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How to Get World Class Experts to Support Your Company

As the former CEO of a professional expert network, I’m a firm believer in the value of speedy access to relevant experts.  I was excited to see that GLG (formerly Gerson Lehrman Group), the industry leader, is now offering a professional network service geared to the needs of the startup community: [...continue reading]

Expert Networks Rollup – Business Connect China merges with Evalueserve Circle of Experts and Tribeca Insights

Congratulations to Business Connect China, which is merging with my old company, Evalueserve Circle of Experts, and Tribeca Insights to form a new consolidated expert network, Advantus Global. Integrity Research reports, "At the high water mark, there were over 45 expert networks. By our count, [...continue reading]

On Expert Networks, Compliance, the Drunk and the Lamppost

Expert networks have been in the news a lot for the past few weeks, due to the SEC's attempt to look for insider trading amongst hedge funds, following on their Galleon investigation (Raj Rajaratnam of Galleon is in the photo shown). The best source of information on this topic is as usual the [...continue reading]

Goodbye Expert Networks, Hello Private Equity: Coverage from Integrity Research

Integrity Research wrote a nice blog post about the new startup I'm working on: "As more research providers emerge to analyze the public markets (there are now over 3,500 research providers in our database), one gap in the market are research providers for the private markets. David [...continue reading]

Earn More Consulting Revenue from Gerson Lehrman and Other Expert Networks

A number of friends have asked me how to increase the amount of money they're earning as consultants from the major expert networks, such as Gerson Lehrman, Evalueserve Circle of Experts, Coleman Group, DeMatteo Monness , Guidepoint Global (Vista Research), and other expert networks. Following is a [...continue reading]

Guidepoint Global acquires Vista Research

I just learned that Guidepoint Global acquired Vista Research. S&P has been shopping Vista for a few years; I always thought that the expert network model was not a great fit with a prominent, large parent. Several other expert networks have been sold (JP Morgan's Primary Insight) or will soon be [...continue reading]

Social Media, Investor Relations, and Expert Networks

Brian Solis has a lengthy post at Techcrunch on Social Media and Investor Relations. There's a lot of material there, but I think he omits the area in social media through which the most market-moving information is flowing: expert networks. [...continue reading]

Expert Networks' Future – Investorside Panel

I dropped by the Investorside conference last week to hear the panel discussion on 'The Future of Expert Networks'. Given my work in the expert network industry, I was excited to see some of my former competitors. The fastest growing sector of the $1.8b independent research industry are expert [...continue reading]