Origins Story:
Lynda Weinman & Bruce Heavin of

The Business

As a long-time web design instructor, Lynda Weinman originally built her site in 1995 as a way to distribute DVDs of her classes. Today, is a highly curated online and mobile marketplace where subscribers have access to a library of top-quality courses taught by recognized experts. The company’s content catalogue is used by hundreds of the top universities, Fortune 500 companies and tens of thousands of individual subscribers around the world.

The Partnership

Accel led’s $103 million Series A in 2012 with Accel’s Andrew Braccia joining the company’s board of directors. Before Accel’s investment, was bootstrapped by Lynda and her husband, Bruce, for 17 years with no outside investment. Post Accel’s involvement, the company expanded quickly outside the US, adding coursework in Spanish, French and German, and into the enterprise, launching a broader slate of general business and management skills topics. The company was acquired for $1.5 billion by LinkedIn in May 2015.