Jens Horstmann
Jens Horstmann

As a founder, Managing Partner at Crestlight, Jens directs investor relations, fundraising, and portfolio development. Crestlight challenges the investment status quo, as does Jens, through first-hand involvement advising, engaging, and creating technology driven ventures in the US and Internationally. Crestlight has richly benefited from his direction engrained in strategic planning, execution, and with investment and exit strategy. His involvement in Silicon Valley and Global high-tech industries, supported by unsurpassed leadership and passion, have enabled Jens to empower numerous startup teams to generate fun, profitable and impactful companies for decades. As executive sponsor of Crestlight relations, Jens and his teams generate strong business results and enterprise value through focus, momentum and intellectual property. Current and former portfolio companies that have benefited from his direct involvement include, AeroQuestUSA, BrainRewards, Executive Mindshare, Flyngo, iKlick, intelli-Pharma/Elytix, Kachingle, MinuteKey, Secure Data Logic, and VyyCore. Currently, he also is an investor and Venture Partner in The Entrepreneurs Fund, TEF III. In addition to this, he has presided over MXGO Technologies as CEO, since 2006. MXGO owns, maintains and monetizes a patent portfolio on key mobile messaging technologies that were developed in partnership with Motorola. Additionally, he has channeled strategy and technology for NCR Corporation, a fortune 500 company, serving as VP of Entertainment Technology, which later acquired DVDPlay (the original technology behind Redbox Kiosks). He served as CTO and previously as a founding President and CEO. Prior to DVDPlay, he was President of OpenGrid, after it acquired Ensemble Solutions, which Jens founded in 1996. Ensemble Solutions was one of the pioneers in B2B solutions on the Internet. His prior practices include senior engineering, research and development positions at Sun Microsystems, Siemens, LSI Logic Systems Research Laboratory, and X1 Corporation. Jens holds more than 12 patents, has taught classes for UC Berkeley, and is frequent keynote speaker, addressing audiences on business opportunities of new technologies, funding, venture capital and startup experience. He serves on the board of Acceleware (TSX-V: AXE), BrainRewards, SecureDataLogic, Flyngo, and is Chairman of Kachingle. Jens holds an MSEE/CS from the University of Braunschweig, with continued education at Stanford. He’s an avid pilot and photographer.

Jens participated in the FundingPost event: Vegas VC & Angel Event on Thursday, May 2, 2013 in NV, Sponsored by Entrepreneuria, UNLV, Tracky, The Soho Loft, Social Radius