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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  • Come to TechCrunch’s pre-F8 Facebook developers meetup

    Come to TechCrunch’s pre-F8 Facebook developers meetup

    Meet TechCrunch writers and fellow Facebook developers the night before the madness of Facebook’s F8 conference begins. Join us at the Southern Pacific Brewing Company at 620 Treat Avenue in SF’s Mission District from 6-9pm on Monday April 11th. You can tell us about your startup and swap tips with fellow entrepreneurs. There’ll be delicious food, cocktails and craft… Read More

  • Facebook bets big on Live with new mobile video discovery tab

    Facebook bets big on Live with new mobile video discovery tab

    Today Facebook launches its full assault on YouTube with a dedicated hub for watching Live and recorded videos in its mobile app. A Video tab is taking over Messenger’s prime, center spot in the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, turning Facebook into a destination for discovering videos categorized by topic beyond stumbling across them in the feed. The Video hub heavily… Read More

  • Marijuana deliverer Meadow rolls up $2.1M for dispensary sales software

    Marijuana deliverer Meadow rolls up $2.1M for dispensary sales software

    Meadow already lets you get a prescription for medical marijuana over video chat and order from a nearby shop that delivers. Now it wants to be the backbone of the weed business, too. Pot dispensaries can’t use standard point-of-sale or inventory software because they aren’t compliant with the industry’s strict regulations. So over the last year, since graduating Y… Read More

  • Robinhood preps for zero-fee stock trading launch in China

    Robinhood preps for zero-fee stock trading launch in China

    Robinhood will bring its free U.S. stock trading app to the world, and just announced one of the first countries will be China. To prepare, today it launched a Chinese-language version in the U.S. and began asking users to invite friends and family in China to its waitlist. Robinhood previously launched a waitlist for Australia, but has otherwise only been available in the United States. For… Read More

  • Slack’s growth is insane, with daily user count up 3.5X in a year

    Slack’s growth is insane, with daily user count up 3.5X in a year

    Plenty of startups have tried and failed to make enterprise software sexy, but Slack made it viral. Its growth rate is unheard of. Both Slack’s daily user count and its paid seat count are up 3.5X in just a year. Tons of people have still never heard of it, but with this momentum, they probably will soon (it’s workplace chat). What the growth means for Slack is network effect. Read More

  • The top 5 startups from Y Combinator Fellowship’s Virtual Demo Day

    Pre-natal genetic testing, VR drones, and fracking nanoparticles were a few of the products featured in Y Combinator’s first Virtual Demo Day. They come from the YC Fellowship, a program designed to let the startup school help idea- or prototype-stage companies, beyond the full-fledged businesses in its main accelerator. The 8-week full-time fellowship mostly offers remote guidance… Read More

  • Slack is work chat’s runaway train, raises $200M at $3.8B

    Slack is work chat’s runaway train, raises $200M at $3.8B

    The Slack rocketship won’t slow down. The business messaging startup has raised $200 million at a $3.8 billion post-money valuation, the company confirms to TechCrunch. The round was led by Thrive Capital, with participation by GGV, Comcast Ventures and Slack’s existing investors, including Accel, Index Ventures and Social Capital. This brings the total funding for the… Read More

  • Snapchat was wonky or down for some but it’s back now

    Snapchat was wonky or down for some but it’s back now

    Snapchat wasn’t working correctly for many users, with Stories failing to load or snaps not sending. [Update 5:10pm PST – Snapchat appears to be back for most users after several hours on the fritz{ The outage comes just days after Snapchat released its big Chat 2.0 update that brought stickers and other new features, but possibly more traffic than the service could… Read More

  • Flex is a tampon alternative you can wear during sex

    Flex is a tampon alternative you can wear during sex

    Things can get messy if you have sex on your period, so many couples avoid it. But The Flex Company wants to replace outdated pads and tampons with a sleek, disc-shaped blood blocker. Flex can be worn during sex to prevent making a mess. The Flex discs are disposable, can be worn for up to 12 hours and even come in a stylish little packet. They’re doctor-approved to be… Read More

  • Airware snatches $30M to sell complete drones to the Fortune 500

    Airware snatches $30M to sell complete drones to the Fortune 500

    Airware used to sell drone operating systems. Now it’s swiveling to sell the whole flying kit and caboodle: drone hardware, the software to control them, and the cloud where their data goes. It discovered that big enterprise companies didn’t know how to piece together drone systems themselves, so they were slow to adapting to the tech that could save them money and keep employees… Read More

  • Quora’s first acquisition is Arab Spring instigator’s Q&A site Parlio

    Quora’s first acquisition is Arab Spring instigator’s Q&A site Parlio

    “Ex-con” isn’t normally something you find on a founder’s resume. But Google employee Wael Ghonim went to jail for sparking the Egyptian Revolution. Now he might be wearing some golden handcuffs instead, as his startup Parlio just became Quora‘s first acquisition. Parlio’s goal was to spread knowledge — a similar objective to Quora. But rather… Read More

  • A rant about why Snapchat 2.0 is no disappearing teen fad

    Ignore Snapchat at your own peril. It’s a lot more than sexts and ephemeral photos. Today’s Chat 2.0 update makes Snapchat a competitor to your phone itself. What started as an app for horny high school kids has blossomed into the most vibrant communication platform on the market. Watch my video rant above to see why Snapchat suddenly got a lot more important, see a demo of the… Read More

  • Spotify raises $1 billion in debt with devilish terms to fight Apple Music

    Spotify raises $1 billion in debt with devilish terms to fight Apple Music

    On-demand streaming music is inevitable, so Spotify is taking whatever fuel it can get to win the race against Apple. Whoever can sign up customers faster to consume their data and network effect could earn money off them for a long, long time. So it makes sense that Spotify would be willing to raise money at ugly, exploitative terms now for a better chance at earning those riches… Read More

  • Instagram needs editing tools to make new 60-second videos tolerable

    Instagram needs editing tools to make new 60-second videos tolerable

    Most people are terrible at shooting video. Any longer than 15-seconds and it will probably be boring. That’s why Instagram capped videos at a quarter-minute when it launched the feature in 2013. Yet today it extended the length to 60 seconds for user-shot or uploaded videos. That’s why I have a hunch that Facebook and Instagram are preparing to launch a more powerful set of… Read More

  • $100M Bitstrips acquisition makes sense now that Snapchat has stickers

    $100M Bitstrips acquisition makes sense now that Snapchat has stickers

    It didn’t quite add up when Fortune broke the news last week that Snapchat would spend a $100 million to acquire Bitstrips, the maker of personalized avatar stickers called Bitmoji. Snapchat didn’t have anywhere to put them. But today, Snapchat launched “Chat 2.0”, a huge product update that includes the ability to send over 200 stickers to friends. Now it’s… Read More

  • Snapchat seamlessly combines video, audio, GIFs, stickers in “Chat 2.0”

    Snapchat seamlessly combines video, audio, GIFs, stickers in “Chat 2.0”

    Say what you want, how you want. That’s how Snapchat’s reps say CEO Evan Spiegel describes Chat 2.0, a massive set of new features launching today. It lets private conversations morph between mediums depending on what users want to show or tell, and whether they can speak up or must stay silent. As WhatsApp focuses on simplicity and Facebook Messenger chases commerce, Snapchat… Read More

  • Pay celebs to text or video message you with TipTalk

    Pay celebs to text or video message you with TipTalk

    It has never been worth it for celebrities to respond to their endless digital fan mail — until now. TipTalk lets them set a price for a private text, photo or video response. The idea is that in their downtime, they could forge deeper relationships with their audience while earning enough to warrant at least a few seconds of their attention. Considering how the public comment reels… Read More

  • 5 hard questions facing Oculus Rift

    5 hard questions facing Oculus Rift

    Today, the future became the present with the launch of Oculus Rift. The reviews are in, but uncertainty hangs overhead with HTC and PlayStation’s VR headsets still on the way. Here are the tough questions that will determine what you should buy, the distribution of power between the platforms and VR’s effect on our lives. Should people buy Oculus Rift consumer v1, or wait… Read More

  • The top 8 startups from Y Combinator Winter ’16 Demo Day 2

    Supersonic planes, food harvesting robots and instant HIV diagnosis were some of the ideas that wowed us on Demo Day 2 for Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 batch. We queried investors and TechCrunch’s writers to come up with our top 8 picks from all 59 startups that presented. Check out our coverage of the 60 YC startups from Tuesday, plus our 7 favorites. Additional reporting by Megan… Read More

  • Y Combinator gets friendlier by naming Justin Kan as new spokesperson

    Y Combinator gets friendlier by naming Justin Kan as new spokesperson

    People often misunderstand Y Combinator’s accelerator, with its broad range of startups that sometimes pivot before launch. That’s in part because YC’s president and spokesperson Sam Altman is too busy to tell its stories over and over, and he’s more of a techie type than a polished press liaison. So today, Altman handed the spokesperson reins to Justin Kan, one of… Read More

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