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 Chelsea Adams | Tuesday, February 14, 2012
This year lynda.com is the proud season sponsor of UCSB’s Arts & Lectures series, and we were privileged to have one of their lecturers, Kathryn Schulz, participate in a personal interview at our facility before her public appearance through the UCSB program.
Ms. Schulz is an award-winning journalist whose freelance magazine work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and The Nation. As an international journalist, Schulz has explored Japan, the Middle East, and both Central and South America, and was awarded a Pew Fellowship in International Journalism in 2004.
During her interview with lynda.com co-founder Lynda Weinman, Schulz discusses why humans are so obsessed with being right, the relationship between wrongness and the creative process, and what her goals were when she sat down to write her book, Being Wrong—Adventures in the Margin of Error.
For more information about Kathryn Schulz’s philosophy, or to purchase her book, please visit beingwrongbook.com.
Suggested courses to watch next:
• Ed Emberley, Children’s Book Illustrator
• Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist
• Mark Mothersbaugh, Music Composer
• Big Spaceship, Digital Creative Agency
• Troika’s ABC Brand Campaign: Start to Finish
By Greg Chow | Wednesday, February 01, 2012
On a recent trip to New York City, lynda.com co-founder Lynda Weinman stopped by the studios of Big Think, an online forum where top experts explore the ideas and core skills defining the 21st century. Lynda spoke about the start of lynda.com, her business-building philosophy, and the value of sustainability over market share.
Lynda’s interview joins Big Think archives that include interviews with Peter Rojas, co-founder of Engadget, Paola Antonelli, MoMA curator for architecture and design, and Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, to name just a few.
Check out the features, “Better Than Free: How to Make a Pay Wall Pay,” and “You Don’t Need an MBA to Invent a New Business Model” at bigthink.com, and a few behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot below.
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 Greg Chow | Thursday, May 26, 2011
The next installment of the Live with Lynda webinar series takes place today at noon, PDT. Presented in collaboration with the New Media Consortium, this edition will feature lynda.com co-founder Lynda Weinman interviewing journalism teacher Esther Wojcicki. Wojcicki, along with several of her students, will be discussing her innovative methods for teaching journalism at Palo Alto High School.
Topics to be covered include (from the nmc.org web site):
Motivation to teachHer unique program at Palo Alto High SchoolThe value of project-based teachingRelinquishment of power and control by teachersCreating a relationship of trust with studentsThe difficulties of teaching in a bureaucratic system – overcoming the odds
For more info on Wojcikci (who apparently goes by ‘the WOJ’) and the webinar, check out the Connect@NMC/Live with Lynda page.
Live with Lynda webinarThe Adaptive Classroom: A Conversation with Esther WojcickiThursday, May 26 2011
12:00 pm PDT
Access the webinar in the NMC Connect Adobe Seminar Room
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 David Niles White | Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Our last post from this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival shows you five of the many faces behind our flagship documentary series, Creative Inspirations. We were honored to have two of our documentaries, Doyald Young, Logotype Designer and Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist chosen as official selections to be screened at the festival.
At the request of the festival, director Scott Erickson and I made ourselves available for questions and answers from the audience. For our premiere evening, we were we joined by editor Tracy Clarke, editor/cinematographer Mia Shimabuku, and co-founder Lynda Weinman. Here’s a rare opportunity to see our team in front of the camera… and to see me wearing a sport jacket.
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