Leena Rao

Leena Rao
Leena Rao is currently a Managing Editor for TechCrunch. She recently finished graduate school at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she studied business journalism and videography. From 2004 to 2007, she helped lead Congresswoman Carloyn Maloney's community outreach and relations efforts in New York City. She graduated from Columbia University in 2003, where she was the captain of the women's varsity tennis team. She has also contributed technology content for Oprah.com. **Disclosure:** My husband, Suneel Gupta, was previously an employee of Groupon. We hold stock in Facebook. We also have investments in several mutual funds, some of which are technology-focused. And I hold a miniscule amount of shares in AOL, TechCrunch's parent company. My husband sits on the advisory boards of Adaptly and ToyTalk, and is a shareholder of both companies. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Google Upgrades Custom Search Box On Blogger

    Google Upgrades Custom Search Box On Blogger

    Google’s blog publishing platform, Blogger, is bringing its Custom Search Box gadget out of its beta version, also known as Blogger in Draft. The search gadget a blog’s readers search posts, web pages linked from the blog, other blogs on the blog roll, as well as pages on the shared links list. Google initially launched the gadget on its Blogger in Draft platform, which offers users… Read More

  • Don't Watch This: Newest Twitter Worm "Best Video" Is Spreading

    Don't Watch This: Newest Twitter Worm "Best Video" Is Spreading

    Warning: It appears that a worm has hit Twitter-the tweet will say “Best Video” with a link to “http://juste.ru.” If you see this in a tweet, do not click on the link. It’s unclear exactly how the worm is spreading. But from the look of Tweets about the virus, if you click on the link, you account could be compromised and spammed. According to reports on… Read More

  • The Top VC Blogs (According To Google Reader)

    The Top VC Blogs (According To Google Reader)


    Venture capitalists can be valuable sources of information about the tech community. Not only do they have quality insider information but they also have a knack for figuring out how to evaluate startups. So it makes sense that their blogs can be compelling reads. Larry Cheng, a partner at Fidelity Ventures, has compiled a list of the 100 top VC blogs, according to the number of Google… Read More

  • Google's Public Policy Chief To Be Deputy CTO for Obama Administration

    Google's Public Policy Chief To Be Deputy CTO for Obama Administration

    Google’s head of public policy, Andrew McLaughlin, will join the Obama administration as deputy chief technology officer, according to a report by the New York Times. McLaughlin will assist former Virginia Secretary of Technology Aneesh Chopra, who President Obama appointed as CTO in April. McLaughlin has been leading Google’s public policy efforts for quite some time now. According… Read More

  • DIYSEO.com Will Offer Small Businesses Affordable SEO Services

    DIYSEO.com Will Offer Small Businesses Affordable SEO Services

    The founder of Text Link Ads (which was acquired by Media Whiz in 2007) Patrick Gavin, is launching another startup related to search engine optimization. Search marketing is a fast growing industry and becoming a vital part of a businesses strategy to maintaining a presence online. There are many firms out there that have developed products and software to aid businesses search, including… Read More

  • The Walking Dead: Yahoo 360 Officially Closes, Again

    The Walking Dead: Yahoo 360 Officially Closes, Again

    Yahoo 360, which was supposed to close early last year, is finally officially shutting its doors on July 13, according to a blog post written on the site today. The social network/blogging service that nobody really used (except in Vietnam) steadily lost its steam, especially in the U.S. According to ComScore, Yahoo 360 had 13.9 million worldwide unique visitors in April. But only 982,000… Read More

  • SourceForge Acquires Open Source Data Community Ohloh

    SourceForge Acquires Open Source Data Community Ohloh

    SourceForge, an tech news and e-commerce network has acquired Ohloh, a social network for developers and directory of open source projects, for an undisclosed amount. SourceForge owns and operates a number of tech media websites, including SourceForge.net, a centralized location for software developers to manage open source software development; Slashdot, a tech news site; ThinkGeek, a… Read More

  • Sergey Brin: Google Wave Will Set A New Benchmark For Interactivity

    Sergey Brin: Google Wave Will Set A New Benchmark For Interactivity

    Google unveiled its new communication tool, Wave, this morning with a bang at Google I/O. The blogosphere is a buzz with talk of the new product, which blends email, instant messaging, collaboration and real time functionality into one platform. And Wave will open up its API soon to developers and will eventually be an open source product, letting the developer community take an active part… Read More

  • Take A 3D Tour Of Your Favorite Baseball Stadium With Google Earth

    Take A 3D Tour Of Your Favorite Baseball Stadium With Google Earth

    This has been quite a week for Google, especially with the announcement of Google Wave at the Google I/O Conference. Not to be ignored, Google Earth has been quietly rolling out some nifty features, including business listings. Today, Google Earth has added 3D tours of buildings, bridges, baseball stadiums and more. The tours are self-running views into buildings, bridges, museums… Read More

  • Playdom Grows Up: Switches To Studio Model, Lands Top Talent

    Playdom Grows Up: Switches To Studio Model, Lands Top Talent

    Playdom, a popular social gaming developer on MySpace, is moving to a studio model, similar to the model of competitor Zynga. Playdom has largely flown under our radar until now, but they’ve built up some very popular social networking apps on MySpace, and are also moving to Facebook as well. Adopting the studio model means that Playdom will have multiple independent teams working on… Read More

  • Arianna Huffington: Subscriptions Are For Porn

    Arianna Huffington: Subscriptions Are For Porn

    At D7 today, Kara Swisher sat down with Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington and Washington Post’s Digital Chief Katharine Weymouth to discuss a topic that has been beaten to death: old vs. new media. Much of the interview was spent massaging each other’s egos, with each praising the other for the quality of their respective publication’s journalism. But Huffington… Read More

  • Tweetbucks Brings Affiliate Fees To Twitter Users. Is That A Good Thing?

    Tweetbucks Brings Affiliate Fees To Twitter Users. Is That A Good Thing?

    Talk of how to monetize Twitter, both from its founders perspective and a third-party point of view, is dominating conversation on the web these days. Tweetbucks, a startup founded by entrepreneur Chris Sukornyk, is hoping to make money for users of Twitter, Facebook and FriendFeed through leveraging affiliate fees and CPCs from ads. Here’s how it works. Tweetbucks has a database… Read More

  • Virtual Chat Room TinyChat Adds Video Conferencing And Screen Sharing

    Virtual Chat Room TinyChat Adds Video Conferencing And Screen Sharing

    TinyChat, the simple, free web-based chat room we wrote about here, is now adding video conferencing and screen sharing to its list of features. Once you create a chat room on TinyChat’s site, TinyChat will generate a unique URL that you can share with whoever you choose to invite to the virtual chat room. When users click on the link, they will enter the interface and will be able to… Read More

  • Google Earth Is Now Open For Businesses

    Google Earth Is Now Open For Businesses

    Google Earth has proven to be a powerful and useful tool for combing the Earth. The virtual-earth application has helped solve a plane crash mystery, was used for a marijuana bust and lets you explore Disneyland Paris. Now, Google Earth is adding something more practical It will let you see businesses and related information on both its desktop and iPhone apps. By adding a… Read More

  • PeopleBrowsr Tosses Its Hat In The Twitter/Facebook Desktop Client Ring

    PeopleBrowsr Tosses Its Hat In The Twitter/Facebook Desktop Client Ring

    There is a heated competition taking place for which Twitter/Facebook desktop client is the fairest of them all. We’ve written about about TweetDeck, Twhirl / Seesmic Desktop, AlertThingy, Sobees, and the clients that focus only on Twitter (Tweetie, Nambu, Twitterific, etc.). Now, PeopleBrowsr, is entering beta with a free Adobe AIR-powered desktop app that integrates Twitter, Facebook… Read More

  • Adify Opens Up API To Expand Technology For Ad Networks

    Adify Opens Up API To Expand Technology For Ad Networks

    Adify, a company that powers vertical ad networks, has released its API through a newly formed partner program to allow customers to extend online advertising technologies to the 12,000 publishers who use Adify’s vertical ad networks. Adify’s Network Builder is a technology platform upon which customers can build and commercialize vertical ad networks. Adify’s Amplified… Read More

  • OurParents Launches Free Customized Service To Find Senior Care Providers

    OurParents Launches Free Customized Service To Find Senior Care Providers

    Former AOL Digital Chief and founder of startup incubator Launchbox Digital John McKinley’s mother fell ill recently and McKinley turned to the web to find answers on how and where to seek care for his elderly parent. McKinley found a distressing lack of resources that helped adults find the right care providers for elderly parents. He found that many of the existing services were… Read More

  • Political Pundit Tucker Carlson To Launch Competitor To Huffington Post

    Political Pundit Tucker Carlson To Launch Competitor To Huffington Post

    Conservative political pundit Tucker Carlson is planning to launch a political news competitor to the Huffington Post, reports The Hill today. The site will be called TheDailyCaller.com and will be focused on reporting news about the Obama Administration but will add “facts to the conversation.” Implying that the Huffington Post’s coverage is biased, Carlson said that The… Read More

  • Mark Logic Raises $12.5 Million For XML Server Software

    Mark Logic Raises $12.5 Million For XML Server Software

    Mark Logic, an IT company that creates software to host large amounts of content, has raised $12.5 million in Series D funding led by Sequoia Capital, with participation from Tenaya Capital. This latest round brings Mark Logic’s total funding to $45.5 million. Founded in 2001, Mark Logic says it will use the funding to grow sales channels, expand to international markets and develop… Read More

  • Viralheat Measures And Analyzes Real-Time Content On Twitter, YouTube And More

    As YouTube and Twitter have become essential marketing tools for brands and companies, there has been an emergence of startups that help marketers track the buzz around a certain individual or brand. Radian6, Visible Measures, Omgili, Omniture and a plethora of others offer tools to monitor blogs, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and other social media sites for mentions of a company or… Read More