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.