• Is Starbucks the new Anti-Starbucks?

    by  • February 9, 2010 • Community Sherpa, Freelance Writing Samples, Writing

    15thWhen is a Starbucks not a Starbucks?

    When it doesn’t want you to know it’s a Starbucks. For example, 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea in Seattle. Doesn’t look like a Starbucks on the inside. But the sign says “inspired by Starbucks,” and the reality is that Starbucks is investigating how to do business as something other than Starbucks.

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    Starbucks is ubiquitous brand; it’s hard to find some place in the world where there isn’t the familiar green logo. And being the anti-Starbucks has long been a marketing technique, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that the company is experimenting with that market. As long as my coffee is hot and drinkable, I’ll be fine with it.


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.