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.

SafeChain is a Rev1Ventures portfolio company. Rev1 Ventures is a startup studio in Columbus Ohio. Based in the Midwest, and in the number one city for scaling startups, Rev1 aligns innovators and founders with corporate and research partners to access customers and markets, helping entrepreneurs build great companies. With a proven track record of identifying, guiding and investing in high potential startups, Rev1 helps companies solve real problems for markets in need of real solutions. Rev1 has $90MM in capital under management, providing a capital continuum from corporate and community partners, as well as Ohio Third Frontier. Rev1 is among the Most Active Seed Investors in the U.S., according to PitchBook.

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