LinkedIn + Glint: Helping Talent Leaders Build Winning Teams

By Daniel Shapero, LinkedIn

October 9, 2018

Today, we announced that we entered into an agreement to acquire Glint, a leader in employee engagement that helps people in organizations do their best work, develop their skills, and improve business results. I couldnít be more excited to welcome Glint to the LinkedIn family following the closing.

As the head of talent and learning products at LinkedIn, Iíve spent a lot of time thinking about how we can help answer some of the toughest questions that keep HR leaders up at night: How do I get visibility into the overall health and performance of my organization? Where do I find the new talent I need? Are the capabilities of my team aligned with what the business requires? And how can I ensure I attract, develop and retain the best talent to build winning teams?

Consider these opportunities ahead.

With LinkedInís insights into the larger workforce alongside Glintís internal view into employee engagement and skills, we will be able to help talent leaders answer all those difficult questions.

Thatís one of the reasons Iím so excited for the potential of what we can do together. We believe that Glint has uncovered a modern HR best practice that every company should do: Regularly gather employee feedback on work, culture and leadership, and give leaders the tools they need to translate those insights into action. At LinkedIn, as a customer of Glint, weíve experienced the value that this brings first-hand. Glint provides executives with the tools to answer questions about the health and happiness of the talent they have, while giving managers at all levels the access and insight they need to improve. Now imagine, through our combined offerings, that we can translate the specific feedback a manager gets from their employees on Glint into a personalized LinkedIn Learning experience focused on the topics that will help them improve, thus making the feedback much more actionable.

Glint has an extensive customer base that uses it every day to help people accelerate their careers, and is loved and trusted by talent leaders. Glintís mission to help people be happier and more successful at work aligns perfectly with LinkedInís mission to connect the worldís professionals to make them more productive and successful.

We are excited about the possibilities that could come from the integration of Glint and what we can deliver together to advance the growth of Glint. The Glint team is one that understands that great companies are built by great teams, and great teams are fueled by a great culture. We couldnít be happier that the talented team at Glint will be joining LinkedIn.

At close, Glint CEO and founder Jim Barnett will report to me, and Glint will operate as a team within LinkedIn so that they can maintain and accelerate business momentum. All other Glint executives will continue to report to Jim with the exception of HR, finance, information security, and legal, who will join the functional teams at LinkedIn. Over the next 12-18 months we plan to functionally integrate the teams within LinkedIn.

You can read more about Glintís vision from Jim here.

Subject to the completion of customary conditions, the acquisition is expected to close during the second fiscal quarter of 2019, which ends December 31.

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