visit the Expert Witness Exchange 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.

ExpertLink
USA

Expert Link is an expert Witness Firm based in Dallas, providing services for Intellectual Property, ITC, Commercial Business Litigation, Economics & Finance.

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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.

Forensis Group
USA

Forensis Group is one of the larger expert witness services providers, covering multiple disciplines with over 27 years of experience.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hambleton Pacific
USA

Hambleton Pacific is a law firm focused on the construction industry, offers expert witness services as a side business.

JurisPro
USA

JurisPro is a DIY marketplace for expert witnesses to promote themselves, formed by a group of practicing attorneys.

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.

LinkToExpert
USA

DIY Marketplace, likely inactive

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.

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.

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.

Network of Experts (Greenwood)
USA

Standard expert network

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.

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.

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.

ORC International (Engine US)
USA

Standard expert network

Pochmak
USA

DIY Marketplace

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.

Ramp.plus
USA

DIY Marketplace, started late 2018

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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Round Table Group
USA

Round Table Group is an expert network focusing on expert witness services. It was acquired and rebranded as Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Services in 2010. In 2019, the founders bought back Round Table Group and relaunched it under its original name.

Visit the company website here.

Saponaro
USA

Small boutique EWS firm, over 40 years of experience, providing expert witnesses, case evaluation and litigation support.

Sequence Staffing
USA

Sequence staffing is an executive search firm, offers construction-related expert witness services as a side business.

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.

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.

TASA Group
USA

The TASA Group is an expert witness services firm based in Pennsylvania, USA.

Visit the company 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.

Teklicon
USA

Teklicon is a boutique expert witness services firm specializing in patent matters with over 30 years of experience. Teklicon is based in Silicon Valley.

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The Expert Institute
USA

The Expert Institute is an expert network firm focused on expert witnesses to participate in court cases and legal disputes. The company was founded in New York in 2010 by former managers at AlphaSights.

Visit the The Expert Institute website here.

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.

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.

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.

YourEncore
USA

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

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.