Lynda is an American massive open online course website offering video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative, and business skills. It is a subsidiary of LinkedIn.
It was founded in 1995 by Lynda Weinman as lynda.com before being acquired by LinkedIn in 2015. Microsoft acquired lynda.com’s parent company LinkedIn in December 2016.
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.
In 2002, the company began offering courses online. By 2004, there were 100 courses, and in 2008, the company began producing and publishing documentaries on creative leaders, artists, and entrepreneurs.
In 2013, LinkedIn Learning (then lynda) received its first outside investment, raising $103 million in growth equity from Accel Partners and Spectrum Equity, with additional contributions from Meritech Capital Partners.
On January 14, 2015, LinkedIn Learning (then lynda.com) announced it had raised $186 million in financing, led by investment group TPG Capital.
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. The site re-branded to “Lynda.com® From LinkedIn”.
In 2016, LinkedIn Learning (then lynda.com) began to broadcast courses on their Apple TV application.
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.
In October 2017, lynda was merged and renamed as LinkedIn Learning.
In February 2013, Lynda acquired video2brain, an Austrian-based provider of online classes in web design and programming, available in German, French, Spanish, and English.
On April 7, 2014, Lynda purchased Canadian startup Compilr, provider of an online editor and sandbox.