Our Founders

Meet the Founders

On a Mission to Help Small Businesses Succeed

Ro Prakash, Co-founder
Growing up the son of small business owners, Ro developed a deep understanding of the day-to-day problems they face. Now, he’s driven to protect small businesses and help them thrive. One thing he knows business owners are short on is time, and he realized they needed opportunities to connect and lend each other expertise quickly and easily. Ro believes that to compete in today's economy, small businesses need to be able to operate at the level of scale that larger chains can—in terms of both knowledge and economics. Access to a network of peers is the first step towards that goal. He is a Stanford Neuroscience MD/PhD student and author of over a dozen articles focused on mental disease. Ro is continually inspired by the passion, skill, and risk-taking of entrepreneurs in starting and sustaining their businesses.
Nipul Patel, Co-founder
Nipul is a passionate advocate for the culture and vitality of small businesses in local communities. He was born into a family sustained not only by its own small-business ownership of independent restaurants in Memphis, but also by the communities that supported those businesses. After nearly seven years at Corporate Executive Board (CEB) optimizing risk management strategy, product development, operational efficiency, and financial growth for businesses globally, he left consulting to pursue Townsquared full time. He wants to help provide local business owners the single most important factor for leveraging and converting all their economic and people power into action: a meaningful way to connect with their peers.

Local business resources

Local
Management

10 Best Seattle Small Business Ideas in 2017

Seattle has always been ahead of the times. The grunge music genre exploded on a national scale in the nineties, but it was invented in… Read more

Local
Policy

Pedestrian Friendly is a Community Effort in Portland

Walkability Meets Community Making a city more pedestrian friendly is a two-way street, and is possible only when both community and small businesses are involved.… Read more

Management

Why Small Business Community Matters

At Townsquared, we never stop talking about why community matters for small business. Our entire value proposition is based on the idea that being part… Read more