|Eric Robison, CEO|
|Revenue||US$100 million (2013)|
Number of employees
|Footnotes / references|
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, 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. On January 14, 2015, Lynda.com announced it had raised $186 million in financing, led by investment group TPG Capital.
In October 2017, Lynda.com was merged and renamed LinkedIn Learning.
On April 7, 2014, Lynda.com purchased Canadian startup Compilr, provider of an online editor and sandbox.
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