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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Ratmir Timashev skipped life as an employee and jumped right into entrepreneurship. “My business partner, Andrei Baronov, and I didn’t have any software experience and, really, no experience working in any company at all outside of grad school. So it wasn’t only our first job at a software company; it was our first job ever,” Timashev says of their startup, Aelita. “I liked that we had to learn everything and that the business grew exponentially. But we were constantly making mistakes due to our lack of experience. It’s the only way to learn, really, but those mistakes were really upsetting.”

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