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The PressClub podcast offers recordings of Josh Constine's Clubhouse show PressClub, which brings together journalists, experts, and founders to discuss tech’s top stories. Your host Josh Constine is a VC at SignalFire & ex-editor of TechCrunch where he was tech’s most cited journalist from 2016-2020. Past guests include CEOs of Instagram, Shopify, Signal, Substack, Postmates, and Craigslist.

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How can your startup get press coverage when there's already more tech news than journalists can report? Hear the best pitch strategies straight from TechCrunch boss Matthew Panzarino and the world's largest PR firm Edelman PR's General Manager Margot Edelman. On PressClub, we discuss startup PR do's and don'ts, pros and cons, choosing who to pitch, how to get your cold email opened, and why PR agencies can backfire. Your host Josh Constine, former TechCrunch editor and most cited tech journalist 2016-2020, reveals what he looked for in stories and why software eating everything is making tech PR harder. Featuring: -TechCrunch Editor-In-Chief Matthew Panzarino -Edelman PR General Manager Margot Edelman -And your host Josh Constine, VC at SignalFire and former TechCrunch Editor-At-Large Subscribe to PressClub at http://constine.club/. This podcast is recorded live on Josh Constine's PressClub on Clubhouse, Thursdays at 4pm PT. PressClub is Clubhouse's first show, where the big names in tech discuss the biggest ideas. It's hosted by Josh Constine, an investor at early-stage venture fund SignalFire and the former Editor-At-Large of TechCrunch. PressClub is a relaxed venue where luminaries can share their stories, passions, thoughts on trends, and visions of the future. Past guests on PressClub include the founders of Facebook, Instagram, Slack, Shopify, Spotify, Substack, WordPress, Patreon, and more. Thanks for being part of our futurist community!
"I don't think that there will actually be significant cultural change until Zuckerberg steps down" Facebook's former Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos tells PressClub. The Wall Street Journal's Facebook Files scoops revealed that the company knew its algorithm incentivized hate, its XCheck system shielded VIPs from content moderation, that human traffickers used it to lure in victims, and that Instagram made 40% of users feel unattractive. On PressClub, we ask Stamos and the lead author of these scoops whether Facebook is trading our well-being for profits. Is it human nature to attack and envy others? Can social networks be built safely, and how? Is it employees' moral duty to blow the whistle when they're not? And will it take new leadership for Facebook to have a change of heart? On PressClub, we ask: -Ex-Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos -Assistant professor and Facebook Oversight Board researcher Kate Klonick -WSJ's Facebook reporter Jeff Horwitz -And your host Josh Constine of SignalFire, who covered Facebook for 8 years at TechCrunch Subscribe to PressClub at http://constine.club/. This podcast is recorded live on Josh Constine's PressClub on Clubhouse, Thursdays at 4pm PT. PressClub is Clubhouse's first show, where the big names in tech discuss the biggest ideas. It's hosted by Josh Constine, an investor at early-stage venture fund SignalFire and the former Editor-At-Large of TechCrunch. PressClub is a relaxed venue where luminaries can share their stories, passions, thoughts on trends, and visions of the future. Past guests on PressClub include the founders of Facebook, Instagram, Slack, Shopify, Spotify, Substack, WordPress, Patreon, Genies, OpenSea, and more. Thanks for being part of our futurist community!
Is your crypto wallet address your new name and social media profile? Will your personality and status be represented by a public record of the art you buy and projects you support? Where identity goes, communication follows, so will crypto-native messaging replace email and Discord? Join us to discuss crypto materialism, anonymity, and why you're still early to this financial and cultural movement. On this week's PressClub, we interview NFT artist Shl0ms who shattered a toilet with a sledgehammer to create FNTN and sold it for $1M to a cult of his fans. We also talk to crypto chat protocol XMTP's co-founder and CEO Matt Galligan about raising $20M to build messaging for the metaverse. Come explore the world of CryptoPunks, DAOs, Loot, fractionalized art, blockchain social clubs, decentralized collaboration, and who you will become. Featuring: -NFT Artist Shl0ms -XMTP CEO & co-founder Matt Galligan -Sound Ventures investor Maaria Bajwa -Crypto strategist Cooper Turley aka CoopahTroopa -Memetic engineer and culture hacker Ronen V -Your host Josh Constine, investor at SignalFire Subscribe to PressClub at http://constine.club/. This podcast is recorded live on Josh Constine's PressClub on Clubhouse, Thursdays at 6pm PT. PressClub is Clubhouse's first show, where the big names in tech discuss the biggest ideas. It's hosted by Josh Constine, an investor at early-stage venture fund SignalFire and the former Editor-At-Large of TechCrunch. PressClub is a relaxed venue where luminaries can share their stories, passions, thoughts on trends, and visions of the future. Past guests on PressClub include the founders of Facebook, Instagram, Slack, Shopify, Spotify, Substack, WordPress, Patreon, Genies, OpenSea, and more. Thanks for being part of our futurist community!
Yahoo Answers just shut down. What's next for Wikipedia, Quora, and journalism? How will the creator economy and education collide? What will be the impact of new "adaptive paywalls" that only charge if they predict you'll pay? Your host Josh Constine asks Quora founder / CEO Adam D'Angelo, formerly the first CTO of Facebook. Listen in to learn about: -Why Yahoo Answers failed (3:00) -How to unlock information trapped in people's brains (6:30) -Knowledge recommendation algorithms (14:30) -Impulse vs Interest vs Aspirational learning (17:00) -Quora's origin story (21:00) -How Adam and Mark Zuckerberg built a buddy list-sharing app before Facebook (24:00) -Why Wikipedia isn't improving (30:00) -What knowledge makes us happy (37:00) -How creators are becoming paid tutors (40:00) -Quora+'s plan to let anyone monetize knowledge (46:00) -If adaptive paywalls could tax the wealthy while keeping information free for others (50:00) -Are information overload and subscription fatigue real? (55:00) -What knowledge infrastructure is still missing? (62:00) Subscribe to PressClub at http://constine.club/ This podcast is recorded live on Josh Constine's PressClub on Clubhouse, Thursdays at 6pm PT. PressClub is Clubhouse's first show, where top business leaders discuss the big stories in tech. It's hosted by Josh Constine, an investor at early-stage venture fund SignalFire and the former Editor-At-Large of TechCrunch. PressClub is a relaxed venue where luminaries can share their stories, passions, thoughts on trends, and visions of the future. Past guests on the PressClub podcast include the CEOs of Facebook, Instagram, Slack, Shopify, Spotify, Substack, WordPress, Patreon, Craigslist, Dollar Shave Club, and more.
How do move mentorship to the cloud and reskill workforces made obsolete by new technology? Job training in virtual reality and augmented reality isn’t science fiction anymore. Immersive education has proven to beat 2D learning, with Osso VR’s surgeon training system able to boost doctors’ performance 230% to 306% over traditional guidance. Osso VR CEO Justin Barad tells PressClub about his journey from gaming geek surgeon to raising $43M to build a VR med school. We discuss how AR and VR can democratize training for both specialized jobs and soft skills, plus the coming rise of 3D education content creators. Scope AR CEO Scott Montgomerie joins to share how he’s building a “PowerPoint for augmented reality” to produce overlaid instructions for building rocket engines and ventilators. We explore how immersive edtech could prevent AI and robotics from causing mass unemployment. Featuring: -Osso VR CEO Justin Barad -Scope AR CEO Scott Montgomerie -SignalFire partner / Osso & Scope investor Wayne Hu -Osso VR VP of marketing Lisa Fong -and your PressClub host Josh Constine from SignalFire Subscribe to PressClub at http://constine.club/ This podcast is recorded live on Josh Constine's PressClub on Clubhouse, Thursdays at 6pm PT. PressClub is Clubhouse's first show, where top business leaders discuss the big stories in tech. It's hosted by Josh Constine, an investor at early-stage venture fund SignalFire and the former Editor-At-Large of TechCrunch. PressClub is a relaxed venue where luminaries can share their stories, passions, thoughts on trends, and visions of the future. Past guests include the CEOs of Facebook, Instagram, Slack, Shopify, Spotify, Substack, WordPress, Patreon, Craigslist, Dollar Shave Club, and more.
Fintech for creators is the next big startup category. 5-time Canadian national chess champion and Twitch star Alexandra Botez reveals how she was repeatedly rejected by traditional banks who don't understand influencers. That's why Karat just raised $26M from investors including SignalFire to give creators banking tools like a credit card based on their follower count and engagement. "BotezLive" shares her origin story, and talks with Karat founders Eric Wei and Will Kim about why creators deserve fintech just like other small businesses. Learn how money flows in the creator economy, which startups still need to be built in the space, and how influencers are finally getting to invest in the tools they use. Featuring: -Karat co-founder/co-CEO Eric Weil -Karat co-founder/co-CEO Will Kim -Chess streaming star Alexandra Botez -And your host Josh Constine from SignalFire
The disintegration of tribal and generational living plus the high price of child care are necessitating new technologies to help parents. Meet the biggest startups making the best gadgets for babies: Snoo's robo-bassinet that detects cries and rocks kids back to sleep, Nanit's night-vision baby monitor that sends you push notifications, and Yumi's organic baby food delivery that now feeds 3% of children. We ask their CEOs and founders which devices and services parents need to buy and which they don't, which child-raising myths need busting, what they think about screentime for children, how to let go of parenting guilt, and why modern families deserve tech's help. PressClub host Josh Constine of VC firm SignalFire is joined by: -Snoo CEO Dr. Harvey Karp -Nanit CEO Sarah Dorsett -Yumi CMO Evelyn Rusli -And Josh's wife/new mom Andee Constine 2:00 - Why parents need tech to replace broken support networks 10:00 - How babies sleep, and how Snoo can help 16:00 - Baby nutrition and the Yumi origin story 25:00 - Parenting anxiety, and how Nanit can help 34:00 - The fall of communal childcare and the new rise of parenting pods 40:00 - What gadgets and gifts parents need and which they don't 46:00 - Remaining BabyTech startup opportunities and thoughts on screentime 55:00 - Takeaway lessons from BabyTech's top enterpreneurs Subscribe to PressClub at http://constine.club/ This podcast is recorded live on Josh Constine's PressClub on Clubhouse, Thursdays at 6pm PT. PressClub is Clubhouse's first show, where top business leaders discuss the big stories in tech. It's hosted by Josh Constine, an investor at early-stage venture fund SignalFire and the former Editor-At-Large of TechCrunch. PressClub is a relaxed venue where luminaries can share their stories, passions, thoughts on trends, and visions of the future. Past guests include the CEOs of Facebook, Instagram, Slack, Shopify, Spotify, Substack, WordPress, Patreon, Craigslist, Dollar Shave Club, and more.
On the 1-year anniversary episode of PressClub, Josh Constine interviews the founders of Clubhouse -- CEO Paul Davison and CTO Rohan Seth. They reveal how Clubhouse started, their personal origin stories, how they built their company amidst huge hype, and their vision for the audio creator economy. You'll learn about how Clubhouse unbundled podcasting by helping with production and creation so anyone could share their voice. Subscribe to PressClub at http://constine.club/ This podcast is recorded live on Josh Constine's PressClub on Clubhouse, Thursdays at 6pm PT. PressClub is Clubhouse's first show, where top business leaders discuss the big stories in tech. It's hosted by Josh Constine, an investor at early-stage venture fund SignalFire and the former Editor-At-Large of TechCrunch. PressClub is a relaxed venue where luminaries can share their stories, passions, thoughts on trends, and visions of the future. Past guests include the CEOs of Facebook, Instagram, Slack, Shopify, Spotify, Substack, WordPress, Patreon, Craigslist, Dollar Shave Club, and more.
What does the rise of newsletters mean for journalism? Is information overload real and how do we fix it? How can writers and journalists build independent businesses? Josh Constine's PressClub assembles the top names in the newsletter business to discuss the medium, including Substack CEO Chris Best, Stratechery's Ben Thompson, The Hustle's Sam Parr, The Information's Jessica Lessin, Axios' Dan Primack, The Profile's Polina Marinova, Every's Nathan Baschez, and Lenny Rachitsky.
Will we own self-driving cars or just hail them like Ubers? When can we expect them, and will governments ban old-school cars? Is Tesla Autopilot safe or is it dangerous to require humans to take control at a moment's notice? PressClub host Josh Constine of SignalFire asks these tough and exciting questions to the top founders and leaders in the self-driving industry, including: -Cruise founder Kyle Vogt -Zoox founder Jesse Levinson -Aurora founder Sterling Anderson -Voyage founder Oliver Cameron -Ex-Uber self-driving Chief Scientist Raquel Urtasun -TechCrunch transportation editor Kirstin Korosec Listen in to learn about which company's approach might win, what technologies still need to be developed, how we'll handle privacy and safety concerns, and why all these founders actually have the same mission: Giving us safer roads and more time. Subscribe: http://constine.club/ Recorded live on Josh Constine's PressClub on Clubhouse, Thursdays at 6pm PT. PressClub is one of Clubhouse's first and most popular shows, where top business leaders discuss the big issues. It's hosted by Josh Constine, an investor at early-stage venture fund SignalFire and the former Editor-At-Large of TechCrunch. PressClub is a relaxed venue where luminaries can share their stories, passions, thoughts on trends, and visions of the future. Past guests include the CEOs of Facebook, Instagram, Slack, Shopify, Spotify, Substack, WordPress, Patreon, Craigslist, Dollar Shave Club, and more.
How will Facebook's slew of new audio features impact creators, the podcasting industry, advertisers, and new social apps like Clubhouse? And why should creators trust Facebook? PressClub host Josh Constine breaks it all down with the head of the Facebook app, Fidji Simo, one of the tech giant's most powerful executives. Hear about: Facebook's new short-form Soundbites, Live Audio Rooms, Spotify integration, and podcast player. The social network's Audio Creator Fund and plans to monetize Why Facebook could become an audio advertising juggernaut How it will handle privacy and moderation to keep audio safe Whether Facebook tried to acquire Clubhouse And how competition for feed space impacts all businesses Recorded live on Josh Constine's PressClub on Clubhouse, Thursdays at 6pm PT. Subscribe: http://constine.club/ PressClub is one of Clubhouse's first and most popular shows, where top business leaders discuss the big issues. It's hosted by Josh Constine, an investor at early-stage venture fund SignalFire and the former Editor-At-Large of TechCrunch. PressClub is a relaxed venue where luminaries can share their stories, passions, thoughts on trends, and visions of the future. Past guests include the CEOs of Facebook, Instagram, Slack, Shopify, Spotify, Substack, WordPress, Patreon, Craigslist, Dollar Shave Club, and more.
How will corporatization by tech giants influence the future of podcasting? What will be the impact of Apple selling premium podcasts, Facebook building audio features, and Clubhouse on creators? Can shareable highlights fix podcast discovery? Join PressClub host Josh Constine from SignalFire as he discusses the big issues at the vanguard of voice with these podcast industry leaders: 
 -Conal Byrne - iHeartPodcast Network CEO -Steve Wilson - QCODE CSO/Ex-Apple Podcasts editorial -Ada Yeo - Shuffle podcast app CEO  -Michael Kadin - RedCircle podcast hosting CEO -Donald Albright - Tenderfoot TV President -Juleyka Lantigua-Williams: Podcasting, Seriously founder -Alexis Gay - Comedian, Non-Technical podcast Learn why podcasts don't go viral, what could unlock international adoption, and hear what makes podcasts succeed or fail. 
 Recorded live on Josh Constine's PressClub on Clubhouse, Thursdays at 6pm PT. Subscribe: http://constine.club/ 
 PressClub is one of Clubhouse's first and most popular shows, where top business leaders discuss the big issues. It's hosted by Josh Constine, an investor at early-stage venture fund SignalFire and the former Editor-At-Large of TechCrunch. PressClub is a relaxed venue where luminaries can share their stories, passions, thoughts on trends, and visions of the future. Past guests include the CEOs of Facebook, Instagram, Slack, Shopify, Spotify, Substack, WordPress, Patreon, Craigslist, Dollar Shave Club, and more.
Top writers are leaving publishers like the New York Times to become newsletter writers on Substack. How will the rise of the solopreneur author impact the future of journalism? Substack co-founders Chris Best and Hamish McKenzie join PressClub host Josh Constine to break down why individuals have more power than organizations in the modern media landscape. Listen to learn: Can newsrooms survive the brain drain? Will creators earn a better living on their own? How did the move from desktop to mobile favor email over websites? Can Substack provide star writers enough growth to earn its 10% cut? Why newsletters are unlocking a weirder, more self-expressive way to build community? Plus, get thoughts on how these trends play out from top Substack writers including NYT columnist Zeynep Tufekci, Sinocism's Bill Bishop, and Ask Polly's Heather Havrilesky. Recorded live on Josh Constine's PressClub, on Clubhouse Thursdays at 6pm PT. Subscribe: http://constine.club/ PressClub is one of Clubhouse's first and most popular shows, where top business leaders discuss the big issues. It's hosted by Josh Constine, an investor at early-stage venture fund SignalFire and the former Editor-At-Large of TechCrunch. PressClub is a relaxed venue where luminaries can share their stories, passions, thoughts on trends, and visions of the future. Past guests include the CEOs of Facebook, Instagram, Slack, Shopify, Spotify, Substack, WordPress, Patreon, Craigslist, Dollar Shave Club, and more. Topics have included the creator economy, back to offices vs remote work, the rise of newsletters, the future of celebrity, the ethics of doxxing, and founders becoming philanthropists. Josh and PressClub's content have recently been covered by the New York Times, TechCrunch, Vogue, Bloomberg, Forbes, AdWeek, USA Today, and more.
Social media giants started the creator crisis by building distribution without monetization, Patreon CEO Jack Conte explains in this 1-on-1 interview with PressClub's Josh Constine. He breaks down why we're in a creator renaissance as top platforms finally compete to host artists and their fans. You'll learn: -The history of patronage -How "information should be free" hurt creators -The difference between art and content -Why Facebook, Google, and Twitter suddenly care about creators -How to deal with creator burnout -Who will become the creator middle class -Remaining startup opportunities in the creator economy around finance, logistics, and NFTs -Why now is the best time ever to be an artist Plus, catch an exclusive acoustic performance by Vérité of her new single 'By Now'. Vérité, hip-hop musician and comedian Open Mike Eagle, and celebrity chef and former Bon Appétit editor Carla Lalli Music also join to give the creator perspective on burnout and time management. Sign up for the PressClub newsletter and get alerts about the live shows on Clubhouse at constine.club PressClub is one of Clubhouse's first and most popular shows, where top business leaders discuss the big issues. It's hosted by Josh Constine, an investor at early-stage venture fund SignalFire and the former Editor-At-Large of TechCrunch. PressClub is a relaxed venue where luminaries can share their stories, passions, thoughts on trends, and visions of the future. Past guests include the CEOs of Facebook, Instagram, Slack, Shopify, Spotify, Substack, WordPress, Craigslist, Dollar Shave Club, and more. Topics have included the creator economy, back to offices vs remote work, the rise of newsletters, the future of celebrity, the ethics of doxxing, and founders becoming philanthropists. Josh and PressClub's content have recently been covered by the New York Times, TechCrunch, Vogue, Bloomberg, Forbes, AdWeek, USA Today, and more.
“I cannot f*cking do eight hours of zoom calls per day for the rest of my life” says Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield. On this episode of PressClub, we explore how IRL and remote collaboration will collide as we start to return to offices. Hear why Gen Z is 2X more likely to want to go back to IRL work than Boomers, how companies can stop remote workers from feeling second-class, and which asynchronous communication tools can help. Plus, Slack reveals plans to build Clubhouse and Snapchat Stories features. Our guests include: WordPress/Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg PagerDuty CEO Jenn Tejada SalesForce COO Bret Taylor NYT’s Zeynep Tufekci Raise/42Floors’ CEO Justin Bedecarre Initialized partner Kim-Mai Cutler And surprise guest: Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield
How can people turn their passion into their profession? On this week's PressClub with your host Josh Constine, we're joined by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, and Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke. We discuss why creators are essential to a resilient US economy, the impact of Apple's platform policies on small businesses and developers, and the rise of audio apps like Clubhouse. This week's artwork is a collab between PressClub and artist fnnch to create a portrait of Zuckerberg, Ek, and Lütke. You can bid on the combined NFT artwork and original painting at https://foundation.app/JoshConstine/pressclub-x-fnnch-zuckerberg-ek-lutke-bears-9762
Could video games help employees stay social without exhausting Zooms? Early stage investor Peter Rojas from BetaWorks discusses his tweetstorm about what a Fortnite For Business could look like. Hear about how shoulder-to-shoulder play can complement face-to-face collaboration, team-building through shared triumph, and why gaming can improve mental health. Subscribe at Constine.club
We dig into Nick Huber's 100+ tweet thread on why the hustle-hustle culture will lead you astray, the brutal beauty of learning in public, and why to chase your tribe not the trends. Subscribe at constine.club
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