Beyond the Pitch

Founder’s Story: Featuring Tony Franco of SafeChain


SafeChain leverages an advanced software technology, blockchain, to increase the speed and security of real-estate transactions.

The story of SafeChain is fast-paced and exciting, even for a startup.  Founded in 2016, SafeChain has grown to thirty employees, has earned numerous awards, including VentureOhio’s 2018 Seed Stage Company of the Year Award, and secured $3 million in funding from a diverse nationwide syndication.

Tony talks about his path to becoming an entrepreneur, how to gain investors’ trust, the promise and challenge of blockchain technology, and the critical importance of product-market fit to a startup.

He’s candid, experienced, and offers great tips and insight for entrepreneurs.

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