Leena Rao

Leena Rao

Leena Rao is currently a Senior 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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Latest from Leena Rao

  • Ustream Launches Mobile Version of Watershed, Streaming Service For Enterprises

    Ustream Launches Mobile Version of Watershed, Streaming Service For Enterprises

    Live video startup Ustream has launched the mobile version of Watershed, its broadcasting platform for enterprises. Watershed Mobile will let organizations stream video onto a variety of mobile devices, including the Nokia N95 phones. Launched in February, Watershed allows organizations to broadcast live video in minutes with their own private-label branding. Watershed Mobile will let… Read More

  • Vysr Launches The Uber User-Centric Browser Plugin (Invites)

    Vysr Launches The Uber User-Centric Browser Plugin (Invites)

    Vysr has launched a new version of its browser extension application, RoamAbout 2.0. The downloadable browser application, which is available for Firefox, Linux and Internet Explorer, allows you to integrate your favorite apps like Gmail, and social networks like Twitter and Facebook within the browser and then interact with the apps contextually while on any web site. We are offering 1000 private… Read More

  • Salesforce Puts Tweets In The Cloud

    Salesforce Puts Tweets In The Cloud

    Cloud computing and social networks are two of the more powerful movements in the web 2.0 space. So the potential of social media and the cloud integrating is compelling to say the least. Salesforce.com recently rolled out the Service Cloud, a customer service application that tries to capture the crowdsourced pools of knowledge floating across the internet from sites like Google, Facebook and… Read More

  • Elevator Pitch Friday: Song.ly Lets You Share Music Via Twitter

    This week's elevator pitch comes from Song.ly, a service that takes the URL of an MP3, shortens it for Twitter so that a user can tweet the url of the song, and then puts it into a compact Flash player for listening. The pitch is short, sweet, and gets bonus points for articulating the concept behind the startup's business model. Song.ly allows users to submit the link for an MP3 (you can't… Read More

  • Tags Is The Organization Tool For Mac Users Who Have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

    Tags Is The Organization Tool For Mac Users Who Have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

    Tagging can be the super-organizers dream tool. Apple application developer, Gravity Applications, recently launched a tagging software, Tags, that allows Mac users to tag all their files, including emails, bookmarks, pictures and files. The tags allow users to assign keywords for files, grouping many different files that have something in common. The tagging feature also allows you to apply many… Read More

  • GE Uses Digital Hologram To Advertize Windmills

    GE Energy has come out with a unique online ad, to promote its Smart Grid windmill technology. A video of how the ad works (via Today's Big Thing) is after the jump. When you log onto GE's site, you can do this yourself pretty easily. Basically, you print out a special marker that looks like a solar panel, activate your computer's webcam, and then point the marker so it faces your webcam. The… Read More

  • YouTube Now Lots Better On Windows Mobile And Nokia Phones

    YouTube Now Lots Better On Windows Mobile And Nokia Phones

    YouTube can now be widely accessedthrough an application on most Window Mobile and Nokia S60 devices. You can visit m.youtube.com from your phone to download the app. YouTube says that the devices will have a faster application start-up, searching capabilities, and video loading and will allows users to easily access YouTube via an icon on the device's screen. YouTube has also improved the quality… Read More

  • BlogTalkRadio Now Playing In The Enterprise Space

    BlogTalkRadio Now Playing In The Enterprise Space

    BlogTalkRadio, the site where anyone can set up a podcast or “radio talkshow” over the web using phone calls, is playing in the enterprise space. The site, which has over 1000 live broadcasts per day, has been launching content partnerships with major publishers and media organizations over the past few months. PBS, Women's Day Magazine and others are using BlogTalkRadio's tools to create… Read More

  • Yapta Now Tracks Price Drops For Hotels Too

    Yapta Now Tracks Price Drops For Hotels Too

    Yapta.com, an online travel website that tracks airline ticket prices for travelers has added a hotel price tracking service that will help consumers monitor and compare pricing for 110,000 national and international hotels. Basically, Yapta lets consumers choose a hotel that best suits their travel needs and then sign up to be automatically alerted if and when the price drops for a particular… Read More

  • Streamy Launches FriendFeed-like Community RSS Feed and Social Network

    Streamy Launches FriendFeed-like Community RSS Feed and Social Network

    Streamy, a real-time news reading and sharing site and social activity aggregator, has launched the public beta of its platform. We wrote about Streamy at the launch of the site’s private beta in 2007. As we wrote back then, Streamy is a personalized news service and social network that combines elements of Google Reader with FriendFeed. Like Google Reader and FriendFeed, Streamy lets you… Read More

  • Kontagent Now Offers Uber Analytics For iPhone And Web Applications Using Facebook Connect

    Kontagent Now Offers Uber Analytics For iPhone And Web Applications Using Facebook Connect

    Kontagent, one of last year’s fbFund winners and social analytics platform, has launched measurement tools for iPhone and web applications with Facebook Connect support. Kontagent’s application integrates tightly with platforms such as Facebook to offer widget and Facebook application developers a high level of analytics data. Now Kontagent is offering its free tools to Facebook… Read More

  • Early Beta Data From Microsoft AdSense Competitor Encouraging

    Early Beta Data From Microsoft AdSense Competitor Encouraging

    We are getting reports that Microsoft's PubCenter, a self serve thirty party ad publishers platform through AdCenter, is doing quite well with beta testers. Microsoft began testing PubCenter last summer. One beta tester we spoke with said PubCenter is paying significantly more than Google AdSense and Yahoo Publisher. All three of these programs let third party publishers add contextual ads next… Read More

  • Y Combinator Demo Day Spring 2009

    Y Combinator Demo Day Spring 2009

    The 16 startups from Y Combinator's spring session presented their ideas and initial products at Y Combinator's Silicon Valley office this afternoon. Of the 16 startups in this group, 8 have already launched, 6 are in the process of launching and 2 remain in stealth mode. Most of them have been in development for only three months. Y Combinator celebrated some good news recently. They are raising… Read More

  • Delivery Agent Is Monetizing Product Placement For TV Networks

    Delivery Agent Is Monetizing Product Placement For TV Networks

    Want the latest jeans that Lauren Conrad wore on MTV's pseudo-reality TV show, The Hills? Or maybe you want to snag the Dwight Schrute bobblehead toy that is shown on NBC's The Office? Delivery Agent is helping television networks capitalize on this content by creating an online marketplace for products and merchandise that are seen on television shows. Delivery Agent has signed on all the major… Read More

  • Nobody is Dancing At ChaCha. One Third Of Employees Get Pink Slips, Salary Cuts For The Rest

    Nobody is Dancing At ChaCha. One Third Of Employees Get Pink Slips, Salary Cuts For The Rest

    Mobile Q&A answer service ChaCha is shedding one third of its employees. We've confirmed with the company that it laid off 25 people, leaving it with 56 employees. ChaCha cited the layoffs as necessary to ensure profitability in the future. The layoffs have been added to the TechCrunch layoff tracker. From one tipster who says she was let go today: Wanted to drop you a quick line informing… Read More

  • The Perils Of Cloud Computing: Privacy Group Wants To Take Your Gmail Away

    The Perils Of Cloud Computing: Privacy Group Wants To Take Your Gmail Away

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the privacy and security measures of Gmail, Google Docs and Google's other "cloud computing" services for consumers. The complaint highlights Google's recent security breach with Google Docs, citing this as one example of the dangers of putting consumers' data in the cloud. The complaint also… Read More

  • SocialCalendar Organizes Your Social Life

    SocialCalendar Organizes Your Social Life

    Facebook application SocialCalendar is steadily gaining popularity as a go-to calendar for users to manage their social lives on the network. With over 11 million total installs and about 2 million monthly active users, SocialCalendar is one of the only widely used, general purpose calendars on Facebook. SocialCalendar lets you plan events among Facebook friends, get movie showtimes and integrate… Read More

  • Spigit Launches New Version Of Idea Generation Innovation Software

    Spigit Launches New Version Of Idea Generation Innovation Software

    Social productivity startup Spigit, has launched a new version of its idea generation software, InnovationSpigit 2.0, which tries to use social networking to promote innovation with the enterprise space. The software helps businesses and teams contribute ideas, offer feedback and evaluate concepts to streamline idea generation and promote innovation. InnovationSpigit 2.0 uses game-theory… Read More

  • Loudcrowd Marries Gaming And Music In A Virtual World

    Loudcrowd Marries Gaming And Music In A Virtual World

    Startup Conduit Labs has launched Loudcrowd, a online community that integrates a virtual world with social gaming and music. Loudcrowd users can create their own virtual world with avatars and access music playlists while playing a series of music-themed games with friends. Loudcrowd is launching with 50 artists and over 250 songs featured on the platform, including music from the Indie rock… Read More

  • Use Cloudkick To Manage Amazon Web Services' EC2

    Use Cloudkick To Manage Amazon Web Services' EC2

    Cloudkick, a Y Combinator startup, offers a free, easy server management system to businesses whose web infrastructure is maintained by Amazon’s EC2 or Slicehost cloud-based servers. Built off of Amazon Web Services’ API, Cloudkick gives users a single control panel where you can manage all of your servers (or instances) through various platforms. Cloudkick’s dashboard allows you… Read More