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By Lynda Weinman | Thursday, January 17, 2013

Letter from Lynda

Lynda Weinman discussing the investment deal on Bloomberg West

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!

— Lynda

Read more:

• Bloomberg: “Lynda.com lands $103 million in biggest education financing”• VentureBeat: “Lynda.com raises $103M to tackle the tech talent crunch

Article on Bloomberg covering the $103 million investment given to lynda.com

VentureBeat article covering the $103 million investment deal

Watch Lynda’s interview with Robert Scoble about the deal:

By Lynda Weinman | Friday, October 07, 2011

Reflecting on my father and Steve Jobs

Lynda and her father, 1996.

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 | Thursday, March 31, 2011

Interview with cultural anthropologist Dr. Michael Wesch in first Live with Lynda webinar

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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 UsA 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

Free Live with Lynda webinar starts Wednesday: Authentic Learning with Michael Wesch

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

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

Remembering Doyald Young, 1926-2011

Doyald at his drafting table.

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

From the red carpet at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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

Bruce and Lynda at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, opening night.

Lynda and Bruce answering questions on the red carpet.

Lynda and Bruce answering questions on the red carpet.

Sarah's Key, opening night

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.

By Lynda Weinman | Sunday, January 10, 2010

Many thanks to the talented teams at lynda.com

lynda.com staff & teams

Here are all the teams (and nearly all the staff!) at lynda.com: Production, Education and Content, Operations, Human Resources, Sales, Customer Service and Technical Support, Finance and Legal, IT, Marketing, and the Executive Team.

Many thanks to the teams at lynda.com for their tireless efforts. We had a great holiday celebration this past December, and got most people in the company to be photographed with their teams before we held our annual party.

Here’s a great video that the staff assembled to thank me and Bruce for the employee benefits at lynda.com. It’s testament to the passion and enthusiasm we all share for creating an excellent product and having fun in the process. Kudos to all; you make me so proud!

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By Lynda Weinman | Tuesday, October 27, 2009

All’s play with Hello Kitty and tokidoki

hello kitty montage

Clockwise, from left: mystery HK princess; Kymberlee and Simone Legno, "Kitty Mama" Yuko Yamaguchi and me; posing with the inspirational Hello Kitty.

No one can accuse me of all work and no play this past weekend, as I attended a special Hello Kitty artist signing called the Three Apples art exhibit at Royal/T in Culver City, CA with my friend, fellow Hello Kitty fan, and former colleague Kymberlee Weil of introNetworks. Above is a collage of some of the day’s highlights, me getting a signature by ‘Kitty Mama’ Yuko Yamaguchi (Hello Kitty head designer visiting from Tokyo) and Kymberlee with Tokidoki creator, and lynda.com Creative Inspirations subject Simone Legno — at the launch of the exclusive tokidoki for Hello Kitty 35th Anniversary collection.

We saw an amazing art show, curated by Jamie Rivadeneira, owner of pop-culture shop in Los Angeles, JAPAN LA. Contemporary artists and Hello Kitty fans including Gary Baseman, Ron English, Buff Monster, Camilla d’Errico, Luke Chueh, Deph, and Yosuke Ueno are just a few of the 80+ amazing artists that have created Hello Kitty one-of-a kind artworks on display.

I bought some super cute Tokidoki Hello Kitty items, and got inspiration for my Halloween costume where I plan to channel a nerdy Hello Kitty.

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Goodies from the Hello Kitty artist signing this past weekend.

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