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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Mark Lucas lobbied hard for his first job, calling every week after submitting his application until he was hired to work at the Norwalk Cove Marina on Long Island Sound. “I did everything from clean bilges of marina-owned boats, to yard and maintenance work, to errands, to being a gasoline attendant on their gas dock. I simply wanted a job around the water,” Lucas says. After three years at the marina, when he was 18, he became dockmaster, managing the docks and customers of more than 500 boats. “I changed my college major as a result of the learnings at this job.”

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