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More than 14% of Starbucks transactions are now made with a mobile device

Recently, Starbucks has announced a flurry of new digital tools for customers from pre-ordering drinks remotely to a feature debuting today that lets you tip baristas with your smartphone. But the Seattle coffee giant is just getting started. At the company’s annual shareholders meeting today in Seattle, Chief Digital Officer Adam Brotman noted that this is just the… Read More

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The Howard Schultz Starbucks story now in comic form

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has had a pretty interesting career thusfar. So much so, in fact, that he’s already written two books on his experiences. And now, if words aren’t totally your thing, you can read about Schultz’s story in comic book form. Blue Water Productions‘ newest title penned by C.W. Cooke is called Howard Schultz: The… Read More

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Cash-based payment platform PayNearMe lands funding from Maveron

PayNearMe, a cash-based payment platform based in Silicon Valley, just raised a $10 million Series D round from investors including Seattle-based Maveron. This is interesting to note because Maveron, the consumer tech-focused VC firm, is co-led by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. Back in August, Starbucks invested $25 million in Square, the well-known mobile payments company…. Read More

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz departs Groupon’s board

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has stepped down from the board of Groupon just 16 months after joining forces with the fast-growing Chicago-based daily deal site. According to a SEC filing today, Schultz resigned from the board effective April 24th. Kara Swisher of All Things D first reported the news, also noting that Accel Partners’ Kevin Efrusy… Read More

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Bezos, Schultz and others back NYC startup incubator General Assembly: Time to bring a branch to Seattle?

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s venture capital firm, Maveron, are tossing their support behind General Assembly, a New York City startup incubator which started last year with “little more than an idea and concrete floor.” The Seattle entrepreneurs — joined by well known investors such as Yuri Milner and Tom Vander… Read More