I recently started a business in the expert network space, www.chimeadvisors.com, connecting clients (typically consulting and investment firms doing due diligences) with people who have deep knowledge and experience in the field of interest. I used to use services like GLG and Alphasights myself as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, and found the service to be clunky, expensive and of variable quality.
Having launched and managed Homejoy in the UK for 1.5 years, I believe it is possible to build a tech platform to transform the operating model and provide expert network services at a dramatically lower cost without compromising the end result. This would make it possible for many more organisations and individuals to afford the service, and the overarching mission is to help people make better decisions through access to the right knowledge at the right time.
Together with a former colleague, I have been building a simple prototype and testing with clients, which include one of the Big 3 consultancies and a massive UK corporate. Now with steady revenue, I'm looking to partner with someone to develop sophisticated internal tools and scale the business. I look forward to hearing from you, particularly if you have experience in data mining and an understanding of machine learning.