Because I like a challenge. And because this year I made myself a promise to do the stuff that terrifies me. And because, 20 plus years ago when I was trudging uphill from the River Cluster through all that snow to get to the Hopp for play rehearsal, I never imagined I would one day be HERE. Standing at the Old Pine Lectern. Staring out at all of you. About throw down on some wisdom for the Dartmouth Commencement address. So, you know, moments.
If there’s one thing we in the tech world should have learned from this recent election, it’s that the middle class is being squeezed. And people are sick of being forgotten. While we obsess over cryptocurrency, the financial burdens our communities face at each life-stage are only getting worse. Student debt has reached crippling levels, rent is at record highs, and the costs of childcare have skyrocketed. Meanwhile, technology now has a bigger impact on people’s livelihoods than even governments. Artificial Intelligence will automate over 10mm jobs. The growth of on-demand companies will mean even fewer people have basic work benefits. And tech giants are shuttering local businesses who can no longer compete.