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

Lending Startup Fundbox Raises $17.5M From Khosla To Help SMBs Improve Cash Flow

<a target="_blank" href="https://fundbox.com/">Fundbox</a>, a startup that helps SMBs improve cash flow from clients, has raised $17.5 million in funding led by Khosla Ventures with SV Angel, Vikram P

One Kings Lane Loses CEO Doug Mack To Fanatics

One Kings Lane CEO Doug Mack is leaving the home goods e-commerce company. Mack will be joining sports site Fanatics as CEO. Mack joined OKL in 2010, and helped grow the company to its nearly $1 bi

Riding In Cars With VCs

Uber's promo factory has delivered kittens, Christmas trees and ice cream. But its latest PR concoction has taken the Valley darling to a whole new level: Uber for VC meetings. UberPITCH will give

Jerry Yang, Box, Workday Founders Invest In Disruptive Supply Chain SaaS Elementum

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.elementum.com/">Elementum,</a> a company that exited stealth recently to disrupt supply chain management, is announcing new investment from Box co-founder Aaron Lev

Former Zipcar CEO Scott Griffith Joins General Catalyst As Partner

General Catalyst is adding former Zipcar CEO and Chairman Scott Griffith to its partnership.

eBay Is Betting On Bringing Commerce To Wearables And Other Connected Devices

The next frontier for eBay could be bringing commerce to wearables and other connected devices. In fact, the company has formed a brand new group of engineers and designers internally, as part of its

CrunchWeek: Amazon Fire TV, Mike Judge’s Debut Of Silicon Valley, And Microsoft’s New Windows Strategy

It’s that time of the week for CrunchWeek, in which a few of us TechCrunch writers plop down in front of a massive white table to talk about the news du jour from the past week. In this week&#82

Freestyle’s Josh Felser Launches #climate, A Nonprofit That Connects Influencers With Environmental Orgs

Josh Felser has founded and sold a number of companies and started VC firm Freestyle, and today, he's adding a nonprofit to the list of his entrepreneurial endeavors. Felser and the Sandler Foundation

Battery Ventures Debuts Powered, Its Content Hub For Entrepreneurs

Content is the new black for VCs, with First Round Capital, Sequoia, and even Andreessen Horowitz ramping up original content for founders. Today, Battery Ventures is debuting its content hub, called

Automated Investment Service Wealthfront Raises $35M From Index, Ribbit Capital

Financial services as an industry is a sector that is rapidly being disrupted from all directions. One of the startups helping to lead the pack is Wealthfront, an automated investment firm that serves

Fitmob Wants To Bring Impromptu Workouts To The Office

Fitmob, the recently launched startup that wants to help people find and try local workouts in their cities, is working on bringing fitness to an unlikely place -- the office. fitOffice basically gets

With A Focus On Big Data Startups, Data Collective Redefines Thematic Investing And Debuts Its Third Fund

You wouldn’t think that big data would be the topic of conversation on this evening, but that’s the subject that brought Data Collective founders Matt Ocko and Zack Bogue together for the

Square Debuts New Software Partner Platform, Integrates With Xero For Seamless Merchant Accounting

After <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/09/24/intuit-integrates-its-quickbooks-accounting-software-with-squares-point-of-sale-products-via-an-api-deal/">announcing a partnership with Intuit Qu

ClearStory Raises $21M From DAG Ventures, KPCB, A16Z To Bring Data Intelligence To The Masses

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.clearstorydata.com/">ClearStory Data</a>, a company that wants to bring data intelligence to the masses, has raised $21 million in Series B funding led by DAG Ventu

Crunchweek: Facebook’s $2B Bet On Virtual Reality, Office For iPad, And YC Demo Day

In this special “Between Two Co-Editors” edition of Crunchweek, I was joined by my fearless bosses, co-editors Matthew Panzarino and Alexia Tsotsis at the White Table. We tackled Facebook&

Sprig Raises $10M From Greylock To Bring Healthy, Inexpensive Meals To Your Door

Sprig, a food delivery service that brings healthy, inexpensive meals to San Francisco residents' doors, has raised $10 million in Series A funding from Greylock Partners with Battery Ventures and Acc

Second Life Founder’s Startup High Fidelity Raises $2.5M From True Ventures

High Fidelity, a new startup from Second Life founder Philip Rosedale, has raised $2.5 million in new funding from True Ventures, we’ve learned. The funding was also noted in an SEC filing. The

Sequoia Partner And WhatsApp Backer Jim Goetz Tops Forbes Midas List

Forbes released its annual Midas List today, which ranks the top venture capitalists by returns and more (you can check out the complete methodology here). Topping the list was Sequoia Capital's Jim G

Enterprise Relationship Manager RelateIQ Raises $40M

Enterprise relationship manager RelateIQ has raised $40 million in new funding from Redpoint Ventures, KPCB, Felicis Ventures, and News Corp. According to the WSJ, RelateIQ was valued at $245 million

Tactile Raises $11M To Help Workers Sync Their Personal And Professional Data

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