Elizabeth Spiers

journalist & digital media expert

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On Peter Thiel and Gawker

My inbox and timelines have been flooded all day with Peter Thiel/Gawker related posts and emails, and below are some unadulterated thoughts — in no particular order, and replete with typos. The censorship-via-lawyer problem is what most people are talking about right now, and rightly so. The notion that Thiel or any one percenter could wage a […]

New Venture! Here comes The Insurrection.

From my newsletter: The last time I sent out SpiersList, I was working on a new site with Flavorpill called Everup, and quite a lot has happened since then. (See here. Or listen to Dan Maccarone’s Story in a Bottle podcast.) And now I’m starting something new. It’s partly a continuation of what I’ve been […]

New Venture TK and some gratuitous lists.

I alluded to this earlier, but I’m starting a new company that I probably should have started several years ago. The Everup experience, for better or worse, clarified a lot of things for me, re: my own motivations and interests–and where I think digital is going. I tend to use writing and list making to […]


I’m the guest interviewee for Dan Maccarone’s Story in A Bottle podcast this week.** Topics/proper nouns covered, in no particular order: Spanish wine, high growth startups, Gawker v. Hulk Hogan, why I hate maintenance jobs (and display ads), Everup, The New York Observer, equity agreements, brand journalism, Donald Trump, Alabama, SPY magazine, why no one […]

Flavorpill is hiring! (And I won’t be there.)

I’ve worked with Flavorpill off and on for over a decade and spent the last four years as their editorial director on a part time basis. So when we began talking about Everup, I felt like I was working with partners I know well and trust. We hadn’t hammered out equity issues yet, but figured […]

Condé Nast and digital media

Ravi Somaiya has a report in the Times today about internal shifting inside of Condé Nast and some of the business challenges they’re facing. Key graf: In a separate interview, Mr. Sauerberg confirmed that Condé Nast took in over $1 billion in revenue in 2015. The company said that while its print business, spread across nearly […]

How Not to Pitch an Editor, v. 9824792387429387429

Every year or two I write the same article (or blog post or whatever), and it’s usually about specific media properties I’m editing or launching or, in some cases, have only some marginal involvement with. The article is always directed to freelancers who are pitching stories to that publication and do it in the worst, […]

On New York Values

I grew up in a small town in Alabama (Wetumpka, pop. 6,528), and lived there until I went to college at Duke in 1995. The area was and is overwhelmingly conservative, not very diverse and most of the people I grew up with would self-identify as evangelical Christians. (My family was Southern Baptist.) I had […]

Okay, Internet: make me breakfast!

I made a New Year’s resolution to avoid carbs and sugar before 6pm and the toughest thing is figuring out breakfast. (VB6 worked for me for a while and I still do it every now and then, but tend to feel more energetic and satiated during the day if I don’t totally rule out animal protein.) Some […]

Digital Media Slack

Like everyone else in digital publishing, I put all of the teams I build on Slack, if they’re not already on it. Sometimes there’s a bit of resistance at first, but everyone eventually falls in love with it, especially when they begin to understand all of its functionality and what it can actually do. So I’ve been […]