Beagle uses machine learning to point out red flags in contracts

Beagle founder Cian O’Sullivan. (Portrait by Roberto Caruso)A lawyer by training, Cian O’Sullivan spent several years as a contract negotiator before founding Beagle in 2014. The Kitchener, Ont. startup’s product uses artificial intelligence to analyze contracts and facilitates real-time collaboration and review of documents.“A friend was bidding on a construction job. He asked me on a Friday to take a quick look at the contract. He sent it over, and it was 90 pages long. By Saturday afternoon, I was on page 40 and my fourth beer, and I had a eureka moment: If I put 10 lawyers or contract experts in a room with highlighters and said, “You’ve got a quick look and 10 minutes,” there are common things they would all identify. It’s simple things: Who’s responsible for what?…


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