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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S.K. Ho’s first job was working at an aerospace consulting firm during graduate school in the early 1960s. After graduation, he was hired as a research scientist. He stayed a couple of years in the mathematics-heavy environment, but found he was drawn to the world of digital technology. His engineering career eventually included 19 years at Wang Laboratories. “I directly reported to Dr. Wang, and I learned a lot from him,” he says. “When I joined Wang it was a $16 million company. When I left, it was $3.5 billion.”

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