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Adam Brotman

Chief Digital Officer, Starbucks

If you consider your local Starbucks more of a personal office space than caffeine-delivery stop, Adam Brotman is the man to thank. Though he earned a law degree and was editor of the Law Review at the University of Washington, he was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and launched an entertainment-services network before joining Starbucks, where he rolled out free WiFi and the coffee chain's Digital Network.