I’m Kyle Boddy.
I’m the Founder, President, and Director of Research and Development at Driveline Baseball.
I have a Wikipedia page that can fill you in on the boring stuff.
I am a father and husband.
I’m in my mid-30s.
I suffer from anxiety. It comes and goes in waves. I beat depression years ago.
I’ve done a lot of things to prepare me for who I am today. Some of them are:
- College Student. I dropped out after 4.5 years between Tri-C (PSEO) and Baldwin-Wallace University. Studied Economics and Computer Science.
- Professional Gambler. A decent mixed game semi-pro poker player, I made my bones propping split-pot games on Absolute Poker and playing short-handed Omaha Eight-or-Better on Full Tilt. I also diversified my portfolio – I bet sports, counted cards, shuffle tracked, and exploited casino bonuses. I’m retired these days.
- Computer Hacker. I’ve done some stuff pseudonymously. We’ll leave it that.
- Software Developer. Started off as an angry analyst in a business unit where our software developers sucked; I taught myself the LAMP stack and a few years later became a Data Scientist. I wrote documentation and debugged corner cases for Facebook’s PHP JIT back when it was called HipHop. I’ve dabbled a bit in machine learning. I did a stint at Microsoft. And I’ve written some neat stuff for baseball, most of which I can’t share.
- Professional Baseball Employee. I’ve been a data analyst, video scout, player development liaison, and just general useful guy for a bunch of MLB teams like the Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, and others. I’ve turned down offers to work as a pitching coordinator or a senior analyst in the front office of a few teams.
- Author. I wrote some books about baseball training. I’m sure if you are interested, you’ll find them. At least one of them is pretty good and well-received.
I’ve been a full-time student who worked full-time to make ends meet, I’ve been rich and pissed away all my money while being an idiotic pro gambler at age 23, I’ve been moderately successful as a software developer, and I’ve been broke as a baseball coach.
At the end of the day, I’m just a guy who is lucky to do what he loves for a living, who got here through years of suffering, pain, and extremely hard work.
And if you’ve been here before, yes, I used to have blog articles dating back years. They kinda sucked. Time to turn over a new leaf. Hoping to write about entrepreneurship a lot more than I did in the past. I think I have something to give back to the community. My voice is one that I don’t often see reflected on Hacker News or entrepreneurship communities. I think there’s a better way to run companies, to find meaning, and to create knowledge.
But I’ve been wrong before, I guess.
We’ll find out together.