He was previously a Managing Director at Techstars for four years. He set up Techstars office in Berlin, which became the most active Techstars office worldwide within two years. He invested in 40 companies that have raised in aggregate more than $50m. Before Techstars, Jens was a partner at Forward Labs, which he co-founded in January 2012. The four spin-out startups have raised in aggregate more than $25m.
Before Labs, Jens co-founded and was CEO of aiHit, a provider of automated company data to the business information industry, which was backed by Amadeus and VTB Capital. aiHit was acquired by Matchdeck in 2015. Prior to this, he was the VP Analysis & Consulting at Library House (now Dow Jones), a business information and research company, which he helped grow from seven to over 50 employees within four years.
During his PhD at Cambridge University, he developed, patented and licensed new water technology. Jens lives in Berlin with his wife Iris and two young daughters.