“We Are All Community”
… but this week, i’m sad to report that we’ve lost our head of community- Steven Shaw.
Steven was a man you were all familiar with— an internet pioneer (he practically invented blogging), culinary genius, father of the most brilliant kid on the face of the planet (PJ), and of course husband to the wonderful Ellen.
Steven passed away suddenly on Tuesday. It’s hard to imagine a Quirky without him.
Emotions are high here at Quirky HQ. Steven made an impact on each and every Quirky employee.
-Steven made it a point to personally meet each and every new Quirky employee and introduce the importance of community.
-He brought passion and purpose to Product Evaluation every week.
-He taught us all that we know nothing about fashion. Regardless of his ironic shirt, he wore a huge smile every day… and that’s all that mattered.
-He advocated passionately for advancement and change.
-He worked around the clock in a job where you rarely get calls or emails with good news, but rather are always called with a problem or a fire that needs to be put out. And he still loved every minute of it.
-Steven was a truly amazing father. His son, PJ will always be a close part of the Quirky family. If we’re lucky— he’ll be running this place one day.
Above all, Steven was a remarkable human being. He made Quirky what it is today, and worked tirelessly on behalf of the community.
In his first few weeks on the job, Steven took a militant stance (as he would) that “we were all community” staff & not staff, online & offline, new members & old timers— we’re all in this together.
As we go through this, lets honor Steven by getting through this as one. This is our chance to show Steven the enormous impact he had on us. Because in Quirky, and in life— we are truly all in this together.
Quirky will be holding several special events in Steven’s honor over the next few days and weeks, so please stay tuned. Do refrain from contacting Steven’s family for the time being. If you’d like to send anything- please send to Quirky HQ, and we will get it up to his family promptly.
— The community service team is taking a day or two to process all of this, so there will be a delay in service requests. We appreciate you understanding —