Tamar Weinberg

Tamar Weinberg is a “professional hustler.” She builds her own PCs and maintains a Linux server in her basement. She was the 6th hire at digital media company Mashable, where she served as Global Advertising Director and helped grow the startup into the global publication it is today. She also authored the bestselling book, “The New Community Rules: Marketing by the Social Web.” A former private investigator and lifelong tech aficionado and life optimizer (lifehacker), she continues to want to learn everything there is to know about social, marketing, tech and, most importantly, how to juggle it all. Tamar graduated from Columbia University/Barnard College with a B.A. in Computer Science and minor in psychology. She currently resides in New York with her husband and three children.

My focuses at work?

My strengths lie in customer success and experience, sales, marketing, writing, and anything tech.

Coolest Job?

I love what I do, but when I tell people I was a private investigator, their mouths drop open. Shortly after college, that’s exactly what I did! And no, I didn’t spy on cheating husbands. It was trademark research for infringement and anything in between. I would call these people holding unused trademarks under the lie that I was a marketing student doing research. I had the most receptive respondents and then dealt with some of the most reluctant people ever. Regardless, it was usually really fun.

Best Gift Ever Received?

This is going to be cheesy, but I don’t think I’d be anywhere in life without my family.

Favorite Food?

I have this favorite calzone that I eat only in Florida when I visit my childhood home–I also could eat at Pardes, this amazing Brooklyn restaurant, any day of the year.

Earliest computing memory?

I loved my Speak N’ Spell as a kid. When I got my first computer about 8 years later, I discovered chat rooms. On the first ever morning I went into a chat room, there were two people there, and one of them actually went to the same high school that I’d be going to! He was legit–the teacher he named in our conversation knew exactly who he was. The rest is history.