Tech CEOs’ first jobs: Licorice maker, housekeeper, scuba diver and more

Before their corporate jobs, many tech CEOs got their hands dirty, scrubbing oils stains off asphalt, cleaning bathrooms, and shoveling monkey cages. Here are their stories.

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“My boss was a very enthusiastic guy, very easy to get along with, simple and kind, patient as can be. He was a morning person if I ever met one, so even if we arrived to work half asleep, he made sure we were awake before we started the huge industrial-size ovens,” recalls Carlos Escapa, whose first job was to prepare hot breakfast for students. “Being an early bird and working hard while people are still sleeping gives you a tremendous advantage the rest of the day. Also remembering how people like their eggs cooked helps build nice personal relations.”

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