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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George Teixeira ascended the ranks from housekeeper to hotel manager, but not before “cleaning and making more beds then anyone should,” he recalls. The housekeeping job taught him a lot about humility, dealing with difficult and demanding people, and making the most of every opportunity. “When you start out as a housekeeper, you're at the ground level of a hotel’s operation, so you really get to see and learn how things are. As a CEO of a software company, I’ve done most of the jobs within the company. It gives you an idea of how all the things work together,” Teixeira says. “Everyone today wants to start off as an executive. But you can't.”

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