Our Story and Vision

TractBase is a technology company that is reimagining the land title industry. We believe data and technology should be among the most important assets a title company owns. We are making each of those assets available to all title companies not just the largest ones. Own the industry’s best products and even the playing field.

Our Executive Team

Combining expertise in the land title industry and software development, our team is serious about reinventing the industry.

Nicholas Franklin

Nicholas Franklin

CEO & Co-Founder


Nic has been working in the land title industry for almost his entire professional career. Before starting TractBase he was the President of Digital Abstract & Title (DAT) and President of Covenant Title Company. Nic and his team have built TDI audited title plants ranging in size from 100,000 instruments to over 15 million. Nic also founded Blackacre Software Company which was one of the first HTML 5 based land title web applications.

Nic holds a B.A. from Texas A&M and a J.D. from from the University of Texas where he was the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy Law. He is also the former President of the Texas Energy Law Association.

Steve Simpson

Steve Simpson



Steve has been developing software solutions for some of the country’s bluechip businesses since the 1980s including Master Card, Barnes & Noble, Outback Steakhouse, Monarch Knitting Mills, and Columbia University Press. At the crest of the technology wave, Steve developed an electronic directory and research database system for accessing a massive collection of advertising data, used by virtually every film production company and advertising agency of any size worldwide. This system contains the world’s largest repository of TV commercials and has 33,000 paid subscribers world wide. Most recently he built the Blackacre title search software platform. It is one of the first HTML5 solutions for land records and widely admired by the industry for its ease of use and efficiency.

Steve Simpson holds a master’s degree from Wake Forest University and taught database design and implementation at Columbia University to Corporate MIS professionals