The basics of Bitcoin

Bitcoin is simply the most exciting technological advancement and financial instrument in recent memory, and we have just begun to see and understand the impact and the implications. And if the experts are right, then bitcoin (and the underlying blockchain technology) will imminently and inevitably touch your life. So, this is your opportunity to discover and learn some of its basics and fundamentals. In just ten days, you’ll know what bitcoin is, how it can be purchased, and why it matters. After completing this course, you’ll not only be able to hold a conversation with a friend but also own some of this technology.

   7,892 students completed this course

   85% recommend it to other students

   Teacher: John Saddington


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85% of students recommend

“Very helpful and fantastic explanation of Bitcoin! Not just how the technology works but how it relies on community as well. Thank you.”

“Well written! The topics were explained perfectly for a basic knowledge/novice level.”

“This was a great introduction to Bitcoin that didn’t leave me more confused at the end than at the start (which has happened a lot!). Would definitely recommend it to a friend, thank you for your efforts John.”


Course plan

Lesson 1. A Unique (and Hard to Believe) Origin Story
Lesson 2. What Is Bitcoin and What Makes It Different?
Lesson 3. Bitcoin Mining (and Blockchain)
Lesson 4. Okay, Let’s Buy Some Bitcoin (or Get Prepared to Do So)
Lesson 5. Becoming a Bitcoiner (Getting Your First Bitcoin)
Lesson 6. Walkthrough—Buying Bitcoin via Online Currency Exchange
Lesson 7. Why Bitcoin Matters More Than Just Its Own Currency
Lesson 8. The Birth of the Altcoin
Lesson 9. Staying Safe in This Brave New World
Lesson 10. Bitcoin Is Really about the Community
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  • Format
    One lesson delivered via email daily
  • Duration
    10 days
  • Time
    5 minutes reading a day

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