Blockchain technology is complicated. And there’s sooooooo much content shared about it, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed at even a tentative first google — or worse, be sucked into a spiral of hype and misinformation.
But we’re stoked for anyone wondering how or where they can learn about blockchain technology. We’ve thrown together a list of our favourite sources to help you get started.
Fundamentals of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
Whether you just want to fib your way through smalltalk or are harbouring a secret desire to become a crypto god, these sources are a great place to start:
- Decrypt: Billed as “your guide to Bitcoin, Ethereum and Web 3.0” you’ll get more than just the industry’s breaking news — their Learning portal hooks you up with quick reads that make the world of Blockchain and cryptocurrencies simple to understand.
- Khan Academy’s Introduction to Bitcoin: What can this non-profit not teach us? With a mission to provide free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere, Khan Academy delivers on this promise in their Economics course with spectacular introductory lessons on Bitcoin.
- Simply Explained: Hit subscribe on this YouTube channel that unpacks complicated subjects in plain English. Their Blockchain and Cryptocurrency playlist is packed with answers to all sorts of questions, from “Will GDPR kill blockchains?” to “What’s a Bitcoin hard fork?” and more.
- Introduction to Blockchain Technologies, an online course by INSEAD Business School offered on Coursera
- Mastering Blockchain, a technical reference guide by Imran Bashir
- Courses on blockchain via edX — from Harvard, MIT and other leading universities
- Blockchain for beginners: Getting started guide, a free resource by 101 Blockchains
- BitPanda Academy Beginner and Intermediate Curriculum on personal finance, investments, cryptocurrency and Bitcoin
- Cryptocurrency trading for beginners, the video series version of the BitPanda curriculum
The Blockchain Ecosystem
Start exploring what happens when participants in a blockchain network link up and form an ecosystem. Spoiler alert: this allows users with the same objectives to use blockchain technology to create and transfer business value. These sources have more:
- Blockchain Ecosystem Explained: This overview by 101 Blockchains is on the long side, but it’s thankfully beginner-friendly — with clear explanations on what the blockchain ecosystem is and why it’s essential to the future of the technology in enterprise.
- The Visual Capitalist Guide to Investing in the Blockchain Ecosystem: Not a fan of words on words on words? This infographic breaks down the key components of blockchain, it’s history, ecosystems and applications.
- Videos by TED and Curiosity Stream: Everybody loves a good TED talk, and Don Tapscott’s talk on How the Blockchain is Changing Money and Business doesn’t disappoint. We’re not usually a fan of old content, but this particular video aged like a fine wine. And if you’re looking for something a little less like a university lecture, check out Curiosity Stream’s 20-minute introduction to The Blockchain Revolution.
- The Logical Components of Blockchain, a beginner-friendly article by Neocapita that unpacks the logical components of a blockchain ecosystem
- Building the Cryptocurrency Ecosystem, a Stanford University seminar by Coinbase CTO, Balaji Srinivasan
Blockchain Use Cases Across Industries
A close second on “Where can I learn about blockchain technology?” is “What the fudge can blockchain actually do?!”. We’ve got you covered — keep tabs on these blogs to blow your mind on all the ways people are using blockchain.
- The Defiant: Sign up for this newsletter and keep your eye on everything to do with decentralised finance —one of blockchain’s key use cases.
- CoinDesk: Dubbed “the Wall Street Journal” of crypto, CoinDesk is where we go for serious reporting on blockchain technology and its effect on global financial markets and big (beeeeg) business.
- SOON Future Studies: This think tank takes data science to a new level as they analyse and speculate on Metaverse trends — including developments in blockchain gaming, the NFT economy and more.
- Guide to Blockchain Use Cases and Applications by Industry, a free resource by Consensys that’s focused on the Ethereum blockchain
- How to Use NFTs For Your Business, a quick intro to some rad ways NFTs are pushing the envelope in everything from gaming to real estate
- 58 Industries Disrupted by Blockchain, an all-you-need-to-know guide by CB Insights
- Blockchain use cases, as researched by IBM
Legislation, Regulation and Policy
There’s no question that regulators were on the back foot with all things Bitcoin and blockchain for a while, but they’re starting to catch up. Here’s where to find the latest on what’s legal or not:
- Luno Blog: There are dryer places to learn about how governments are scrabbling to regulate blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, but we love the way this fintech disruptor offers up the latest news in bite-sized, beginner-friendly chunks.
- US Library of Congress Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Resources: It focuses on issues related to the United States, but this online resource links to a wealth of information on regulatory approaches to crypto assets, blockchain and cryptocurrency in international jurisdictions too.
- Chambers and Partners Blockchain 2021 Global Practice Guide: This is a big, heavy and serious book packed with legal information on blockchain in 18 jurisdictions. From the latest on decentralised finance (DeFi), updates to tax systems, NFT regulation and more — it’s kind of like the Idiot’s Guide To Blockchain Law, but for real lawyers.
- A Policymaker’s Guide to Blockchain, a go-to resource by the ITIF for anyone wanting to positively influence blockchain experimentation
- The Blockchain Law Guide, an index to US Digital Asset and Cryptocurrency law that tracks how blockchain is being regulated in everything from Bankruptcy Law to Tax Law
- Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Laws and Regulations 2022, a 46-chapter legal guide available in print or online from GLI
Exploring the Future of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
We can’t see into the future (yet), but there’s a lot to be said for educated guesses based on historical data and a healthy dose of critical thinking. Get a taste of where we may be headed with the help of the following sources:
- Cryptocurrencies and the Future of Money Research Report: The Center for the Governance of Change (CGC) is an applied research institute based at IE University that studies the political and socio-economic impact of technological innovations. In this report they unpack what the future of crypto could look like.
- A Discussion on the Future of Blockchain: This article by the European Business Review is a solid introduction to how the near-future may find us using blockchains across multiple use cases, from NFTs to digital identity verifiers and more.
- The 101 Blockchains Guide to the Future of Blockchain: A meaty resource for anyone wanting to think more deeply about blockchain technology trends and future applications, this shares what we could expect and more importantly, why.
- What Does The Future Hold for Cryptocurrency?, an on-demand webinar by Stanford University
- How NFT Technology Can Change the Future of Business, a post by the Momint team that unpacks what NFT have to offer beyond digital art
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