Our Story

Our Story

Townsquared wasn’t just built for small businesses, it was built at a small business—specifically, over fresh pasta and the famous meatballs from Pasta Gina. Townsquared was originally powered by Gina’s homemade food (possibly a few cannolis), and our founders, Ro Prakash and Nipul Patel, regaled Gina and her husband, Gene, with their dream of helping small businesses. They liked the idea so much, Pasta Gina was one of our first investors. Gene and Gina helped make Townsquared a reality because they believed, like we do, that small businesses benefit from strong communities. We’re honored by their faith in us (even though Ro and Nipul still aren't allowed to make the cannoli filling).

Our Mission

Our mission is simple: to help small businesses succeed through easy access to the knowledge they need.
All of us at Townsquared are endlessly inspired by the energy and dedication of individuals working to realize the dream of running a successful business. It’s why we do what we do: provide a free online platform for local businesses to succeed together.

Our Values

Our values rest on one principle: We’re stronger, together.

Put Members First
We are a mission-driven company. Our job is to create value for our members.

Always Be Improving
We focus on growing and improving on a product that members find valuable in an increasing number of ways. We learn from our mistakes (and lots of feedback from our members!) and look forward.

Celebrate Diversity
We see every day that a diversity of experiences and perspectives makes our product better. We listen to each other and our members to inform our everyday decisions.

Show Gratitude
We know that gratitude allows us to be positive during the good days—and the not-so-good days.

We're looking for more great people to join our team!

The Townsquared Team

Neuroscience. Badminton. Sauce. Learning and growing in SF, combining my passion for local and problem solving.

Ro Prakash

CEO and Co-founder

Hungry for new knowledge, big burritos, good basketball, and music with a soul. On the hunt for more reading time.

Nipul Patel

COO and Co-founder

A world-wandering designer, UX refiner, and secret ceramicist with an enthusiasm for tiny things and pie.

Miwa Ikemiya


Policy wonk, political nerd, and all-around public servant at heart. Usually in stripes and a jaunty cap.

Ahmad El-Najjar


Until the inevitable zombie apocalypse, reading, writing, watching movies, gardening, and general pottering about with 2- and 4-legged family.

Amy Johnson


Web aficionado from Arizona. Likes coffee, design, running. Always looking for interesting books to read.

Ben Atkin


Passionate about family, bikes, books, solving real world problems, creating value, and products that wow.

Andy Bryson


Gorge dance partier, outdoor hiker, beer garden liker with a love/hate relationship with @KarlTheFog.

Ben Hjerrild


Glamping expert with NorCal roots and soul. Product designer making digital life a little brighter.

Carolyn Packer


Software architect by day, bug bounty hunter by night. Attends hackathons for AWS credits.

Eric Lamison-White


Former technophobe. Enjoys reading post-apocalyptic science fiction and exploring the great indoors.

Emily Manders


A can-do guy who rolls with the punches. Eats stress for brunches, drops rhymes by lunches.

Gaurav Mali


Passionate about creative problem solving and pragmatic, progressive execution.

Hamza Kubba


Navy vet who loves programming and working with people, rarely seen hatless.

Ian Epperson


Voracious eater. Goes to buffets and tries to eat them out of business. Eats data, digests them, and draws sustenance.

Jerry Tsai


Marketer, Mystic, Jockette, Wordsmith, Musician, Aesthete, Tippler, Explorer and Lover of SF.

Jane Rex


Hula-dancing bacon-makin' hostess with the mostest. Greasing the office gears for smooth sailing.

Jocelyn Manuel


Passionate about coffee, hiking, storytelling, building community. Exploring the world one neighborhood at a time!

Kira Pascoe


Loves working with great teams, and making things that matter for the community. Yogi, musician, traveller.

Katya Sadovnycha


Former reader of manuals, now passionate about learning by doing. Ears perk up at mentions of cricket, psychological biases, and board games.

Kenny Chandrasekera


Motorcycle-riding sweater knitter, slowly eating my way through my native NYC

Linda Missal


Proudly from Yorkshire and runs on disco. Busy finding the best stories to tell. Liberally supplements life with wine and sparkle.

Lucy Bartlett


Goes home to one wife, two daughters, and numerous roof-growing pumpkins in San Jose. Fan of solar energy and Frisbee.

Marc Siegel


Delight finder. Bi-lingual bantam creating things that make people smile.

Maru Carrion


NW girl. Dabbler in cooking, gardening and winemaking. Connoisseur of corpse revivers.

Melissa Peterman


Portland native, entrepreneur and recovering banker. Reads all things Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Pink. Washed up athlete who has more sneakers than you.

Stephen Green


Pattern seeker interested in story, image, and experience. Thinking global via local. Biking-to-coffee-or-beach-or-bay enthusiast.

Tan-ya Gerrodette


Compulsive meme-aficionado. Bad at texting. Good at burritos. Known to write a tune or two.

Tanner Gesek


From the Garden State to the land of beer gardens. Loves psychology, theater, people, problems and solutions, and pasta.

Wera von Wulfen


Canuck that loves conquering the impossible with a scrappy team. Also, dogs, beer, and Tim Hortons.

Tim Sze


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