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expert network with federal government experts?

I am exploring a tech startup business idea that would provide a data service to the federal government. In order to validate the concept, I need to understand, in some detail, a particular function of a specific government agency. I would like to speak with someone who has previously held a specific role at the agency (ideally in the past couple of years).

The role is neither executive management nor entry-level -- somewhere in between. I estimate that there are several hundred people currently with this role and perhaps a thousand people who have previously held the role.

The government agency would be a major target customer for my business. Depending on how the agency operates, it could have significant ramifications for how I build my product. It could even render the business model invalid. Before building a prototype and getting in front of the right decision maker, I would like to confirm that the prototype would be worthwhile and solve a real need.

Do any of the expert networks like GLG, AlphaSights, etc. specialize in government? I have tried LinkedIn but nobody in my network can introduce me to someone who has held this particular role at this agency. How could I get connected with this person?

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Kristann Orton
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Kristann Orton Entrepreneur • Advisor
Helping clients design at the intersection of business goals and technology needs | Innovation Catalyst
Hi David - I might be able to help out. Can you give me the agency name and a few specific titles? Thanks! - Kristann
Onikepe Adegbola, MD PhD
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Global Head, Scientific Affairs, Clinical Trials at Quest Diagnostics
Have you tried Zintro? They have a number of experts on that platform
Namrata Mujumdar
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Namrata Mujumdar Entrepreneur
Consultant - Marketing, Strategy, and Business Development
Hi David - which government agency are you interested in? I worked for Treasury but may be able to introduce you to someone if I know someone with familiarity at the one you're looking to build the service for. Namrata
Stephen Campbell, PMP
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I work for a specific agency, lol! I think some specificity would help us all help you. USPTO to be exact. Funny thing to your issue is that you pay our salaries and therefore our information is public..
Chris Gorges
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Chris Gorges Entrepreneur • Advisor
Partner, Strategy at Rocketure
David, shoot me a note at [removed to protect privacy] -- with some more details, may be able to help, having previously consulted for a number of govt agencies.
Matt Zisman
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Matt Zisman Entrepreneur
Transportation Industry Analyst at US Department of Transportation (DOT)
Not sure which agency. I'm at DOT if that helps.
David Wegman
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David Wegman Advisor
Competitive burrito eater and software entrepreneur/executive
Thanks to all for your input. I was not familiar with Zintro, but it looks interesting and I'll give it a try.
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