Coleman Research is a leading expert network and brokerage of knowledge. We facilitate short-term consulting engagements between our clients – management consultancies, mutual funds, hedge funds and private equity firms – and experts across all industries. We foster mutually beneficial interactions between these thought leaders, which ultimately help to shape the modern marketplace.
In addition to compensating you at an hourly rate of your choosing, consulting with Coleman also provides you with an easy way to stay abreast of the questions that capital markets are asking about your industry. It also furnishes ample opportunities to expand your professional network and acts as an avenue through which to break into short-term consulting work.
We work with the world’s leading investment firms and management consultancies. Our client base spans the globe, and includes more than 6,000 individuals from hundreds of top institutions.
After we receive a project request from a client, we search our network for experts whose experience and expertise match the specific topic at hand. After we identify qualified experts, we reach out to ensure that the project is a good fit, and to make sure that he/she is available to consult at that time. We then schedule the consultation at the expert’s convenience and send a confirmation email for the call. After the consultation is complete, we issue payment to the expert in his/her requested form.
How often you consult will vary depending on our clients’ project requests, as well as your specific area of expertise, experience level and availability. Our team will contact you whenever we receive a project that is a match with your expertise. You may decline a consultation at any time, for any reason.
We ask that experts do not perform any prep work prior to taking a call, unless explicitly requested. Coleman consultations are informal in nature; our clients simply seek your insights and opinions from your unique industry perspective.
Our clients are looking for honest, informal discussions with experts who have real-life industry experience. During the vetting process, a Coleman employee will contact you to discuss the topic of the consultation and share any specific questions the client has provided. Additionally, it is against Coleman’s policy for experts to discuss confidential or material, non-public information during a consultation; our clients have agreed to not knowingly ask our experts to disclose such information. Experts are also restricted from consulting on projects where the client’s company of interest is the expert’s current employer or any other entity that may present a conflict of interest.
Experts are compensated at an hourly consulting rate of their choosing, which should be based on industry standards and the expert’s relative level of experience and expertise. Hourly rates are prorated and experts are paid for the time spent on each consultation. Once an invoice for a consultation is submitted by the expert, we issue payment in the expert’s preferred currency via check or direct deposit.
We are not always able to match experts immediately with client projects, as the requests we receive vary widely each day. If we have contacted you for a potential project that didn’t lead to a consultation, it is likely because the project’s priority or scope has changed. We do our best to inform our experts of these instances, but due to the high volume of client requests we receive, are not always able to address every occurrence. Further, we encourage our experts to regularly update their Coleman profiles to accurately reflect their employment information; third party relationships; and topics, companies and industries of expertise. By keeping your profile up-to-date, we are better able to match your expertise to client projects.