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

Y Combinator's Airbed And Breakfast Casts A Wider Net For Housing Rentals As AirBnB

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/airbnb2.png" width="200" height="75" /> <a href="http://www.airbnb.com">AirBed and Breakfast</a>, an online portal for renting space o

Will A Credit Card Solve MySpace's Woes? Who Cares, Get Free Music.

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/myspacecard-215x122.png" width="215" height="122" /> MySpace may be in <a href="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/2009/03/04/smart-execs-leave-b

Dashboard May Not Be Just Another CRM

Startup Lead Log recently launched CRM product, Dashboard, that is hoping to differentiate itself from the millions of other CRMs in the enterprise space through simplicity. Dashboard is an easy-to-us

TinkOmatic Makes Deal and Job Hunting More Organized (500 Invites)

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/tink2-215x44.png" width="215" height="44" /> In this economy, everyone is looking for a good deal. Startup <a href="http://www.tinkomatic.com

Google Code Lab Is Like High School For APIs

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/12872v1-max-250x250.png" width="153" height="55" /> Google has <a href="http://google-code-updates.blogspot.com/2009/03/introducing-la

TheFunded Founder Creates A Startup Camp For Young CEOs

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/ressi2-215x168.jpg" width="215" height="168" /> What this economy needs to get out of its rut is <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy

Vanno's Watchdog Index Keeps Companies Honest With ReputationCheck

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/google-vanno-202x200.png" /> Social evaluation platform <a href="http://vanno.com">Vanno</a> launched a widget application of its real-time c

Kutano Hopes To Draw Crowds In Crowded Online Commentary Space

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/kutano-215x50.png" class="shot" /> Why do online commenting start-ups keep beating their heads against the same wall? <a href="http://www.ku

Content Tracking Service Tynt Scores $3.9 Million in Series A Funding

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/tynt2-215x99.png" /> <a href="http://www.tynt.com/">Tynt</a>, a start-up that allows publishers to monitor and track when users copy content

X Marks The Spot, Foxmarks To Become Xmarks

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/xmarks-beta-v-125x122-204x200.png" class="shot2" /> <a href="http://www.foxmarks.com/">Foxmarks</a>, one of the most popular Firefox add-ons

Marketo Taking The Lead On Marketing 2.0

Marketo, an SaaS company focused on providing marketing automation software for B2B companies, has launched a bigger, better version of its sales and marketing optimization application. The software a

GridIron Flow Takes Workflow Organization To A Whole New Level

<img src="http://www.techcrunchit.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/logo1.png" class="shot2"> <a href="http://www.gridironsoftware.com">GridIron Software</a>, the provider of workflow tools for professi

The Top 21 Twitter Applications (According to Compete)

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/twitter.jpg" class="shot2" /> We've accumulated a list of the twenty most popular Twitter applications, based on monthly unique visito

DocStoc Does Its Part To Rid The Web Of Download Links

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/docshotsjpg.jpg" /> Document sharing site <a href="http://www.docstoc.com">DocStoc</a> has launched <a href="http://www.docstoc.com/Do

Flip Or Bust? FlipGloss Debuts Glossy Digital Photo Magazine

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/flipgloss.png" class="shot2" /> <a href="http://www.flipgloss.com">FlipGloss</a> a Forbes Media-funded digital magazine focused purely

Google Needs French Lessons; Translates "Vimeo" to "YouTube"

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/capture.png" /> How do you say <a href="http://www.vimeo.com/">Vimeo</a> in French? Google Translate thinks it is pronounced "YouTub

Widget Powerhouse JS-Kit Strikes Deal With Sun Microsystems

Widget provider JS-Kit has struck a deal with software vendor Sun Microsystems to provide cross-platform widgets to Sun’s internal and external properties. JS-Kit offers rating, polling, comment

WeddingBook Marries Search Aggregation With Wedding Vendor Listings

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/36404v1-max-450x4501.jpg" class="shot" /> With upwards of 200,000 wedding vendors in the U.S. alone, the wedding industry can be both

Snapstream Mini Is A DVR On Steroids For Enterprises

<img src="http://www.techcrunchit.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/30506v2-max-250x250.png" class="shot2"> <a href="http://www.snapstream.com">Snapstream</a>, who brought us BeyondTV and Snapstream Ent

CardPricer Finds There Is More Money Selling Baseball Card Data Than Selling Baseball Cards

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/cardpricer1.png" class="shot2" /> <a href="http://www.cardpricer.com">CardPricer</a>, a sports card valuation site, has undergone seve
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