SAN FRANCISCO - Dec 5th, 2013 - Bloc Inc., the apprentice-based learning platform, announced today they have raised a $2M seed financing round lead by Harrison Metal with Baseline Ventures, First Round Capital, and Learn Capital.
Bloc teaches people to code through an online apprenticeship model. Co-founder and CEO Roshan Choxi says, "We believe the one-on-one apprenticeship model, which employs real world projects and industry standard tools, is superior to classroom learning."
44% of college grads are unemployed or under-employed while salaries for web developers skyrocket, and the traditional education system has failed to close that skills gap. Bloc hopes to disrupt education and close this gap through our apprenticeship approach.
While we offer an online program that can be accessed anywhere a student has a computer and Internet access, we also retain the human element of teaching through a one-on-one connection between a learner and their mentor.
About Bloc: Bloc was founded in April of 2012 by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign grads Roshan Choxi (CEO) and Dave Paola (CTO) who found themselves in the San Francisco Bay Area after college. Bloc debuted in early 2012 at the Launch conference, helping seed the company’s user base with the first few thousand signups. Bloc is located in the SOMA district of San Francisco.
Before learning web development, Bloc alumni Seth Seigler was a real estate agent. He graduated from Bloc, built an "uber for real estate" and sold it to a real estate firm, where he's now CTO. Read Seth's full story here.
Seth says, "Bloc is the perfect hybrid between the the self-paced tutorials and the full-time bootcamps. At the end of Bloc, I knew how to learn and how to complete any project."