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

Google Upgrades Custom Search Box On Blogger

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/google-blogegr-181x200.jpg" width="181" height="200" /> Google's blog publishing platform, Blogger, is <a href="http://buzz.blogger.com/2009/

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

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/best-video-1-215x101.jpg" width="215" height="101" /> <strong>Warning:</strong> It appears that a worm has hit Twitter-the tweet will say "Be

The Top VC Blogs (According To Google Reader)

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/no-1-finger-135x200.jpg" width="135" height="200" /> Venture capitalists can be valuable sources of information about the tech community. Not

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

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/andrew1.jpg" width="174" height="134" /> Google's head of public policy, Andrew McLaughlin, will join the Obama administration as deputy chie

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 a

The Walking Dead: Yahoo 360 Officially Closes, Again

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/zombies-215x146.jpg" width="215" height="146" /> <a href="http://360.yahoo.com/login.html?.done=http%3A%2F%2F360.yahoo.com%2F&.src=360">Y

SourceForge Acquires Open Source Data Community Ohloh

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/twitter-_-jeff-clavier_-late-disclosurelol_-ohlo-215x136.jpg" width="215" height="136" /> <a href="http://web.sourceforge.com/">SourceForge,<

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

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/wave-215x161.jpg" width="215" height="161" /> Google unveiled its new communication tool, <a href="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/2009/05/28/

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

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/google-earth-tours-215x133.jpg" width="215" height="133" /> This has been quite a week for Google, especially with the announcement of <a hre

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

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/playdom-jpeg-image-318x94-pixels.jpg" width="193" height="74" /> <a href="http://www.playdom.com/">Playdom,</a> a popular social gamin

Arianna Huffington: Subscriptions Are For Porn

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/porn-145x200.jpg" width="145" height="200" /> At <a href="http://d7.allthingsd.com/20090528/d7-interview-arianna-huffington-and-katharine-wey

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

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/tweetbucks1-215x59.jpg" width="215" height="59" /> Talk of how to monetize Twitter, both from its founders perspective and a third-party poin

Virtual Chat Room TinyChat Adds Video Conferencing And Screen Sharing

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/tinychat.jpg" width="211" height="126" /> <a href="http://www.tinychat.com/">TinyChat,</a> the simple, free web-based chat room we wro

Google Earth Is Now Open For Businesses

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/googleearth1-1-104x200.jpg" width="104" height="200" /> <a href="http://earth.google.com/">Google Earth </a>has proven to be a powerful and u

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

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/people1-2-215x125.jpg" width="215" height="125" /> There is a heated competition taking place for which Twitter/Facebook desktop client is th

Adify Opens Up API To Expand Technology For Ad Networks

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/17783v1-max-250x250-1.png" width="190" height="70" /> <a href="http://www.adify.com">Adify,</a> a company that powers vertical ad netw

OurParents Launches Free Customized Service To Find Senior Care Providers

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/our-parents4-214x144.jpg" width="214" height="144" /> Former AOL Digital Chief and founder of startup incubator <a href="http://www.crunchbas

Political Pundit Tucker Carlson To Launch Competitor To Huffington Post

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/carlson-156x200.jpg" width="156" height="200" /> Conservative political pundit Tucker Carlson is planning to launch a political news competit

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 late

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

<img src="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/viralheat.jpg" width="200" height="106" /> As YouTube and Twitter have become essential marketing tools for brands and companies, t
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