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

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 applic

Early Beta Data From Microsoft AdSense Competitor Encouraging

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/msftpub-215x80.jpg" width="215" height="80" /> We are getting reports that Microsoft's <a href="https://beta.pubcenter.microsoft.com/">PubCen

Y Combinator Demo Day Spring 2009

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/13181v1-max-250x250-215x43.png" width="215" height="43" /> The 16 startups from <a href="http://ycombinator.com">Y Combinator's</a> spring se

Delivery Agent Is Monetizing Product Placement For TV Networks

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/18114v1-max-250x250.jpg" width="167" height="107" /> Want the latest jeans that Lauren Conrad wore on MTV's pseudo-reality TV show, <e

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

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/4231v1-max-250x250.png" width="200" height="94" /> Mobile Q&A answer service <a href="http://partners.chacha.com/">ChaCha</a> is s

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

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/storm-215x142.jpg" width="215" height="142" /> <a href="http://epic.org/">The Electronic Privacy Information Center</a> (EPIC) has asked the

SocialCalendar Organizes Your Social Life

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/sc2-215x48.jpg" width="215" height="48" /> Facebook application <a href="http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=8331309681">SocialCa

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 spa

Loudcrowd Marries Gaming And Music In A Virtual World

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/lc2.jpg" width="200" height="74" /> Startup <a href="http://www.conduitlabs.com/">Conduit Labs </a> has launched <a href="http://www.l

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 o

Facebook's fbFund Is Accepting Applications For FB Connect And iPhone Apps

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/l40962810690_1103.jpg" width="112" height="111" /> <a href="http://developers.facebook.com/news.php?blog=1&story=216">fbFund</a>,

BestInClass Tries To Help Consumers Find The Perfect Digital Camera

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/bestin2-215x55.jpg" width="215" height="55" /> Startup <a href="http://www.bestinclass.com/digital-cameras">BestInClass</a> is trying to solv

Elevator Pitch Friday: HerHotSpot Is A Social Network Merged With Cosmopolitan Magazine

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/herhot-215x174.jpg" width="215" height="174" /> This week's elevator pitch comes from <a href="http://herhotspot.com">HerHotSpot.com</a>, an

FanSnap Is The New Kayak For Event Ticket Searches

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/26837v2-max-250x250-215x40.png" width="215" height="40" /> Event tickets are a <a href="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/2007/08/06/event-ticke

The 2009 List Of Tech Billionaires And How Much They Lost

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/gates2-134x200.jpg" width="134" height="200" /> Forbes released its <a href="http://www.forbes.com/2009/03/11/worlds-richest-people-billionai

Amazon Web Services Rolls Out New Pricing Model For EC2

Amazon has changed the pricing model of its cloud computing platform, Amazon Web Services, creating what’s called “Reserved Instances” for its EC2 Product. Reserved instances basical

Plaxo Adds Commenting And Trip Info Sharing Features To Pulse

<img src="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/3880v1-max-150x150.jpg" width="150" height="51" /> Social contacts platform <a href="http://www.plaxo.com/">Plaxo</a> is adding two

GrandCentral To (Finally) Launch As Google Voice. It's Very, Very Good.

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/googlevoice-2-215x85.jpg" width="215" height="85" /><a href="http://www.grandcentral.com">GrandCentral</a>, a phone management service that fi

Social Investing Site KaChing Opens Up API To Developers

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/31806v2-max-250x250-215x66.png" width="215" height="66" /> Social investing site <a href="http://www.kaching.com/">kaChing</a> is opening up

Zappos and Magnify Join Forces to Combine The Thrill Of Retail Therapy With Web 2.0 Video

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/118v1-max-250x250.png" width="200" height="65" /> Online footware and apparel retailer <a href="http://www.zappos.com/">Zappos.com</a>
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