About Hoppin

We believe that you can’t possibly know if a job is right for you without experiencing it first. So we’re creating a world where trying jobs is as fast and easy as booking a hotel room.

We Learn Best While Doing

Old methods of learning a trade or profession are quickly becoming outdated as required knowledge and skillsets change faster than education programs can keep up with. The only real way to learn and develop is to actively learn while doing. With Hoppin you can do that with real professionals who are working in the field.


Employers use the antiquated method of job interviews to “get to know” candidates and make decisions about hiring. This doesn’t work well, because interviewers often form strong and unwarranted impressions about potential hires that simply aren’t accurate. At Hoppin, we believe that working alongside someone allows you to get to know their true nature, their abilities and their gifts, which is a much better indicator of “fit” than any job interview can provide.


Job-hopping can help you earn a higher wage, develop your career faster, and find a better fit in work culture. But there’s a high-risk associated with taking a leap of faith and leaving one job for another. Sometimes it’s all you dreamed it would be, and sometimes it’s not. Hoppin provides a low-risk way to try a job on like a pair of shoes, and experience what life is like in the job you’re dreaming about.

Our Truth

Exploration is everything and we believe that the best way to learn and grow in life is to feed, nurture and cater to the innate curiosity we all have.

Our Community

The time of old boys networks is rapidly ending and we see the future as one where anybody could dream of and take part in any company and culture.

Our Hosts

The future belongs to our hosts - individuals and companies who are proud to share their culture and open their doors to engaged shadowers looking to learn and grow.

Our Vibe

Life is an adventure, so why isn't work? Old methods prevent us from treating work like adventure ready to be taken on and experienced to find our passions. Until now...

The Founders

Our founders, Bilyana and Luuk, met 2.5 years ago on their last job and bonded over tales and legends from working across three continents. What jumped out was that no matter the industry, every job they've had turned out different to what they expected. Hoppin was born out of the belief that you can’t possibly know if a job is right for you without experiencing it first.

They both shadow and host shadowers regularly and are driven by the mission to build a great company that brings inspiring work to the next generation of professionals.

Bilyana Freye

Bilyana learned the power of job shadowing early in her career. After starting in risk management and realizing that it wasn't the right fit, she arranged a one day shadowing experience, that lead to a 180° career pivot and 5 years in a completely different part of the company. More importantly, it sparked a dream and an idea: what if people could shadow beyond their company? Beyond their industry?

Luuk Derksen

Luuk is self-taught in machine learning, blockchain and cyber security, which is why he believes the only way to learn is by doing and experiencing something yourself. For him, degrees don’t matter. What matters most is 1.) how quickly someone learns and 2.) what they do with what they’ve learned. He co-founded Hoppin because it’s the perfect platform to facilitate both of those things.