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.

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  • HD Cloud Puts Video Formatting In The Cloud

    Producing and editing compelling video is only half the work involved in publishing video content to the web. Once finalized, video needs to be formatted and converted to the proper version, or transcoded, to adapt content to the proper format. Startup HD Cloud, a video encoding and transcoding business, wants to become the “the FedEx of web video” is offering automated… Read More

  • Application Delivery Software Ravenflow Nabs $6 Million In Funding

    Ravenflow has secured $6 million in an unattributed round of funding from existing investors Alloy Ventures, Palomar Ventures and the Roda Group, bringing the company’s total funding to $20.7 million. Ravenflow’s software helps enterprises deliver applications faster. Launched in 2004, Ravenflow lets business analysts gain better insight into application development projects… Read More

  • Roger McNamee's Band Moonalice Gets 3000 Downloads From Twitter Concerts

    It’s no surprise that bands and musicians are trying to harness the viral power of Twitter. Music is a big part of Twitter’s content, as we’ve written about in the past. But recently the Bay Area band Moonalice, whose lead guitarist is well-known venture capitalist and Elevation Partners co-founder Roger McNamee, staged several concerts on Twitter and has seen some… Read More

  • TribeHQ Is The "Micro-Jobbing" Platform For All Things Job Related

    With the popularity of Twitter and the proliferation of symbiotic applications designed to feed off the Twitter phenomenon, it’s becoming increasingly uncommon to see startups taking a stab at creating a totally new “micro-blogging” platform. That’s why it’s always fascinating to see how people are trying to reinvent the Twitter wheel. TribeHQ has launched its… Read More

  • Adapx Raises $9 Million In Series B Funding For Digital Pen Technology

    Digital pen and software manufacturer Adapx closed $9 million in Series B financing led by UV Partners, with existing investors OVP Venture Partners and Paladin Capital Group participating. Paladin and OVP Venture Partners led Adapx’s Series A funding round in 2007, which totaled $10 million. Adapx allows mobile teams to collect data in the field via digital pens and its Capturx software. Read More

  • Ad Network Collective Media Secures $20 million In Series B Funding

    Online ad network Collective Media has secured $20 million in Series B funding led by Accel Partners and iNovia Capital. Collective Media offers publishers an ad network management platform to create their own branded, vertical ad networks. The company raised an undisclosed amount in Series A funding, led by Greycroft Partners and iNovia Capital, in October 2007. Launched in 2005, the… Read More

  • Some Of Our Favorite Easter Eggs

    Just as children love hunting for Easter eggs, we love finding virtual Easter eggs in software and Web apps—those intentional hidden messages, features or jokes built into the software that users in the know may stumble upon at some point during their experience with the application. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite software Easter eggs of all-time (in no given order)… Read More

  • Report: Founders Want To Buy Skype Back From EBay

    As the New York Times reported, Skype’s founders, Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, are in talks with several private equity firms and are amassing their own financial resources to make a bid for the internet phone business. eBay bought Skype from Zennstrom and Friis for around $3.1 billion in 2005. We reported last year that eBay would be willing to sell Skype if the company… Read More

  • Commerce 360 Reinvents Itself As ClickEquations

    ClickEquations (formerly Commerce 360), a paid-search management optimization business, has launched a comprehensive new software that gives ad agencies and publishers the tools to manage their search campaigns. The platform is pretty nifty. Users can open an editing tray at the bottom of the screen and make the desired changes to their Google, Yahoo, or MSN search accounts with the click of… Read More

  • President Obama, Where’s Our CTO?

    President Obama incorporated technology into his election campaign in an unprecedented way, became known as the YouTube president within the first week of being elected, and seems to be forward thinking in his views on innovation and technology, which is why we endorsed him last year. But now we are almost four months into his tenure as President and leader of the free world, and the Obama… Read More

  • President Obama, Where's Our CTO?

    President Obama incorporated technology into his election campaign in an unprecedented way, became known as the YouTube president within the first week of being elected, and seems to be forward thinking in his views on innovation and technology, which is why we endorsed him last year. But now we are almost four months into his tenure as President and leader of the free world, and the Obama… Read More

  • When Will Apple Hit 1 Billion App Downloads?

    Apple is really, really close to hitting 1 billion app downloads across the world, according to its new countdown page. If you download an app, you’ll be enrolled in a contest to win a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card, an iPod touch, a Time Capsule, and a MacBook Pro. TechCrunch is holding its own contest in honor of this occasion. Whoever guesses when it will hit one billion, and is closest… Read More

  • Google's Data Storage Goes Green

    Last week, Google hosted an “Efficient Data Center Summit” with leaders from the IT sector to discuss best practices for improving data center efficiency, whole also saving money. Here’s what Google had to say in its blog post about the summit: “Saving electricity and water is not just good for the environment, it makes good business sense too. Being… Read More

  • A Look At The Tesla S 17-inch Haptic Entertainment And Navigation System

    Mike and I were the first journalists to ride in the new Tesla Model S sedan yesterday and we were captivated by the massive 17-inch touch screen (so was Gizmodo) featured in the center console of the car. Both Tesla CEO Elon Musk and chief designer Franz von Holzhausen didn’t say much about the on screen system, except that it does have touch capability, it is an… Read More

  • Pixelpipe: A Distribution Console For All Your Media Links

    Pixelpipe, a Web service that lets you syndicate text, audio, video and image files to 75 social networks, blogs and sites, is launching a new version that will allow you to customize the landing page of your Pixelpipe account to look more like your profile on Facebook or Twitter. The new version targets the micro-blogging networks and sites, giving users the ability to send various types… Read More

  • Israel Web Tour Brings Startups To The Valley

    The California Israel Chamber of Commerce is hosting 10 Israeli start-ups in Silicon Valley for its annual Israel Web Tour from April 20-23, 2009. We have been debating whether Israel has “lost its mojo” when it comes to being a center for tech and innovation. Regardless, these promising startups from Israel were selected to come to the Valley to meet with industry leaders… Read More

  • SDC Will Strengthen Google's Position In The Enterprise Cloud

    Google announced yesterday that they are going to strengthen Google Apps security by adding a Secure Data Connector (SDC) to its engine. SDC is built around having an agent inside the firewall, which connects to servers inside of Google. This gives Google servers policy-controlled access to data businesses have chosen to expose. Basically, SDC allows secure access to data behind firewall for… Read More

  • Polar Rose Combines Facebook Connect With Facial Recognition Technology To Tag Photos On Flickr

    Polar Rose, a photo tagging startup we wrote about during its private launch, has released a new version of its application that lets you name and tag people in your photos on your Flickr account using your Facebook contacts. Polar Rose will detect people in your photos, let you name the people using your Facebook contact list, and then suggest tags of other photos that include your… Read More

  • Mendix Helps Enterprises Streamline Application Deployment

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  • Dictionary.com Launches Free iPhone App

    Dictionary.com, part of the Ask.com network, has launched a free iPhone app that delivers lets you look up definitions and synonyms from Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com, reaching into a database of more than 275,000 definitions and 80,000 synonyms. The app also features audio pronunciations, similarly spelled words and Word of the Day. The app lets you easily access spelled words… Read More