Safe2Meet.com, a local Atlanta company announced today that it has launched “the world’s first peer-to-peer identity verification and background check platform.” The company is headed by founder and CEO Patricia Wilson-Smith, and co-founder Tavonia Evans, two African American technology professionals who came up with the idea a few years ago.
“Safe2Meet.com is the first of its kind”, says Wilson-Smith. “We’ve created a platform that will provide a way for anyone who wants to make sure that any stranger they need to meet for any kind of interaction – to show a vacant property, for a classified ad sale, a date, anything at all – is who they say they are. Real estate agents in particular are especially excited about our solution!”
The platform generates a digital badge for Safe2Meet members that can be scanned with their proprietary mobile app to confirm its authenticity and refreshes a user’s identity and background information every 30 days to provide an up-to-date status on an ongoing basis. “This is different than anything else in the identity verification or background check industry. Our users will be able to actively manage their own background status and share it with anyone at any time,” says Manish Verma, the company’s President.
“We’ve found that the major players in social media, classified advertising and dating have no real incentive for solving the problem of safety online,” says Matthew Watson one of the company’s co-founders. “Safe2Meet is going to become the trust platform that will make meeting and doing business with anyone on any platform safer.”
The service launched in public beta on April 10th. The company raised $165K from angel investors to build the service, and are actively seeking funding to improve the platform.