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    August 31, 2005



    I was like, "Who's Howard Schultz?"

    I have no interesting questions. I think this may be a serious character flaw.

    Kenny (blaqenedwyte blog)

    I would ask who handle's SBUX marketing and advertising and if he were willing to send some of that work my way... :)

    Amy Dusek

    I would ask him:

    What inspires you?

    How do you combat unmotivation?

    Have you ever felt like giving up on something, but something just kept you going? If yes, what was that something and what kept you going?

    I would tell him: I love your coffee. I love your stores. I love Starbucks "design"...I have always admired it, and it has inspired me as a designer. And hopefully I would have my business card and my digital portfolio on me and give it to him. :)

    Jesse J. Anderson

    Considering it took me until about 2/3 of the way through your post using context clues to figure out who the heck Howard Schulz was, I probably wouldn't have a whole lot to say to him.


    Green tea frappucino's? Were you serious about that? =)

    Todd Ruth

    I thought I was a Starbucks person. But if I didn't know who Howard Schulz is, I guess I'm just a wanna be. So I guess I would have just said, "Dude, you got a plasma tv in there or what?"


    I would have been like "dude I'm thirsty, go get me an iced frapp. And can you hurry it up?"

    No, actually my question would have been money / CEO perks aside, do you miss the days when Starbucks was smaller and more simple?


    Didn't he write the Charlie Brown comic strips? I love those. I'd ask him how he came up with the dialogue for the teacher in the class room. Wha Wha Wha, Wha Wha Wha, Wha Wha. Brilliant.

    Rachel Maciaszek

    Having just become a barista at my local Starbucks I just recently became very educated about Mr. Shultz and the one thing I would tell him is...Good for you for giving back like you do. Starbucks is an incredible company to work for.

    Rachel Maciaszek bad, educated on the company, not on how to spell his name.. ;)


    Asked the secret of his success, Schultz recounts four principles: "Don't be threatened by people smarter than you. Compromise anything but your core values. Seek to renew yourself even when you are hitting home runs. And everything matters."

    I'm not like HS and don't really want to be, but I can learn from him.


    I would ask him why the heck he allows Starbucks to become so corporate feeling - why there are no larger stores being built to foster the community they say they want to create. And I would point out that all they are interested in is drive through customers and their money. I wrote this to their corporate, this was their response: Your feedback is essential to Starbucks' continued growth and progress. Therefore, I documented this occurrence in order to inform all appropriate departments - sounds corporate to me!

    Mark Rodriguez

    Dude I think you nailed it with the discount for Pastor's thing... I go to startbucks at least 4x's a week and the Venti Non-Fat Caramel Macchiato is 4 bucks and change... But I can't get enough...

    Carim Cervantes

    I would give him a hug and smile. I would not ask him questions about Starbucks but instead i would love to get to know Him as a person not a corporate figure head.


    I just saw him on Charlie Rose... A really cool hip guy that has a conscience. Can't help myself..he came across as a regular, bright guy.
    I'd ask him 2 questions: "Can I follow you around for a day or two??
    "How's the shop coming in Phuket, Thailand? Have they recovered?" When homesick, I would sit there for a couple of hours and then venture forth again, renewed. :-)
    Thanks for the banter and pictures. It's really well done....and I aspire to such banter.


    I would say, Damn Howard! Why you gotta screw up the global coffee market? Dont you know that your profit causes poverty and starvation in coffee producing communities?

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