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Integrity Research Blog: AI Startup Focuses on Helping Independent Boutiques Leverage Machine Learning


Mark Dowd

Mark Dowd

Causality Link, a start-up artificial intelligence processing provider co-founded by an IBM data sciences heavyweight, is targeting independent research firms as an initial vertical for its platform.  Although the firm is early stage, it could be an interesting fit for IRPs seeking to integrate AI into their research process.

The firm was co-founded in 2016 by Pierre Haren, Ph.D., an expert systems pioneer who has been working in the AI space since 1983. He co-founded expert systems firm ILOG which was acquired by IBM for $340 million in 2008.  He continued working with IBM for seven years, heading its advanced analytics unit within its professional services business which includes management and strategy consulting.

In contrast to black-box systems, Causality Links is predicated on combining expert knowledge of causation – not simply correlation – with machine learning and natural language processing.  It is positioned as a productivity tool designed to efficiently scan news sources and other content for relevant information and also as an enhancement to research product, adding additional insights.

The firm is marketing to independent research firms as well as asset managers, seeking to collaborate in refining its AI platform. It plans to charge around $50,000 for a six month relationship.

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