I was first introduced to Bitcoin by Vaishali when it was around $30 per BTC. Like most people, I brushed it off as another open source project trying to solve digital payments that was likely to fail. When BTC reached $100 a few months later, I thought maybe it was time to learn about Bitcoin and blockchain. Unfortunately, in 2013, it was very difficult to find people who knew about Bitcoin and online resources were just as difficult to find.
In 2017, it seems the problem of finding the right resources isn’t much easier. Even though, there are many people writing about Bitcoin and crypto, it is still hard for beginners to figure out which resources they can trust and which they can’t. I had a lot of questions, “What is Bitcoin?”, “What is Bitcoin backed by?”, “How do I buy Bitcoin?”, “Why would anyone run a full node?”
This isn’t an attempt to answer all of those questions but instead meant to share some resources that I have accumulated and think are useful for people beginning their crypto journey. Teach a man to fish and all that…
This isn’t investment advice and it should not be taken as such. It is purely shared as a resource to learn from.
Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System — This is the quintessential starting point for anyone interested in cryptocurrencies, crypto assets, and, of course, Bitcoin. Nine pages that have changed technology and economics, forever.
Ethereum White Paper — This is far more technical but worth reading. The Ethereum blockchain has allowed the creation of hundreds of tokens to piggyback off the Ethereum network and completely changed how blockchain technology is looked it.