Continuously published since August 1998
For over 22 years Pitara has been creating, distributing & licensing multi-cultural content for children to discover the simple joys of learning and exploring.
Over two decades ago, Pitara was started not by an entrepreneur in search of a big business hit, but by a parent trying to solve a personal challenge of finding original kids’ content for his toddler child. Content that was not only ‘fun’ but also in tune with multi-cultural & secular values. Pitara was a by-product of a relationship between a child and a father.
More than 20-years later, the child has graduated from college, but the idea of Pitara endures. In the early days we used to say that Pitara stands for –> kiDs :: vAlue :: fUn. The world, technology, and content for children, have changed in the intervening years but our core beliefs have remained the same.
Brief history (of 22-years and counting)
Over the years many wonderful people have worked with us, influenced us, supported us, and partnered with us. Some have moved on. While others continue to be part of the journey. You can read more about some of these wonderful people here some of these wonderful people here and see a list of all our authors here.
When we started out, dial-up internet was the norm and Google was still in a lab at Stanford University. We have seen the internet evolve significantly. We have seen business ideas and fads come and go while we continue to soldier on. In the nineties we clearly had the ‘early-mover’ advantage, but interestingly it is still lonely out here. Why? Perhaps because creating high-quality content for children and giving it away for free on the internet is not a very wise business strategy.
So why do we keep doing it?
Because there is a need for it. And because we are not set up as a ‘standard’ profit-maximising business enterprise. We are formally ‘not’ a not-for-profit, yet, profit is not our goal. We are mainly interested in doing meaningful work and hopefully making a reasonable living doing that.
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Some of the world’s leading publishers already do. More information about content licensing here.
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