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How to Build a $1.5 Billion Company

By Betsy Corcoran and Michael Winters     Dec 29, 2015

How to Build a $1.5 Billion Company

What's the biggest edtech deal of 2015 so far? That would, of course, be LinkedIn's acquisition of Lynda.com. On April 9th, the two companies announced that Lynda.com and its 250,000 learning videos would be purchased for $1.5B.

But Lynda.com wasn't always such a big organization. In its 20 year history, the company has gone through the same ups and downs that many edtech businesses face, opening and closing new businesses, changing strategies, and even working through a round of painful layoffs.

The week after the deal was announced, Lynda.com co-founders (and husband and wife) Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin stopped by EdSurge to chat with Betsy Corcoran about their company's history. 

Let us know if you enjoyed this extra podcast--or want to grouse about it! Shoot us a note at feedback@EdSurge.com and tell us which edtech celebrities you'd like to hear from in the future.

Editor's note: This podcast and article were originally published on April 29, 2015

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How to Build a $1.5 Billion Company

By Betsy Corcoran and Michael Winters     Dec 29, 2015

How to Build a $1.5 Billion Company

What's the biggest edtech deal of 2015 so far? That would, of course, be LinkedIn's acquisition of Lynda.com. On April 9th, the two companies announced that Lynda.com and its 250,000 learning videos would be purchased for $1.5B.

But Lynda.com wasn't always such a big organization. In its 20 year history, the company has gone through the same ups and downs that many edtech businesses face, opening and closing new businesses, changing strategies, and even working through a round of painful layoffs.

The week after the deal was announced, Lynda.com co-founders (and husband and wife) Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin stopped by EdSurge to chat with Betsy Corcoran about their company's history. 

Let us know if you enjoyed this extra podcast--or want to grouse about it! Shoot us a note at feedback@EdSurge.com and tell us which edtech celebrities you'd like to hear from in the future.

Editor's note: This podcast and article were originally published on April 29, 2015

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