In 2005 he was hired as Executive Vice President for Optimum ASA in Kristiansand and Belgium. The company experienced a significant increase in revenues and increased its managed capital with 2 billion NOK under his management period.
Jens founded the idea of TrustBuddy and launched 2009. Throughout his role as founder and CEO, TrustBuddy expanded to 10 countries throughout Europe and became the world’s biggest Peer-to-Peer(P2P) provider of short-term loans and was the first publicly traded P2P company globally on the NASDAQ OMX First North.
In 2015 Jens founded Blockbonds and the product SPENN which is an advanced Mobile Banking App utilizing blockchain technology to help people to take the first step out of the cash society completely cost free. The purpose of the company is to contribute to financial inclusion for the two billion unbanked and underbanked as well as the banked population and by such making the world financially connected by uniting the banked with the unbanked population.
SPENN is the solution for everyone to be a part of the cashless society, enabling them to transact money instantly and communicate financially, cost free. Blockbonds has entered partnership and signed with seven banks in eleven different markets and SPENN is per date fully operational and live in 4 countries (Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia & Philippines). Blockbonds has forecasted SPENN to be live in additional 8 more countries within 2022.
SPENN Technology has been selected to participate in Mastercard Start Path Crypto – a program providing access to partnership opportunities, insights, and tools to grow. Only six companies from around the world have been selected in this third wave of Start Path Crypto. In addition to SPENN, these are Bitfy (Brazil), Ankr (US), Belo (Argentina), BitsCrunch (Germany) and Fonbnk (US). All are working to bring the benefits of blockchain products to more people, and all are considered ‘scale-ready’ by Mastercard.
“SPENN is all about uniting people and working for financial inclusion – in a profitable way for everyone. We have given more than one million people access to a bank account. But this is just the start.” says Jens. “SPENN is working closely with regulators and banks to make crypto a mainstream tool, while ensuring user-friendliness. We have every intention of taking substantial market shares in countries where we operate.”.
In 2021 Blockbonds fulfilled and IPO and became a publicy listed company on Nasdaq under the new company name SPENN Technolgy A/S. The company has become a unicorn with its valuation of US$ +1bn.