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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Mike Granby parlayed his computer programming hobby into his first paid gig when he helped a friend’s father, who was starting his own business, create financial modeling documents. “I knew nothing at all about business, and he knew nothing about computers. But between us, we had to construct the P&L, cash flow statements, and balance sheets for the new entity he was creating.” That summer, Granby got hooked on entrepreneurship. “That’s when I decided what I wanted to do in life was to run my own business. And that’s what I did. I even skipped college to do that.”

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