I stopped reading bitcoin newsletters
The difference between an investor and a speculator is that the former wants to retire with assets and the latter wants to get rich overnight.
97.7% of those with assets are not investors. They are speculators.
Here’s something I never tell the people closest to me. I invest in cryptocurrencies only for fun. Have your skin in the game and note the experiences learned.
Here is what I read before creating digital wallets and buying my first coins.
The Internet of Money by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
Andreas Antonopoulos does not explain how Bitcoin works like many other authors.
It uses a series of short stories to explain how Bitcoin technology developed.
He explains why bitcoin is a financial and technological development and that the potential of the bitcoin network goes beyond the term “digital currency”.
He does not only technical details, but also historical, philosophical and social things about Bitcoin.
The Bitcoin Standard by Saifedean Ammous
This is a fancy crypto book that talks less about bitcoin.
But it does report on fundamental economics and monetary policy in relation to cryptocurrencies.
The author explains how Bitcoin is a better investment than gold.
Mastering Bitcoin by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
If you want to build a killer app, make an upfront investment, or are just curious about technology, this book is for you.
Andreas introduces the technology, cryptography, architecture, and use cases, and wraps it all up in memorable stories and analogies.
His arguments are supported by graphics and excerpts from Bitcoin code.
Digital Gold by Nathaniel Popper
Nathaniel Popper describes Bitcoin’s dramatic rise and the faces behind it.
You find cryptocurrency personalities like Charlie Shrem, Erik Voorhees or Gavin Andresen, as well as stories about Mt. Gox or Silk Road.
Cryptoactives by Chris Burniske, Jack Tatar
In the book you will find less theoretical constructions than practical knowledge.
It explains how to invest successfully in the cryptocurrency asset class for the long term, what to look for, and what ultimately makes a successful cryptocurrency investor.
Blockchain Revolution by Don Tapscott
The essential statement of the book is that people must come first and that blockchain technology must serve them.
The work does not reveal any technical details about blockchain technology, but focuses on what the technology could mean for humanity.
A speculative and imaginary ride into the future, but you shouldn’t expect details about individual cryptocurrencies or their underlying technology in this book.
Blockchain Basics by Daniel Drescher
Daniel Drescher describes the basic concepts of a blockchain in 25 steps.
It goes into the technical basics and explains the need for a blockchain.
Plus, you get a detailed look at how the technology works, its limitations, and possible applications that sound reasonable.
The author transmits his knowledge without mathematical formulas, programming code or computer jargon.
Daniel’s book is packed with understandable knowledge and does a pretty good job for the rational reader who wants to learn about the blockchain universe in a short and concise way.
Mastering Ethereum by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
Although Andreas is a Bitcoin maximalist, he dedicated this issue to the Ethereum cryptocurrency.
Here, you dive into the technical details of Ethereum code, how smart contracts work, what Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) are, and how Ethereum can automate future decision-making processes.
In addition, the interest of large companies worth billions in Ethereum technology, such as IBM or NASDAQ, is discussed.
Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies by Arvind Narayanan
The authors provide an introduction to cryptocurrencies, how they came to be, and what they may promise in the future.
The clear line of argument is always supplemented with information on how values can be protected and how they can be transferred securely and publicly on the blockchain at the same time.
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