The unglamorous first jobs of the top players in tech

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The biggest names in tech didn’t start out at the top — they had to work their way up.

Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer was a grocery store clerk. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings once sold vacuum cleaners.

Homebrew Ventures cofounder and partner Hunter Walk posed a question to his Twitter followers on Labour Day: What was your first job? A bunch of founders, CEOs, and other VCs chimed in.

For every Mark Zuckerberg founding a company in his dorm room, there are plenty of founders who got their starts at less glamorous jobs  — scrubbing toilets, pumping gas, and shoveling snow, just to name a few.


Megan Quinn, most recently a partner at Kleiner Perkins, made pretzels.


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Tristan Walker, the founder and CEO of Walker & Co., which owns men's shaving startup Bevel, worked at a summer sleepaway camp.

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Nest CEO Tony Fadell started an egg delivery business when he was in third grade.

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LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner shoveled snow.

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Square CFO Sarah Friar worked on her uncle's farm.


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Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson mowed lawns.


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Foundry Group's Brad Feld knocked down wasp's nests at a tennis club.

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