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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Long before the days of consumer-handy GPS, Sacha Labourey had an internship in a research lab for a Swiss watch maker and was tasked with helping to develop a feature that would allow the wearer to locate the direction of Mecca. “It was very basic, but pretty accurate and simple to use. At the time, there was no easy way for travelers to know where Mecca was,” Labourey says. The internship helped solidify a career path for Labourey, who had been considering business school. “Two hours into the job, I knew I wouldn’t go to business school. I would do something real and become an engineer. To be with so many PhDs and researchers -- I saw them working on really cool stuff,” he says.

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