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

It Turns Out Zecco's Free Trading Model Isn't Such A Good Idea

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/zecco.png" /> We outlined <a href="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/2006/09/22/3014/">three points</a> in 2006 on why <a href="http://ww

German Social Network Wer-kennt-wen.de Bought By RTL

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/german-logo.png" /> <a href="http://www.wer-kennt-wen.de/index.php">Wer-kennt-wen.de</a>, one Germany's largest social networks, has

UK's Directgov Giving Change.gov A Run For Its Money

<a href="http://innovate.direct.gov.uk/"><img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/directgov.png" /></a> <a href="http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/index.htm">Directgov.com</a>, the

Pew Pulling at Straws to Measure the Blogosphere

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/newmonitorhomepage_edited-1.png" /> Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism unveiled a <a href="http://journalism

Elevator Pitch Friday: BookGlutton, The Computer's Kindle

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_rkOO7ktBE&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1] This week's <a href="http://pitches.beta.techcrunch.com/pitch/203-bookglutton">

WELCOM To The World’s Most Exclusive Social Network (Not Really, But Here Are Screenshots)

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/welcom.png" /> The <a href="http://www.weforum.org/en/index.htm">World Economic Forum</a> in Davos is finally <a href="http://www.wefo

VisualPin Will Plot Your Videos On The Map

<a href="http://www.visualpin.com/index.php"><img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/videopin_edited-1.png" class="shot2" /></a> Australian start-up <a href="http://www.visu

Greystripe Hits 140 Million Mobile "AdverGame" Downloads

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/logogreystripe.gif" /> Mobile game ad network <a href="https://www.greystripe.com">Greystripe</a> has hit 140 million ad-supported ga

Google Introduces A New Weapon In The Fight For Net Neutrality: Measurement Labs

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/artistsc01_logo.jpg" /> <a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/introducing-measurement-lab.html">Google announced today</a> that it

AOL axing 700 employees

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/4003v2-max-250x250.png" /> <a href="http://www.aol.com/">AOL</a> will cut its work force by 10 percent today, laying off approximatel

Unemployed Techies Hope To Help Themselves At LaidOffCamp

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/laidoffcamp-300x278.png" /> Chris Hutchins, a former management and business strategy consultant who was laid off in early December, i