Established in 2003, Coleman Research is a sizable specialist network. It uses a typical expert network operating model and concentrates on buy-side companies. The company employed 200+ people in June 2020, dividing their time among seven locations in New York, Raleigh, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, and Hong Kong.
Coleman Research has a network of 250,000+ expert advisors, more than half of which are C-level executives and Managing Directors.
Coleman Research milestones
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.
In August 2021, VisasQ acquired Coleman Research for $102m. At the time, Coleman had more than twice the revenues of VisasQ. The combined entity has a strong presence in Japan and the US.
Main services offered:
1-on-1 consultations (phone interviews, meetings, conferences, and placements)
35+ weekly hosted events (webinars and roundtables featuring senior experts hosted by Coleman analysts)
Expert Relationship Management (see below)
Expert Relationship Management system
In November 2018, Coleman Research announced that they would launch a platform for aggregating analyst access and expert network services.
In July 2019, Coleman’s long-standing CTO left the firm. A new Chairman joined to drive tech strategy.
In October 2019, the company rebranded its Expert Management System as an Expert Relationship Management (ERM) platform. The platform is aimed at companies operating their expert network.
Coleman Research was featured in our expert network benchmarking in June-July 2018. We identified Coleman as a regional champion in our review of the 2019 expert network market size.