The Faultline Group is managed by Jens Francis, a recognized expert in business formation, technology strategy and government affairs primarily in the fields of global technology infrastructure, Internet governance and the development of software as a service. He and the Faultline team have been involved in various development projects including:
Savanna Software: Savanna is a fully on-demand enterprise system for education built in conjunction with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the winner of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quliaty Award.
Panoptic Solutions: Panoptic developed an on-demand wealth management platform for banks and financial institutinos such as Charles Schwab and Merrill Lynch.
NetGranite: In 1999 Jens and Scott Miller co-founded venture funded NetGranite to develop a next-generation compute cloud platform providing highly scalable infrastructure for the delivery of web applications as a service.
Mr. Francis served as a partner in the Sequoia Strategy Group, a premier management consulting firm focusing on Silicon Valley based technology companies. In this role, Jens provided executive-level consulting services in the areas of technology development, business strategy and M&A to various large technology companies. Prior to joining SSG, Jens spent several years as a senior executive in Silicon Valley.
In 1991, Mr. Francis founded and served as chief executive of SoftArt Research, a network engineering and system design firm serving the Pacific Northwest. Representative projects included program management and large-scale network and system design for companies in the health care, public education and oil and gas industries.
Mr. Francis actively advises various companies in the areas of technology development and government affairs. Among his advisory clients are Verisign, Sybase, NetHope, Global Liquid Markets, ICANN, the Association of Competitive Technology, and the Wilderness Technology Alliance.
Mr. Francis holds degrees in both mathematics and computer science from the University of Alaska.