Gordon Bowker is an American writer, businessman and entrepreneur most well known for being the founder of Starbucks.
Bowker founded Starbucks with his two roommates in he was living in Seattle with in 1971 named Jerry Baldwin (an english teacher) and Zev Siegel (a history teacher) who he met during his time at the University of San Francisco. On March 21, 1971 Starbucks opened in the Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington. Bowker is credited with giving Starbucks its name, which he named after a coffee loving character in Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick.
After opening a few Starbucks in Seattle, Bowker and the other two founders hired Howard Schultz to help the company with its marketing strategy. Bowker took Howard Schultz to Italy to experience their coffee culture, and afterwards Howard Schultz left Starbucks to start his own coffee shop. A couple years after starting his own coffee shop, Howard Schultz purchased Starbucks from Bowker, Baldwin, and Siegel.
University of San Francisco
Gordon Bowker attended the university of San Francisco, but would later drop out to go backpacking through Europe. He never re-enrolled at the Univeristy of San Francisco to complete his undergraduate degree.
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