Your efforts to help underprivileged people get into tech are truly inspiring. Thank You! What are your thoughts on how job displacement caused by automation of the workforce will affect underprivileged individuals trying to break into tech and other industries?

I think there are systemic solutions (i.e. universal basic income) that sound great, but we have to examine the details of those proposals and be critical of them to make sure they are actually feasible and good. I love seeing proposals for systemic, political, mass societal changes and I think they are very important and achievable.
What I place my focus on and think about constantly is what *I* can do to make a change and impact people's life, right now or in the near future. Some of the solutions that fall into this category are likely not good systemic solutions (not everyone in the universe can work for a tech corporation, to cite a simple example)-- but they do change some people's lives, and I can help pull other people up and that matters.
Well, I own a company! That's a lot of power right there. I can vow to pay everyone who works with me well, and that right there can make a big difference in people's lives.
Others have considered this too, like the CEO who set the minimum wage at his company at 70k ( ). Or worker collectives like @brierwood and @CoLabCoOp (on Twitter).
I personally dislike the idea of us assigning "value" or "worth" to people's jobs, and then setting pay from there. You're determining how comfortable someone's life should be, how happy they should be, how much they'll be able to care for their families-- so what if they're just learning to code vs a seasoned veteran? Why does someone just starting to learn deserve a less comfortable life? They don't.
But it's more than that. As a business owner, I see first hand the amount of money it's possible to make and it just does not seem fair that people work at a set wage and I take all the extra profits. Be wary of stock options you get, and think about just how much that comes out to compared to how much the company's making (not to mention, many stock options won't even let you cash out if you leave before they vest). A friend of mine who was a CEO of a company shared all the profits of an acquisition with his employees evenly-- just cut them a check when his company was sold. And to give another example, look at me and Rich at Binomial. If one of us asked to take the lion's share while the other worked a salary, that'd just be silly. Why isn't it silly for someone who works with us? People should be paid evenly and fairly and profits should be split.
Now, we can acknowledge the above pay issues while still admitting that most people get paid salaries that are way too low to live comfortably, and a job in tech could change someone's life.
I think being welcoming to junior coders can have a huge impact on communities.
I think we should help others get jobs, reach outside our networks to do so. We should have a good culture and work/life balance so more people can join.
Shoot, I'm running up against the character limit! Feel free to ask follow up questions