2007 Top 40 Under 40 Pacific Coast Business Times

Suchman focuses on social responsibility

In the last five years, Tyler Suchman, 36, has started not just one but two businesses.

His first came in 2002 when he launched Tribal Core, an Internet strategy and Web marketing company.

The firm focuses on businesses that value social responsibility, philanthropy and community, Suchman said.

He also started The Ojai Post, a community blog with 28 authors and more than 2,000 daily visitors.

“I’m really interested in the intersection of communities and technology, and it’s sort of a communication experiment,” Suchman said of the blog, which he founded a year and a half ago. “And it’s since grown far bigger than I expected.”

As owner of Tribal Core, he said his responsibilities spread widely across the business, which employs about five people. “I wear every hat from making coffee to making sure our clients get great service,” he said.

Though he graduated in 1994 from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a degree in history and communications, he decided to follow his interest in the then budding Internet phenomenon.

Within a year of graduation, he was the director of new media at Firstars Management Co. building Web sites and partnerships with new companies.

He decided to start Tribal Core after a round of corporate layoffs took him away from the technology company he was with.

“I had a couple people who I picked up as clients and the company just organically grew from there,” Suchman said.

Current clients include Meditation Mount and Laurel Springs School in Ojai.

What was your first job? Wild Rivers Waterpark in Orange County

Where is your favorite place to get coffee? Ojai Coffee Roasters

What are your three favorite songs on your iPod? Gnarls Barkley, Del McCoury Band, audiobook of Seth Godin’s book, ‘The Big Moo’

What is your next vacation? Costa Rica

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