LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is an American massive open online course provider. It provides video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative, and business skills. It is a subsidiary of LinkedIn. All the courses on LinkedIn fall into 3 categories: Business, Creative, and Technology.[2]

LinkedIn Learning
FormerlyLynda.com (1995-2017)
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryE-learning
Founded1995 (1995)
FoundersLynda Weinman
Bruce Heavin
Headquarters
ServicesOnline education
Online publishing
OwnerMicrosoft
ParentLinkedIn
Websitewww.linkedin.com/learning/ www.lynda.com
Footnotes / references
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It was founded in 1995 by Lynda Weinman as Lynda.com before being acquired by LinkedIn in 2015.[3] Microsoft acquired LinkedIn in December 2016.[4]

HistoryEdit

LinkedIn Learning was founded as Lynda.com in 1995 in Ojai, California, as online support for the books and classes of Lynda Weinman, a special effects animator and multimedia professor who founded a digital arts school with her husband, artist Bruce Heavin.[5]

In 2002, the company began offering courses online.[6] By 2004, there were 100 courses, and in 2008, the company began producing and publishing documentaries on creative leaders, artists, and entrepreneurs.[7]

In 2013, Lynda.com received its first outside investment, raising $103 million in growth equity from Accel Partners and Spectrum Equity, with additional contributions from Meritech Capital Partners.[8] On January 14, 2015, Lynda.com announced it had raised $186 million in financing, led by investment group TPG Capital.[9]

On April 9, 2015, LinkedIn announced its intention to buy Lynda.com in a deal valued at $1.5 billion, which officially closed on May 14, 2015.[10]

In 2016, Lynda.com began to broadcast courses on their Apple TV application.[11]

On June 13, 2016, Microsoft announced that it would acquire Lynda.com's parent company LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. The acquisition was completed on December 8, 2016.[12][13][14]

In October 2017, Lynda.com was merged and renamed LinkedIn Learning.[15] In 2019, the site announced that users accessing LinkedIn Learning through their public library would be required to create a LinkedIn profile in order to use the service; the decision faced criticism from librarians and the American Library Association.[16][17][18] As of March 2021, libraries started migrating to LinkedIn Learning without requiring patrons to create a LinkedIn profile.[19]

On June 2nd, 2021, the lynda.com site was shutdown and is now permanently redirected to LinkedIn Learning.

AcquisitionsEdit

In February 2013, Lynda.com acquired video2brain, an Austrian-based provider of online classes in web design and programming, available in German, French, Spanish, and English.[20]

On April 7, 2014, Lynda.com purchased Canadian startup Compilr, provider of an online editor and sandbox.[21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lynda.com Lands $103 Million in Biggest Education Financing". Bloomberg. 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2014-02-22.
  2. ^ "Linkedin Learning Review". self-starters. 2020-10-30.
  3. ^ Larson, Selena (2013-12-03). "Lynda.com Founder: I Was Educating Online Before Online Education Was Cool". ReadWrite. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  4. ^ "LinkedIn CEO: Here's Why I Sold the Company to Microsoft". Time.com.
  5. ^ Roush, Wade (2013-03-28). "Knowledge When You Need It: Lynda.com and the Rise of Online Education". Xconomy.
  6. ^ Singel, Ryan (2011-06-17). "A Paywall That Pays Off: How Lynda.com Broke All the Rules and Won". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  7. ^ Meyer, Stephen J. (2015-05-12). "LinkedIn's Blockbuster Deal With Lynda.com: What It Means To The Online Learning Industry". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  8. ^ Empson, Rip (2013-01-15). "After 17 Years, Education Platform Lynda.com Raises Its First Round of Funding, $103M From Accel & Spectrum". TechCrunch.
  9. ^ Singer, Natasha (2015-01-14). "Investors Put $186 Million Into Lynda.com, an Online Tutorial Service". Bits Blog. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  10. ^ Roslansky, Ryan (2015-04-09). "Welcome to the LinkedIn Family, lynda.com". blog.linkedin.com. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  11. ^ Yeung, Ken (2016-04-21). "LinkedIn makes all Lynda.com courses available on Apple TV". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  12. ^ "Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn | News Center" (Press release). Microsoft. June 13, 2016. Retrieved 2016-06-13. Microsoft Corp. and LinkedIn Corporation on Monday announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for $16 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn’s net cash.
  13. ^ Greene, Jay (2016-06-14). "Microsoft to Acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  14. ^ Weiner, Jeff (2016-12-08). "LinkedIn + Microsoft: Our Next Play Begins". LinkedIn.
  15. ^ "Upgrading from Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning". Lynda.com - from LinkedIn. 2017-10-20.
  16. ^ Foley, Mary Jo (August 22, 2019). "Microsoft is moving Lynda.com users to LinkedIn Learning and not everyone's happy about it". ZDNet. Retrieved 2019-08-26.
  17. ^ Cimpanu, Catalin (July 23, 2019). "American Library Association blasts LinkedIn for intrusive ToS changes". ZDNet. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  18. ^ Elias, Jennifer (28 August 2019). "Why librarians are up in arms against LinkedIn". CNBC. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  19. ^ "LinkedIn Learning for Library – Patron FAQ". Learning Help. Retrieved 2021-03-26.
  20. ^ Heussner, Ki Mae (2013-02-13). "Flush with cash, lynda.com buys European online learning site video2brain". Gigaom. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  21. ^ Lunden, Ingrid (2014-04-07). "E-Learning Platform Buys Compilr To Add In-Browser Coding Tools, Price Around $20M". TechCrunch.

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