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

OnDeck Raises $77M From Tiger Global To Loan SMBs Working Capital

<a target="_blank" href="https://www.ondeck.com/">OnDeck</a>, an alternative lending company that provides working capital and loans to small businesses, has raised $77 million in a growth investment

Founders Fund Raises $1B For Fifth Fund

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.foundersfund.com/">Founders Fund</a> is announcing this evening that it has raised $1 billion for its fifth fund, which will be led by partners Ken Howery, Luke Nos

Stripe Debuts A New Checkout Experience With One-Click Payments For Mobile And Web

Stripe is <a target="_blank" href="https://stripe.com/checkout">debuting a new seamless checkout experience</a> on mobile and web today, which enables one click-payments for the first time on the paym

Is Jawbone Apple And Google’s Biggest Threat?

Long before there were wearable devices, there was Jawbone. The brainchild of founder and CEO Hosain Rahman, the hardware and gadgets manufacturer is now a multi-billion-dollar company that is becomin

Google Capital Pours $50M Into Real Estate Marketplace Auction.com At A $1.2B Valuation

Fresh off its public debut last week, Google Capital is putting more money to work this week with the announcement of a $50 million investment in real estate marketplace Auction.com. The valuation of

A Q&A With Ben Horowitz On His New Book, “The Hard Thing About Hard Things”

Ben Horowitz's new book on entrepreneurship and company building, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Hard-Thing-About-Things-Building/dp/0062273205/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=

Field Service Software Developer ServiceMax Raises $71M From Kleiner Perkins, Meritech Capital

Startup <a target="_blank" href="http://www.servicemax.com/">ServiceMax</a>, a company that develops field service software, has raised $71 million in Series E funding led by Meritech Capital and Klei

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Ben Horowitz’s Honest And Real Take On Entrepreneurship

Imagine your business is down to its last stretch of runway and your investors refuse to put more cash into it. Your friends and your most trusted advisers tell you that it’s probably time to throw

Send In Your Questions For Ask A VC With Google Ventures’ Rich Miner

This week on Ask A VC, we are thrilled to have Google Ventures' general partner and Android co-founder <a target="_blank" href="http://www.gv.com/team/rich-miner">Rich Miner</a> in the studio. You can

AmEx Debuts Its Most Mobile-Integrated, Rewards-Focused Credit Card

AmEx has offered a number of different cards to consumers: The Blue Card appeals to those who like cash back options and the Platinum card is specialized for consumers who travel. There's even a Black

Ask A VC: Merus Capital’s Sean Dempsey On The Role Of Corp Dev And More

In this week’s episode of Ask A VC, Merus Capital’s Sean Dempsey joined us in the studio to give us an inside look at corporate development, and how that translates into investing. Dempsey

ClearSlide Raises $50M From The Social+Capital Partnership, Greylock To Help Make Sales Presentations More Effective

<a target="_blank" href="https://www.clearslide.com/">ClearSlide,</a> a SaaS company that helps make sales representatives more productive, has raised $50 million in Series C funding led by The Social

Bridesmaid Dress Rental Service Little Borrowed Dress Raises $1.25M From Index Ventures, A16Z

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.littleborroweddress.com/">Little Borrowed Dress</a>, an online bridesmaid-dress rental company, has raised $1.25 million in seed funding from Index Ventures, Andree

Workday Acquires HR Predictive Analytics Company Identified

After releasing <a target="_blank" href="http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/workday-announces-fourth-quarter-and-full-year-fiscal-2014-financial-results-nyse-wday-1883317.htm'">earnings this aft

CamioCam Turns Any Web Or Video Camera Into A Smart, Cloud-Based Monitoring Device

What if you could get an alert to your phone anytime someone left a package on your doorstep? Or, if you could track whether your elderly parent took her medication in a given day? CamioCam's intellig

Square Acquires BookFresh To Add Booking Services For Merchants

Square is announcing an <a target="_blank" href="http://corner.squareup.com/2014/02/bookfresh-joins-square.html">acquisition</a> today -- <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bookfresh.com/">BookFresh

EA Founder Raises $6.5M From Greylock For Social And Emotional Learning Game ‘If You Can’

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.ifyoucan.org/">If You Can Company</a>, a new startup from EA founder Trip Hawkins that uses gameplay to teach children social and emotional learning (SEL) skills, h

Send In Your Questions For Ask A VC With Merus Capital’s Sean Dempsey, Javelin Venture Partners’ Alex Gurevich, And YL Ventures’ Yoav Leitersdorf

We have a busy week in the TechCrunch TV studio for our Ask A VC show. This week, we have Merus Capital's Sean Dempsey, Javelin Venture Partners' Alex Gurevich, And YL Ventures' Yoav Leitersdorf, sitt

Affinity Networks Wants To Create A Network Of Social, Mobile Apps Around Niche Topics

<a target="_blank" href="http://afty.co">Affinity Networks</a>, a company incubated in LA's accelerator <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2014/01/15/as-the-la-tech-scene-heats-up-accelerator-amplif

Square’s Latest TV Ads Focus On Attracting New Merchants

Payments company Square is debuting six new TV ads today, in a big marketing push towards attracting merchants on the platform.
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