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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“As I approached 14, I was so excited to get my worker’s permit. I would say that was almost as exciting to me as getting my driver’s license,” Mitch Medford says. His first hourly job was at an ice cream distribution center, where he loaded trucks, cleaned trucks, and occasionally worked inside the retail store scooping ice cream. “That entire summer I kept the worst head cold I ever had in my life,” Medford says. “I would go wash a truck or two, get soaking wet, then go into the sherbert freezer, which is below zero, and load trucks, then go wash a couple of trucks again. I didn’t figure out until the end of the summer the proper order to do things.”

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