Elizabeth Spiers is the editor in chief of The New York Observer.

Previously, she was the founder of Breaking Media, where she launched Dealbreaker.com, AboveTheLaw.com, and Fashionista.com. She has launched new media properties for other companies as well, including Flavorwire.com, Crushable.com, TheGloss.com, BlissTree.com, a number of blogs for mediabistro.com, and was the acting editor in chief of GourmetLive for CondeNast. She was also the founding editor of Gawker.com, Gawker Media’s flagship property and is currently the editorial director of b5media. She is an advisor to several early-stage companies including Halogen Networks, WallStreetCheatSheet, Counsyl, Topsicle, Cursor, OfAKind, Flavorpill Productions and LearnVest. She was named one of Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology” in 2010.

As a writer, she is the author of an upcoming novel, And They All Die in the End, to be published by Riverhead. She was a columnist at Fast Company and Fortune and has also written for New York, Slate, The New Republic Online, Salon.com, The New York Times, The New York Sun, New York Observer, The New York Post, CBS Moneywatch, and Forbes. She has spoken at various media and technology conferences and been a guest commentator on CNN, Fox News, CBS Marketwatch, MSNBC, VH1 and NPR. She also teaches a new media seminar in SVA’s pioneering Design Criticism MFA program, and has guest lectured at NYU, Columbia and Duke.