Josh Constine

Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently an Editor-At-Large for TechCrunch.

Previously, Constine was the Lead Writer of Inside Facebook, where he covered Facebook product changes, privacy, ads, ecommerce, games, and music technology.

Constine graduated from Stanford University in 2009 with a Master’s degree in Cybersociology, examining the influence of technology on social interaction. He researched the impact of privacy controls on the socialization of children, meme popularity cycles, and what influences the click through rate of links posted to Twitter.

Constine also received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Stanford University in 2007, with a concentration in Social Psychology & Interpersonal Processes.

Josh Constine is an experienced public speaker, and has done on-stage inteviews with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, SoundCloud CEO Alex Ljung, and Senator Cory Booker. He’s been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Atlantic, BBC World Magazine, Slate, and more, plus has been featured on television on NBC and Fox News. Constine is available for speaking gigs.

[Disclosures: Josh Constine advises a college friend’s social location-sharing startup codenamed ‘Signal’ that is based in San Francisco. This advising role has been cleared with AOL and TechCrunch’s editors. Constine’s cousin Darren Lachtman is the founder of Niche, which connects social media stars to sponsorships from brands.]

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  • Oculus demos a VR selfie stick

    Oculus demos a VR selfie stick

    Oculus wants to let you go anywhere in the world instantly, look like yourself, and even take a photo while you’re there, and today it demoed how at F8. Watch the demo of Facebook and Oculus’ 360 photo spheres, virtual reality selfie stick, and personalized avatars below: To show how social VR could work, Facebook’s CTO Mike Schroepfer strapped into Oculus in San… Read More

  • Watch Facebook’s F8 conference here, plus what to expect

    Watch Facebook’s F8 conference here, plus what to expect

    Chatbots, Live video, and VR technology are all on the docket for Facebook’s F8 developer conference, and you can watch the livestream here at 9:30am PST with Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote starting at 10am. There’ll also be more streamed sessions all day today. Read More

  • Snapchat augments reality with 3D Stickers

    Snapchat augments reality with 3D Stickers

    Today Snapchat revealed its new 3D stickers that can be pinned to objects in a video and stick with them no matter how they or your camera move. Add an emoji face to your pet as it walks around, or give the moon sunglasses that grow with it as you zoom in. By bringing augmented reality to the masses, 3D stickers could unlock new creativity. They’re rolling out today on Android and… Read More

  • Fb Messenger’s head of product Stan Chudnovsky will chat about chatbots at Disrupt NY

    Fb Messenger’s head of product Stan Chudnovsky will chat about chatbots at Disrupt NY

    What does Facebook’s new chatbot platform mean for your business and the future of mobile? Find out at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, where Facebook Messenger’s head of product Stan Chudnovsky will offer insights on the next wave of messaging. Stan’s been in social since before Facebook even started. An SVP at Tickle, went on to co-found gaming company WonderHill that sold to Kabam. Read More

  • Facebook Alive

    Facebook Alive

    “You never slow down, you never grow old.” Tom Petty isn’t playing the F8 after-party, but his song encapsulates the point of Facebook’s conference — a social network won’t go extinct if it’s reactive, personalized, and urgent. Everything launched today is designed to eschew the generic. To wrap around the user and bend to their whims to create a… Read More

  • Facebook launches video Rights Manager to combat freebooting

    Facebook launches video Rights Manager to combat freebooting

    There’s an epidemic of stolen videos on Facebook. Business Pages rip videos from YouTube, TV or other Pages, and then post them on Facebook as their own to gain more engagement and fans. This is known as “freebooting.” Video makers were pissed off about it because they were losing video views to others who didn’t have permission to use their clips. Slate sounded the… Read More

  • Facebook starts allowing “Sponsored Messages” ads

    Facebook starts allowing “Sponsored Messages” ads

    Facebook launched its Messenger chatbot platform today, but how will it make money on it? By charging businesses to send re-engagement messages to people who’ve already voluntarily started a conversation with them. These “Sponsored Messages” are currently in testing, with a small test of advertisers, and are being heavily monitored by Facebook to prevent them getting… Read More

  • New Facebook dev tools include Account Kit, push and quote sharing

    New Facebook dev tools include Account Kit, push and quote sharing

    While chatbots might be the highlight of today’s F8 conference, Facebook is also releasing a slew of tools for developers that help them build, grow and monetize their apps. Despite Facebook shutting down its Parse development platform, it’s still adding new widgets, buttons and APIs. Account Kit is a new plug-in for apps that lets users sign up with their phone number or email… Read More

  • Facebook unveils “Surround 360” open source VR camera

    Facebook unveils “Surround 360” open source VR camera

    How can Facebook get more 360-degree video in the News Feed and VR content on Oculus? By inventing its own virtual reality camera from scratch and open sourcing it so people can build their own and start shooting. Today at F8, Facebook revealed the “Surround 360”, a 17-lens 3D VR camera that looks like a UFO on a stick and requires almost zero laborious post-production work… Read More

  • Facebook launches Messenger platform with chatbots

    Facebook launches Messenger platform with chatbots

    Facebook will now allow businesses to deliver automated customer support, e-commerce guidance, content and interactive experiences through chatbots. By providing utility through its huge developer and business ecosystem, Facebook could boost loyalty with Messenger, one-up SMS and keep up with chat competitors like Kik, Line and Telegram that have their own bot platforms. This confirms… Read More

  • Lady Gaga’s startup Backplane burns out and sells assets

    Lady Gaga’s startup Backplane burns out and sells assets

    “Why do you need money from me when you have every great investor on earth?” That’s the question that caused Backplane to buckle under the weight of its own early buzz. Lady Gaga’s social network builder startup has run out of money, gone out of business and sold its assets to a group of previous and new investors who will try to restart it. That’s according… Read More

  • Facebook will announce chatbot and live chat APIs at F8

    Facebook will announce chatbot and live chat APIs at F8

    Chatbots could replace 1-800 numbers, and Facebook wants them on Messenger. But most businesses don’t have the resources or technical skills to build chatbots themselves. That’s why Facebook is currently providing developers with API tools to build chatbots and Live Chat web plug-ins for business clients, according to multiple sources and a leaked deck Facebook shared with devs. Read More

  • Facebook adds video search to combat original content sharing decline

    Facebook adds video search to combat original content sharing decline

    Facebook is desperate to get you to watch original videos. They’re all over the feed, yesterday it launched a dedicated video browsing hub, and now it’s announcing a video search engine. It’s also baking Live videos into its Trends in search, and will show when there’s a Live video broadcasting related to one of its Trending Topics on the home page. Over the past… Read More

  • Yik Yak’s CTO drops out as the hyped anonymous app stagnates

    Yik Yak’s CTO drops out as the hyped anonymous app stagnates

    Is Yik Yak a thing anymore? Not so much, according to download stats, traffic charts, surveys and a source that says the college app’s monthly user count has been declining. That source — with intimate knowledge of the company — also tipped me off that Yik Yak‘s original CTO Tom Chernetsky has bailed, which the startup now confirms. He’s not the only one who… Read More

  • Come to TechCrunch’s pre-F8 Facebook developers meetup

    Come to TechCrunch’s pre-F8 Facebook developers meetup

    Meet TechCrunch writers and fellow Facebook developers the night before the madness of Facebook’s F8 conference begins. Join us at the Southern Pacific Brewing Company at 620 Treat Avenue in SF’s Mission District from 6-9pm on Monday April 11th. You can tell us about your startup and swap tips with fellow entrepreneurs. There’ll be delicious food, cocktails and craft… Read More

  • Facebook bets big on Live with new mobile video discovery tab

    Facebook bets big on Live with new mobile video discovery tab

    Today Facebook launches its full assault on YouTube with a dedicated hub for watching Live and recorded videos in its mobile app. A Video tab is taking over Messenger’s prime, center spot in the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, turning Facebook into a destination for discovering videos categorized by topic beyond stumbling across them in the feed. The Video hub heavily… Read More

  • Marijuana deliverer Meadow rolls up $2.1M for dispensary sales software

    Marijuana deliverer Meadow rolls up $2.1M for dispensary sales software

    Meadow already lets you get a prescription for medical marijuana over video chat and order from a nearby shop that delivers. Now it wants to be the backbone of the weed business, too. Pot dispensaries can’t use standard point-of-sale or inventory software because they aren’t compliant with the industry’s strict regulations. So over the last year, since graduating Y… Read More

  • Robinhood preps for zero-fee stock trading launch in China

    Robinhood preps for zero-fee stock trading launch in China

    Robinhood will bring its free U.S. stock trading app to the world, and just announced one of the first countries will be China. To prepare, today it launched a Chinese-language version in the U.S. and began asking users to invite friends and family in China to its waitlist. Robinhood previously launched a waitlist for Australia, but has otherwise only been available in the United States. For… Read More

  • Slack’s growth is insane, with daily user count up 3.5X in a year

    Slack’s growth is insane, with daily user count up 3.5X in a year

    Plenty of startups have tried and failed to make enterprise software sexy, but Slack made it viral. Its growth rate is unheard of. Both Slack’s daily user count and its paid seat count are up 3.5X in just a year. Tons of people have still never heard of it, but with this momentum, they probably will soon (it’s workplace chat). What the growth means for Slack is network effect. Read More

  • The top 5 startups from Y Combinator Fellowship’s Virtual Demo Day

    Pre-natal genetic testing, VR drones, and fracking nanoparticles were a few of the products featured in Y Combinator’s first Virtual Demo Day. They come from the YC Fellowship, a program designed to let the startup school help idea- or prototype-stage companies, beyond the full-fledged businesses in its main accelerator. The 8-week full-time fellowship mostly offers remote guidance… Read More