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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  • Want A Free, Cheesy Wedding Planned By Millions Of Strangers? Head to MySpace.

    Want A Free, Cheesy Wedding Planned By Millions Of Strangers? Head to MySpace.

    If you have ever wanted a cheesy, media-sponsored wedding like those on reality TV shows or on the Today Show, perhaps you should look to your social network. MySpace is now accepting submissions for “Married on MySpace,” an online reality TV series that will let couples receive the “wedding of their dreams” planned by and shared with the entire social network . Read More

  • Online Deal Marketplace FatWallet Gets A Facelift

    Online Deal Marketplace FatWallet Gets A Facelift

    Online deal marketplace FatWallet.com is getting a makeover. FatWallet redesigned its existing site to give it a slick, user-friendly interface. The money-saving site also added a new feature to organize its deals called Coupon Search, which is stocked with with online coupons for consumers. And FatWallet expanded its roster of retail parters. While the site originally had relationships with… Read More

  • iPhone App Developers Gripe About Payment Delays and Dismal Customer Service

    iPhone App Developers Gripe About Payment Delays and Dismal Customer Service

    Are iPhone app developers getting paid on time from Apple? Not all of them. On this iPhone developer forum, there are numerous threads from developers who are complaining about delays in payments for January and not being paid the amount of money the developers are in fact due from sales. And we’ve received one complaint directly from an iPhone app developer that Apple is late on… Read More

  • Raptr Spreads Its Wings With Gaming Partnerships

    Raptr Spreads Its Wings With Gaming Partnerships

    Raptr, the social network for people who like to play and discover games, is partnering with several big-name gaming companies to license and distribute games and spread its reach. The Raptr Partners Program includes Sony Online Entertainment, NHN USA, Gala-Net as well as hardware companies Razer and Bigfoot Networks. Raptr says that its reach could potentially exceed over 10 million players… Read More

  • Academic Earth Is The Hulu For Education

    Academic Earth Is The Hulu For Education

    When Richard Ludlow was struggling in a linear algebra class at Yale, he scoured the internet for answers and stumbled upon a full video course available online from one of MIT’s mathematics professors, Gilbert Strang. He realized that there was an opportunity to create an easily accessible online platform for academic video courses and guest lectures, much like Hulu does for… Read More

  • BorderWare Offers Comprehensive URL Filtering Software

    BorderWare Offers Comprehensive URL Filtering Software

    Email and web security provider BorderWare Technologies is releasing a comprehensive URL filtering solution that could fill the gaps that currently exist with existing URL filtering measures. URL filtering is the common way to prevent users from entering a site with questionable content. The way security software works is that each time a questionable link is being accessed, the software… Read More

  • Former MSN Exec Named RNC New Media Director

    Todd Herman, former Microsoft and MSNBC.com employee and streaming media expert, has been named the Director of New Media for the Republican National Committee. Herman founded and ran SpinSpotter, a startup that provides tools to detect spin in news stories. Here’s a snippet of Herman’s bio from SpinSpotter’s website: Todd wrote the initial strategy and business plan for… Read More

  • Find Love On Your iPhone With Match.com

    Find Love On Your iPhone With Match.com

    Online dating site Match.com is releasing a native iPhone application for its 15 million members to date on the go. The app allows users to edit their profile, upload photos, and even has an opt-in to a location based feature that allows them to see singles in their area. The last feature seems to be the most innovative one-there is definitely a market for location based dating on iPhones… Read More

  • Find Love On Your iPhone With Match.com

    Find Love On Your iPhone With Match.com

    Online dating site Match.com is releasing a native iPhone application for its 15 million members to date on the go. The app allows users to edit their profile, upload photos, and even has an opt-in to a location based feature that allows them to see singles in their area. The last feature seems to be the most innovative one – there is definitely a market for location based dating on… Read More

  • Food Delivery Service GrubHub Secures $2 Million In Series B Funding

    Food Delivery Service GrubHub Secures $2 Million In Series B Funding

    Food delivery search engine GrubHub.com has secured $2 million in Series B funding led by led by Origin Ventures and Leo Capital, with earlier investor Amicus Capital participating as well. Grubhub says that it will use the funding to build upon its existing online network of restaurants that deliver to metropolitan areas around the country and create new products to enhance user experience… Read More

  • 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read More