Leena Rao

Leena Rao

Leena Rao is currently a Senior Writer at Fortune Magazine.

Leena had a brief stint at Google Ventures as an Operating Partner.

Leena’s first role out of journalism school was at TechCrunch which she joined in 2008. She rose through the ranks becoming the Managing Editor for TechCrunch and a voice at TechCrunch Disrupt.

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.

The Latest from Leena Rao

Zillow Posts A Loss Due To Ad Expenses, But Q1 Revenue Up 70 Percent To A Record $66.2M

Real estate marketplace Zillow <a target="_blank" href="http://seekingalpha.com/pr/9841563-zillow-inc-reports-record-first-quarter-2014-results">announced</a> Q1 earnings this afternoon, with revenue

Layer Raises $14.5M, Hires iMessage, Facetime Pioneer Andy Vyrros As CTO

Communications platform for mobile and web apps and <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/09/11/and-the-winner-of-techcrunch-disrupt-sf-2013-is-layer/">Disrupt SF 2013</a> winner <a target="_blank

Square Board Member Roelof Botha Says There Were No Acquisition Discussions

On stage at Disrupt NY today, Sequoia partner and Square board member <a target="_blank" href="http://www.sequoiacap.com/us/roelof-botha/info">Roelof Botha</a> set the record straight around those rum

Online Consignment Store For Luxury And Designer Goods The RealReal Raises $20M

TheRealReal, an online consignment store for luxury goods, has raised $20 million in Series C funding from DBL Investors, Canaan Partners, InterWest Partners, eVentures, Greycroft, and Expansion Capit

SV Angel And People.co To Launch An NFL Combine For Hackers, Draft.Me

Recruiting great technical talent is a challenge for small startups, later stage companies and even public tech companies. SV Angel and one of the firm's new startup, <a target="_blank" href="http://w

Peer To Peer Lending Marketplace Prosper Raises $70M

Prosper.com, a peer-to-peer lending marketplace in the U.S., has raised $70 million led by Francisco Partners, a private equity firm with Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) and Phenomen Ventures par

Apple Acquires Power Efficient LED Tech Company LuxVue

<img class="alignright size-full wp-image-996579" src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/screen_shot_2014-05-02_at_1-51-03_pm.png" alt="Screen_Shot_2014-05-02_at_1.51.03_PM" width

KidAdmit Wants To Take The Hassle Out Of Applying For Preschools In The Bay Area

Applying to preschool in San Francisco is not that different from when you may have applied to college 15 years ago. You have to complete a bunch of applications either by hand or print them out from

Fab May Suffer Yet Another Round Of Layoffs

We’ve heard that design-focused e-commerce site Fab is planning another round of layoffs. At an internal meeting today, sources tell us that the company said it would be making a decision on the fin

Meet AltSchool, The Startup That Is Going To Reinvent Primary Education

Education is one of the last industries that is still going through massive change and disruption with the introduction of technology. In particular, we’ve seen the rise of iPads,  the introduc

Kamcord, The SDK That Allows You To Record Mobile Games, Raises $7.1M From TransLink Capital

Kamcord, the SDK that allows gamers to record in-game video on mobile, has raised $7.1 million in Series A funding led by TransLink Capital with participation from SV Angel as well as DeNA, KLab, and

General Catalyst Backs Agile Software Development Shop For Government Orgs, OGSystems

OGSystems is announcing an undisclosed amount of funding from VC firm General Catalyst, and the appointment of Tad Elmer, an XIR at the firm and former CEO of BBN Technologies to its board of director

Farfetch, An Online Marketplace For Designer Fashion Boutiques, Raises $66M

Farfetch, an online marketplace for independent fashion boutiques, has raised $66 million led by private equity firm Vitruvian Partners, with existing investors Condé Nast International and Advent Ve

eBay Beats, Q1 Non-GAAP Earnings Up 11 Percent to $899M, Revenue Up 14 Percent To $4.3B

eBay just <a target="_blank" href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140429006961/en/eBay-Reports-Quarter-Results">reported</a> first quarter earnings this afternoon, beating expectations. Non-G

Square Now Lets Merchants Collect Payments Offline And In Advance For Order Pickup

Square has long talked about adding more features to its point of sale system to make it more attractive for large and small merchants to use, and for their customers as well. The company even bought

LendUp Raises $50 Million To Disrupt Payday Lending

Y Combinator-incubated payday loan disruptor LendUp has raised a $50 million credit debt facility from Victory Park Capital. This adds to the $18 million in equity funding LendUp has raised from inves

Cloud App Monitoring Company New Relic Raises $100M

New Relic, maker of application monitoring tools for developers, has raised $100 million in funding led by BlackRock, Inc. and Passport Capital with T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., and Wellington Mana

A Letter To The Board Members Of RadiumOne

Dear RadiumOne Board Members, In covering the day-to-day launches, funding announcements, and feature additions of tech startups and companies, I rarely think about the founder or CEO of a company&#82

Stewart Butterfield’s Slack Raised $43M Million In New Funding

Slack, a collaboration platform founded by Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield, is raising $30 million-plus in new funding, we’ve learned. (Update: the company confirmed the day after we publi

Ondot Raises $18M To Let You Take Complete Control Of Your Credit Card Via Your Mobile Phone

Managing credit and debit cards is still a relatively complicated process. You can control some elements of your cards like accessing your balances and transferring money online, but you can’t t
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