In that spirit, here's some quick Things Many People Find Too Obvious To Have Told You Already.
Charge more. Charge more still. Go on.
We don't see most of it every day for the same reason abstractions protect us from having to care about metallurgy while programming.
Serious people in positions of power eat Thanksgiving dinners, too. Guess what they ask at them.
Investor money *does not* pay most salaries.
Meta thought: you radically underestimate both a) how much you know that other people do not and b) the instrumental benefits to you of publishing it.