Today, I lost the best manager I ever had and one of the most interesting people I’ve ever known. Steven fostered an amazing sense of community at work. He taught me a lot of things, but the most apparent, thus far, is - if you make your employees feel comfortable and happy at work, they’ll stay twice as long and work twice as hard.
I wish I was moving away or getting laid off, but this loss occurred when Steven unexpectedly passed away this morning. Aside from being an amazing manager, Steven was a good friend and a good person. He showed compassion towards everyone, and he genuinely cared about my well being as an employee but also as a person.
He was head of Community at Quirky, but he had a ton of other accomplishments. I will forever miss his pleasant awkwardness and his love for food, but I’m glad he’s been, in a way, immortalized through his work:
eGullet - Steven was blogging about food before blogs existed. He started this website, which is now part of the Society for Culinary Arts & Letters
Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations - Bourdain had Steven on his show for his episode on food blogging. At the time, Steven was also teaching courses about food writing/blogging. He appeared in three other Bourdain episodes, notably the one titled “Obsessed.”
Asian Dining Rules - I always liked to ask Steven about NYC restaurants, especially Asian restaurants. He literally wrote the book on Asian cuisine. (My last blog post was a place he described as his favorite Japanese restaurant in the city. I went just yesterday.)
Tipping is not Capitalism - A good article by Steven that was featured in the New York Times.
An awesome interview of Steven by The Morning News - I think it really shows his character. And hm, I’ve never had papaya drink from Papaya King…
More About Steven Shaw - An old autobio that he posted on Quirky’s website. He used to be a lawyer back in the day, but that was boring.
Everyone is sad: