About Darshan Somashekar

Darshan is the co-founder of Solitaired. He's been building internet websites and applications since his youth. In his teens, he launched HTML Center to teach basic coding skills, as well as EdgeReview to review cutting edge consumer products. As a high school student in 2001, along with Neal Taparia, who also co-founded Solitaired, he launched EasyBib.com, a tool that helps students automate bibliographies.

After graduating Brown University in 2005, Darshan took a job as a consultant as Bain & Company. After two years at Bain, Darshan co-founded Drop.io, a file sharing service, which later sold to Facebook.

By 2008, EasyBib had become a popular application used by millions of students, and Darshan focused his efforts building out the product with Neal under an edtech company they formed called Imagine Easy Solutions.

Imagine Easy introduced note taking, research, grammar, plagiarism, and citation tools, and by 2016 reached 40 million students yearly. That same year, Neal and Darshan decided to sell the business to Chegg, a publicly traded education company. The two stayed at Chegg from 2016 to 2019 as executives with Darshan leading product efforts, helping Chegg grow its market capitalization during his time there.

In 2019, after Darshan learned from his mother-in-law that her favorite solitaire app was no longer available, the two launched Solitaired to explore not only how to make great games, but also how education and brain training can be tied to gaming.

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What does Darshan do?

Darshan leads the product, engineering, and customer support at Solitaired. He ensures our games our the best of its kind. With Neal, he also guides the strategic direction for Solitaired.


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