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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For Andy Grolnick, a free scoop of ice cream during every shift and the chance to work with a girl he had a crush on were the main benefits of working as a dishwasher at Swenson’s Ice Cream Parlor. “No job or task is beneath anyone and each role is important to a successful operation,” Grolnick says. “Take pride in what you do and do it well. Everyone, including the CEO, needs to be ready and willing to roll their sleeves up and do whatever is needed.”

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