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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  • Spotify raises $1 billion in debt with devilish terms to fight Apple Music

    Spotify raises $1 billion in debt with devilish terms to fight Apple Music

    On-demand streaming music is inevitable, so Spotify is taking whatever fuel it can get to win the race against Apple. Whoever can sign up customers faster to consume their data and network effect could earn money off them for a long, long time. So it makes sense that Spotify would be willing to raise money at ugly, exploitative terms now for a better chance at earning those riches… Read More

  • Instagram needs editing tools to make new 60-second videos tolerable

    Instagram needs editing tools to make new 60-second videos tolerable

    Most people are terrible at shooting video. Any longer than 15-seconds and it will probably be boring. That’s why Instagram capped videos at a quarter-minute when it launched the feature in 2013. Yet today it extended the length to 60 seconds for user-shot or uploaded videos. That’s why I have a hunch that Facebook and Instagram are preparing to launch a more powerful set of… Read More

  • $100M Bitstrips acquisition makes sense now that Snapchat has stickers

    $100M Bitstrips acquisition makes sense now that Snapchat has stickers

    It didn’t quite add up when Fortune broke the news last week that Snapchat would spend a $100 million to acquire Bitstrips, the maker of personalized avatar stickers called Bitmoji. Snapchat didn’t have anywhere to put them. But today, Snapchat launched “Chat 2.0”, a huge product update that includes the ability to send over 200 stickers to friends. Now it’s… Read More

  • Snapchat seamlessly combines video, audio, GIFs, stickers in “Chat 2.0”

    Snapchat seamlessly combines video, audio, GIFs, stickers in “Chat 2.0”

    Say what you want, how you want. That’s how Snapchat’s reps say CEO Evan Spiegel describes Chat 2.0, a massive set of new features launching today. It lets private conversations morph between mediums depending on what users want to show or tell, and whether they can speak up or must stay silent. As WhatsApp focuses on simplicity and Facebook Messenger chases commerce, Snapchat… Read More

  • Pay celebs to text or video message you with TipTalk

    Pay celebs to text or video message you with TipTalk

    It has never been worth it for celebrities to respond to their endless digital fan mail — until now. TipTalk lets them set a price for a private text, photo or video response. The idea is that in their downtime, they could forge deeper relationships with their audience while earning enough to warrant at least a few seconds of their attention. Considering how the public comment reels… Read More

  • 5 hard questions facing Oculus Rift

    5 hard questions facing Oculus Rift

    Today, the future became the present with the launch of Oculus Rift. The reviews are in, but uncertainty hangs overhead with HTC and PlayStation’s VR headsets still on the way. Here are the tough questions that will determine what you should buy, the distribution of power between the platforms and VR’s effect on our lives. Should people buy Oculus Rift consumer v1, or wait… Read More

  • The top 8 startups from Y Combinator Winter ’16 Demo Day 2

    Supersonic planes, food harvesting robots and instant HIV diagnosis were some of the ideas that wowed us on Demo Day 2 for Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 batch. We queried investors and TechCrunch’s writers to come up with our top 8 picks from all 59 startups that presented. Check out our coverage of the 60 YC startups from Tuesday, plus our 7 favorites. Additional reporting by Megan… Read More

  • Y Combinator gets friendlier by naming Justin Kan as new spokesperson

    Y Combinator gets friendlier by naming Justin Kan as new spokesperson

    People often misunderstand Y Combinator’s accelerator, with its broad range of startups that sometimes pivot before launch. That’s in part because YC’s president and spokesperson Sam Altman is too busy to tell its stories over and over, and he’s more of a techie type than a polished press liaison. So today, Altman handed the spokesperson reins to Justin Kan, one of… Read More

  • Facebook’s Timehop clone On This Day gets 60 million daily visitors

    Facebook’s Timehop clone On This Day gets 60 million daily visitors

    A year after blatantly copying Timehop, Facebook’s nostalgia feature is proving how successful big platforms can be when they rip off smaller products. Each day 60 million people visit On This Day, and 155 million have subscribed to its notifications that show your photos, status, updates, and wall posts from this date in years past. Facebook released the data on the one-year anniversary… Read More

  • Here are the 59 startups that demoed at Y Combinator Winter ’16 Demo Day 2

    Here are the 59 startups that demoed at Y Combinator Winter ’16 Demo Day 2

    “Food, housing, healthcare, transportation. Life essentials made better and more affordable.” These are the types of startups that partner Paul Buchheit said were demoing today at Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 Demo Day 2. Yesterday, we covered the first 60 startups from the batch, and picked our 7 favorites. Plus, check out our picks for the top 8 startups from these… Read More

  • The top 7 startups from Y Combinator Winter ’16 Demo Day 1

    We asked investors what their favorite startups were from the 60 that launched at Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 Demo Day 1. After huddling with our writers and adding our input, here are TechCrunch’s picks for the 7 most promising companies from the batch, plus an honorable mention. Here’s our write-up of all 59 startups that launched at YC W’16 on day two, plus our 8… Read More

  • All 60 startups that launched at Y Combinator Winter 2016 Demo Day 1

    All 60 startups that launched at Y Combinator Winter 2016 Demo Day 1

    “You’ll notice we have many more startups that aren’t in the traditional software category,” said Y Combinator President Sam Altman at the start of its Winter 2016 Demo Day 1. While once upon a time YC was known for legions of social and marketplace apps no one needed, it’s branched out. Now Silicon Valley’s top accelerator features tons of hardware… Read More

  • Instagram beefs up web interface with notifications tab

    Instagram beefs up web interface with notifications tab

    Instagram began as a mobile-only service, but now it’s enhancing its web version so you can use the service without opening your phone. Today Instagram rolled out an Activity tab on web that’s identical to the notifications tab inside its app. Here you’ll be able to see who Liked or commented on your posts, or who followed you or tagged you. It’s now available to… Read More

  • Face-plant into this airplane tray table pillow

    Face-plant into this airplane tray table pillow

    You don’t have to be a circus freak contortionist to sleep on a plane thanks to Woollip. Now you can dive face-first into an inflatable travel pillow that’s made to sit atop your tray table. Woollip just hit Kickstarter for $30 and plans to ship in July. Most travel pillows sit behind your head or around your neck. But when you’re sitting upright, that makes you more likely… Read More

  • Here are all the gorgeous demo videos from Apple’s launch event

    Watch a robot rip apart and recycle iPhones, see the petite but powerful new iPhone SE in action, and geek out on 40 years of Apple history. Read More

  • Algorithmic feeds force us to compete

    Algorithmic feeds force us to compete

    Is that photo pretty enough? Is that tweet funny enough? If not, they might not be seen now that Instagram and Twitter are moving to algorithmically sorted feeds. That could spell big problems for marketers and cause our social media lives to be more stressful. To make their apps more consistently interesting, especially for people who don’t check them non-stop, Instagram and Twitter… Read More

  • Meter Feeder lets you ditch coins and codes, pay for parking with GPS

    Meter Feeder lets you ditch coins and codes, pay for parking with GPS

    Parking tickets actually earn cities less money than when people pay the meters like they should. The problem is that even new meters that let you pay by phone or credit are such a hassle that people don’t use them — and hope they don’t get caught. But Y Combinator startup Meter Feeder has built a way to pay for parking that is easier for citizens, cheaper for cities and… Read More

  • Ticketfly builds concert app from the ashes of its WillCall acquisition

    Ticketfly builds concert app from the ashes of its WillCall acquisition

    WillCall had great design and community, but didn’t have tickets to the best concerts. Ticketfly had deep relationships with music venues, but no one was using it to discover shows. Today, Ticketfly’s acquisition of WillCall comes full circle. The parent company is using what it learned about style and recommendations to launch its own native iOS concert discovery app. Read More

  • Instagram is switching its feed from chronological to best posts first

    Instagram is switching its feed from chronological to best posts first

    The average Instagram user misses 70 percent of what’s in their feed, including great photos with tons of Likes and posts by their best friends. So today Instagram announced it will start rearranging the order of posts in its feed. Rather than strictly reverse chronological, Instagram will order posts “based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your… Read More

  • SpoonRocket shuts down amongst on-demand apocalypse

    SpoonRocket shuts down amongst on-demand apocalypse

    SpoonRocket informed its investors it’s shutting down its on-demand pre-made meal delivery service after failing to raise the necessary capital to continue operations. [Update: Co-founder Steven Hsiao confirmed SpoonRocket’s shut down. The company published a goodbye blog post saying it will transition customers to competitor Sprig, which is offering SpoonRocket users a… Read More

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