Today, I am thrilled to share the exciting news that lynda.com hasentered into an agreement to be acquired by LinkedIn. Our story is one only possible in the Internet age, and it has been an unbelievable journey that proves just how much people have come to value and embrace new ways to learn new skills.
As a teacher, entrepreneur and lifelong learner, this is a very exciting moment in my own professional journey. Early on in my career, as a teacher at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, I found my passion and talent for de-mystifying design software for my technology-phobic art students. In 1995, I secured the domain lynda.com as a sandbox from which to teach web publishing. I wrote my first book in 1996, with invaluable help from my husband Bruce Heavin, called Designing Web Graphics, and never dreamed that it would become an international bestseller.
Although the platform has changed—from in-person teaching at our small school in Ojai, California, to courses on VHS, DVD and later the Internet—from the start, lynda.com became known for our friendly, approachable teaching style. We have always focused on making lynda.com flexible enabling people to learn from anywhere, at their own pace and on their own schedules.
When we were approached by LinkedIn, we instantly recognized that the synergy between the two companies offered a match unlike any other. LinkedIn has the largest database of professionals in the world, all of whom potentially benefit from self-paced study of new skills. Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, and I both believe that the skills gap is one of the leading social issues of our time—technology, changes fast and people need to keep their skills up to date. We have a shared vision of connecting relevant knowledge to those in need of new or stronger skills, and believe that together we can positively impact the global job market and economy.
This is a moment in history when people can learn anytime, anywhere, and with no boundaries. We believe in LinkedIn’s future stewardship and vision, and feel that we have found a perfect cultural fit for our mission. We are thrilled to be part of something bigger than ourselves, and look forward to helping more people learn the skills that are needed in today’s rapidly changing economic landscape.
Congratulations to the entire lynda team, and here’s a toast to people everywhere who are motivated and empowered to learn new skills. Thank you to all of our members who have supported and contributed to our success.