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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Working at Der Wienerschnitizel “Looking back on that first job through the lens of what I know now, what really set it apart from other fast food places in town was the culture instilled by the owner and his managers. It was a culture of hard work, ownership and accountability, and fun. … I'd actually look forward to going to work for a 12-hour shift,” Abel says. He’s tried to duplicate that experience with his last three start-ups. “We try to make the work itself fun -- engaging and challenging where the team gets to plot their own course. If the work is fun, you don't need to make up reasons for people to come to work to have fun - they just do it.”

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