Jens has a passion for social entrepreneurship, innovation and venture investing. In 1990, Jens founded Coinstar 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 $40 billion and raised over $80 million for non-profits.
He is also the founder of WinWin, which is focused on new ventures that create synergistic benefits for all three sectors. WinWin is reviewing public sector agencies and departments, seeking entrepreneurial opportunities for innovation and collaboration.
Jens is the owner of Molbak’s Garden + Home. He serves on the Boards of the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, University of Washington Bothell, KeyMe and Town Hall. He is a past trustee of the Lakeside School.
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.