How this Vietnamese refugee became Uber's CTO

Teaching refugees how to code

By the time Thuan Pham was just 12 years old, he had already had several brushes with death.

While escaping Vietnam with his mother and younger brother in 1979, a violent storm battered the dinky, wooden fishing boat carrying the family and dozens of other refugees. Pirates later robbed them. And once they landed at a refugee camp in Indonesia, they lacked shelter and sanitation for weeks.

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