Jens has a passion for entrepreneurship, innovation investing and a world where social and economic progress are available to all. He is the founder of WinWin, a non-profit that seeks to utilize a data-driven “tri-sector” approach to align the resources available in the private, social, and public sectors to generate superior societal and financial outcomes than would be possible if organizations were restricted to the resources within their sector alone.
WinWin is based on the idea that tremendous value can be created (and waste reduced) when assets from the companies, non-profits, and government agencies are collaboratively leveraged and that it is possible to align the incentives of these groups to reduce inefficiency and improve overall outcomes. WinWin creates tools to identify opportunities and a systematic solution for organizations to utilize under-leveraged assets in each sector to facilitate innovation that benefits all parties involved
Jens first learned of potential for tri-sector solutions when he founded Coinstar in 1990, with the goal of creating a company that could simultaneously benefit the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Coinstar pioneered self-service coin counting kiosks to provide consumers a convenient means to convert loose coins into cash. In addition to counting change, Coinstar kiosks accept donations for charitable organizations including UNICEF, The Red Cross, and WWF. Coinstar also worked collaboratively with the Fed, US Mint, and Royal UK Mint. The company has processed over $40bb, raised ~ $100mm for non-profits, and save the US government billions in reduced costs. He is currently working with a US company that is utilizing a WinWin strategy to improve the Food Stamp program for 45 million people.
Jens holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Yale University. A native of Seattle, Jens is an avid hiker, back country skier, and enthusiast of landscape architecture.