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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.

Bloc relies on the time-tested apprenticeship model to help students start new careers. We combine experienced mentors and project-based curriculum to offer students around the world a more accessible and effective way alternative to traditional degrees or in-person bootcamps.

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

Senior Leadership

Chris Courtney
Chris Courtney
Program Director
Biography
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.
Andy Johnston
Andy Johnston
Head of Student Advising
Biography
Andy brings five years of experience in consumer facing roles to his position as the head of student advising at Bloc. He leads a team of dedicated professionals who strive to give the best guidance to anyone interested in learning how to code and changing their career. Andy earned a bachelor of arts in American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. In his spare time you can find him attending Cal athletic events as a staff writer for SB Nation's California Golden Blogs and snowboarding across North America.
Erin Freeny
Erin Freeny
Head of Student Success
Biography
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.
Richard Newman
Richard Newman
Program Director
Biography
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.
Gina diMarcantonio
Gina diMarcantonio
Head of Mentor Operations
Biography
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.
Riley End
Riley End
VP of Growth and Operations
Biography
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.
Courtland Alves
Courtland Alves
Program Director
Biography
Courtland Alves has 8 years of experience as a product manager, engineering manager and entrepreneur. He joins Bloc through an acquisition of DevBridge, which partnered with coding bootcamps to help their grads find jobs. Courtland has led product and engineering at Yahoo and CrowdStar and was CEO at Hitpost (acquired by Yahoo!). Courtland has a background in software engineering with a degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley.
Clint Schmidt
Clint Schmidt
CEO
Biography
Clint Schmidt is a veteran of e-commerce and online marketplaces. Clint has held executive marketing, business development, and product management roles at Half.com, eBay, 1-800-CONTACTS, Livemocha, Roblox, Wantful, and Good Eggs, along with a stint at Harrison Metal, a leading seed-stage venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. Clint earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jade Feng
Jade Feng
Product Manager
Biography
Jade is a product manager at a Bloc with a background in entrepreneurship, finance, and education. Her entrepreneurial background covers two companies she built and exited in the marketplace and education space, including an in-person coding bootcamp in Australia. She’s passionate about using data to drive product decisions and making a meaningful impact on people’s lives. Jade has a degree in actuarial studies and economics from the University of New South Wales.
Megan Marquardt
Megan Marquardt
Tech Lead
Biography
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.
Alex Kim
Alex Kim
Product Marketing Manager
Biography
Alex is a product marketer who loves marrying data-driven customer insights with creative storytelling to drive growth. She has held marketing and business development positions in social-based tech companies like Facebook, Sina Weibo, and 500px, an Andreessen Horowitz-backed consumer startup. Alex is passionate about building and scaling communities around shared purpose.

Mentor Team

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Staff

John Li
John Li
Kayla Hughes
Kayla Hughes
Katy Waddell
Katy Waddell
Courtney O'Donnell
Courtney O'Donnell
Jeremy Holland
Jeremy Holland
Kennedy Oates
Kennedy Oates
Sanny Lin
Sanny Lin
Adriana Baranetchi
Adriana Baranetchi
Amanda Mejia
Amanda Mejia
Levi Kennedy
Levi Kennedy
Juliya Burg
Juliya Burg
Megan Messerly
Megan Messerly
Susannah Ryan
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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 course 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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Roshan Choxi

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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Roshan Choxi

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

Advisors and board

Sean Flynn
Sean Flynn
Managing Director, Shasta Ventures
Biography
Sean invests in mobile-enabled consumer Internet and enterprise software companies. He currently serves on the board of directors for the online learning bootcamp Bloc, secure enterprise messaging company TigerText, mobile digital archive Timehop, as well as video rights and marketing company ZEFR, and payments and analytics company Swipely. He also led the firm’s investments in the anonymous social network Whisper, Dollar Shave Club and Simple (acquired by BBVA).
Michael Dearing
Michael Dearing
Founder, Harrison Metal
Biography
While building Harrison Metal, Michael was a Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford University’s School of Engineering, teaching classes in Mechanical Engineering, Management Science & Engineering, and the d.school. After finishing his work at Stanford, he decided to continue teaching at Harrison Metal. Today, Harrison Metal is a center for teaching and investing in exceptional people.

Investors

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
Student Advisor Full Time San Francisco
Full-Stack Software Engineer Full Time San Francisco
Rails Mentor Part Time Remote
Backend Software Engineer Full Time San Francisco
Software Engineering Principles Mentor (Full/Part-Time) Part Time San Francisco
Open Source Apprenticeship Mentor (Full/Part-Time) Part Time San Francisco
Mentor, Design Fundamentals Part Time Remote
Mentor, Programming Fundamentals Part Time Remote
Student Success Counselor Full Time San Francisco