San Francisco's online code school Bloc bags $2M in seed funding

December 5
9:40 PM 2013

Online code school Bloc has secured USD2 million in a seed round led by Harrison Metal. First Round Capital, Learn Capital, and Baseline Ventures also participated in the said round, according to TechCrunch.

Bloc was founded by University of Illinois graduates Roshan Choxi and Dave Paola who are now the school's Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer, respectively. The company offers an intense, 12-week program in web development. The students are trained in HTML, JavaScript, Rails, CSS, Ruby, and other subjects. The said program costs USD4,250 with available payment plans, the report said.

After being accepted, students choose a mentor based on their location, availability, experience, and language. Then, they schedule three sessions per week after the first introduction. The mentor communicates with the student and evaluates his or her performance periodically, the report explained.

At present, Block is based in San Francisco and employs 13 people in addition to its distributed mentors. The company will use the new capital to hire "guidance counselors" for students and software engineers. The firm is also planning to expand into new courses such as iOs development, TechCrunch reported.

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