Ali was a great co-worker and a better friend. She was a partner in everything from jenga to deciding which dog balloon would look best on the tech team’s walls. During good times, she was always there to share a laugh, and in bad times we played therapist for each other to help maintain our sanity. I’m proud of how far she’s come during her time at GMG, and I know she’s going to keep kicking ass and taking names on her career path. I will miss Ali, and Fig!
Senior product manager @ FMG
See you on the racetrack.
Business Intelligence Analyst @ FMG, Mario Karter and professional Wii U basher
Dearest Carol Alexandra,
We are out of cigarettes and left with the void of your presence. Thank you for being an amazing colleague, friend, and person. You’ve shaped and created a hardworking, fun, and loving culture here. I can’t wait to see what you do next and to admire all the positive influences you will bring to those around you. You’re missed everyday, but your vibrant and sunny personality continues to warm the heart.
Senior Product Designer, Gawker Media Group, Gizmodo Media Group, Unimoda, Fusion Media Group, Univision, Kinja
I worked with Ali on some of the most... Interesting projects of my career. When the Google AMP project was over our team must have been half the size of when it started. It felt like we were coming home from a war. Despite all this insanity, Ali maintained an admirably strong work ethic and aggressive passion for her role as a PM and I’m so happy to have worked with her.
Estranged kinja engineer
You were my first face starting at Gawker, so what a great start. I remember fondly of our time in Budapest and hanging out through that (mostly not soberly) set up a great base for such an awesome working environment. I was also very honored to be your designer on your first PM project (newsletters forever) as well as laying the foundation for infinite scroll. You have grown so much over the last 4 years and I can’t wait to see what you accomplish next. Good luck!
Ali! I’m so sad that you’re leaving us, but I’m also so proud of everything you’ve accomplished here. You are one of the true Gawker success stories: you were given the chance to move into Product, something you hadn’t had experience with before, and then you kicked ass at it! The Daily Beast is lucky to have you, please come back to visit (and bring Fig.)
Director of data engineering @ FMG
Veronica de Souza
Ali was my first Gawker friend. It was nice that we sat on different floors because, on a bad day, a desk visit felt like vacation. Now I have to drink enough seltzer for the both of us. I will miss Ali very much, and hope that she will continue to text me things like this:
There are no accidents, and he would’ve found us one way or another. Everything comes full circle; be grateful it was sooner rather than later. You’ll think it harsh of me to say so, but no explanation I offer will satisfy you. Please don’t be angry when I tell you that you seek resolutions and explanations because you’re young, but you will understand this one day. And when it happens…I want you to imagine me there to greet you. Our lives stretched out ahead of us, a perpetual sunrise. But until then, there must be no contact between us. I have much to do, and you, my darling, even more. Please believe that I would do anything to see you happy. So, I do the only thing I can…I release you.
I met Ali when she was a tiny Gawker Media baby and now I’m so proud of the wonderful and well-adjusted woman she has become. She might be the only well-adjusted person who has ever worked for Gawker Media. Speaking of work, Ali is a really good PM in a world filled with fucking terrible PMs. And Ali was a true friend to editorial when we needed all the support we could get. Long live Ali, lonfg live the Duggars, and here’s hoping the Daily Beast lives long enough for her to stay employed.
Ali was a huge asset to Gawker—she and her team revitalized Kinja and made it sing! We in editorial went through years of not being able to get Kinja to do anything we wanted, but after the floodgates opened, Ali was an incredibly helpful partner, working diligently to get editors the ability to do basic things like have multiple authors in one blog post. She was engaged, fun to work with, exceedingly competent, and a true believes in what Gawker Media was all about. She’s a huge loss, and I hope she has a blast working with all her talented former colleagues at the Daily Beast.
The best bonding experience you can have with someone is building a giant LEGO set and Ali and I built the entire Millennium Falcon (the smaller set) without wanting to kill each other. If that doesn’t show how patient, kind, and fucking fantastic Ali is, idk what will. Unlike everyone else, I will miss her more than I’ll miss Fig.
In June of 2016, Ticketmaster settled a 13 year old lawsuit by offering vouchers for free tickets to anyone who bought tickets from them. The vouchers were completely worthless: restrictions on which shows were eligible, combined with the existing scalping infrastructure, meant that any shows that anyone in their right mind would attend weren’t available.
Thanks to her debilitating live-music habit, Ali received dozens of the useless vouchers, and was looking for ways to redeem them. After studying the dismal slate, Ali saw one show the ‘might be fun’: Clownvis Presley (as you might expect, an Elvis impersonator dressed like a clown) was opening for Mac Sabbath (a Black Sabbath cover band singing anti-factory-farm lyrics while dressed as McDonald’s characters) in September. Ali offered to sponsor tickets for anyone who wanted to go, and a few of us took her up on it. The concert ended up being one of the most fun events I’ve ever been to. We dressed up, laughed, sang along, laughed, drank a bunch, and laughed about the absurdity of the whole thing. I smile every time I think about it: I have a dopey smile on my face right now, just writing about it.
To me, this alchemy has defined Ali: I’ve seen her turn lead into gold over and over again. She helped people who hated projects find new reasons to love them, she turned skeptics of kinja into believers, and she turned her role as an assistant into a gig as a product manager that dozens of people would have given their right arms for.
Alexandra, best of luck to you at The Daily Buzzfeet. I’m sure I won’t believe what happens next.
Director of data engineering @ squarespace, eggman
Thank you, Ali and Fig, for socializing Louise during a very important moment in her development. We’ll miss you!
Ali’s the very best. I’ll miss her terribly.
I’ll miss Ali as a partner, a friend and a fellow fly fishing enthusiast. I might even break my 90 day grudge rule for her. Maybe.
former senior product manager @ FMG
Conversations with Maggie would always leave me feeling refreshed and uplifted. Her abundance of positive and creative energy is so inspiring that I’m convinced she’d win multiple Slashie awards, if that were a real thing. Product manager-slash-dancer-slash-costume designer-slash-cotton candy mogul-slash-improv comedian has quite a ring to it. I predict Maggie will be the pinnacle of all these things in the near future. See you on the Westside, Maggie!
Senior product manager @ FMG
Maggie is a multifaceted and talented gem that beams radiantly wherever she goes. She’s wickedly smart and detailed to the point that you may think she’s a robot, but then you’ll find yourself asking, “How could a robot have so much heart and personality?” Maggie never ceases to inspire those around her, whether at work or in pursing additional passions and hobbies. She leads by example, and I wish her my very best for her exciting move and next role!
SENIOR PRODUCT DESIGNER, GAWKER MEDIA GROUP, GIZMODO MEDIA GROUP, UNIMODA, FUSION MEDIA GROUP, UNIVISION, KINJA
Maggie was the first product manager at GawkFusion to also moonlight as a cotton candy entrepreneur and magical Burning Man fairy. She blessed the Kinja team with the most meticulous documentation I’ve ever seen in my life. I’ll be sad when she heads off to the Bay Area, and New York will crumble without her optimistic and glowing attitude.
Estranged Kinja engineer
I can’t begin to describe how much I am going to miss working with you. Over the years, you have been a source of friendship, consultation, and encouragement as well as a kick ass commerce partner. Going from UX to PM was such a huge leap and you have blossomed into such a great tech lady boss. The office will never feel the same with your absence. Long live the editor redesign!
Maggie, I’m so sad you are leaving! I’m going to miss all of your awesome Halloween costumes, your dedication to the important things in life, such as ice cream, having a cameo in a documentary with you (see below), and your perfect attendence record on tech hikes. Please come back to visit often! Until then I look forward to continuing to like the same Poorly Drawn Lines instagrams as you.
Director of data engineering @ FMG
I have never met anyone in my life with as many hobbies and side-hustles as Maggie. I haven’t even known her for four years, and in that time she’s founded a dance group, performed in sketch comedy teams, founded a cotton candy business, started a youtube channel (with, like, lots of videos), learned how to solve a rubik’s cube, sang acappella live, and took Halloween as seriously as anyone has ever taken it. All this while working a really challenging job, traveling constantly, and somehow finding a new gig on the other side of the country.
I literally have no idea how she did all those things. I feel like I just spent those years drinking and singing karaoke, and Maggie is better than me at one of those as well.
More important than her many talents, though, is that Maggie is almost certainly the single friendliest and nicest person who ever worked at Gawker over its entire decade-plus of existence. Gawker was never a place that particularly valued traits like niceness or friendliness, but that never stopped Maggie from practicing them.
Maggie, I know you’re going to do great things, though I’m sad that you’re leaving town. Please come back often: no one else has the guts to sing Adele karaoke, or the talent to do her justice.
Director of Analytics @ squarespace, Eggman
the arm @ squarespace
dev ops curmudgeon, Professional troll