Steven Noels

Steven Noels

CTO at Teamleader

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  • Wednesday 7th Dec4:30 PM

Seasoned international technology executive. Solid experience in defining technology strategies, pitching sophisticated and innovative software solutions into enterprise customers, board members and investors alike. Deep technology landscape relations and insights, and a fine nose for the next big thing. Confident on the cross-roads of technology strategy, product and solution architecturing, engineering management and technical presales. Life-long interest in infrastructure-heavy systems & software engineering. Able and eager to translate, communicate and relate between software & systems architecture, engineering and tangible business values (envision, architect, advocate and sell). Team player and leader, generalist-with-a-surprise-geek-touch, focussing on BIG vision and coach the push to reality.

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Computer Software

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May 2021 - current

More business, less hassle. The premier SaaS work management platform for growing SMEs: customer contact management, project management, time tracking and invoicing in one handy tool. Teamleader makes selling, organizing and billing work easier for 12,000 service-oriented SMEs, building constructors and agencies. Multiple deploys per day, always-on, serving 12K customers across Europe. 🚀 Member of ExCo. Leading and representing the Teamleader Focus engineering team consisting of architecture, development, devops and QA.



Mar 2019 - Mar 2021

Unifly is the world leader in drone traffic and operations management. The Unifly cloud-based software platform enables the safe integration of drone traffic in the airspace and allows drone operators to fly safely and legally. I led the technology teams building and delivering our UTM platform and solutions for ANSPs and professional drone operators worldwide. I doubled the technical delivery capacity including architecture and quality supporting roles and assisted in multiple critical migrations and go-lives with new and existing customers.

CTO and co-founder


Jan 2012 - Dec 2018

NGDATA® helps brands in data-rich industries such as financial services, telecom, media/entertainment, utilities & hospitality, to capitalize on emerging opportunities in their customer data and to drive profitable customer experiences by supercharging analytics and campaign efficiency. The company’s Intelligent Customer Data Platform (CDP) puts people at the center of every business via Customer DNA, which continuously learns from customer behavior and context in real-time. NGDATA partners with companies around the world, including Belfius Bank, Innogy & Telenet, to drive digital transformations. NGDATA is headquartered in Gent, Belgium and has offices in the United States, Europe & Asia-Pacific. I co-founded NGDATA and provided its initial software platform (and licensees!) through the merger with my previous company Outerthought. Key role in successful scaling up key technical roles (senior engineers & architects) through community outreach and advocating the NGDATA vision. Responsible for the overall technology strategy including key technology partnerships and new framework technologies. Member of the Executive team. Lead technical pre-sales and solution architecturing. Key conversation provider in working with industry analysts.

Managing Partner


Sep 2001 - Jan 2012

Outerthought is the maker of Lily - Smart Data at Scale made Easy - a big data content platform that combines storage, indexing and search with online analytics and recommendations. Before Lily, Outerthought build other open source products - Daisy for web-based content management, xReporter for web-based database reporting, and Kauri - a development framework for RESTful internet applications. We were a leading edge deep-tech software engineering company and saw our products & skills applied in a variety of industries, supporting our customers over strategic transformation projects. I was a company co-founder, together with a partner who moved on in autumn 2011. I then sought external investors and found new business partners to transform Outerthought into NGDATA.

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