SAN FRANCISCO Jan 16 Online learning company
Lynda.com has won $103 million in new funding from venture
capital firm Accel Partners and equity investor Spectrum Equity,
the company said on Wednesday.
The cash infusion, which marks the company's first outside
funding, will allow the company to expand internationally, add
new content areas, and improve its Web and video platforms, said
Eric Robison, the firm's Chief Executive Officer.
Founded in 1995, Lynda.com offers online training and
instruction videos. Unlike rivals such as Khan Academy, it
charges a subscription fees for its content, starting at $25 per
Clients include schools, universities, more than half of the
Fortune 100 companies, and various U.S. government agencies,
Lynda.com said in a press release.
Education companies have recently become a hot investment,
with textbook rental services like Chegg and classroom online
networks such as Edmodo receiving funding.
Meritech Capital Partners, which like Accel also backed
Facebook, also participated in Lynda.com's funding round.