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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At six years old, “I gathered frogs, snakes, and salamanders from marsh lands in my wagon and sold to kids in the developed neighborhood nearby,” recalls Michael Sandoval. “Gathering the creatures was fun, as was taking care of them; even sledging through the mud and muck was enjoyable! Pulling my wagon full of marsh water, buckets, and creatures into the neighborhood was physically exhausting and on my first attempt of sales, I ran out of product. My last creature was a salamander that I sold to the highest bidder for $2, and the losing bidder punched me in the face.”

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