Cian

Cian is a seasoned contract negotiator, Fellow of Stanford Law's CodeX, and the Top Dog and Founder of Beagle Inc. Beagle Inc. uses artificial intelligence to read contracts automatically, and provides a feature rich review tool set.
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THE DANGERS OF BEING CALLED AN "AI LAWYER"

Posted by Cian on Aug 30, 2016 11:24:00 AM

Our friends at ROSS Intelligence have had some fantastic milestones this year. One of them was when a significant bankruptcy law firm "hired an Artificial Intelligent Lawyer" from ROSS. This press release caused some huge conversation online. Some of the comments, I take issue with, in short: 
1. There was an unwarranted concern on how ROSS uptake would cause an issue with training lawyers.
2. There was a complete and utter misclassification of ROSS as a "Lawyer".
3. There was a poorly articulated reflection on how technology can assist in our day-to-day lives.

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Topics: Machine Learning, Legaltech, #Lawyers, Artificial Intelligence, AI, NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING

WHAT'S IN A NAME: THOUGHTFUL BRANDING

Posted by Cian on Aug 23, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Juliet so famously said, “What’s in a name?” to Romeo. Although her point was that the name Montague really didn’t matter to her, rather it was who Romeo was as a person that really mattered. With all due respect, Juliet was a love-stricken teenager who didn’t know a whole lot about branding or marketing.

A lot goes into choosing a name for your brand and you really only get one shot at it. Whether it’s a brand name for a new product line or choosing a name for your new company, it’s a very important decision that will have a direct impact on future success. We were no exception and put a lot of thought, research, crumpled up pieces of paper and effort into choosing the name Beagle.

Unsurprisingly, one of the questions we get asked all the time is “Why Beagle?” We’re going to answer that question for you in this blog post and offer a couple of best practices that we kept in mind when we came up with the name Beagle.

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Topics: Beagle, Branding

WHAT MY 4 YEAR OLD TAUGHT ME ABOUT BUSINESS

Posted by Cian on Aug 16, 2016 11:00:00 AM

My 4 year old son loves LEGO. He likes the mini-figures, action heroes, chima and somewhere, somehow was introduced to Star Wars figures. Now, he wants them. As a parent, we hate saying no. Something deep inside us makes us feel bad when we can't give what our child wants. That being said, we know we must say no for many reasons such as health, education, safety etc.

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Topics: sales, business, child entrepreneur, negotiation

TO BID OR NOT TO BID? - THAT IS THE QUESTION

Posted by Cian on Jul 19, 2016 11:30:00 AM

"People just naturally assume that dogs would be incapable of working on some sort of construction project. But what about just a big field full of holes?” ~Jack Handey

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Topics: Construction, Machine Learning, Legaltech, #Lawyers, Data, Bid Assessment

Should Lawyers Be Worried About AI?

Posted by Cian on Jan 19, 2016 11:58:37 AM


Artificial intelligence (AI) is a loose term for the augmentation and automation of tasks. When a task is more than a yes-or-no question– and you can get a computer to answer it–  you arguably have an artificially intelligent system. 

 

As a fellow at CodeX: The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, and as the founder and CEO of a legal tech company that uses machine learning, lawyers frequently ask my opinion on whether or not the legal industry should adopt the use of AI systems.

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Topics: Legaltech, #Lawyers, Artificial Intelligence

5 Strange and Misunderstood Legal Clauses Explained

Posted by Cian on Jan 12, 2016 11:06:27 AM

 Refer to Beagle’s blog for a continuing series on contract support, as we discuss legal urban legends, simple language, and the odd variety of legal commitments that pass just under your nose.

 

‘Terms & conditions’ appear ubiquitously in our use of products and services online– and too often, we swallow legal agreements without fully understanding what they say.

 

The focus of legal terms and conditions is to limit the liability of the provider, and to specify the nature of what a user can and cannot do. Terms of Use;  Terms and Conditions; Acceptable Use Policy; and End User License Agreements are each ways to describe legal rights and limits. They are the most common (and most misunderstood,) of the contracts in our day-to-day life and they use a carefully selected language.

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Topics: LegalX, Beagle, Legal Industry, Legaltech

What's in a name?

Posted by Cian on Sep 23, 2015 10:46:21 AM

Juliet so famously said “what’s in a name?” to Romeo. Although her point was that the name Montague really didn’t matter to her, rather it was who Romeo was as a person that really mattered… with all due respect, Juliet was a love-stricken teenager who didn’t know a whole lot about branding or marketing.

A lot goes into choosing a name for your brand and you really only get one shot at it. Whether it’s a brand name for a new product line or choosing a name for your new company, it’s a very important decision that will have a direct impact on future success. We were no exception and put a lot of thought, research, crumpled up pieces of paper, and effort into choosing the name Beagle.

Unsurprisingly, one of the questions we get asked all the time is “Why Beagle?” We’re going to answer that question for you in this blog post and offer a couple of best practices that we kept in mind when we came up with the name Beagle.

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Topics: Beagle, Branding

Collaboration:  Not Just post-it notes and highlighters

Posted by Cian on Sep 14, 2015 10:39:38 AM

"Diane it's month end, I need your comments on the contract for ACME. We have to close this today!" You’ve heard or said these words at the end of the month many times. When you’re trying to get input from others on a contract, the presence of highlighters, post-it notes and sticky arrows are nearly a guarantee. In our connected world including the ubiquitous presence of mobile devices, those legacy ways of working with contracts should be extinct. They are not.

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Topics: Beagle, Legal Industry, Artificial Intelligence

How to get the most from demoday

Posted by Cian on Jul 21, 2015 4:30:53 PM

Most accelerator programs have some form of demoday.  Their version of a graduation.   The audiences for this event can vary significantly.  Regardless of the audience, here are a few things you can do before, during and after to ensure your company gets the most out of it.

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Topics: Microsoft Ventures, Beagle, Demoday

Ubernomics and the Legal Industry

Posted by Cian on Jul 10, 2015 1:13:00 PM

The Globe and Mail (a top news publication in Canada), wrote an article titled “How Ubernomics can transform Canada’s legal diseconomy.”  It is a fascinating and articulate piece about the clear supply-demand mismatch in legal services.    Prior to Uber you could always order a taxi, a limo, a minivan…with caveats of course…it could be done.  Uber did not invent the paid lift service.  What they did was identify a frustrating and recurring problem, void of useful technology, and they fixed it.  If we look at that recipe, it is universal.  Why is Uber such a success story? It is as basic as supply and demand, with the magic dust of great execution.

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Topics: Legal Industry