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Our mission: help everyone pursue their craft and improve their lives

Bloc is an online education company with intensive mentor-led programs for aspiring developers and designers.

We combine skilled mentors and project-based curriculum to offer students around the world a more accessible and effective alternative to traditional degrees.

We are actively recruiting in roles across the company. Come work with us!

Senior Leadership

Richard Newman
Richard Newman
Program Director
Before his last four years in the education technology space, Richard Newman has over 25 years of software engineering and senior management experience in commercial and research software firms and startups with customers from among NASA, University of Amsterdam, Boise State University, and Fortune 500 companies. Richard has a bachelor's in Computer Science from Boise State University and an MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business.
Megan Marquardt
Megan Marquardt
Director of Engineering
Megan leads the engineering team with a passion for collaboration, diversity, and academic growth. She joined Bloc in 2015 as a Senior Software Engineer after 6 years of pipeline engineering at Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm. She is credited in several films including Avengers, Pacific Rim, and Rango. Her endeavors outside work include hosting technical speaking workshops, mentoring junior developers, and participating in women’s health hackathons. Megan has a degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.
Riley End
Riley End
VP of Operations
Riley End brings 8 years of operational, growth, analytics and business development experience to his role at Bloc. Riley began his career with Related, a real estate development and investment firm based in New York before moving into an operating role at Savored, an early-stage restaurant industry startup. In 2012, Riley became co-founder and CEO of Given Goods Co., a social impact ecommerce marketplace featuring over 2,000 products from 150 brands. Riley has an A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College.
Erin Rosenblatt
Erin Rosenblatt
Head of Student Success
Erin brings her experience of leading educational programs for the past seven years to the Student Success team at Bloc. Her background in education runs a gamut that includes directing academics for immersive language programs, managing education teams at Hack Reactor and Galvanize, and classroom teaching experience with adult learners from around the world. She is passionate about closing the accessibility gap by making tech education available to anyone who wants to work hard to learn new skills and transform their lives.
Chris Courtney
Chris Courtney
Program Director
Chris is the Director of the Design Program, drawing upon 20 years of experience to prepare the next wave of designers how to push beyond how something looks and focus on why it matters. Prior to joining Bloc in 2014, Chris spent 14 years in various roles at the Tribune company working on products for the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, WGN, KTLA, and dozens of other media outlets. When he isn't designing designers at Bloc, Chris is busy participating in workshops around the globe and has delivered his perspective on the industry to audiences in India, Russia, China, Turkey, and Argentina.
Gina diMarcantonio
Gina diMarcantonio
Director of Mentor Operations
Gina brings seven years of operational knowledge to her role at Bloc. She has worked in small and large corporations, non-profits, and start-ups, and has overseen initiatives in HR, finance, data, analytics and more. Gina is passionate about streamlining and efficiency. She has a background in Health Administration and Project Management.

Mentor Team

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Bloc in the News

For press inquiries please contact us at
press@bloc.io or call us at (650)-741-5682

This Guy Rode a Boot Camp to Startup Success

Eliam Medina took Bloc's Rails Web Development program to learn how to build a prototype for Willing, his startup, which ended up being the fastest growing startup in Y-Combinator's Summer 2015 Class and getting funded by top investors.

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Klint Finley

How a Developer Boot Camp Marched Its Way to Millions

The story of Bloc's founding, how its online bootcamp experience works for students, and future plans for growth.

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Michelle Goodman

How Do You Learn To Code?

Roshan Choxi, Bloc's CEO, gives 3 critical pieces of advice on how to learn to code - focus on habits, not goals, overcome the pain of learning alone by having a mentor and belonging to a community, and build things.

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Here's what you should know about those 99% job placement rates at 'coding bootcamps’

Why some bootcamps aren't completely authentic when making claims about their job placement rates.

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Nathan McAlone

Coding bootcamps are replacing computer science degrees

Roshan Choxi, Bloc's CEO, argues that the rise of coding bootcamps has diminished the need for Computer Science degrees, the curricula for which are antiquated in a rapidly evolving field.

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Bloc’s Guarantee: Get a Job as a Programmer or Your Money Back

Announcing the launch of Bloc's Software Engineering Track. This 48-week intensive program, combining Computer Science fundamentals with practical programming skills, better prepares students to get jobs at top tech companies than do traditional bootcamps.

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Klint Finley

Come Innovate With Us

We're a product-driven team committed to providing outstanding experiences to our students and mentors. If you or someone you know wants to make a positive impact on education, email us at with why you're interested and an example of work. We are actively recruiting full-stack software engineers with excellent product taste.

Title Duration Location
Full-Stack Software Engineer Full Time Remote
Grading Team Member, Design Part Time Remote
Technical Coach Part Time Remote
Grading Team Member, Development Full Time Remote