Starbucks founder Howard Schultz is facing criticism from the left as he announces he’s “seriously thinking” of running for president as an independent in 2020.
On this maneuver, we have no comment. But on the logo that can be found on his website, we offer a venti “WTF?” Because his logo is his name. And on top of that name he has apparently…signed his name.
HOWARD SCHULTZ: I’m not doing this for me, I’m doing it for America.
AMERICA: sir, your logo is your name with your name written over it. pic.twitter.com/nCH3lMNbo4
— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) January 28, 2019
It’s as if the celebrated entrepreneur, famous for both launching Starbucks and resuscitating the brand in 2008, has been operating under a single strategy all along: Sign your name on everything. Coffee cups. Logos. Someone else’s yogurt left in the office fridge. The only thing standing between you and your goals is a Sharpie and the patience to wait just long enough for your finger not to smudge the writing.
This article first appeared in www.fastcompany.com
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