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

Facebook Is Big In France

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/facebook-france-chart-2.png" /> Facebook has become the most popular social network in France, according to the latest figures from co

Tech Layoffs Surge to 300,000

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/09.png" /> Layoffs in the tech sector are accelerating. It took exactly three weeks for tech layoffs to surge to 300,000, according to our <

Medpedia's Health Platform Could Be Just What The Doctor Ordered

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/medpedia_hi-res_logo.png" class="shot2" /> <a href="http://www.medpedia.com/">Medpedia</a> Project, an <a href="http://www.beta.techcr

Mobile CDN Offers First Official iPhone Streaming App

This past weekend, Mobile CDN made a fairly significant move in the mobile world when it streamed footage of the NBA All-Star game live over mobile phones. Why? Mobile CDN launched the first live stre

Travelzoo's Fly.com Launches Yet Another Travel Search Aggregator

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/flycom_logo_225x139.png" class="shot2" /> Publicly traded travel site<a href="http://www.travelzoo.com/"> Travelzoo</a> has launched t

Could FileSociety Phase Out FTP?

UPDATE: FileSociety’s services are not free. Global Edit charges a yearly fee as well as transfer and storage fees. But the company claims its pricing structure is cost-effective. GlobalEdit, im

Elevator Pitch Friday: Relenta Provides Economy Friendly CRM Solutions To Small Businesses

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/relenta-video.jpg" /> This week's elevator pitch comes from <a href="http://www.relenta.com">Relenta</a>, a SaaS email-centric contact and ta

Xoopit Marries Facebook Status Updates With Gmail

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/x1.png" /> Xoopit, a <a href="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/2008/03/31/xoopit-makes-your-inbox-more-social-raises-5-million-and-launc

YouTube Hopes To Boost Revenue With Video Downloads

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/youtube2.png" class="shot" /> YouTube took a step towards monetization by allowing partners to charge users for downloads. In this "te

VoxPop.TV Creates Pop Culture Games For The Masses

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/33461v2-max-250x250.jpg" class="shot" /> Ever seen a pop culture clickable game on MTV or Entertainment Weekly asking you to predict a

IBM Uses Amazon To Leapfrog Microsoft On The Way To The Blue Cloud

IBM is advancing its aggressive cloud computing strategy with a string of announcements this week. The most recent was IBM’s partnership with Amazon Web Services to allow access of its software

Linux Can Now Access Silverlight; The Rat Race Between Silverlight and Adobe Flash Continues

<img src="http://www.techcrunchit.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/header-logo.png" class="shot2"> The open-source, Novell-sponsored <a href="http://www.mono-project.com/Main_Page">Mono Project</a> rel

FrugalMechanic Gets A Tune-Up With A New Round Of Funding

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/logo_edited-1.png" class="shot2" /> Start-up <a href="http://frugalmechanic.com/">FrugalMechanic.com</a>, an online product search eng

Western Europe Stimulates Worldwide Growth In Mobile Porn

<img src="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/adultcontent5.png" class="shot" /> <a href="http://www.juniperresearch.com/index.php">Juniper Research</a> released a report today

Western Europe Stimulates Worldwide Growth In Mobile Porn

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/adultcontent5.png" class="shot" /> <a href="http://www.juniperresearch.com/index.php">Juniper Research</a> released a report today tha

Redfin Rolls Out The Welcome Mat For Foes Amidst Real Estate Crisis

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/redfin3-177x200.png" width="177" height="200" /> In a surprising move, online real estate brokerage <a href="http://www.redfin.com/home">Redf

SQLstream's Live Data Integration Could Be A Boon For Businesses

<img src="http://www.techcrunchit.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/sql.png" class="shot2"> In the current state of the economy, the phrase "time is money" has taken on an even more powerful meaning to t

Tsavo Strays From The Acquisition Model, Develops Three Lifestyle Blogs

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/23889v1-max-250x250.png" class="shot2" /> Start-up <a href="http://tsavo.com/">Tsavo Media</a>, an online media network started by Use

Miro Gets A Makeover

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/14625v1-max-250x250.png" class="shot2" /> <a href="http://getmiro.com">Miro</a>, an open-source HD video player <a href="http://www.be

Trackle Feeds You Personalized RSS

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/trackle-2.png" class="shot2" />Silicon Valley start-up <a href="http://www.trackle.com">Trackle.com</a> is launching the public beta of
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