By Lynda Weinman | Monday, March 09, 2015
Many people dream of starting businesses, but few survive and even fewer thrive.
There’s no single rule for how to grow your business, but we learned some valuable lessons while growing ours—and I’d love to share a few with you.
By Lynda Weinman | Thursday, January 17, 2013
Lynda on Bloomberg West, January 16, 2013.
Some of you may have heard our big news: lynda.com has raised a $103M investment from Accel Partners, Spectrum Equity, and Meritech Capital Partners.
In our 17-year history, we have never needed investment money because our business has been profitable and self-sustaining. We’ve been approached by investors for the past seven years on a fairly regular basis, and never seriously considered taking an outside investment. Bruce and I covet the creative and financial freedom to chart our own journey, and we weren’t sure what we would do with the money.
What changed? As we’ve grown to more than 400 employees, achieved record revenue numbers, expanded with offices in the United Kingdom and Australia, and built out a stellar executive management team, we now have a clear idea of what to do with the extra funding. Our plan is threefold: increase our content scope and output, improve our delivery platform, and expand internationally.
Bruce and I still hold the majority ownership of lynda.com and continue to be grateful every day for this opportunity to do what we love—we have no intention of changing that! We are really excited to welcome Andrew Braccia from Accel Partners and Vic Parker from Spectrum Equity to our board of directors. They are great investors who share a passion for what we have built, respect our vision, and welcome our deep engagement in the business.
We are thankful to have such an amazing culture, to be part of such an important mission, and to foster the many new ideas that haven’t yet been realized.
Stay tuned for more of what we’ve always created: effective, efficient training that helps people achieve their goals and gain confidence with their skills.
Thank you for all your support over the years, and we hope to continue to earn it for many more years to come!
• Bloomberg: “Lynda.com lands $103 million in biggest education financing”• VentureBeat: “Lynda.com raises $103M to tackle the tech talent crunch“
Watch Lynda’s interview with Robert Scoble about the deal:
By Lynda Weinman | Friday, October 07, 2011
My father and me, 1996.
My father passed in July 2011, and it was a time of great reflection for my family and me. Hearing of Steve Jobs‘ passing affected me intensely and has also spurred deep reflection—though of course different than that for a parent, but deeper than you might imagine for a person I have never met and only admired from afar. Like so many others who are writing their Steve Jobs stories, I feel compelled to share mine.
I know I’m not the first or last to write about Steve’s passing, but that’s not important. I had a similar experience with my father—I couldn’t stop thinking about his passing and what his influence had been on me and my family, but I needed to process it a bit before I could formalize my thoughts. Some of my reflections are personal, and some of them have to do with our company.
By Lynda Weinman | Wednesday, October 05, 2011
When I first heard Noah benShea speak at our locally organized TEDx in Santa Barbara, I didn’t meet him in person. Rather, he was projected on the large screen, captured in a series of thought-provoking video monologues that worked as interstitials between the live conference sessions:
Most of the attendees and I found these videos riveting, so I was happy to meet Noah in person many months later. He agreed to come in to our studios for an interview. I recommend you check out the TEDx video first, and then if you enjoyed them, watch our interview to get to know a bit about the man behind the poetry.
By Lynda Weinman | Thursday, March 31, 2011
Lynda interviews Dr. Michael Wesch in her first Live with Lynda webinar yesterday.
Yesterday, on March 30, 2011, I had the honor of interviewing Dr. Michael Wesch, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University; an exemplar and pioneer of collaborative teaching methods. His YouTube videos–The Machine is Us/ing Us, A Vision of Students Today, and An Anthropological Introduction to Youtube—have inspired millions. It was great to hear from some of his students and get a behind-the-scenes view of his process, including peer-to-peer teaching and assessment/grading. If you’d like to watch the archived webinar, here is the link: http://www.nmc.org/connect/2011/March/30
There will be more Live with Lynda interviews in the coming months!
By Lynda Weinman | Monday, March 28, 2011
In a collaborative partnership, lynda.com and New Media Consortium (NMC) are initiating a series of monthly webinars called Live with Lynda targeted at higher education to inspire thought leadership, support best practices in education, and to share strategies for online learning. Every other month I will interview a thought leader who inspires us all in education. On alternate months, Laurie Burruss, Senior Director of Education at lynda.com, will feature best practices and strategies for online learning in higher education presented by either educators in the nmc.org community or by lynda.com authors.
Michael Wesch, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Kansas State University, joins Lynda on Wednesday for a webinar interview.
On March 30 from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., I am excited to interview one of my heros in education, Michael Wesch, Associate Professor in Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University. Dubbed “the explainer” by Wired magazine, Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the impact of new media on society and culture. His videos on technology, education, and information have been viewed by millions, translated in over ten languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide.
The topic of the interview is Authentic Learning, and here is the short description:
Join the interview and discussion related to how teaching practices are shifting from the sage on stage to group problem solving and student collaboration. Lynda interviews Michael Wesch about his personal journey as a teacher, the challenges he faced as he changed his approach, the successes and barriers to making the change, and watch as he and a few of his students showcase some of their current projects.
Learn more about Michael and his work at Kansas State University on its site. See his student collaborative work on his YouTube channel.
Live with Lynda webinar: Authentic Learning with Michael Wesch
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PDT
Our sincere apologies for the incorrect webinar link posted earlier. For those of you who were not able to join us, the archive is now available at http://nmc.adobeconnect.com/p21022812/
By Lynda Weinman | Wednesday, March 02, 2011
All of us at lynda.com are mourning the loss of a true inspiration and magnanimous talent, Doyald Young. We were so fortunate to have worked with Doyald in 2010 to create one of our recent Creative Inspirations documentaries, Doyald Young, Logotype Designer. It is our hope that it is a fitting tribute to share our documentary with both members and non-members at no cost to honor his work and his life, his love of detail, and his joy in sharing the beauty of typography.
Watch Doyald Young, Logotype Designer, and please share the link to his documentary. He was an amazing man who made an indelible contribution to his field.
By Lynda Weinman | Monday, January 31, 2011
Greetings from the 26th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival! This year, lynda.com is a presenting sponsor of this world class event, which gives us unprecedented access to the festival so we can share this wonderful experience with our members and employees.
Bruce and Lynda at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, opening night.
Lynda and Bruce answering questions on the red carpet.
Opening night of the festival featured the US premiere of the wonderful film Sarah's Key. The director, Gilles Paquet-Brenner, spoke before the film about his struggles to get the movie made, and how he persevered and brought it to life.
I’m struck by this year’s festival theme, ‘Dream a Little Bigger’, probably because it’s so much of what we encourage our own members to do. We aim to give our members the opportunity to help realize their dreams, no matter how small or how grand.
As we did last year, our crews will be covering the four major discussion panels taking place at the festival. These panels have historically included all the major players who will be in contention during awards season. Here are last year’s if you’d like to take a look at them again:
It Starts with the Script – Writer’s PanelCreative Forces: Women in the Business – Women’s PanelMovers and Shakers – Producer’s PanelDirectors on Directing – Director’s Panel
Finally, I’m particularly proud that two of our Creative Inspirations documentaries, Doyald Young, Logotype Designer and Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist, were accepted into the festival from 800 documentary entries. There will be three screenings of each film and we’ll be there with cameras to capture the Q&A session with members of our documentary production team.
We’ll be bringing you more coverage from the festival throughout the event. We hope you’ll join us and share the magic.
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