Crypto 101

We often get asked where to start learning about crypto. These are podcasts, articles, presentations that have been helpful. We would love suggestions to add to our list as well.

Podcast Episodes

Hashpower Ep. 1: Understanding Blockchains

Hashpower Ep. 1: Understanding Blockchains

Hashpower Ep 2: Investing in Cryptocurrencies

Hashpower Ep 2: Investing in Cryptocurrencies

How to Explain Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain to the Average Person

How to Explain Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain to the Average Person

How to Value Cryptoassets

How to Value Cryptoassets

Bits, Blocks & Forks: The Story of Bitcoin and Blockchains

Bits, Blocks & Forks: The Story of Bitcoin and Blockchains

Bitcoin, Ethereu, Segwit 2x, Atomic Swaps, Lightning Network and Blockchain Technology with Charlie Lee & Tuur Demeester

Bitcoin, Ethereu, Segwit 2x, Atomic Swaps, Lightning Network and Blockchain Technology with Charlie Lee & Tuur Demeester

Banking on the Blockchain

Banking on the Blockchain

Ethereum, App Coins, and Beyond

Ethereum, App Coins, and Beyond

Cryptocurrencies, App Coins, and Investing in Protocols

Cryptocurrencies, App Coins, and Investing in Protocols

Why Crypto Tokens Matters

Why Crypto Tokens Matters

Kraken CEO Jesse Powell on Scalability

Kraken CEO Jesse Powell on Scalability

Presentations

Articles & Terms

Why Bitcoin Matters - Marc Andreesen's now famous NYT article that gives a great overview on Bitcoin and potential use cases. (link)

Bitcoin Whitepaper - The original white paper from the anonymous Bitcoin founder; a must read in getting started with crypto. (link)

Explain Bitcoin Like I'm Five - Making the blockchain as simple as eating apples on a park bench. (link)

A Look at Blockchain Tech - Easy to follow infographic from PWC covering blockchain, cryptocurrency, and potential use cases. (link)

Ethereum is the Forefront of Digital Currency - Fred Ersham from Coinbase gives a great overview on Ethereum: the World Computer, and it's potential impact. (link)

Fat Protocols - Blog post from Union Square Ventures on the underlying value of blockchain protocols vs. apps. (link)

Bitcoin: Ringing the Bell for a new Asset Class - Adam White & Chris Burniske make a compelling argument on adding cryptocurrencies as an asset class to your portfolio. (link)

 

TERMS

Blockchain - A decentralized immutable ledger that is secured through cryptography and maintained by miners 

Bitcoin - The first cryptocurrency created by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008. 

Ethereum - Created in 2015 is the 2nd largest cryptocurrency by market cap. It's differentiator is a higher level programming language called solidity to develop applications called smart contracts

Cryptocurrency - a form of digital value that is used to motivate miners to validate transaction in the blockchain. Value increases with adoption, perceived value, and speculation. Each individual currency represents a distinct blockchain.

Mining - The process of creating a digital currency. The process includes: 1. verifying transactions within the blockchain   2. bundle transactions in a block 3. link one block of data to the next block by way of a hash 4. solve the Proof of Work problem 5. add the block to the local blockchain. Once verified, 25 bitcoins is then added to the miners account

Immutable - cannot be altered or changed

Ledger - Record of transactions

Proof of Work - A Process to verify a transaction is valid, which is critical to mining. A valid transaction is one in which the value has not been previously spent.

Token - a coin that resembles stake in an application built on top of a blockchain. Most easily compared to stock of a company. Used in ICOs to raise money for a new venture.

Smart Contracts - Applications with a state stored in the blockchain. They can facilitate, verify, or enforce the negotiation or performance of a contract, or that make a contractual clause unnecessary. Smart contracts have been made possible on the ethereum platform. This has made Ethereum a competitor to BItcoin. This technology is what financial institutions are currently evaluating that could bring cryptocurrencies into the Enterprise.

Podcasts