GreenBlock is a great example of Columbus’ burgeoning tech ecosystem. After growing up in Akron and working in Washington, D.C., Chris Berry came to Columbus a few years ago as chief of staff at the Ohio Treasurer’s office. While working on the launch of OhioCrypto.com, the state’s initiative to accept bitcoin as tender for business tax payments, Berry met Ari Lewis, a consultant and venture capitalist well-known in the world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.
The two shared the desire to launch a business of their own, and GreenBlock was born. The consultancy was launched in April to help tech businesses build products, partnerships and brands. Berry’s expertise comes on the public relations and marketing side, while Lewis’s roots are in the tech startup world.