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By Megan O. Read | Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Inspiration at any age

Lynda's photo by Chris Orwig. Used with permission. www.chrisorwig.com

I recently ran across an article that listed 11 famous people who were in what they defined as their “wrong” job at the age of 30. The household names listed had simply not found their calling yet, or, had tried to make it, but gave up to do something else before stumbling back into their eventual fields. The celebrities listed (people like Andrea Bocelli, Sylvester Stallone, Martha Stewart, Julia Childs) all ended up in the careers that made them famous after the age of 30.

One of the reasons I love working at lynda.com is Lynda Weinman, who is always encouraging others to try new things, make mistakes, and learn from experiences. Like the 11 celebs I read about, Lynda didn’t find her true calling until she was in her 30s. You can hear more about her personal and business history in The lynda.com Story.

I couldn’t think of a better time to share the commencement speech that Lynda wrote and presented at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA last March. It seems fitting to post this on Ada Lovelace Day, a day that honors women in technology by blogging about them. I hope it inspires and encourages you to try new things, and keep striving to find your calling.

By Megan O. Read | Monday, March 22, 2010

Lynda on the radio today

AM1400 KKZZOur very own Lynda Weinman will be interviewed live on the radio this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. PST. If you are in Ventura County, listen in at KKZZ AM 1400.

For everyone else, catch the live stream on am1400coach.com. No matter where you’re listening, don’t hesitate to call (805) 639-0008 or email questions to info@am1400coach.com for Lynda before and during the show.

By David Niles White | Thursday, March 18, 2010

The lynda.com story: Making the lynda.com logo

When he first created it, Lynda initially thought Bruce’s illustration for the lynda.com logo made her look like Mary See, the elderly lady who graces every box from the well-known West coast confectioner, See’s Candy. Bruce sought to embody the company’s essence in his hand-drawn logo design: Education, instruction, and learning. Has Lynda come to love it?

By David Niles White | Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The lynda.com story: Things we cherish

In this segment of the lynda.com story, Lynda shares some of the tenets she and Bruce use to guide the company: Love what you do, put customers first, quality above all, create indisputable value, treat everyone with dignity, always strive to be better, and many others. She and Bruce also disclose some of the stumbling blocks they’ve faced that have taught them valuable business lessons, from being unfocused, waiting to bring in professional management, and lack of budgets and limits.

We invite you to view the entire lynda.com story on lynda.com.

By David Niles White | Thursday, March 04, 2010

The lynda.com story: Starting the business

After two years of extensive traveling to promote her books and teach classes, Bruce suggested to Lynda that they consider starting a school. Together they founded the Ojai Digital Arts Center, and promoted its services on lynda.com. An astonishing response to the class caused rapid growth in the school, which in turn inspired conferences and more web design and graphics books. The 2001 dotcom crash precipitated yet another revolutionary teaching methodology: Training on video. First on VHS, then on CD, then on the web.

We invite you to view the entire lynda.com story on lynda.com.

By David Niles White | Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The lynda.com story: Lynda’s educational pedagogy

Lynda talks about how her personal learning experiences formed the foundation of her unique teaching style. She became both a sought-after instructor to corporate clients such as Apple and Microsoft, and a contributor to major publications. While a faculty member at Art Center in Pasadena, CA, Lynda not only met her future husband and business partner Bruce, she also registered the domain name lynda.com and used it as her sandbox for learning and teaching web design and for showcasing her students’ work.

We invite you to view the entire lynda.com story on lynda.com.

By David Niles White | Thursday, February 18, 2010

The lynda.com story: Lynda shares how it started

Take a seat in the Brooks Institute auditorium with the Santa Barbara chapter of AIGA and enjoy watching Bruce Heavin and Lynda Weinman as they present the history of lynda.com to an audience for the first time. The lynda.com co-founders share stories of how their careers, relationship, and company started and evolved, and how their vision and high standards have brought together a team insistent on excellence. This is an engaging, fascinating inside look into the heart and soul of a recognized leader in software training.

We’ll be posting a few segments of that night’s recordings here on the blog, starting with Lynda sharing some early memories and educational experiences. We invite you to view the entire lynda.com story on lynda.com.

In this video, Lynda opens her heart and shares her earliest recollections: Her childhood, how she discovered an alternative path to education and put herself through school, and how she developed a work ethic that shaped her personal direction and ultimately, the direction of lynda.com.

By Megan O. Read | Thursday, October 29, 2009

Authors in the house! A week full of training at lynda.com

This week at lynda.com was wall-to-wall authors! In the booths we had authors recording training on Photoshop, Cinema 4D, Mac OSX Server, audio apps, Dreamweaver, and digital photography. Quite a mix! It’s a great group with some familiar faces, and talented new faces as well. To unwind from recording, and celebrate these inspiring authors, all went out on Wednesday night with Ms. Lynda.


From left to right: author G.W. Childs, acquisitions manager Joe Randeen, author James Williamson, author relations manager (your's truly) Megan Read, producer Tom Mueller and wife Sally, author Sean Colins, producers Nick Brazzi, Kirk Werner, Max Smith, Senior Director of Education and Content Planning Laurie Burruss, author Ian Robinson, author Chris Orwig, co-owner Lynda Weinman, and author Deke McClelland.

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