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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At age 12, Aaron Suzuki found farm work in his rural Minnesota hometown. One of his jobs was picking rocks: “You walk up and down these rows and rows of corn and bean fields and grab any large rocks that are turned up in the process of tilling the soil and hurl them onto a flatbed being pulled by a tractor,” he recalls. Another job was spraying weed-killer to protect soybean plants. “We generally got started around sunrise and went until we were done at 4:00 or 5:00 or 6:00 p.m.” With the money he earned, Suzuki bought his first computer, a Commodore VIC-20.

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