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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“Delivering papers in January after a blizzard in Northern Ontario” was a low point in Gord Boyce’s two-year tenure as a paperboy for the Globe and Mail newspaper. Papers were expected to be delivered by 7:00 a.m., no matter the weather. The job taught him that “customer service is extremely important, and you have to meet your commitments,” Boyce says. Another lesson learned? “It's difficult to do a job that you don't at least like, if not love.”

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