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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After leaving the Soviet Union with his family in the late 1970s, Alex Pinchev spent six years in the Israeli army. “I learned a lot in the Israeli army that I have carried with me through my adult life. The most valuable lesson was an ability to respond to any situation quickly and not just wait until somebody will do it for you. Take control when you need to, correct a mistake if you make one,” he says.

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