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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  • The Best Apps For Finding Events

    Bored? These apps will tell you what to do tonight. From concerts and art gallery openings to street festivals and wine tastings, these apps know where the action is. Read More

  • Flaming Wreckage Of Clinkle Rebuilds As A Referral Service

    Flaming Wreckage Of Clinkle Rebuilds As A Referral Service

    Clinkle imploded after employees quit en masse in May, protesting how its young CEO Lucas Duplan was mismanaging the $30 million-funded payments startup. But Duplan won’t quit. TechCrunch has attained emails showing Duplan is pivoting Clinkle away from its former ultrasound payments and loyalty debit card products. Now Clinkle is an SDK called Treats that other apps can integrate to… Read More

  • Facebook Confronts The Free Internet Neutrality Dilemma

    Facebook Confronts The Free Internet Neutrality Dilemma

    The subject of contention is Free Basics, Facebook and Internet.org‘s app that offers free data access but only to a limited section of the Internet. Free Basics is available in roughly 35 countries through Facebook’s partnerships with mobile carriers who see it as a way to persuade people to buy data plans. But Facebook’s control over the technical guidelines for what… Read More

  • I Heart You, So Please Buckle Your Uber Seatbelt

    I Heart You, So Please Buckle Your Uber Seatbelt

    Force fields aren’t real, at least not yet. Cars are dangerous. So whether you’re in an Uber, Lyft, taxi, or you’re driving yourself, buckle your seatbelt. Several friends of mine recently had their Ubers run into by other cars. Luckily, they were all wearing their seat belts and no one got seriously hurt. But if they weren’t, if they didn’t take those few… Read More

  • Extroverts Rejoice! Now Facebook Finds You Parties

    Extroverts Rejoice! Now Facebook Finds You Parties

    Facebook should tell me what to do tonight. It already knows what I like, where I live, and who I hang out with. Now it will. After accidentally becoming the most powerful force in party invitations, Facebook is jacking us into its omniscient view of the event landscape. Starting today on iOS, Facebook has a powerful new Event browsing experience. First, rather than suggesting Events on… Read More

  • Facebook Unlocks Livestream Marketing Stunts From Verified Pages

    Facebook Unlocks Livestream Marketing Stunts From Verified Pages

    Here comes real-time video marketing. Today Facebook gave all Verified Pages the ability to broadcast on its Periscope-style Live feature. Sports teams, TV shows, bands, and brands can now start a Live feed, take comments from viewers, and the video will be saved for replays after the stream finished. Facebook originally launched Live for celebrities in August, before opening it for… Read More

  • You Can Now Order Ubers (And Soon Lyfts) In Facebook Messenger To Prove You’re On Your Way

    You Can Now Order Ubers (And Soon Lyfts) In Facebook Messenger To Prove You’re On Your Way

    Facebook Messenger now lets you order “Transportation”, starting with Uber and with more services on the way. Facebook’s twist is that ordering a car via Messenger alerts those in your chat thread that you have indeed grabbed a ride…instead of you lying that you have while still in your pajamas. Read More

  • Facebook Filters Out Sadness And Adds Editing To Your Year In Review Photoset

    Facebook Filters Out Sadness And Adds Editing To Your Year In Review Photoset

    Facebook broke some hearts in 2014 when its algorithmically selected Your Year In Review photosets accidentally included depressing photos of people’s exes, blocked friends and deceased loved ones. To avoid the same bad feels, Facebook “applied a unique set of filters” to prevent these people from showing up in this year’s stylized vertical card of 10 photos. Read More

  • Operator! Operator! The UberRush Logistics Layer Has Arrived

    Operator! Operator! The UberRush Logistics Layer Has Arrived

    Together, Uber and Operator they could compete with Amazon’s massive warehouses by aggregating inventory for instant delivery from local shops that are closer nearby. Today, UberRush begins powering 1-hour delivery for Operator in San Francisco. At first, over 100 of the most popular gifts from the Westfield San Francisco Centre mall and Saks Fifth Avenue will be available for… Read More

  • Slack Launches App Directory And Joins Top VCs For $80M Fund Backing Developers

    Slack Launches App Directory And Joins Top VCs For $80M Fund Backing Developers

    Slack just hatched a master plan to ensure it becomes the social and collaboration hub of the enterprise. It’s harnessing all its Silicon Valley hype to create rocket fuel for its growing app platform. Slack wants to lock in the 2 million daily active users and 570,000 paid seats it now has. That means getting developers to build Slack apps beyond the 150 like Dropbox and Twilio that… Read More

  • This 9-Foot-Long iPhone Cord Is The Ultimate Holiday Gift, And It’s Only $12

    This 9-Foot-Long iPhone Cord Is The Ultimate Holiday Gift, And It’s Only $12

    Free your friends and family from hunching over the side of their bed, sitting on the floor in airports, and infinite other uncomfortable positions. Buy them this Anker 9-foot long iPhone/iPad lightning cable that’s almost 3X longer than the normal one. Read More

  • Lightsaber Yourself With Facebook’s Star Wars Profile Pics

    Lightsaber Yourself With Facebook’s Star Wars Profile Pics

    Show you’re down with The Force this week then hide your Jedi ways with Facebook’s new Star Wars temporary profile pictures. Just in time for the release of The Force Awakens, click here then hit the Try It button and Facebook will let you add a scary red Dark Side cross-guard lightsaber or a benevolent blue over one of your photos. Then you can make it your profile pic and set… Read More

  • Families Get Screwed Sending Dollars To Mexico. TransferWise Does It 4X Cheaper

    Families Get Screwed Sending Dollars To Mexico. TransferWise Does It 4X Cheaper

    Money transfers are a crooked racket. They’re designed to hide just how much cash they steal from immigrant workers sending funds to family back home. Western Union, Moneygram, even PayPal’s Xoom trumpet that they only charge around $5, but quietly pocket people’s money by setting their own unfair exchange rate. TransferWise wants to put an end to all this bullsh*t. Today the… Read More

  • The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Chief Of Staff Reveals Plan For Big-Bet Philanthropy

    The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Chief Of Staff Reveals Plan For Big-Bet Philanthropy

    Priscilla and Mark’s philanthropic foundation will be structured similarly to Facebook’s acquisitions. The couple will entrust expert leaders to pursue pioneering solutions to huge problems without much micromanagement. The goal is to use the flexibility afforded by organizing the Chan-Zuckerberg fortune as an LLC rather than a non-profit to experiment in search of impact with agility. Read More

  • Zuckerberg Says Muslims Will Always Be Welcome On Facebook

    Zuckerberg Says Muslims Will Always Be Welcome On Facebook

    Mark Zuckerberg urged the world not to “succumb to cynicism” despite bigots like Donald Trump calling for Muslims to be banned from entering the United States. Today, Facebook’s CEO posted on his site that “I want to add my voice in support of Muslims in our community and around the world…As the leader of Facebook I want you to know that you are always welcome here… Read More

  • A Eulogy For Dead Standalone Apps

    A Eulogy For Dead Standalone Apps

    Session lengths started to be counted not in hours or even minutes, but in seconds. Software had to blend into our life, augmenting it rather than supplanting it. Speed and simplicity became the keys to success. And it all came down to nailing something specific. The shift to mobile was a philosophical one, not just a matter of shrinking functionality to fit a smaller screen. The tech… Read More

  • Apple Stores Start Selling Devialet’s $1,990 “Phantom” Implosion Speaker

    Apple Stores Start Selling Devialet’s $1,990 “Phantom” Implosion Speaker

    The Devialet Phantom speaker is so pretty and powerful that today the top 14 Apple Stores in the U.S. will begin selling it. The 750 watt, 99 dB Phantom will sell for $1990, while the 3000 watt, 105 db Phantom Silver will be $2390. The 1-foot-long device’s walls move to generate “implosion” which creates enormous bass and sharp trebles from a single speaker that has won… Read More

  • Tools For The Real-Time Meme Makers

    Tools For The Real-Time Meme Makers

    When the world is watching TV, that’s actually the easiest time to get famous on the Internet. Breaking news. Sports championships. Political debates. Whoever turns this live footage into online videos, GIFs, or memes the fastest can score insane virality. Now an industry of tools is emerging to serve these real-time meme makers. And rather than let random people score these windfalls… Read More

  • Need Music For A Video? Jukedeck’s AI Composer Makes Cheap, Custom Soundtracks

    Need Music For A Video? Jukedeck’s AI Composer Makes Cheap, Custom Soundtracks

    Everyone can shoot video but few can record or afford a legal soundtrack. Until now. With Jukedeck’s new artificial intelligence music composition technology, creators can get a cheap, royalty free soundtrack custom-made for their video. Jukedeck users don’t even need musical talent. They just select the mood, style, tempo and length, and Jukedeck returns a unique song to match… Read More

  • Software Eats Software Development As Andreessen Invests $10M In App Outsourcer Gigster

    Software Eats Software Development As Andreessen Invests $10M In App Outsourcer Gigster

    Send Gigster your app idea and it sends you back that app. No coding. No hiring. No wrangling freelancers. Just a fundamental shift in how software gets built. That’s why Andreessen Horowitz has led a new $10 million Series A for Gigster just 18 weeks after its launch.  The lauded venture firm was impressed with Gigster’s artificial intelligence engine. It converts a… Read More

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