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University of Pennsylvania, MS 1971
Elementary Education
Vassar College, BA 1969
Art History

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Gerry Laybourne

Geraldine Laybourne is a serial entrepreneur in media and technology. She is co-founder of Kandu. She joined Symantec’s board of directors in January 2008.

Laybourne founded Oxygen Media and served as its chairman and chief executive officer until November 2007 when the network was acquired by NBC Universal. Oxygen was launched in 2000 to fill a void in the television landscape – creating a network targeted to younger women. Laybourne led the company to be a strong advocate for women, through programs like The Mentor’s Walk, Oxygen’s national program for bringing along the next generation, and “Who Cares About Girls,” Oxygen’s documentary series.

Prior to starting Oxygen, Laybourne spent 16 years at Nickelodeon. Under her leadership, Nickelodeon became the top-rated 24-hour cable service and won several notable honors, including Emmy®, Peabody®, CableACE® and Parent’s Choice® awards. From 1996-1998, Laybourne was president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks where she was responsible for overseeing cable programming for the Walt Disney Company and ABC.

Geraldine was ranked No. 1 among the 50 most influential women in the entertainment industry by The Hollywood Reporter in 1996 and named one of the 25 Most Influential People in America by Time magazine that same year.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from Vassar College and a Master of Science degree in elementary education from the University of Pennsylvania. A native of Martinsville, New Jersey, she and her husband Kit have two children and four grandchildren.

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Company Date Round Size Participants
The Grommet 4/2010Series A$3.4M4



  1. Daily Grommet Raises $3.4 Million For Invention Marketplace ( [edit]
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