Josh Constine

Josh Constine

Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently a Senior Writer 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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  • 47 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Winter 2015 Demo Day 2

    47 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Winter 2015 Demo Day 2

    Y Combinator got so big, it had to split its Demo Day in two. During today’s second wave we saw a variety of promising biotech, marketplace, enterprise, and financial tech startups. Yesterday we chronicled 50 consumer, B2B, developer, and hardware companies. With bigger and bigger batches, the on-stage pitches are getting more bombastic as YC’s startups compete for attention. Yet… Read More

  • Facebook’s Timehop Clone “On This Day” Shows You Your Posts From Years Ago

    Facebook’s Timehop Clone “On This Day” Shows You Your Posts From Years Ago

    Facebook’s experimented with ways to surface old Memories since 2010. But after seeing Timehop hit 6 million daily users on mobile, Facebook is officially launching a competing nostalgia feature called “On This Day.” It shows users their Facebook posts from the current date in past years, like photos from exactly one year ago, or status updates from four years ago. Rolling… Read More

  • Facebook Plans To Turn Messenger Into A Platform

    Facebook Plans To Turn Messenger Into A Platform

    Next week at its F8 developer conference, Facebook will announce new ways for third parties to offer experiences through its Messenger app, according to multiple sources. Facebook hopes to make Messenger more useful, after seeing Asia’s chat apps WeChat and Line succeed as platforms that go beyond just texting with friends. Read More

  • Accel Bets Big On Startup-To-Startup APIs

    Accel Bets Big On Startup-To-Startup APIs

    Uber isn’t just Uber. It’s Google Maps, Checkr background checks, Braintree payments, and Twilio texts. The best way to do business isn’t to build it all in-house. Top companies are increasingly piecing together a composite of APIs from specialized startups. That lets them concentrate on their unique value-add rather than reinventing the wheel. Now, those building blocks… Read More

  • Facebook Introduces Free Friend-To-Friend Payments Through Messages

    Facebook Introduces Free Friend-To-Friend Payments Through Messages

    When you chat with friends about settling debts or splitting the bill, Facebook doesn’t want you to have to open another app like PayPal or Venmo to send them money. So today it unveiled a new payments feature for Facebook Messenger that lets you connect your Visa or Mastercard debit card and tap a “$” button to send friends money on iOS, Android, and desktop with zero fees. Read More

  • BuzzFeed’s CEO Says Modern Media Is About Pushing Actual Content, Not Links

    BuzzFeed’s CEO Says Modern Media Is About Pushing Actual Content, Not Links

    “Because so many publishers build their businesses on banner ads, they have to get people back to their site to make money” says BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti. But that misses much of the value of social media. “You should be using this distribution channel to show them content, not just a pointer to some other space.” During his talk to a massive SXSW crowd, Peretti… Read More

  • What Will Meerkat Do Without Twitter?

    What Will Meerkat Do Without Twitter?

    That’s the danger of building on someone else’s platform. You never know when they’ll pivot into your business and steamroll you. Last night, that happened to Meerkat. The livestreaming app was built entirely on Twitter, piggybacking on it for identity, communication, and distribution. Yesterday morning, Twitter confirmed reports that it had acquired an unlaunched competing… Read More

  • Facebook Buys And Shuts Down Shopping Site TheFind To Boost Commerce In Ads

    Facebook Buys And Shuts Down Shopping Site TheFind To Boost Commerce In Ads

    Facebook today announced it has acquired personalized shopping search engine TheFind to help improve its commerce ads. TheFind had raised $26 million from Lightspeed and Redpoint since getting off the ground around 2005, but will now be shut down. Some, but not all, members of the team are joining Facebook. Read More

  • Twitter Confirms Periscope Acquisition, And Here’s How The Livestreaming App Works

    Twitter Confirms Periscope Acquisition, And Here’s How The Livestreaming App Works

    Today Twitter officially announced its January acquisition of live-streaming app Periscope. According to several sources, it will be launched as a separate app from Twitter with the ability to watch both live and previously broadcasted mobile video streams. That lack of ephemerality is the first of many differences between Periscope and Meerkat, the live-streaming app that recently launched… Read More

  • Splash Soaks Up $6M To Make Promo Events Seem Cool

    Splash Soaks Up $6M To Make Promo Events Seem Cool

    Eventbrite looks like it was designed in a basement circa 2005. It works great, but gives a boring first impression. Splash, meanwhile, wants you to feel like you’re at the party from the moment you’re invited. That’s made it the new darling of event marketing teams at Nike, Anheuser-Busch, the NBA, Google and Spotify. While I’m used to a SXSW flood of Eventbrites… Read More

  • |LIVE IN MAY| Meerkat Founder To Speak At Disrupt NY

    |LIVE IN MAY| Meerkat Founder To Speak At Disrupt NY

    Few apps have instantly captured the hearts, minds and eye-rolls of the tech scene like Meerkat. And to think Ben Rubin was building something else. The CEO of Life On Air was working on a private live-streaming app for groups of friends when Meerkat’s public streaming app suddenly took off. Without hesitation, he re-assigned his 10-person team to Meerkat, and now its little… Read More

  • Come Meet Our Writers At TechCrunch’s SXSW Party And Panels

    Come Meet Our Writers At TechCrunch’s SXSW Party And Panels

    Want to get something out of SXSW rather than *just* drunk? Come to TechCrunch’s SXSW party and tell us about your startup, investments or crazy scheme to take over the world. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 16, join us at the German Haus (Lucille) at 77 Rainey St, a mere six-minute walk from the convention center. Register below for free to attend. Read More

  • Greenhouse Rakes In $13.6M B From Benchmark To Save You From Recruiting Hell

    Greenhouse Rakes In $13.6M B From Benchmark To Save You From Recruiting Hell

    Hiring is the No. 1 thing founders waste their time on. Not because it’s not important. Bad hires can be toxic. But because it’s inefficient. Sourcing, interviewing and selecting candidates is tough enough, and most recruiting tools can’t tell you where you’re burning time or money. Yet Greenhouse can. After its 450 customers, including Evernote, Zenefits, and Venmo… Read More

  • Facebook Finally Lets Its Firehose Be Tapped For Marketing Insights Thanks To DataSift

    Facebook Finally Lets Its Firehose Be Tapped For Marketing Insights Thanks To DataSift

    Twitter’s firehose of tweets has long been offered as a goldmine for businesses trying to understand how to improve or market their products, and now Facebook will allow privacy-safe peeks at its treasure trove, too. Today Facebook launched a new insights product called “Topic Data” in the U.S. and U.K. with the help of brand analytics leader DataSift. Read More

  • Omniscient Comparison Site AppCrawlr Bought By Softonic

    Omniscient Comparison Site AppCrawlr Bought By Softonic

    Discovering great apps is like finding a needle in a manure pile. The App Stores are overrun with crap, and anything decent has a dozen clones. But AppCrawlr lets you compare feature checklists and reviews to find the best app for any purpose. While a genius technology, AppCrawlr’s two-man operation never became a household name. So today, AppCrawlr announced it’s been acquired… Read More

  • You Can Keep Your iPhone In Your Pocket. Don’t Believe Me? Just Watch

    You Can Keep Your iPhone In Your Pocket. Don’t Believe Me? Just Watch

    This is no sidekick. It’s not merely a companion. The Apple Watch completely eliminates the need to pull out your phone in many situations. That was the theme of today’s launch event. This isn’t just another screen for your notifications. Yes, Apple Watch is time, saved. But Apple Watch is also things done. Hail and find your Uber. Browse and Like Instagram photos. Reply… Read More

  • You Can Keep Your iPhone In Your Pocket. Don’t Believe Me? Just Watch

    You Can Keep Your iPhone In Your Pocket. Don’t Believe Me? Just Watch

    This is no sidekick. It’s not merely a companion. The Apple Watch completely eliminates the need to pull out your phone in many situations. That was the theme of today’s launch event. Read More

  • Apple ResearchKit Turns iPhones Into Medical Diagnostic Devices

    Apple ResearchKit Turns iPhones Into Medical Diagnostic Devices

    Medical research is plagued by small sample sizes and inconsistent data collection. So Apple is stepping up to help health innovation with Research Kit, a new iOS software framework that lets people volunteer to join medical research studies. ResearchKit lets people take tests like saying “ahhh” to detect vocal variations, walking in a line, or tapping in rhythm to test for… Read More

  • The Race To Make Everyone A Livestreamer

    The Race To Make Everyone A Livestreamer

    One by one, technology has unlocked communication mediums for the masses. Ways of sharing once reserved for those in positions of influence with professional equipment are now open to everyone with a smartphone. What once only a journalist or TV star could do is now a possibility for those who were merely passive consumers. Each advancement wrestles power away from top-down control of ideas… Read More

  • Lady Gaga’s Backplane Crashes, Burns Money, Tries To Rise Again

    Lady Gaga’s Backplane Crashes, Burns Money, Tries To Rise Again

    You know what no one wants to do? Join a brand’s standalone social network. The problem is that it took Lady Gaga’s startup Backplane four years, multiple founders, and over $14 million to figure that out. According to four sources with intimate knowledge of the company, Backplane was in free fall for years. A bloated burn rate, mismanagement, and internal squabbles led to a… Read More

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