LinkedIn and Lynda believe the growing skills gap is one of the biggest challenges to the future of the global economy

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Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn and a believer of the “always be learning” approach, announced a major acquisition move this morning, saying Lynda.com is a great fit for the 346+ million user strong social network. According to TechCrunch, the deal is valued at $1.5 billion.

“The world moves too quickly now to rest on the knowledge we gained earlier in our lives,” Weiner said. He went on to say that in a knowledge-driven economy it’s all about the people. I agree with both his comments (click here), even though I only use LinkedIn and not Lynda.com – yet.

Apparently, in addition to what you’d assume you’d normally find on Lynda.com, the site also offers professional development such as courses by Deirdre Breakenridge, CEO of Pure Performance Communications. I didn’t know Lynda.com was founded in 1995, too. According to Wikipedia, Lynda.com’s online courses began in 2002. That’s quite a library of knowledge LinkedIn now has – And what a breathtaking social reach for Lynda.com!

Below is a screenshot of what the Lynda.com app looks like on a mini Android tablet.

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A screenshot from one of Deirdre Breakenridge’s digital and traditional public relations courses on Lynda.com

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