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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  • Twitter Confirms Acquisition Of India’s Missed Call Marketing Platform ZipDial

    Twitter Confirms Acquisition Of India’s Missed Call Marketing Platform ZipDial

    Last week TechCrunch reported Twitter was in final talks to acquire ZipDial for between $30 million and $40 million, and today the company announced the deal has closed. ZipDial allows people to call a special phone number for a business, hang up before they incur a charge, and then receive a phone call or SMS with information about the business. This “missed call” marketing… Read More

  • CES Drone Rodeo

    Quadcopter Cowboys Duel At The Drone Rodeo

    I found unmanned aerial adventurers out in the Nevada desert. With the old west explored, at least horizontally, the new frontier is in the sky. And just like the gold rush, there’s a new crop of pioneers hoping to make a stake and maybe get rich in the burgeoning drone business. Of course, flying drones is still widely illegal. But these men and women are fighting those laws, and… Read More

  • Every Song Evan Spiegel’s Ever Tweeted, In One Playlist

    Every Song Evan Spiegel’s Ever Tweeted, In One Playlist

    Share or subscribe with this link: Snapjams from Evan Spiegel Snapchat wants to be a music app. Leaked emails from the Sony Pictures hack and news reports indicate Snapchat’s been talking with music companies like Sony and Vevo to potentially play songs or music videos in its app. The startup already takes great care in choosing songs for its promo videos, leading me to discover… Read More

  • AfterMaster HD

    Justin Timberlake’s AfterMaster Chip Makes Any Device Sound Better

    AfterMaster is like having a team of audio experts come in and fine tune your home stereo, TV, or headphones. The new AfterMaster chip optimizes the sound quality from any device, enhancing its fullness and clarity. Essentially, it makes audio sound much richer, like you were listening to uncompressed master recordings on super high-fidelity audio equipment, even if you’re just… Read More

  • Skydio Makes Drones Smart So Pilots Can Be Dumb With $3M From Andreessen

    Skydio Makes Drones Smart So Pilots Can Be Dumb With $3M From Andreessen

    “In five years, the notion of a drone crashing will be a weird, foreign thing” says Adam Bry, co-founder of drone auto-pilot startup Skydio and founding member of Google’s Project Wing drone delivery project. Skydio connects a drone’s cameras to its flight computer so it can avoid obstacles and maneuver on its own without GPS. Today Skydio announced it’s raised… Read More

  • Zuck Defends Facebook For Operating In Countries With Free Speech Restrictions

    Zuck Defends Facebook For Operating In Countries With Free Speech Restrictions

    Terrorists tried to silence the voices of people with different opinions in the Charlie Hebdo attack, and that’s why Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke out against these terrorists and not others elsewhere in the world. At a public Q&A today, Zuckerberg explained his perspective on Facebook’s quest to give people a voice, and why it’s the company’s mission, not… Read More

  • How Facebook At Work Could Shrink Faceless Enterprises

    How Facebook At Work Could Shrink Faceless Enterprises

    When you have a question at a small company, you always know who to ask. But as corporations grow, it becomes impossible to remember everyone’s names, let alone their areas of expertise, and communication channels flood with noise. Facebook At Work, the company’s new enterprise collaboration suite, could change that. Read More

  • Get Somewhere with Hovertrax

    The Hovertrax Is Like Two Dumb Little Segways For Your Feet

    If laziness was a sport, the equipment would be the Hovertrax. You step up onto the foot pads, tip your feet forward, and two motorized wheels carry you around while gyroscopes auto-balance the Hovertrax so you don’t fall off. What’s hilarious is just how casual you look riding it. You’re basically standing upright while cruising up to 8 miles at 5 miles per hour on a… Read More

  • Clinkle Pivots From Its Soured Brand To “Treats” For Sharing Discounts

    Clinkle Pivots From Its Soured Brand To “Treats” For Sharing Discounts

    Not since Color has a startup been as widely laughed at as the troubled Stanford payments startup Clinkle. So it’s little surprise that the company has changed the name of its app to “Treats”, as well as its direction. After seeing the company’s site had rebranded, I spoke with 23-year old CEO Lucas Duplan to find out how Treats will work. The private beta product… Read More

  • Vamo Publicly Launches Its Omniscient Multi-Stop Travel Tool

    Vamo Publicly Launches Its Omniscient Multi-Stop Travel Tool

    You want to go to Thailand and Vietnam, then stop in Japan on your way home. What stands in your way is sifting the cheapest, most convenient itinerary out of the near infinite permutations of flights, trains, and hotels. Unless you have Vamo. Built by the former head of Facebook’s Seattle engineering office, Vamo today opens its multi-stop vacation booking tool to everyone. Back in… Read More

  • Stanford Dropouts’ “Argo” Raises $1.5M From Accel To Stitch Together Companies’ Small Data

    Stanford Dropouts’ “Argo” Raises $1.5M From Accel To Stitch Together Companies’ Small Data

    How do sales performance and social media campaigns influence each other? Most companies don’t know because this data is siloed in different departments. While plenty of startups try to make sense of enterprise “big data” — enormous primary data sets like Facebook’s archive of posts or Netflix’s recommendation insights, a startup called Argo wants to… Read More

  • A Tarnished Uber Tries To Woo The Press

    A Tarnished Uber Tries To Woo The Press

    Tonight we might get a glimpse of the kinder, gentler Uber, but we won’t be able to talk about it. The startup has endured months of disastrous press coverage, including Uber exec Emil Michael saying the company should smear journalists that criticize it. Now the company has emailed reporters saying “The Uber Communications Team invites you to join us for drinks” at a San… Read More

  • Can You Tell If These 10 Ridiculous App Ideas Are Real Or Fake?

    Can You Tell If These 10 Ridiculous App Ideas Are Real Or Fake?

    An app that measures your sexual performance? An anti-drunk dialer? A set of Rorschach tests that tell you how stoned you are? Watch the video above to see if you can tell which of these absurd startups are fake and which are real…signs the tech industry has lost its mind. I played this “App Or Crap” game on stage in front of a live audience as a guest on The Kinda Late… Read More

  • ISIS “Cyber Caliphate” Hacks U.S. Military Command Accounts

    ISIS “Cyber Caliphate” Hacks U.S. Military Command Accounts

    The Cyber Caliphate, a hacker group claiming association with terrorist group ISIS, today seized control of the @CENTCOM Twitter and YouTube accounts that represents U.S. central military command. The hackers tweeted a Pastebin message titled “Pentagon networks hacked. AMERICAN SOLDIERS WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS. #CyberCaliphate”. The message includes links to… Read More

  • Spotify Makes The Shift To Mobile With 52% Of Listening Now On Phones And Tablets

    Spotify Makes The Shift To Mobile With 52% Of Listening Now On Phones And Tablets

    Why have Apple and Google suddenly gotten so interested in streaming music? Because it could rally people to iOS or Android since mobile is where they listen, according to new stats I’ve attained about Spotify. The company has been telling its brand advertisers that mobile now accounts for the majority of listening, with 42% on phones and 10% on tablets, while its desktop software… Read More

  • ‘Anonymous’ Member Calls For Revenge On Terrorists For Charlie Hebdo Massacre

    ‘Anonymous’ Member Calls For Revenge On Terrorists For Charlie Hebdo Massacre

    “Anonymous from around the world have decided to declare war against you, terrorists” a purported member of the hacktivist group said in a video uploaded to YouTube, referring to the killers responsible for the attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Speaking in French on Anonymous’s Belgian channel, the cybervigilante warned terrorists, “We will track all… Read More

  • Mark Zuckerberg Will Hold His First International Q&A From Bogotá, Colombia January 14th

    Mark Zuckerberg Will Hold His First International Q&A From Bogotá, Colombia January 14th

    International users will get their questions about Facebook answered while CEO Mark Zuckerberg is Colombia’s capital Bogotá on Wednesday, January 14th. The executive is in South America for meeting around Internet.org, Facebook’s partnership with telecoms to make the Internet accessible to everyone. After tackling decreases in organic Page reach, the Messenger migration, and why… Read More

  • Zolt Is A Teeny-Tiny MacBook Charger

    Zolt Is A Teeny-Tiny MacBook Charger

    If you’re sick of lugging around that bulky white cable and charger for your MacBook, Zolt could lighten your load. The $99 miniature 3 inch x 1.3 inch x 1.3 inch brick has three USB slots, and with a super thin $30 MagSafe cable, it can power MacBooks that require chargers up to 70 watts. When Zolt ships in Spring, it could simultaneously replace your computer, phone, and tablet… Read More

  • Lights, Camera, Appliances: Branto’s Smart-Home Orb Controls It All

    Lights, Camera, Appliances: Branto’s Smart-Home Orb Controls It All

    A smart home hub is a dumb purchase if most of your appliances aren’t smart, too. So Ukrainian startup Branto developed a hub that has a built-in 360-degree camera and speaker for security and telepresence, in addition to being able to operate gadgets over Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and infrared. That’s a lot of functionality for $399, and it works even if your power or Wi-Fi goes do Read More

  • Z-Board Launches New Electric Commuter Board

    ZBoard’s New Foot-Triggered Electric Skateboards Go Far But Feel Unstable

    There’s no lazy thrill quite like not having to kick-push while riding an electric skateboarding. And now ZBoard has added more miles of effortless cruising to that dream with its new bigger-battery generation of vehicles. But a core design problem still poisons the ZBoard experience: you clumsily control acceleration and braking with foot triggers on the deck that clash with the laws… Read More

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