Which ‘Expert Network’ Company Should You Choose?


We’re seeing more and more online expert network platforms bubble to the surface, awesome! Here’s a round-up of the most popular expert networks we could spot. This blog post will be constantly updated.

What is an expert network platform?

An expert network platform is a marketplace where you can hire vetted subject-matter experts for 1:1 consultations on a variety of topics. The calls are usually ad-hoc in nature and are expensive. Individuals and businesses rely on expert networks when they need very specific answers to oftentimes very nuanced questions. 

To summarize:

  • Expert networks help connect companies with subject matter experts hired out for 1:1 consultations, usually over the telephone.
  • Expert networks are popular because companies may need specialized knowledge that’s unavailable on their internal team, and often times very hard to find for them. 
  • Expert networks are really popular with investors that are looking to gain 3rd party insight into specific industries, stocks, or markets that they’re thinking of investing in.

In this article, we’re going to showcase 15 of the most popular expert networks.

Popular Expert Networks

GLG

Key Facts:

  • Founded in 1998 by Yale Law School graduates Mark Gerson and Thomas Lehram.
  • Their primary customers are investors 
  • GLG is named a global leader in the 2019 expert network map with revenues of around $600m.
  • They have 1,800 employees, offices in 22 cities in 12 countries, and 800,000 freelance consultants

Official Website

AlphaSights

Key Facts:

  • Founded in 2008 by Ax Cartellieri and Andrew Heath who met each other while studying at Stanford Business School
  • Named a Global leader in the 2019 expert network market map.
  • Named one of the fastest-growing and most disruptive companies headquartered in Europe by the Financial Times in April 2017.
  • They’re headquartered in London with offices in New York, Hamburg, Dubai, Hong Kong, San Fancisco, Shanghai, Seoul, and Tokyo with +600 employees 

Official Website

Catalant

Key Facts:

  • Founded in 2013 (as HourlyNerd then rebranded)
  • In September 2013 received $750,000 in seed money led by Mark Cuban followed by a Series A round of $4M in March 2014. Since then it’s raised another +41M in funding and continues to raise at an incredible rate.
  • They serve more than 30% of the Fortune 100 and 20% of the Fortune 1000 and have more than 50,000 experts and 1,000 boutique firms in their expert marketplace. 

Official Website

Guidepoint

Key Facts:

  • Founded by Albert Sebag in 2009
  • Has recruited over 600,000 “experts,” known as “Guidepoint Advisors,” who come from 150 different industries.
  • Named a Global leader in the 2019 expert network market map with revenues of over $100m.
  • Based in New York City. 

Official Website

Ustrive

Key Facts:

  • Founded in 2010 by Michael J. Carter
  • Connects high school students with mentors to help guide them through the college application process.

Official Website

NewtonX

Key Facts:

  • Founded in 2016, a relatively new player to the space which last year claimed it cracked “seven-digit” revenue.
  • Raised $12 million round led by Two Sigma Ventures in June 2019.
  • Their focus is on leveraging AI to take expert matching to the next level

Official Website

DeepBench

Key Facts:

  • Founded in 2017 by Devin Basinger, Yishi Zuo, Derek Hans, and Nikhil Punwaney0 at MIT
  • DeepBench seeks to free the “world’s knowledge by matching expert advisors with those who need their insights.”
  • Raised two rounds (undisclosed amount)

Official Website

Atheneum

Key Facts:

  • Founded in 2010 by former management consultants in Germany.
  • 10,000+ users
  • 450,000+ experts
  • 10 global offices
  • 350+ team members

Official Website

Coleman

Key Facts:

  • Founded in 2003 by Kevin Coleman.
  • Served more than 11,000 individuals 
  • Has offices in NYC, Raleigh, Boston, SF, London, and Hong Kong
  • Identified as a  regional champion in the US by Inex.one 

Official Website

Clarity.fm

Key Facts:

  • Founded in 2012 by Dan Martell
  • Got around $2,700,000 funding over two rounds
  • +30,000 members
  • Acquired by Fundable in February 2015 for an undisclosed amount
  • Premium pricing model with an average price per minute rate of above $2
  • Target audience is entrepreneurs, startups, business owners

Official Website

Third Bridge

Key Facts:

  • Founded in 2007
  • 1,000 employees across 3 continents
  • Identified as a global leader in the 2019 expert network map

Official Website

Growthmentor

Key Facts:

  • Founded in 2018 with over 3,000 calls booked on the platform
  • Focused on the growth marketing niche
  • +190 hand-picked and vetted mentors
  • Platform agnostic, can book calls on Skype, Zoom, or Zoom.
  • Easy filtering based on criteria like expertise, tools, language, and industry.
  • Friendly rates by design.

Browse Experts

Capvision

Key Facts:

  • Founded in 2006 with offices in New York, Shanghai, Munich, Hong Kong, Osaka, and Beijing.
  • Identified as a regional champion in the 2019 expert network map
  • 300,000 experts in their network

Official Website

VQ

Key Facts:

  • Founded in March 2012 in Japan and services the AIPAC region
  • 100,000 active advisors on their network
  • 89 employees
  • Identified as a regional champion in the 2019 expert network map

Official Website

Dialectica

Key Facts:

  • Founded in 2015
  • Headquartered in Athens, Greece and London, UK
  • Growing quickly with a low-cost offering
  • Founders have a background at Alphasights
  • Focused primarily on serving European clients from it’s Athens offices.

Official Website

Expert Network FAQs

What is the average hourly cost on an expert network?

It’s definitely not cheap. Expect to pay anywhere from $200-1,000 per hour. There are exceptions like on GrowthMentor where you can speak to them for free with a small monthly membership fee. 

What is the business model of an expert network?

Primarily commission based with the rake usually around 20-30% of the call price. Some expert networks require a minimum monthly commitment of hours upfront. 

What is the expert network market size?

The market size of the Expert Networks industry has recently been measured by IbisWorld analytics to be at $882.2M in 2020 with an expected growth rate of %0.5 although with the current COVID-19 situation I don’t expect that number to stay positive.

Did we miss any expert networks?

If so – we’d love to add them! Comment below!