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

IBM And Juniper Networks Hoping To Gain Cloud Computing Market Share

<img src="http://www.techcrunchit.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/21370v1-max-250x250.png" class="shot2"> <img src="http://www.techcrunchit.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/27562v1-max-250x250.png" clas

Smack Shopping Lands Bellyup In The Deadpool

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/2971v1-max-250x250.png" class="shot2" /> We've received a number of tips indicating that that <a href="http://www.jellyfish.com/">Jell

Is Noca The Next PayPal?

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/21178v1-max-250x250.png" class="shot2" /> Noca, an online payments start-up <a href="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/2008/01/22/noca-ta

YouDiligence Helps Parents Combat Cyber Predators

<img /> In light of recent reports of sexual predator growth on Facebook and MySpace sites, we wanted to mention start-up <a href="http://www.youdiligence.com/Login.htm">YouDiligence.com</a>, a servi

Hopstop Jumps Onto iPhone App Bandwagon That Is Driven By Google Maps

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/hopstoplogo.png" class="shot" /> Transit planner <a href="http://hopstop.com/">HopStop</a> launched its free iPhone application last w

Elevator Pitch Friday: Zumeo Tries To Be Gen-Y's LinkedIn

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUnq9PeqHxU&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1] This week's elevator pitch comes from <a href="http://www.zumeo.com">Zumeo.com.

Deep Thoughts On What's Going On In Google's Head

<img src="http://www.techcrunchit.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/29578v7-max-250x250.jpg" class="shot"> Many of Google's products have been going through some major and minor overhauls recently. <a h

Debunked: Apple Doesn't Ban Facebook In Stores As A Policy

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/10923v1-max-250x250.png" class="shot2" /> <strong>UPDATE</strong>: An Apple representative just informed me that its retail stores hav

TwtQpon Throws A Free Bone To Struggling Retailers

<a href="http://twtqpon.com/"><img /> </a><a href="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/2009/02/03/dell-starts-offering-exclusive-discounts-through-twitter/">Dell made a cool $1 million</a> over the holida

Offline Google Calendar Is The Ugly Stepsister of Offline Gmail

<img /> After <a href="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/2009/01/27/gmail-goes-offline-with-google-gears/">announcing the offline feature for Gmail</a> last week, Google allowed another feature to be vi

Google's Answer To The Kindle?

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/29578v7-max-250x250.jpg" /> If you ever get a craving for classic literature while on the go, Google's just <a href="http://booksearc

Yourmagz.com Marries Ning with Scribd

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/ymlogo.png" /> Canadian start-up <a href="http://www.yourmagz.com/">Yourmagz.com</a> launched the closed beta version of its SaaS content di

Twitter: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Twitter is the current darling of the social networking community. And we’ve all seen the positive things Twitter has to offer when it comes to micro-blogging. It was only a matter of time befor

Charlie Rose: The MySpace Interview. Going After Small Business.

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/myspace-rose-215x161.jpg" width="215" height="161" /> <a href="http://www.myspace.com/">MySpace</a> founders <a href="http://www.crunchbase.c

Calling All Socially-Minded Techies; Kiva Launches API Platform

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/4525v1-max-250x250.png" /> <a href="http://www.kiva.org/">Kiva.org</a>, the non-profit people-to-people microlending organization, is

CVSDude Hopes To Continue Its Success in Silicon Valley

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/cvsdudelogo.png" /> <a href="http://cvsdude.com/">CVSDude's</a> 2009 is off to a promising start. The Australian-based provider of ho

TringMe Finds A Way To Make VoIP Calls from Microsoft Silverlight

Indian start-up TringMe launched a demo of a widget that now allows a user the ability to make a VoIP call from Microsoft Silverlight applications. Silverlight doesn’t allow access to a micropho

iWidgets Raises $4.1 Million For Social Syndication Platform

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/iwidgets_slogan_gray_med.png" /> In a economic climate that isn't ripe for funding, <a href="http://www.iwidgets.com/#home">iWidgets</

Health Care Social Network Enurgi Acquired By Univita Health

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/enurgilogoshorter.png" /> <a href="http://www.enurgi.com/">Enurgi</a>, a social network that connects caregivers to patients, is being

AdventureDrop's Beta Version Not Very Adventurous

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/addrop.png" /> Start up <a href="http://www.adventuredrop.com/">AdventureDrop </a>is launching what seems to be a very, very rough bet
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