Orbiit Has Been Acquired by Hivebrite: A New Era of Community Engagement

Orbiit joins Hivebrite to take community building to the next level

We are thrilled to announce that Orbiit has been acquired!

We are thrilled to announce that Orbiit has been acquired!

Our AI-powered matching software is joining forces with Hivebrite, the leading community engagement platform. This is a moment of immense pride and joy for our entire team.

Photo: Jean Hamon (Founder of Hivebrite), Bilyana Freye (Co-Founder & CEO of Orbiit) & Luuk Derksen (Co-Founder & CTO of Orbiit). Photo credit: Elena Rossini

Six years, two start ups, and everything in between


Reflecting on this 6-year journey, I am filled with gratitude and humility.

Many of you know this is a tale of two back-to-back startups, which started in 2018 with the formation of Hoppin – the world’s first job shadowing marketplace.

Hoppin was an incredible chapter with many firsts:

  • First $1m raised

  • First hires

  • First community of hosts and shadowers connecting and having a profound impact on each other

Then enter Covid, wiping our business overnight, the arrival of my firstborn Jackie and a renewed determination to fix what’s so broken in the world: real connection.

After a quick four-month pivot, enter Orbiit—matching software that uses AI to enhance human connection, not replace it, by automating and scaling 1:1 conversations within communities.

Our technology was immediately picked up by Silicon Valley royalty and to this day, is one of the main ways top innovators learn and grow together.

Then came another fundraiser, riding the top of the market, team expansion, figuring out remote work, surviving a downturn, expanding to new use cases, and dealing with dozens, maybe even hundreds, of unexpected twists and turns along the way. And now, crowning our journey with an acquisition by an amazing company—wow! Nothing feels as rewarding as reaching this milestone, knowing the effort and determination it took to get here.

A heartfelt thank you to the Orbiit team and supporters

None of this would have happened without my Co-Founder, Luuk Derksen, a dream partner in this adventure. Humble and brilliant, he’s the AI in Orbiit.ai and my rock when the going gets tough!

To our incredible team, both current and past, thank you for your unwavering dedication and hard work – we couldn’t have done it without you!

To our investors, your belief in our vision has been invaluable. I truly feel privileged to have had the support and exposure to some of the most brilliant, kind, and interesting people in the game.

To our advisors, thank you for the countless hours of support and crisis management. We are in awe with every single one of you.

To our customers – thank you for trusting us and pushing us to be better every day. You’re all true community pioneers, and it’s a privilege to power your communities.

The perfect match

So, how did this acquisition come about? Well, at Orbiit we love a good match and Hivebrite is just that and more!

Like all great partnerships, it was organic and centered around the success stories of our mutual clients—a clear sign of our platforms’ winning combination.

Fast-forward to meeting in person the Founder and CEO of 12 years, Jean Hamon, and it was a clear fit of values, culture, and opportunity! Hivebrite is a Series B company backed by Insight Partners, HQ’d in Paris, with 200 employees around the world.

Hivebrite is the leading all-in-one community solution powering top networks like the Obama Foundation, NYSE, Ivy League Alumni Networks, etc. By joining forces, Orbiit gets a shortcut to scale, Hivebrite adds a layer of AI innovation, and together, we have become truly the most comprehensive community platform on the market!! It’s been extra special getting acquired by a French company in the year of the Paris Olympics – our own winning moment of some sort 🙂

Thank you Hivebrite for the warm welcome, we’re so excited for the next chapter together!

So, what does this mean for existing Orbiit customers? At the moment, it’s business as usual. You’ll get the same product experience you’ve come to know from our team. In the future, you can look forward to exciting innovations. Stay tuned! (You can also discover more about the acquisition here: Hivebrite Acquires Orbiit)

Thank you to everyone who has been part of this incredible journey. Here’s to the future and taking communities to the next level together!

With gratitude,
Bilyana, Luuk & team Orbiit

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