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VP Engineering/CTO- Collide

Who Is Collide & How Are They Changing the World?


Collide is a startup on a mission to eliminate collaboration chaos once and for all. 


The global pandemic pushed enterprise organizations to figure out how to work together when we’re further apart. Companies sought to mimic office culture with a meeting-first culture, resulting in burnout, meeting-fatigue, isolation, and in many cases, poorer business outcomes. We can blame external forces, but there’s a part we can control: the way we work together.

Collide puts that control back in the hands of remote/hybrid teams with an easy-to-use team collaboration platform that enables teams to quickly share information, facilitate ideation, have threaded discussions, organize and vote on ideas, assign outcomes, and link with your third-party project management systems. 


Formerly known as Powernoodle, a decision-facilitation software for enterprise organizations like Humana and the Bank of Canada, Collide is a newly branded startup under the ownership of existing shareholders and big names in the Toronto and Waterloo tech start-up and angel ecosystem and under the leadership of CEO, Nigel Vanderlinden. With a seasoned, powerhouse Board of Directors, strong early investment and a brand new product to fulfill a more horizontal solution in the collaboration market, they now have a minimum sellable product and are well on their way to becoming a high-growth Canadian success story.

How Will I Make An Impact?


Collide is seeking a highly motivated and entrepreneurial VP Engineering or CTO who will report to the CEO and be his counterpart. While he owns the business side, you’ll own the technical side (engineering + product). Together with a small, strong and nimble team, you will help them iterate their way to product-market fit and beyond. You’ll add new features and remove barriers to adoption with the ultimate goal of acquiring new customers, adding to Collide’s existing base of customers. You’ll focus on product iteration in both a hands-on and strategic capacity, while also ensuring that Collide’s product and engineering functions are prepared to scale sustainably.

How Do I Know If This Is For Me?


  • You’re energized by the early stage start-up build and pride yourself in building high-functioning engineering + product organizations.

  • You’re eager to align yourself with a tech-for-good mission!

  • You’re a self-described player-coach with a roll-up-your-sleeves approach to be both strategic and hands-on.

  • You thrive being the person your team looks up to - both to support their development and to provide strategic direction. 

  • You can set the pace with your energy, kindness and aspirational work ethic.

  • Enthusiasm for a remote work environment.

Our Ideal Candidate Looks Like:

To succeed in (and enjoy!) this role:

  • You have experience leading an early stage start-up to successful product market fit (and you enjoy the iterations that go along with that process!). 

  • You’ve led or built small teams and you thrive being the person your team looks up to.

  • You continue to be a hands-on engineering leader who enjoys coding and architecting software (Collide uses Ruby on Rails, React, AWS). 

  • You’ve either led or worked closely with product: you understand user need, you can translate that into a technical design, and then build that design (you’ll have a team member doing UI/UX).

  • You have great enterprise-focused software engineering experience and fundamentals.

The Process:


The general hiring process looks like the following:

  • Screening call with your Artemis Recruitment Consultant, Carly

  • Introductory conversation with Nigel Vanderlinden, CEO

  • Conversations with 2-3 additional members of the leadership team

  • References & offer

As your Artemis Canada Recruitment Consultant, I’ll work closely with you through every step of the process.


We understand, accept, and value the differences between people of different backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, ages, beliefs, and abilities.  We aim to create an inclusive environment and encourage diverse individuals to apply.

I’d love to hear from you - even if you don’t meet 100% of the requirements. Send me a note at if you or someone you know is interested!


Does this sound exciting to you?
Get in touch with Carly!

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