Neal Taparia and Darshan Somashekar go way back - the two high school friends who grew up in Chicago started building websites in their teens. One of their first products, a citation tool called EasyBib, became a hit among students and the basis of an edtech company they would later grow. However, it wasn’t until 2019 when they had the opportunity to experiment with how to infuse classic games with an educational twist. They imagined a platform where players of all ages and backgrounds could learn a thing or two while playing Solitaire, one of the most popular games in the world.
Thus, Solitaired was born.
The duo replaced traditional cards with ones that carried focused themes like "Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement" and "Notable Women in Computing," telling fascinating stories about notable figures and moments in history through Solitaire.
Then, the pandemic hit.
"People were stuck at home and wanted to play games, so we shifted to, ‘how do we make an awesome gaming experience?’" Neal recalls. "It was during the pandemic that Solitaired really found its footing and became a gaming platform."