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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  • Quora Turns 80M Visitors Into Q&A Bounty Hunters With Knowledge Prizes

    Quora Turns 80M Visitors Into Q&A Bounty Hunters With Knowledge Prizes

    Quora is going to let companies pay cash to incentivize great answers to their burning questions. It’s a forceful way to squeeze private insights into its public question and answer site, which has quietly grown to 80 million unique visitors — 50% in the US and 15% from India. Read More

  • Oculus “Quill” Turns VR Painting Into Performance Art

    Oculus “Quill” Turns VR Painting Into Performance Art

    Art doesn’t have to be an end product. Thanks to Oculus’ new internal creation tool, Quill, illustrators can draw in virtual reality and let audiences see their creations come to life stroke by stroke around them. Quill works much like Tilt Brush, the VR painting app Google acquired. Using Oculus’ Touch controllers and motion cameras, Quill users can select different brushes… Read More

  • Snapchat Spruces Up Its Board With Cosmopolitan Editor Joanna Coles

    Snapchat Spruces Up Its Board With Cosmopolitan Editor Joanna Coles

    In case there was any doubt that Snapchat wants to be the mobile generation’s mass media, it’s just added Cosmopolitan Editor-In-Chief Joanna Coles to its board of directors. She joins Snapchat investor Benchmark’s Mitchell Lasky, Sony’s Michael Lynton, and founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy. Cosmo and the startup were already connected as the women’s… Read More

  • Penrose Is The Pixar Of VR

    Penrose Is The Pixar Of VR

    There are advantages to being an invisible giant in a virtual world. You can watch over a whole town or lean in to see the miniature protagonist’s face. You’re so big you never worry about something bumping into you, so you can get as close to the tiny action as you want. And it disarms the Swayze Effect — the disappointment that virtual characters can’t see or… Read More

  • LendUp Scores $150M For A Credit Card That Won’t Screw You Over

    LendUp Scores $150M For A Credit Card That Won’t Screw You Over

    Banks are so greedy that LendUp can undercut them, help people avoid debt, and still make a profit on its payday loans and credit card. Not only is software eating finance, but morality is too. LendUp’s slogan is “Ladders Not Chutes”. Building a business that doesn’t try to exploit everyone has not only brought it years of double-digit monthly growth. LendUp has now… Read More

  • Facebook’s Engineering Wizardry Makes Even VR Videos Load Fast

    Facebook’s Engineering Wizardry Makes Even VR Videos Load Fast

    How did Facebook go from 1 billion to 8 billion videos views per day in 18 months without the whole server farm catching fire? It’s called SVE, short for streaming video engine. SVE lets Facebook slice videos into little chunks, cutting the delay from upload to viewing by 10X. And to ensure the next generation of 360 and virtual reality videos load fast too, it’s invented and… Read More

  • Facebook Yells “Sportsball!”

    Facebook Yells “Sportsball!”

    Facebook wasn’t built for sports. Its filtered, non-chronological News Feed made it tough to follow real-time chatter about the game. Twitter’s feed is great for it. But out of Facebook’s 1.55 billion users, there are a LOT of rabid sports fans who aren’t on Twitter. Facebook’s not actually trying to steal Twitter’s hardcore users as much as box it out… Read More

  • Augmented Reality For Trying On Makeup Is A Booming Business

    Augmented Reality For Trying On Makeup Is A Booming Business

    “Sure, that looks great on a model, but how will it look on me?” Now you can find out thanks to ModiFace, an augmented reality startup that’s quietly grown to power apps for 55 of the top makeup brands like Sephora, P&G and Unilever. Read More

  • ISIS Has Its Own Encrypted Chat App

    ISIS Has Its Own Encrypted Chat App

    Terrorists are communicating over a new secure Android app after getting kicked off WhatsApp, Telegram, and other messengers. Called “Alrawi”, the encrypted chat app makes it harder for governments and security agencies to spy on terrorist plans. It was discovered by counter-terrorism network known as the Ghost Security Group, which Fortune reports had previously flagged ISIS… Read More

  • Dating App Zoosk Destroyed By Tinder, Drops 1/3 Of Staff

    Dating App Zoosk Destroyed By Tinder, Drops 1/3 Of Staff

    Despite $61 million in funding, Zoosk is getting swiped to death. A source told TechCrunch the dating startup is laying off a huge chunk of its staff, and now the company confirms over 40 people will be let go. That’s one-third of the whole company. The mobile era has not been kind to the old-school web dating app. Founded in 2007, Zoosk found success by building extensions for… Read More

  • Screw Those $300 Standing Desks. This Cardboard One Is $25

    Screw Those $300 Standing Desks. This Cardboard One Is $25

    Is sitting at a computer all day making you fat, but standing desks are too expensive? The Hootsuite CEO’s nifty new side project could save your spine and slim your belly. Oristand is a $25 standing desk made of cardboard. Just unfold the contraption, stick it atop your normal desk, and you can work without hunching. Some employees at Hootsuite were already bolting little IKEA shelves… Read More

  • The GoProblem

    The GoProblem

    Action cameras are like tablets. Lots of people want ONE. But very few need to constantly update to the latest model. I suspect this is why GoPro’s sales are slowing, it’s reduced sales forecasts, and it had to lay off 7% of its employees this week. It’s hitting market saturation. Many of the people likely to buy a GoPro already have one and don’t need… Read More

  • Medal Gets Missing Medical Records To Your Doctor

    Medal Gets Missing Medical Records To Your Doctor

    If you get hurt and show up unconscious at the hospital, they likely have no idea what medications you’re on, your medical history, or where you’ve been treated. Medal wants to fix that so all your medical records are united in one place and can be securely accessed by your doctors whenever necessary. While insurance companies and hospitals have worked for years on so-called… Read More

  • Photo Evidence Shows Facebook Is Building Messenger For Mac

    Photo Evidence Shows Facebook Is Building Messenger For Mac

    TechCrunch has obtained photographic evidence and an eyewitness report that Facebook has built an as-yet-unreleased Facebook Messenger For Mac desktop app. The photo below shows a Facebook employee using it. Releasing an official Facebook Messenger For Mac app could make it easy for people to chat whenever they’re on their computer. Instead of getting buried in one of many web… Read More

  • Unicorns And Little Ponies Hit The Slaughterhouse As Maker Media Lays Off 17

    Unicorns And Little Ponies Hit The Slaughterhouse As Maker Media Lays Off 17

    Stables full of startups are being turned into glue, whether they’re mythical beasts, donkeys in party hats, or just baby horses. The latest forced to do layoffs is Maker Media, the champion of the do-it-yourself movement. 10 years and $10 million later, multiple sources tell me that Maker Media laid off 20% of its staff today. When asked, Maker Media confirmed to me that 17 people… Read More

  • Biz Stone “Unpivots” To Revive Q&A App Jelly

    Biz Stone “Unpivots” To Revive Q&A App Jelly

    After a year on hiatus, Biz Stone is restarting active development of the social Q&A app Jelly he originally launched in January 2014. Stone, one of Twitter’s founders, paused Jelly in November 2014 to focus on a whimsical opinion sharing app called Super. “For anyone who remembers Jelly, yes, we took a break but we’re back 100%. Silicon Valley types might call this… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Hits 800M Users: 2016 Strategy And Predictions

    Facebook Messenger Hits 800M Users: 2016 Strategy And Predictions

    Kill SMS, spawn a chat bot platform, bring friends together offline, improve artificial intelligence, and delight people. That’s Facebook Messenger’s roadmap for 2016 now that it has 800 million monthly active users, up from 700 million in June, 600 Million in March, and 500 million last November. That makes Messenger the fastest growing app of 2015, according to Nielsen, and it… Read More

  • Instagram Goes Beyond The Feed With Everyday Spotlight Compilations

    Instagram Goes Beyond The Feed With Everyday Spotlight Compilations

    Instagram’s answer to Snapchat’s Live Stories isn’t just for holidays and big events any more. Internally, they’re known as Spotlight Compilations — vertical slideshows of the best videos related to a theme, like “Dynamic Duos – Odd Couple Animal Videos” or “Ramped Up – Rad Skateboarding Videos.” They appear in the Spotlight… Read More

  • 10 Under 10 Years Old

    10 Under 10 Years Old

    Watch a sad old man (age 25) interview the top pre-tween entrepreneurs in this hilarious video. Even though it’s a parody of the Forbes 30 Under 30, this is too real. “Even an 8-year-old could have regrets because there’s always going to be that 6-year-old inventor who speaks 7 languages” filmmaker Ankush Jindal from MasterClass tells me. Thanks for capturing everyone… Read More

  • Assist Has No App. It’s A Free Travel/Shopping Chat Bot For SMS And Facebook Messenger

    Assist Has No App. It’s A Free Travel/Shopping Chat Bot For SMS And Facebook Messenger

    You don’t care who delivers dinner or drives you home as long as it gets done fast. That’s the idea behind Assist, a chat bot that aggregates APIs to let you text to interact with GrubHub, Eat24, Postmates, Uber, Lyft, OpenTable, StubHub, and more. Just message Assist on Facebook Messenger, Slack, Telegram or even SMS and you get texted back a menu of options like “Get a… Read More

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