After a few years of virtually no mainstream news about Bitcoins, all of a sudden Bitcoins (and Blockchain) are back in the news again. Part of that has to do with Bitcoins recent upward trajectory to cross the $10,000 mark. (Here’s a great visual of Bitcoin’s growth in 2017.) I first explored the subject earlier this year in my blog entitled Digital Currencies and Bitcoins.
Since then, Bitcoins, Blockchains and other Digital Currencies have filled up my inbox. What is interesting to me is that, not too long ago Bitcoin, and other crypto-currencies, were not a trusted form of currency. Today, while it is still not trusted by the average American, they are being used by more and more people throughout the world. I’ve been learning that, as volatile as it is, Bitcoin is still more stable than several global currencies. Plus, Bitcoins provide privacy and independence that US currency does not.
I’m still learning, so I won’t pretend to know nearly enough about Bitcoins, Blockchain, or other Crypto-currencies. Here are articles I’ve read and podcasts I’ve listened to. If you’d like to learn more, explore this list. And then do more research on your own. Please let us know of any resources you’ve found that are particularly helpful.
Articles explaining Bitcoins:
- Google Search
- Bloomberg – 20171130 – Blockchain Is Bigger Than Any Bubble
- Wikipedia – Blockchain
- Forbes – 20171210Why Blockchain Is Real and Bitcoin is a Mirage
- Coindesk – 20171212 – Trump Signs Defense Bill Authorizing Blockchain Study
- Fortune – 20170822 – Bitcoin Ethereum Blockchain Cryptocurrency
- CNBC – 20171201 – James Altuchers Bitcoin Predictions
- Visualizing the ICO (Initial Coin Offering) Explosion
- Six Most Important Cryptocurrencies (other than Bitcoin)
Podcasts about Bitcoins:
- Bitcoins True Potential – Kevin Rose interviews Andreas Antonopolous
- Unchained – Big Ideas from the Worlds of Blockchain and Fintech
- The Bad Crypto Podcast
- Let’s Talk Crypto – Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency – iTunes podcast by Barry Moore & Tom Galeski
Here are some books that may be helpful:
- Mastering Bitcoin – Programming the Open Blockchain
- Mastering Ethereum: Building Smart Contracts and Dapps
- The Internet of Money
- Cryptocurrency: Mining, Investing and Trading in Blockchain, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, Dash, Dogecoin, Emercoin, Putincoin, Auroracoin and others (Fintech)
Let us know what other resources you’ve found.
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