Imbee CEO Dies In Plane Crash

    February 6, 2008

Jeanette Symons, co-founder and CEO of Industrious Kid died Friday when the plane she was piloting crashed during an ice storm in West Gardiner, Maine. Her 10- year old son Balan also died in the crash.

Jeanette Symons

"Jeanette was a dear friend and a mentor," Tim Donovan, co-founder and vice president of marketing for Industrious Kid told the San Francisco Chronicle. "She was incredibly successful in her professional and her personal life. It’s just such a tragedy to see this happen."

In 2005, Symons launched, a social network for children between the ages of 8-14. In an interview with the Oakland Tribune three years ago Symons talked about the social network. "The inspiration is actually pretty simple. I have two kids, 6 and 8 years old and they love going online and doing various things."

"My daughter had seen other kids creating a blog and she wanted to create her own blog and that set me into panic," Symons said in the 2005 interview.

She co-founded Ascend Communications, which was sold to Lucent Technologies in 1999 for $20 billion. She went on to co-found Zhone Technologies in Oakland.

The cause of the plane crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, weather conditions are thought to have played a role. Jeanette Symons was 45.