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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  • Songkick And CrowdSurge Merge, Raise $16M To Combine Concert Discovery And Ticketing

    Songkick And CrowdSurge Merge, Raise $16M To Combine Concert Discovery And Ticketing

    Half of concert tickets go unsold because fans don’t know the shows are happening. To fix that, 10 million user concert discovery app Songkick is merging with white-label artist-to-fan ticket seller CrowdSurge. Under the name Songkick they’ve also raised a $16 million Series C from Access, Sequoia, and Index to grow the team. Together, they could help people find out about nearby… Read More

  • YouTube’s New “Music Insights” Tell Artists Where To Tour

    YouTube’s New “Music Insights” Tell Artists Where To Tour

    As big as billion-user YouTube is, its ad revenue sharing is not where musicians make their money. They earn it on the road. But YouTube’s reach can make artists famous all over the world. Now it’s going to show musicians exactly where those fans are so they can route their concert tours there and squeeze $30 out of people who watch their videos for free. Read More

  • Magic Leap Announces Its Augmented Reality Developer Platform

    Magic Leap Announces Its Augmented Reality Developer Platform

    Magic Leap wants game makers, filmmakers, and other creators to build augmented reality experiences on its platform, and today on stage at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Digital conference, it announced how that will happen. Magic Leap is launching a development platform. It’s just opened a Developers section of its website where people can sign up for access to its SDK, which… Read More

  • Pinterest Cuts Out Affiliate Link Bloggers With In-App Buyable Pins

    Pinterest Cuts Out Affiliate Link Bloggers With In-App Buyable Pins

    Pinterest grew tall on the backs of bloggers, some who were incentivized to rabidly fill the discovery network with content because they got a little affiliate fee when their Pins led to purchases. But in February, Pinterest suddenly began removing all affiliate links people posted, claiming they led to spam and irrelevant Pinning. Read More

  • Instagram Beefs Up Ads With App Install And Buy Buttons, Interest Targeting, API

    Instagram Beefs Up Ads With App Install And Buy Buttons, Interest Targeting, API

    Instagram continues to expand its ad program, today announcing three broad changes — new ad formats, new ad targeting and new ad-buying tools. For Instagram users, the most obvious change will be the new formats. They’re called “action-oriented” formats, and they’ll appear as buttons below an image. As you can see in the mock-ups above, they’ll give you… Read More

  • Pinterest Reveals Mock-Up For Its First “Buy Button”

    Pinterest Reveals Mock-Up For Its First “Buy Button”

    See a yummy recipe, instantly order all the ingredients. Find a cool product, instantly add it to your Amazon Wish List. That’s the plan for “Action buttons” on Pinterest’s new developer platform. Today at MIT’s Emtech Digital conference, Pinterest’s head of partnerships, Tim Kendall, showed detailed mock-ups of how developers could eventually pass the… Read More

  • Leaked Contract Shows SoundCloud’s Plans For Ad-Free Subscriptions And Paying Labels

    Leaked Contract Shows SoundCloud’s Plans For Ad-Free Subscriptions And Paying Labels

    SoundCloud is desperately trying to go legal and pay royalties before labels pull their music from the streaming service. A contract for legal licensing with independent music publishers shows just how much that could cost the Berlin-based startup. Though this copy of the contract is unsigned, the National Music Publishers’ Association and SoundCloud last month announced they had struck… Read More

  • Should Your Uber Driver Know Exactly Where You Are? They Could Soon

    Should Your Uber Driver Know Exactly Where You Are? They Could Soon

    “Where are you? I’m outside. Do you see me? Where should I meet you?” These kinds of frustrating calls with your Uber driver could be a thing of the past. Today Uber updated its privacy policy, saying it will now ask to pull people’s exact location while the app is running in the foreground or background. Read More

  • Google Photos’ Unlimited Free Storage Could Clobber Apple’s Expensive iCloud

    Google Photos’ Unlimited Free Storage Could Clobber Apple’s Expensive iCloud

    How much does a terabyte of photo storage cost? On iCloud, $240 a year. Dropbox, $100. Microsoft OneDrive, $84. Flickr, $25. Google, $0. It’s free on desktop, Android, and iOS. Today, Google announced its new Google Photos product, which offers unlimited free storage of photos and videos. The only limits are that photos must be under 16 megapixels, and video resolution is capped at 1080P. Read More

  • Apple Acquires Augmented Reality Company Metaio

    Apple Acquires Augmented Reality Company Metaio

    Apple has acquired Metaio, an augmented reality startup that launched way back in 2003 as an offshoot of a project at Volkswagen. The company’s site said it stopped taking new customers, and now a legal document shows Apple has bought it. The document confirms a transfer of shares of the startup to Apple on May 21st/22nd. When asked by TechCrunch, Apple responded with its standard… Read More

  • Draw A Crappy Emoji On Your Android Wear Watch And It Will Send The Real One

    Draw A Crappy Emoji On Your Android Wear Watch And It Will Send The Real One

    Internet kids reojice! Are you sick of browsing through endless emoji to find the right one? Now Google’s smartwatch operating system Android Wear will let you draw a clumsy version of the emoji you want, like a martini glass. Wear scans your drawing, and then shows matching emoji with the same shape. Tap one, and you can instantly send it to a friend. Read More

  • The Mary Meeker Internet Trends 2015 Report

    The Mary Meeker Internet Trends 2015 Report

    If your life depends on technology, you better read this cover to cover. Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker’s yearly Internet Trends report is the ultimate compilation of essential tech statistics. Encompassing everything from Snapchat to drones, smartphone penetration to on-demand food. Today she dropped the 2015 report. If you want the edited version with our added analysis, check out… Read More

  • Airware And DJI/Accel Launch Drone Investment Funds

    Airware And DJI/Accel Launch Drone Investment Funds

    Airware makes a flexible drone operating system. DJI makes the top consumer drones. But they need to bundle up with industry-specific hardware and software makers to sell whole commercial drone packages to big construction, oil, and insurance companies. So by some cosmic coincidence, both are separately launching commercial drone investment funds today. Airware is announcing the Commercial… Read More

  • Facebook Tinkers With iPhone Design That Copies Path’s Flyout Buttons

    Facebook Tinkers With iPhone Design That Copies Path’s Flyout Buttons

    Resistance is futile when it comes to Facebook. If your feature benefits the social network’s 1.44 billion users, it doesn’t care if you built it for a smaller audience first. Whether it’s Twitter’s Follow button and verified profiles, or Snapchat’s disappearing photos you can draw on, Facebook will quickly try to assimilate the competition. Read More

  • What If Facebook Actually Paid People For Content?

    What If Facebook Actually Paid People For Content?

    I know this sounds crazy, but what if authors and artists didn’t just pump their work into Facebook for free? Yeah, it built the pipes, but that doesn’t mean the water’s not worth money. The content keeps people coming back to Facebook’s News Feed, which is filled with expertly targeted ads. Right now, all creators get in return is referral traffic. For some content… Read More

  • An Aging Instagram Tries To Win Us Back With Email “Highlights”

    An Aging Instagram Tries To Win Us Back With Email “Highlights”

    Four and a half years is a lot of pretty pictures. Instagram isn’t as young as it used to be, and it doesn’t want long-time users to slip away from its app. Luckily, it can still email them. Email isn’t dead, no matter how much we wish it was. High open-rates mean it still matters. Twitter bought a whole startup to power re-engagement emails touting the best tweets you… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Eyes Non-Friend Conversations With Chat ID

    Facebook Messenger Eyes Non-Friend Conversations With Chat ID

    Is that a message from some rando, a spammer, or the nice guy you met yesterday? Facebook Messenger wants to give you some clues before you consider responding. The app will now surface publicly shared biographical info like current city and job title at the top of message threads from people you haven’t chatted with before. The update starts rolling out today on iOS Android in U.S., U.K. Read More

  • Jay Z Mocks Apple, Google, YouTube, Spotify In Tidal Freestyle

    Jay Z Mocks Apple, Google, YouTube, Spotify In Tidal Freestyle

    They’ve got the money, but he’s got the microphone. This weekend,  Jay Z threw some punches at the big tech companies who compete with his upstart music streaming service Tidal. The freestyle came as part of Jay Z’s “B-Sides” concert, a performance of some of his rarest songs that was supposed to “exclusively” be available for live stream on… Read More

  • Clinkle Implodes As Employees Quit In Protest Of CEO

    Clinkle Implodes As Employees Quit In Protest Of CEO

    Seven employees quit the frequently mocked payment rewards startup Clinkle simultaneously today due to frustration with its 24-year-old CEO Lucas Duplan, according to multiple sources close to the company. Duplan, pictured above, is said to have withheld information from employees about acquisition talks with Apple that the team hoped would result in a sale. He’s believed to have… Read More

  • Facebook’s Quest To Absorb The Internet

    Facebook’s Quest To Absorb The Internet

    Facebook never wants you to leave, so it’s swallowing up where you might try to go. A few years back, its News Feed brimmed with links to content hosted elsewhere. News articles, YouTube clips, business websites, ads for ecommerce stores. But Facebook has decided the world outside its walled garden is full of friction. And friction isn’t The Hacker Way. Read More

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