Sign up FAST! Login

Is Lynda a Unicorn now that it is owned by LinkedIn?

Three Reasons LinkedIn Acquired Lynda com Re code

Lynda Weinman, co-founder of


Stashed in: LinkedIn, @jeffweiner

To save this post, select a stash from drop-down menu or type in a new one:

Newly minted unicorn Lynda com stuffs its coffers with 186M aims to consolidate online education PandoDaily

Pando says Lynda reached Unicorn status in January 2015 after 20 years in business:

Located in a sleepy vacation town on California’s central coast, today announced that it has raised $186 million in new funding at a $1 billion valuation, with the round led by private equity firm TPG and including participation from existing investors Accel Partners, Spectrum Equity, and Meritech. Lynda waited 18 years after its founding and long after reaching profitability to raise its first outside capital, which came via a $100 million round in 2013. Now the company is one of the largest raisers of the last two years and is firmly within the Unicorn club.

That funding put Lynda at #63 on the Fortune Unicorn list:

Sramana Mitra One Million by One Million analysis of Lynda as unicorn:

Kurt Wagner of Recode explains why LinkedIn bought Lynda for $1.5 billion:

"Weiner often refers to this as the Economic Graph, which is a fancy way of describing the connection of people with job opportunities — all through LinkedIn, of course."

I'm trying to get Lynda listed on the WSJ Billion Dollar Club page as exited:

Scott Austin of WSJ says he's not sure Lynda was privately valued at $1 billion:

Erin Griffith of Fortune says Lynda is a retired unicorn: