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.

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  • Google Releases Tweaked Version of Reader

    Google has released a new version of Reader that’s been tweaked a bit. Google has added a new set of tabs in the trends page called “Friends Trends,” where you can see which friends share the most content and whose shared items you read. Another change relates to the comments feature, which is now available to Reader’s non-English users. Google says that sources of items… Read More

  • European Social Network Netlog To Use Mollom's Spam Filtering Tool

    Spam filtering tool Mollom, a competitor to Automattic’s Akismet, has struck a deal to filter messages and comments for Netlog, one of Europe’s fastest growing social networks. Mollom will be filtering more than 4 million messages in over 25 languages for Netlog, which has 40 million worldwide users. Mollom says that it has set up dedicated servers within Netlog’s data center… Read More

  • ¬°Nuevo! Google Adds Message Translation To Gmail

    Gmail Labs just added another nifty tool to its suite of features—message translation. Using Google Translate, Gmail will help you translate any message that you receive in another language into a language you can understand. The feature can be used for 41 languages. Gmail will suggest a language to translate the message to and also gives you the option to translate the message to… Read More

  • Buzzd Unveils Location-Based Entertainment Guide For The BlackBerry

    buzzd, a location-based city guide and social network, has launched a native app made for BlackBerry smartphones, which brings many features of its mobile Web version to a native mobile application. The network was one of the recipients of the first round of investments from the BlackBerry Partners Fund (similar to Facebook’s fb Fund) last October. Previously only available via a mobile… Read More

  • Zazzle Goes To The Dogs, Expands Business Abroad

    Zazzle, the site that lets you custom-design and sell everything from T-shirts and sneakers to postage stamps and skateboards, is launching localized sites and offerings in Australia and Canada. The company has also expanded its existing UK site, which was launched in late 2008, to the greater European market by accepting payments in Euros. And for pet-friendly users, Zazzle has unveiled a line… Read More

  • Twitter Reaches New Heights As Climber Tweets From Everest

    Gavin Bate, an Irish mountain climber, is climbing Mount Everest and recording his ascent to the world’s highest peak via Twitter. Bate, who is climbing for his charity Moving Mountains, has been climbing Mount Everest for the past 37 days and has been tweeting updates, his coordinates, and links to his podcast from his climb. He’s also been posting updates to his… Read More

  • VoxPop.TV Raises $1.5 Million For Pop Culture Games

    VoxPop.TV, a San Francisco-based startup that creates embeddable pop culture contextual games for publishers like Entertainment Weekly, E! Online, and Maxim, has raised $1.5 million in Series B funding led by Hearst Interactive Media, with original investor True Ventures participating. VoxPop raised $2 million in Series A funding from True Ventures in 2007. VoxPop will use the additional… Read More

  • Gnip Adds Facebook Data To Its API Mashup

    Gnip, a platform that helps move data around from one social network to the next, is now integrated with Facebook so that the platform can access data via Facebook’s recently launched open API stream. Gnip lets data-consuming services like Plaxo that take data from other services (like Twitter, Friendfeed, Digg, Delicious, etc.) collect data from requested users pushed to them. Data… Read More

  • AWS Rolls Out Cloud Management And Scalability Features For EC2

    Amazon Web Services unveiled a suite of new features for Amazon EC2 which will help users monitor cloud capacity, scale on demand, and spread incoming traffic across multiple web servers. Amazon originally announced these features last fall, but the applications didn’t enter public beta until today. The first feature, Amazon CloudWatch, provides customers with real-time visibility… Read More

  • Blogging Site For Babies Wee Web Now Helps Tots Save For College

    Wee Web, a social sharing site for parents of newborns and small children, has merged with the Freshman Fund, a college savings gift registry. The integration of the sites lets parents create a single destination for families to both see updates on children and facilitate donations towards children’s education savings. Created by the founders of online event planner Meetup, Wee Web… Read More

  • If The Watchdogs Are Saved: Ethical Repercussions Of A Newspaper Bailout

    The somewhat depressing and controversial possibility of a newspaper bailout turned into a stone-cold reality in the past few months as politicians, including Sen. John Kerry, Sen. Ben Cardin and President Obama, have hinted at giving the newspaper industry a life vest to save a sinking industry. Kerry, in his dire remarks at the Senate hearing on “Future of Journalism” a few… Read More

  • Not A Typo: Six Apart Opens Up Suite Of Products For Rival WordPress

    Anil Dash, chief evangelist for blogging software platform Six Apart, announced today that blogging platform has launched a a plugin that provides WordPress users with access to a suite of Six Apart’s add-on features for blogs. Dash made the announcement at WordPress blogger convention WordCamp Mid-Atlantic. While some of Six Apart’s functionality have been available to… Read More

  • MindTouch Offers Collaboration Tools Across Windows Applications

    Opensource wiki developer MindTouch has released a desktop suite of productivity tools that lets you publish and edit information from Windows applications to MindTouch’s wiki. MindTouch’s portal connects teams, enterprise systems, web services and Web 2.0 applications with IT governance, enabling users to access, publish and organize data and systems. Customers include Mozilla… Read More

  • Time Makes A List Of Tech Failures, Microsoft Makes It Twice

    Time Magazine recently published a list (completed by 24/7 Wall St.) of the “Top Ten Biggest Tech Failures Of The Past Decade.” Microsoft Vista, Microsoft Zune, Gateway, YouTube and the Segway all made the list. Time said that 24/7 Wall St. evaluated both start-ups and products that were “widely recognized,” had international availability and were available to anyone. Read More

  • MXP4 Raises $2.7 Million For Interactive Digital Music Technology

    MXP4, a startup that creates interactive tools that allow artists and producers to let listeners “play” and interact with digital music, has raised $2.7 million in funding from Sofinnova Partners and Ventech Capital. The Paris-based company previously raised $6.5 million in funding from the same investors in 2007. Launched in 2007, MXP4, which offers a digital format to music… Read More

  • Google Friend Connect Adds Recommendations Gadget

    Google has rolled out a new recommendations gadget that allows sites that use Google Friend Connect to see which parts of their websites their visitors like best. Publishers can create the gadget on Google Friend Connect’s site and then embed the code into their sites. Once the gadget is embedded, members can then recommend the content they like, anything from a whole page to a single… Read More

  • Billing Revolution's 'Single-Click' Mobile Payment Service Now Accessible Via SMS Ads

    Billing Revolution, a startup that offers a single-click billing and payment service for commerce transactions on mobile phones, is partnering with MoVoxx, a mobile advertising network that leverages SMS messaging, to place commerce ads on mobile phones. MoVoxx advertisers can implement Billing Revolution’s one-click billing and payment service in SMS advertisements so that consumers… Read More

  • Professional Network ResearchGate Is A LinkedIn For Scientists

    Creating a social network for scientists is not a revolutionary idea—Academia.edu, Ologeez, and Lab Meeting are all startups that have developed variations of communities for researchers and scientists to share their works. ResearchGATE joins the group by offering a free LinkedIn-like professional network that allows scientists to connect with other colleagues, discover new methods… Read More

  • Yahoo Makes A Twitter Clone…In Portuguese

    We’ve heard that Yahoo may be unveiling a Twitter clone called Yahoo Meme. According to our tipster David Ruiz’s blog (it’s in Portuguese, here’s the translated version), Yahoo is inviting users to test out the alpha version of a competitor to Twitter. Translated to English, the front page of Yahoo Meme says “Do not have time nor patience for blogging? So Meme… Read More

  • Aha Mobile Scores $3 Million For Driver-Friendly iPhone App

    Aha Mobile, a startup that is developing a car-friendly informational iPhone app, has secured $3 million in Series A financing from Venrock. Currently in development, Aha’s product is focused on safely connecting drivers to relevant information about the world around them via a mobile device. Aha’s vision is to create an iPhone app that gives drivers the information they need… Read More