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 advised a college friend’s social location-sharing startup codenamed ‘Signal’ that was based in San Francisco before dissolving in 2015. This advising role was 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, and was acquired by Twitter. Constine has personal relationships stemming from college housing with founders at Skybox Imaging (now Terra Bella), Hustle, Snapchat, and Robinhood. Constine occasionally does paid speaking engagements at conferences funded by companies he does not cover. Constine owns a small position in Ethereum cryptocurrency.]

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  • Facebook fights fake news with links to other angles

    Facebook fights fake news with links to other angles

    Facebook will become the suggester of perspective to avoid being the “arbiter of truth”. It’s rolling out “Related Articles” that appear below news links to stories lots of people are posting about on Facebook, or that are suspected to be false news and have been externally fact checked by Facebook’s partners. Appearing before someone reads, Related… Read More

  • Meadow is the Amazon of weed

    Meadow is the Amazon of weed

    Marijuana legalization is sweeping the nation, and The Green Rush is upon us. As pot sellers scramble to comply with complex regulations, one startup has built the full-stack of specialized commerce software they need. Meadow offers everything from an eye-catching digital storefront for teasing tasty plants, to automated patient records management for which you’ll go to jail if you screw up. Read More

  • Hustle scores $8M to kill telemarketing with personalized texts

    Hustle scores $8M to kill telemarketing with personalized texts

    No one picks up the phone and everyone gets too much email. If you want to contact people for fundraising, a political campaign or marketing, texting is the way to go. But a generic mass text is more like spam than a convincing conversation. Hustle lets you personalize every message and turn it into persuasive one-on-one dialogue. Read More

  • Instagram Stories turns 1 as daily use surpasses Snapchat

    Instagram Stories turns 1 as daily use surpasses Snapchat

    Instagram Stories has blossomed from a Snapchat clone into an integral part of the world’s largest dedicated visual communication app in the first year since its launch. Half of the businesses on Instagram produced a story in the last month, and it’s boosted the app’s average usage to 32 minutes per day for those under 25, and 24 minutes per day for those 25 and up. If… Read More

  • Snap joins rivals Facebook and YouTube to fight terrorism

    Snap joins rivals Facebook and YouTube to fight terrorism

    Snap Inc has joined the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which sees consumer internet companies cooperating to stop the spread of terrorism and extremism online. Facebook, Google and YouTube, Microsoft and Twitter formed the GIFCT last month, and tomorrow it will host its first workshop with fellow tech companies plus government and non-governmental organizations. Read More

  • Spotify preps to go public with 60M subscribers, outpacing Apple

    Spotify preps to go public with 60M subscribers, outpacing Apple

    Spotify’s singular focus on music sees it adding subscribers faster than the iPhone company with a streaming app on the side. Spotify has added 20 million paid subscribers in less than a year, while it’s taken Apple Music more than a year and a half to make that progress. Spotify now has 60 million subscribers, compared to Apple Music’s 27 million (as of June). Read More

  • Sick of SoundCloud? Anchor offers podcast transfer with free hosting

    Sick of SoundCloud? Anchor offers podcast transfer with free hosting

    SoundCloud is on shaky financial footing, saying it only has enough money to last a few more months unless someone buys or invests in it. That’s sure to cause anxiety in content creators with their life’s work stored on SoundCloud. Now some new startups are nipping at SoundCloud’s heels by focusing on podcasting in ways the music streaming service never did. Anchor is a… Read More

  • Facebook Stories unlocks public sharing

    Facebook Stories unlocks public sharing

    Facebook could jumpstart its Snapchat clone by letting social media stars and public figures post Stories publicly. When Facebook Stories launched globally in March, you could only share to all your friends or a subset of them. Now if you allow public followers, you can post your Story publicly so anyone can watch. Read More

  • Anonymous app Whisper lays off 20% of staff to survive

    Anonymous app Whisper lays off 20% of staff to survive

    Startups are dying all over the place as last year’s investment cool-off leads many to run out of cash. But Whisper refuses to race into the graveyard like fellow anonymous social apps Secret and Yik Yak. Read More

  • High Times weed magazine goes public but ditches IPO

    High Times weed magazine goes public but ditches IPO

    IPO? How about HighPO? The 43-year-old marijuana media brand High Times has found a shortcut to going public: It sold itself to an already public shell company, of which High Times share holders then got an 83 percent stake. Read More

  • WhatsApp hits 1B daily users while its Snapchat clone rockets to 250M

    WhatsApp hits 1B daily users while its Snapchat clone rockets to 250M

    Facebook is winning the race to bring Snapchat’s Stories format to the rest of the world before its originator. WhatsApp Status, its version of Snapchat Stories, now has 250 million daily active users. That’s despite it being relegated to a secondary dedicated tab in the app, opposed to being front and center on the home screen like Instagram Stories which also now has over 250… Read More

  • Facebook beats in Q2 with $9.32B revenue despite slower user growth

    Facebook beats in Q2 with $9.32B revenue despite slower user growth

    Facebook’s hot streak continued with a strong Q2 2017 earnings report. It earned $9.32 billion and $1.32 in GAAP actual EPS, compared to estimates of $9.2 billion revenue and $1.13 EPS. Revenue growth was 44.7% year-over-year, compared to 59% in Q2 2016, indicating that revenue growth is slowing, in line with Facebook’s warning to investors that it was running out of space to show… Read More

  • Facebook reportedly building smart speaker with touch screen

    Facebook reportedly building smart speaker with touch screen

    Facebook may launch its own smart-home gadget to get you messaging more friends and looking at more photos. Facebook is reportedly building a 15-inch touch-screen smart speaker. Pegatron is building the device for a Q1 2018 launch. It’s said to have been designed by Facebook’s secretive new hardware lab Building 8, using an LG in-cell touch screen with a… Read More

  • Facebook acquires Source3 to get content creators paid

    Facebook acquires Source3 to get content creators paid

    Facebook is on the cusp of a big push to lure independent content creators to share their art through the News Feed. But it needs to prove it can help creators monetize their content without allowing piracy to run rampant. That’s why it’s acquired content rights management startup Source3, including its team and technology. Read More

  • AngelList co-founder Babak Nivi out ‘for my own reasons’

    AngelList co-founder Babak Nivi out ‘for my own reasons’

    “Mr. Nivi has no role at the company” AngelList COO Graham Jenkin told TechCrunch in response to questions regarding the curious absence of the investment platform’s co-founder. It’s atypical for the creator of such a high-profile company to seemingly disappear without any form of announcement. Read More

  • Anti-drone radio wave startup SkySafe secures $11.5M from Andreessen

    Anti-drone radio wave startup SkySafe secures $11.5M from Andreessen

    Drones are a threat to both military and public safety, whether flown by a terrorist or just a reckless pilot. SkySafe’s radio wave technology can detect and stop rogue drones from entering unauthorized areas like military bases, stadiums, prisons and airports. Read More

  • Facebook ‘Groups for Pages’ unlocks fan clubs

    Facebook ‘Groups for Pages’ unlocks fan clubs

    With Facebook’s newest feature, a musician could run an on-site fan club, a brand could organize its ambassadors and a newspaper could discuss articles with just its top readers. Today Facebook globally launched Groups for Pages, allowing the 70 million Pages on Facebook to create their own distinct communities and feeds. Read More

  • Facebook tries to prove Instant Articles beat mobile web

    Facebook tries to prove Instant Articles beat mobile web

    One-third of all link clicks on Facebook already go to its self-hosted Instant Articles. Facebook claims they drive more referral traffic click-for-click because people don’t abandon them mid-click as they do with slow-loading mobile websites. Now Facebook is teaming up with Nielsen to prove that individual publishers benefit when they post with the Instant Articles format. Read More

  • Google’s brave new friendless feed

    Google’s brave new friendless feed

    It’s like Facebook without all those annoying “friends.” Instead of having to look at what weird things other people are interested in, like their babies, Google shows me the weird things I’m interested in, like Legend of Zelda and Elon Musk. It’s a fundamental shift in content consumption, and it could unlock our niche fascinations without us ever having to… Read More

  • Facebook fights fake news spread via modified link previews

    Facebook fights fake news spread via modified link previews

    Until now, any Facebook Page that posted a link could change the headline, body text and image that appeared in the News Feed preview. To combat false news without stifling responsible publications, Facebook is now starting to disable the ability of all Pages to edit the previews of the links they post in the Page composer or API, with an exemption for some original publishers. Read More