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 position in Ethereum cryptocurrency.]

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  • Facebook Will Now Ask People Why They Hid An Ad, Banish Offensive Ones

    Facebook Will Now Ask People Why They Hid An Ad, Banish Offensive Ones

    Facebook needs to know if you just thought an ad was annoying, or if it was actually inappropriate and no one should see it, so it’s now asking people why after they hide ads they see on the service. Ads marked as offensive or inappropriate will be pulled from Facebook’s site and apps, while the individual user will simply see fewer ads like those they mark as annoying. Facebook… Read More

  • Tinder CEO on Trial and Erroring Your Way to True Love

    How Tinder Transformed Dating, According To Its CEO

    Do you really know yourself if you’ve never had your heart broken? Tinder is often labeled a hookup app, but its CEO Sean Rad believes that going on lots of dates can teach you what you need in a soulmate. You can hear his perspective on Tinder’s impact in our backstage video interview at TechCrunch Disrupt SF.  Some believe Tinder and the globalized dating scene overwhelm us… Read More

  • Apple’s Livestream Is A Non-Loading, Needlessly-Translated Clusterfudge

    Apple’s Livestream Is A Non-Loading, Needlessly-Translated Clusterfudge

    Apple: great at hardware, still figuring out this whole Internet thing. Today it was supposed to reveal the future on stage, but instead, many viewers were met with a timed-out livestream site or weird TV test patterns, and a stream overdubbed with Chinese and Japanese translations. It’s a big disappointment considering Apple’s launches have become a cultural event where the world… Read More

  • Dropbox Acqui-Hires KBVT’s Computer Vision Geniuses To Mine Its Photos

    Dropbox Acqui-Hires KBVT’s Computer Vision Geniuses To Mine Its Photos

    Dropbox doesn’t just want to store your photos. It wants to organize and make them more useful too. That’s why today it acqhired the two computer vision and machine learning professors who founded Kriegman-Belhumeur Vision Technology (KBVT). After a decade building KBVT, Columbia University’s Professor Peter Belhumeur and UCSD’s Professor David Kriegman will start work… Read More

  • How Peter Thiel Knows If A Startup Is Crazy Smart, Or Just Crazy

      Can Peter Thiel see the future? You’d be forgiven for thinking so considering he invested early in Facebook, LinkedIn, Yelp, and Stripe. His strategy with Founders Fund and Mithril Capital is to fund ideas that sound crazy to most people, but have the potential to radically change the world. Exponential innovation > linear innovation. But how does Thiel tell the crackpot… Read More

  • Uber CEO Thinks It Needs To Be Kinder And Gentler Now That It’s On Top

    Uber CEO Thinks It Needs To Be Kinder And Gentler Now That It’s On Top

    Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says he and his company get a bad rap for being aggressive because he learned to be fierce while running his last scrappy startup. But now that it creates 50,000 jobs a month and is a dominant player in on-demand car services, Kalanick said “You have to find different ways of doing things, of communicating, of understanding that people look at you as the big guy… Read More

  • Facebook Hits 100M Users In Africa, Half The Continent’s Internet-Connected Population

    The developing world wants Facebook, and its accessibility initiative Internet.org could pay huge dividends. Those are the takeaways from Facebook’s announcement that it now has 100 million active users in Africa, and 80% of those come on mobile. That 100 million makes up 50% of all Africans connected to the Internet. The news suggests that if drones, satellites, and deals for free… Read More

  • Facebook Highlights Its 1-Billion-Video-Views-Per-Day Reach By Adding View Counts

    Facebook Highlights Its 1-Billion-Video-Views-Per-Day Reach By Adding View Counts

    To prove to advertisers and the world that it’s not just YouTube that has massive video engagement online, Facebook today announced it now delivers 1 billion video views per day and will begin showing everyone view counts on videos posted by Pages and public figures. This could convince advertisers shifting TV ad spend to digital to look to Facebook, which recently bought video… Read More

  • Persona’s Machine-Learning App Lets People Follow Different Sides Of Your Twitter Identity

    Persona’s Machine-Learning App Lets People Follow Different Sides Of Your Twitter Identity

    Our identities are prismatic. We’re not the same person to everyone. Yet when you follow someone on Twitter, your feed overflows with a combination of their personal, professional, and social tweets. But thanks to TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon project Persona, you can choose which dimensions of someone’s identity you want to see. Persona uses machine learning to classify… Read More

  • iWatch’s Killer Feature Could Be Two-Factor Authentication For Payments

    iWatch’s Killer Feature Could Be Two-Factor Authentication For Payments

    How will Apple make us desperate to buy its smartwatch? By taking the risk and clumsiness out of mobile payments. Imagine if your iWatch could recognize that your iPhone is within range as a pre-payment security check. The two could then connect to a retailer’s point of sale via Near Field Communication (NFC), and a “Pay $20 to Starbucks?” confirmation could pop up on… Read More

  • Facebook Slingshots Itself In The Face By Making Reply-To-Unlock Optional

    Facebook Slingshots Itself In The Face By Making Reply-To-Unlock Optional

    Many thought Facebook’s ephemeral app Slingshot was pointless, but now it’s not even special. It’s just another pokey Snapchat clone. As of today’s update, Slingshot’s core mechanic, the requirement that friends first reply with a photo or video to unlock what you sent them, can now be turned off by the sender. That means people can just blast you their photos… Read More

  • Snapchat Pushes You To Watch Friends’ Stories

    Snapchat Pushes You To Watch Friends’ Stories

    Snapchat Stories are a huge hit, with the photos and videos you post to your profile now more popular than Snap messages. But they’re still easy to forget about since they’re pull and not push — they aren’t sent to friends directly and don’t generate alerts. You had to seek them out. Until now. Snapchat confirms to me it’s started “sometimes”… Read More

  • Facebook To Re-Educate All Users With A Privacy Checkup On Their Posts, Apps, And Profiles

    Facebook To Re-Educate All Users With A Privacy Checkup On Their Posts, Apps, And Profiles

    The top gripe about Facebook is that people don’t know who they’re sharing with, so in the coming days Facebook will push everyone through a multi-step privacy checkup that reminds who they share statuses with, what apps they’ve given permissions, and what’s visible on their profile. A cutesy blue dinosaur will lead people through the process which was originally tested… Read More

  • Facebook Is Down On Web And Mobile [Update: It’s Coming Back After 20 Minutes]

    Facebook Is Down On Web And Mobile [Update: It’s Coming Back After 20 Minutes]

    Is Facebook Down? Why yes it is. [Update: Err, was. As of 1pm PST, service has returned to the US, Germany, and other places after a roughly 20 outage, though some users are still having trouble accessing the service.] Users reported the social network went down on web and mobile in the US as well as the UK, Germany, Thailand, Portugal, and other parts of the world at around 12:40pm… Read More

  • Twitter Taps HackerOne To Launch Its Bug Bounty Program

    Twitter Taps HackerOne To Launch Its Bug Bounty Program

    Following security breaches that have shook confidence in many online services, Twitter today announced the launch of its bug bounty program that will pay security researchers for responsibly reporting threats through HackerOne, a bug bounty program provider. Twitter will pay a minimum of $140 per threat reported on Twitter.com, ads.twitter, mobile Twitter, TweetDeck, apps.twitter, and its iOS… Read More

  • Nerds Love Twitch Because There, They Can Be Heroes

    Nerds Love Twitch Because There, They Can Be Heroes

    Why do so many people watch others play video games on Twitch? Because the fans don’t look much different from the celebrities. They all play the same games. In a world of muscle-clad athletes and beautiful pop stars, on Twitch all that matters are your skills and your wits. Be funny or fast on the trigger, and you can be famous, too. It’s aspirational. That lets viewers identify… Read More

  • Tech Elites Aren’t Ruining Burning Man. They Get Their Hands Dirty, Too.

    Tech Elites Aren’t Ruining Burning Man. They Get Their Hands Dirty, Too.

    Don’t believe the hate. While it’s a juicy narrative that rich people spoil everything the common folk hold dear, there are plenty of tech bigwigs at Burning Man that work hard to contribute and embody the event’s ideals of inclusion. And the thing is, what they do has little impact on Burning Man as a whole. Whether they’re secluded in forts of cushy tour buses like… Read More

  • Concert Giant Ticketfly Acquires Last-Minute Ticket App WillCall

    Concert Giant Ticketfly Acquires Last-Minute Ticket App WillCall

    WillCall is a pretty concert app, but its weakness was a lack of deals with venues to get tickets to sell. Well no more, as today it was acquired by Ticketfly, the second-biggest concert ticket seller in America, which has relationships with thousands of venues. Ticketfly will keep WillCall running and feed it
    inventory. Read More

  • YC’s Zenamins Mails You Personalized Vitamins

    YC’s Zenamins Mails You Personalized Vitamins

    40 million Americans take three or more vitamins a day, yet both the pill bottles and the way we buy them haven’t changed in decades. Well they’re about to, thanks to new Y Combinator startup Zen Health and its customized vitamin pack delivery service Zenamins. Punch in what you already take and answer a few questions and Zenamins will send you a personalized pill pack. Staying fit… Read More

  • FAA Bans Planesharing Startups

    FAA Bans Planesharing Startups

    There will be no “ZimRide for airplanes”, according to an FAA ruling released today that prohibits private pilots from publicly offering seats on their planes in exchange for gas money, including via startups like AirPooler and Flytenow. The decision strikes a blow to the sharing economy, and comes in response to AirPooler formally requesting a clarification of the gray area it… Read More