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Howard Schultz Pens 'Dear Friends' Letter With Big News

Ex-Starbucks CEO ends his independent presidential run

(Newser) - Howard Schultz is ending his independent 2020 run for president. In a "Dear Friends" letter posted on his website , the ex-Starbucks CEO cites that third-party status as one of the reasons for his decision, which CNN notes will likely bring "great relief" to Democrats. "Not enough people... More »

Howard Schultz Has Alternative for Term 'Billionaire'

Former Starbucks CEO and possible 2020 contender rephrases to 'people of means'

(Newser) - Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's maybe-campaign for 2020 doesn't seem to be having a great start . In the latest development, Schultz is taking a ribbing for bristling at the term "billionaire" and instead suggesting something like "people of means." The details:
  • The remark: It came
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'Grande Ego. Venti Mistake': Schultz Met by Hometown Protests

Some Seattleites are still mad about the SuperSonics

(Newser) - "Grande ego. Venti mistake": That was the message protesters had for former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz as he returned to his hometown of Seattle on Thursday after announcing that he's mulling an independent run for president. Several dozen protesters gathered outside a downtown theater before Schultz appeared to... More »

Howard Schultz Gets Heckled, Talks to Gwyneth Paltrow

Former Starbucks CEO makes his case in 'USA Today'

(Newser) - Howard Schultz has heard the wailing and is unmoved. In a USA Today op-ed, the former Starbucks CEO made the case for a third-party independent candidate ... "like me." Though Schultz hasn't formally thrown his hat in the ring, his announcement on Sunday that he was considering doing... More »

Trump Responds to Ex-Starbucks CEO's 2020 Announcement

'Howard Schultz doesn't have the 'guts,'" says president

(Newser) - Democrats aren't happy with the idea of former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz running as an independent in 2020, and President Trump himself doesn't seem too worried. "Howard Schultz doesn't have the 'guts' to run for President!" Trump tweeted Monday morning. "Watched him on... More »

2020 Race Just Got a Venti Jolt

Ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz might run as an independent

(Newser) - Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz gave the 2020 race a jolt Sunday by announcing that he is "seriously considering" running for president as an independent. "Our two parties are more divided than ever," he tweeted . "Let’s discuss how we can come together to create opportunities... More »

Howard Schultz Is Leaving Starbucks. Here's What's Next

Coffee chain's executive chairman doesn't rule out an eventual White House run

(Newser) - Howard Schultz, the outspoken executive chairman of Starbucks, is stepping down from the coffee chain later this month—and his next move could be a big one. "I want to be truthful with you without creating more speculative headlines," he told the New York Times . "For some... More »

Starbucks: We're Hiring 10K Refugees

Those who helped US troops will be given priority

(Newser) - Starbucks says it will hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years, a response to President Trump's indefinite suspension of Syrian refugees and temporary travel bans that apply to six other Muslim-majority nations. Howard Schultz, the coffee retailer's chairman and CEO, said in a letter to employees... More »

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Is Stepping Down

He's going to focus on innovation at the company instead

(Newser) - Starbucks says CEO Howard Schultz is stepping down from that role at the coffee chain that he joined more than 30 years ago, the AP reports. The company announced Thursday that Kevin Johnson will become chief executive as of April 3. Schultz, currently chairman and CEO, will become executive chairman... More »

Leaked Email: Clinton Looked to Tech World During VP Search

Bill Gates, Tim Cook, others among those considered

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton may have picked America's dad Tim Kaine as her running mate, but in an alternate universe her veep was one of America's tech giants. A leaked email sent by Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and released by WikiLeaks Tuesday names Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Apple... More »

Starbucks to Open Its Largest Store Ever

'The Willy Wonka of coffee' to open in NYC in 2018

(Newser) - Starbucks may be heading "home" to Italy , but its largest store ever will be stateside. The coffee company is planning a 20,000-square-foot location in Manhattan dubbed the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room, per the Seattle Times . CEO Howard Schultz describes it as "the Willy Wonka of... More »

Starbucks Baristas Told to Be Kind to Worried Investors

CEO Howard Schultz wants workers to be extra-sensitive

(Newser) - Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz hopes his customers aren't crying into their cappuccinos after yesterday's stock market plunge . In an email to all 190,000 Starbucks employees, Schultz urges workers to recognize that a lot of customers may be stressed out and in need of "very sensitive" treatment... More »

Starbucks: We'll Put Workers All the Way Through College

Company doubles down on free online tuition program

(Newser) - Working at Starbucks can now be a road to a free college education, with no requirement for baristas to stick around once they earn their degrees, the company says. The coffee chain—which launched the free tuition program less than a year ago—says it will now cover the cost... More »

Starbucks Stops Writing 'Race Together' on Cups

Widely mocked campaign moves to new phase

(Newser) - Starbucks customers can now get their frappuccinos without a side order of race relations discussion. The company says the "Race Together" campaign, in which baristas were encouraged to stimulate discussion by writing the phrase "Race Together" on coffee cups , has moved on to a different phase, NPR reports.... More »

Starbucks VP Flees Twitter After #RaceTogether Fail

But Corey duBrowa is back online now after 'cascade of negativity'

(Newser) - After Starbucks announced its #RaceTogether campaign on Monday, many online users aimed their racial concerns toward the Twitter account of Corey duBrowa , the company's senior VP for communications. But the heat proved too much for duBrowa to handle: By Monday night, his Twitter account was deleted, CNN Money reports.... More »

Starbucks Wants Baristas to Talk About Race With You

It's part of a new initiative by CEO Howard Schultz

(Newser) - Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is on another mission : race relations. Under a new company initiative, baristas are being encouraged to write the phrase "Race Together" on customers' cups in the hope of starting a conversation about race, reports Fortune . "It is so vitally important to the country,"... More »

Kenny G: You Can Thank Me for the Frappuccino

Saxophonist says he encouraged Starbucks CEO to add the frozen drink

(Newser) - There's another reason for you to love Kenny G. Not only does he provide the world with smooth saxophone jazz, he also helped provide the world with the Starbucks Frappuccino, at least according to the musician himself. He was an early Starbucks investor, he explained this week in an... More »

Starbucks to Workers: We'll Pay for College

Firm says it will pay $30K per worker for online tuition

(Newser) - Starbucks workers who don't want to be baristas forever will be able to get a college education courtesy of the coffee chain. The company says it is offering all 135,000 of its US employees who work at least 20 hours a week the opportunity to be reimbursed for... More »

Starbucks: You Can Bring Your Guns, But Please Don't

CEO 'respectfully requests' customers stop promoting stores as pro-gun

(Newser) - With another mass shooting about to inevitably shove gun control back into the national conversation , Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is begging you: Please, leave Starbucks out of it. "I am writing today with a respectful request that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores," Schultz writes in... More »

Success Stories: What They Did in Their 20s

Mark Cuban, Howard Schultz, Tim Allen, and others

(Newser) - Did all successful people spend their 20s studying, scrimping, and struggling their way to the American dream? Some, yes—but others were in jail or working retail, as Business Insider reveals in a roundup of what today's success stories were doing in their 20s:
  • Investment shark and Dallas Mavericks
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