Bitcoin 101

It’s getting easier to find information on Bitcoin these days. But it can still be overwhelming for newcomers. Here’s a list of places online that are worth visiting if you’re keen to wrap your head around what’s going on.

THE WHITE PAPER

Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System (Satoshi Nakamoto, 2007): where it all started, Satoshi’s original white paper (Essential)

INTRODUCTION

6-minute Bitcoin Intro Video

Bitcoin FAQ (Multibit)

Explain Bitcoin Like I’m Five (Nik Custodio)

A Beginner’s Guide To Bitcoin (CoinDesk)

How to explain Bitcoin to your Grandmother (Brett Scott)

Cryptocurrency Crash Course (Andreas Antonopolous)

Disrupt (Andreas Antonopolous)

Senate of Canada Bitcoin Hearings

How Bitcoin Works Under the Hood (Scott Driscoll)

Bitcoin Land Philosophy (Richard Gendall Brown)

The Dawn Of Trustworthy Computing (Nick Szabo)

Bitcoin: More Than Money (my TEDx talk from Feb 2014)

NEWS WEBSITES

Bitcoin Magazine

CoinDesk

CoinTelegraph

CryptoCoinsNews

Two Bit Idiot

BitFlash (Pantera Capital)

PODCASTS / VIDEO

LetsTalkBitcoin

epicenter Bitcoin

decentral.tv

World Crypto Network

CHAT

BitcoinTalk – the original forum. (Essential)

Reddit: Bitcoin, BitcoinBeginners

ZapChain

Quora: Bitcoin

Bitcoin Stack Exchange

FREE COURSES

Bitcoin or How I Stopped Worrying And Learned to Love Crypto (Udemy)

The Bitcoin Basics (Udemy)

Bitcoin Series (Khan Academy)

Introductory MOOC: Introduction to Digital Currencies (University of Nicosia)

ORGANISATIONS

The Bitcoin Foundation

UK Digital Currency Association

ECOSYSTEM

Quarterly State of Bitcoin Reports (CoinDesk) – key trends, challenges and opportunities

Coinmap.org

ACADEMIC RESEARCH

Brett Scott‘s epic list of Academic Bitcoin Research

BOOKS

Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies (Andreas Antonopolous, O’Reilly 2014)

Bitcoin for the Befuddled (Barski, Wilmer, O’Reilly 2014)

Bitcoin: The Future of Money? (Frisby, 2014)

Great Chain Of Numbers (free download – Swanson, 2014)

The Anatomy of a Money-Like Informational Commodity (free download – Swanson, 2014)

BLOCKCHAIN EXPLORERS

Blockchain.info

Blockr.io

ALT-COINS

CoinMarketCap

ARTICLES

Why Bitcoin Matters (Marc Andreessen, NYT, Jan 2014)

Bitcoin As A Protocol (Albert Wenger, Oct 2013)

Why I’m Interested In Bitcoin (Chris Dixon, Dec 2013)

How the Bitcoin Protocol Actually Works (Nielsen, Dec 2013)

Bitcoin Is Messy: Let’s Fix It (William Mougayar, Jan 2014)

Bitcoin: The Stripe Perspective (Greg Brockman, July 2014)

REGULATION

New York Dept of Financial Services Public Hearing Regarding Virtual Currencies (Jan 2014)

NY BItLicense – Original Draft (17 July 2014)

SECURITY

It’s Time To End The Cold Storage Ice Age and Adopt Multi-Sig (Will O’Brien)

ANONYMITY

A Fistful of Bitcoins: Characterizing Payments Among Men With No Names (Meiklejohn, etc)

ECONOMICS

Shelling Out: The Origins Of Money (Nick Szabo)

SMART CONTRACTS

Formalizing and Securing Relationships on Public Networks (Szabo, 1997)

BITCOIN 2.0 / MISC

The Mega, Master Blockchain List (Ledra Capital)

DApps: The General Theory of Decentralized Applications (David Johnston)

Sidechains White Paper: Enabling Blockchain Innovations with Pegged Sidechains

A Simple Explanation of Bitcoin “Sidechains” (Richard Gendal Brown)

Ethereum (White Paper, forum)

Counterparty (forum)

Ripple

Colored Coins

BitShares

INTERNET DECENTRALISATION GAME CHANGER

MaidSafe (intro videoforum)

  • Fossilet

    I find that How to explain Bitcoin to your Grandmother is mislinked.