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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Jim McCluney grew up in a small town in Scotland, where his first job was delivering groceries on a bicycle. “I was about 11 or 12, and it was nice to get some pocket money,” he says. The job called for him to leave the groceries on customers’ doorsteps, but sometimes he carried them inside and helped put them away if people needed assistance. “I quickly learned that giving a little bit more customer service, sometimes you get a little bit better tips, maybe even a glass of lemonade. At an early age, I learned try to delight the customer; you never know, they might delight you back.”

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