You might be surprised to learn that the NBA teams that win the most games do NOT win bettors the most money!

In this post, I will analyze NBA betting data and run simulations to show you why this has historically been true — and explain which teams you should bet on instead. You won’t even need basketball knowledge to successfully implement this strategy.

Although you don’t need to be an NBA expert, this post assumes you have some knowledge of sports betting concepts and terminology. If you aren’t familiar with them, check out this short guide for a primer.

How accurate are betting odds?

Let’s start with the basics — when two NBA teams play each other, one team is considered more likely to win (the favorite) while the other more likely to lose (the underdog). If you were to place a moneyline bet on the underdog, you’d win more money than if you had bet on the favorite; after all, you deserve a bigger reward for picking the less likely winner. …

Compared to the past, MLB front offices are now open to more job seekers. But we’ve still got a long way to go before anyone, regardless of their background, can really pursue that opportunity. You can check out my full thoughts about this in Part 1 of my blog post!

For those of you out there interested in working in baseball, I’m sharing a list of my favorite resources that helped me join an MLB front office. …

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How do you start a business from scratch? In fact, how do you make any dream come true when you’re starting from zero? Maybe you’ve already done some homework by talking to potential customers or others that already made it. But now it’s time to get cracking and make your idea a reality.

This is really intimidating if you don’t have the means to quickly get off the ground. Whatever it is that you’re trying to launch, you might feel like you first need to:

  • spend years developing advanced technology (self-driving car)
  • raise an enormous amount of funding to pay the initial cost…

We’re interviewing our top users. Here’s the story of how a rising entrepreneur uses Point in his everyday workflow.

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The Problem

As the CTO and co-founder of Quilt, Devin Morgan is a software engineer at heart that became an entrepreneur by trade. He uses a ton of keyboard shortcuts on IntelliJ, the IDE where his coding magic happens. These shortcuts save him valuable time as he’s rapidly building software for his startup.

However, Devin misses being hyper-efficient when he’s outside of his IDE. He hates writing long, repetitive messages to people when they ask him the same questions over chat, such as Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, What’s App, Slack, and even his own platform Quilt. …

Whether you realize it or not, you’re probably wasting a lot of time at your keyboard. According to Brainscape, you can save eight days a year if you use keyboard shortcuts instead of your mouse the entire time. They say that “learn your keyboard shortcuts” is the new “eat your vegetables.”

The problem is that a lot of us don’t like to eat our veggies. It’s painful to remember keyboard shortcuts, which scares us from even trying to learn them. …

Welcome to the first edition of CheckPoint — our Product Updates newsletter! Every few months, we’ll give you an inside look at our NLP research so that you’re up-to-date with what Point API has to offer.

Introducing: Reply AI

This August, we launched Point API with our trademark service, the Autocomplete AI. It’s the AI engine that powers our EasyEmail Chrome extension, a Gmail plug-in that generates personalized autocomplete suggestions based on your conversation history.

Autocomplete AI has been useful for our users, but we discovered that you often want to use suggestions before typing anything. Perhaps you’re in a rush and want to reply with the click of a button. Or maybe you have writer’s block and can’t think of what to say. …

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Written communication has been around for thousands of years, but we still look for ways to write better and faster. We went from carving stone tablets, to dipping quills in ink, to scribbling pen on paper, and finally to typing on keyboards and touch screens. In this world of supercomputers and big data, it feels like a matter of time until the next communication revolution.

Automation will be a game-changer for how we write. We need to find a way to use computers to not only write faster, but also to write richer content. …


Lambert Chu

New York Yankees baseball operations | CTO and co-founder of Point | MIT CS

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