Lynda.com: Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin

Bruce Heavin and Lynda Weinman are the co-founders of Lynda.com
Scott Everett for NPR
Bruce Heavin and Lynda Weinman are the co-founders of Lynda.com

Scott Everett for NPR

After falling in love with the first Apple Mac computer in 1984, Lynda Weinman found a new career: using the new technology to teach web graphics.

She published a best-selling book on the topic, and then—along with her husband Bruce Heavin—decided to host a web design workshop in the small town of Ojai, California. When the class sold out, the partners realized their straightforward approach to digital design was in high demand.

Despite having no business background, Lynda and Bruce continued to expand their vision, eventually offering instructional videos on a range of topics through their streaming platform, Lynda.com. In 2015, the company sold to LinkedIn for 1.5 billion dollars.

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