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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.

Leadership

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.
Dave Paola
Dave Paola
CTO and Cofounder
Biography
Dave Paola is a software engineer turned founder who learned to code at an early age. Prior to graduating with a computer science degree from the University of Illinois, he worked on hundreds of real projects at ACM, Brechbuhler Scales, the university, and an early-stage startup called Harmonize.fm. Dave co-founded Djangy.com, the world’s first python cloud hosting product, and subsequently joined Kontagent. Bloc is the result of Dave’s lifelong dissatisfaction with K-12 & higher education.
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
VP of Product and Mentorship
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.

Mentor Team

Mentors at Bloc offer students a unique opportunity to work with current industry professionals who provide valuable insight into what is needed in today’s tech economy. Paired with Bloc’s exclusive curriculum, hard-working students have access to all the support they will need to successfully complete the program.

Conrad Taylor
Conrad Taylor
Tim Barnes
Tim Barnes
Alissa Likavec
Alissa Likavec
Mark Carpenter
Mark Carpenter
Bobbilee Hartman
Bobbilee Hartman
Rob Madden
Rob Madden
Dennis Eusebio
Dennis Eusebio
Caila Blanton
Caila Blanton
Jose Sanchez
Jose Sanchez
Chris Courtney
Chris Courtney
Shannon Bertucci
Shannon Bertucci
Mathew Maxwell
Mathew Maxwell
John Sawers
John Sawers
Phil Spitler
Phil Spitler
Jason Perez
Jason Perez
Joey Kirk
Joey Kirk
Mathew Thompson
Mathew Thompson
Michael Pell
Michael Pell
Chris Gillis
Chris Gillis
Ben Neely
Ben Neely
Matt Born
Matt Born
Aaron Uyehara
Aaron Uyehara
Adam Louis
Adam Louis

Student Experience Team

The Student Experience Team consists of Student Advisors, Student Success, and Career Services. The team's primary concerns are the happiness and success of our students. They’re dedicated to helping and empowering our students so they may reach their goals and have a fun, effective, and rewarding learning experience.

Marisa Rando
Marisa Rando
Keri Spencer
Keri Spencer
Andy Johnston
Andy Johnston
Susannah Ryan
Susannah Ryan
Katy Waddell
Katy Waddell
Gina diMarcantonio
Gina diMarcantonio
Alex Kim
Alex Kim
Prachi Singh
Prachi Singh
Juliya Burg
Juliya Burg
Amanda Mejia
Amanda Mejia

Design and Development

Sanny Lin
Sanny Lin
Megan Marquardt
Megan Marquardt
Courtney O'Donnell
Courtney O'Donnell
Ariel Fogel
Ariel Fogel
Joe Lipper
Joe Lipper
Levi Kennedy
Levi Kennedy

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.

Klint finley
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.

Michelle goodman
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.

Roshan
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.

Nathan mcalone
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.

Roshan
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.

Klint finley
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).
Adam Wiggins
Adam Wiggins
Cofounder, Heroku
Biography
Adam is a digital toolmaker and serial entrepreneur best known for cofounding Heroku. He's passionate about programming literacy and team-building. He lives in Berlin.
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. Prior to Stanford and Harrison Metal, Michael spent six-and-a-half years at eBay, where he had tours of duty in category management, corporate strategy, U.S. marketing, and finally as Senior Vice President & General Merchandise Manager for eBay.com. Before eBay, Michael worked at Industrial Shoe Warehouse (COO then CEO), The Walt Disney Company (corporate strategy), Filene’s Basement (operations at the Downtown Boston store), and Bain & Company (Associate Consultant). He earned an AB in Economics, with a focus in economic history, from Brown University, and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.

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
Software Engineer Full Time San Francisco
Account Executive Full Time San Francisco
Product Manager Full Time San Francisco
Operations Manager - Career Services 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

Tools

Whatever tools you need to get the job done. Start with a Cinema Display and Macbook of choice.

Education

Never stop learning. Take any Bloc apprenticeship for free. Get your conference expenses covered.

Wellness

100% individual health coverage and 50% for dependents. Dental and vision included.

Rest and Relaxation

Take time off when you need it. Work the hours that work for you.