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

Value-Focused Mobile Shopping App Wish Raises $19M From GGV And Formation 8

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.wish.com/">Wish</a>, a startup that likens itself to “an AdWords for shopping,” has raised $19 million in financing led by GGV Capital and Formation 8. Existing

Stitch Raises $3.25M From Google Ventures And Others To Help Salespeople Close More Deals

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Merus Capital Raises $50 Million For Two Funds

Merus Capital has raised over $50 million in new commitments for two new funds, Merus Capital II and Merus Capital Opportunity Fund. The VC firm says its first fund was marked as 4.0x net multiple

Misfit Debuts Two New Colors And Bloom, A Sleek New Necklace For Its Shine Activity Tracker

As wearables continue to evolve, we're seeing the blend of wearables and jewelry, and the importance of form factor in adoption. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.misfitwearables.com/">Misfit,</a> t

YC Ends YCVC In Favor Of Raising From LPs, Will Now Invest $120K For 7% Equity

<a target="_blank" href="http://ycombinator.com/">Y Combinator</a> is making some big changes today with its equity structure and YCVC program. The incubator will now end its YCVC partnership with Kho

Square And Google Were Not In Acquisition Talks

The WSJ is reporting tonight that payments company Square was in acquisition talks with Google. We're hearing from multiple sources close to both companies that these talks did not in fact take place

Cognoa’s App Will Evaluate Children’s Risk For Autism From Videos And Other Data

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Ask A VC: Next World Capital’s Ben Fu On Engineer Recruiting Challenges

In this week’s episode of Ask A VC, we hosted Next World Capital’s Ben Fu in the studio to talk about big data, recruiting and more. Fu, who has backed Datameer, Datastax, and Good Data am

Zola Debuts Its iPhone App To Allow Couples To Manage Their Wedding Registries On The Go

Zola, the new wedding registry startup emerging from Gilt And AlleyCorp founder Kevin Ryan, has launched an iPhone app to allow couples to create and manage their Zola registries from anywhere. Zol

Is Winter Coming? Hear More From Our All-Star Investor Panel At Disrupt NY

VC <a target="_blank" href="http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/04/16/us-venture-capital-investment-highest-since-2001/">money in the U.S</a> is at its highest level since 2001, and valuations ar

Lending Club Raises $115M In Debt And Equity, Buys Financing Company Springstone Financial For $140M

Peer-to-peer lending marketplace <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lendingclub.com/">Lending Club</a> is announcing new funding and an acquisition this morning. The company raised $65 million from

One Medical Group Raises $40M To Help Reinvent The Doctor’s Office

Disruptive primary care medical practice One Medical Group, is announcing $40 million in growth capital led by Redmile Group, with participation from current institutional investors. The company previ

Better Raises $5M From Chamath Palihapitiya And Mayo Clinic To Be Your Personal Health Advocate

The list of health-related questions we will encounter in out lifetimes is endless. And if there is one thing I have learned about the medical system in the U.S., it's that you need an advocate, or so

Personalized Financial Planning Service LearnVest Raises $28M From Northwestern Mutual Capital

LearnVest, a personalized financial planning program, has raised $28 million in new funding led by Northwestern Mutual Capital with Accel Partners participating. This brings the company's total fundin

RelateIQ’s iOS App Brings Relationship Intelligence To Your Inbox

On the heels of announcing a new $40 million round of funding, relationship manager RelateIQ is debuting a brand new version of its iPhone app which provides a deep integration with your inbox. Rel

Square Nabs Amazon Exec Alyssa Henry To Lead Engineering

Square has announced a new engineering lead for the company--Amazon engineer Alyssa Henry. Henry will head up engineering operations for Square’s infrastructure and payments platform. She was most r

Beauty And E-Commerce Brand Julep Raises $30M To Disrupt The $160B Cosmetics Industry

Julep, a cosmetics and beauty brand and e-commerce platform, has raised $30 million in Series C financing; Azure Capital, Madrona Venture Group, Altimeter Capital, Andreessen Horowitz and Maveron all

Tinder Is Not Valued At $5B, And IAC Did Not Buy 10% Of The Company

There was an audible gasp in the Twittersphere this morning, after Bloomberg reported that buzzy mobile dating app Tinder was valued at $5 billion in a recent transaction. According to Bloomberg, IAC

PayPal Debuts Its Biometrics And Smartwatch Integrations With Samsung

After announcing <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2014/02/26/the-fingerprint-scanner-on-the-samsung-galaxy-s5-will-be-accessible-by-developers/">integrations</a> with the Samsung Galaxy S5 at Mobi

The Hunt Raises $10M From Khosla For Crowdsourced Shopping

<a target="_blank" href="https://www.thehunt.com">The Hunt</a>, a website designed to help shoppers find specific items to buy online, has raised $10 million from Khosla Ventures and Javelin Ventures.
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