By Jon Matonis
Monday, May 13, 2013
In the fast-moving Bitcoin world, it’s crucial to stay up to date
with the latest in educational resources and new media. The last two
months have seen an explosion in media attention and a desire for new
users to learn as much as possible about the global bitcoin economy. It
is within this spirit that I present the latest Bitcoin educational
resources to hit the web:
CoinDesk – This
London-based resource and news operation aims to be the “Reuters of
Bitcoin” according to its founder Shakil Khan. As an angel investor in
Spotify and bitcoin startup BitPay, Khan noticed a gap
in the news coverage for bitcoin and digital currencies in general when
other entrepreneurs constantly questioned him about the bitcoin.
Also just last month, Khan assisted in orchestrating the sale
of his mobile news gathering portfolio company, Summly, to Yahoo for
approximately $30 million. Now, drawing on the experience of a few
editors and freelance writers, CoinDesk largely covers the
growing Bitcoin ecosystem for a general, non-technical audience. It
still needs an RSS subscriber feed , but it is off to a brilliant start.
The Genesis Block – A welcome addition to the Bitcoin blogosphere, the writing is refreshing and sometimes technical. The Genesis Block
claims to be your foundation for all things Bitcoin and they are a news
and tutorial site covering mining, trading, economics, and businesses.
The authors involved in the project include Phil Archer, Jonathan Stacke
and Wayne Parker. Intentional or not, little else is known about the
founders however they consistently crank out good content.
Bitcoin Education Project
– The full name of this community-built resource is “Bitcoin or How I
Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Crypto: The definitive guide to
understand what the bitcoin is and why we should care about them.”
Started by technology entrepreneur Charles Hoskinson
and part of the Udemy network, this online Bitcoin course is one of
many educational courses offered by the Udemy marketplace. The free
course is organized into several mini-lectures covering Bitcoin basics
and extending into specific topics such as wallets, mining, transaction
fees, and cold storage. Interesting future content is crowd-funded on
Khan Academy Bitcoin Series
– Founded in 2008 by Salman Khan, the non-profit Khan Academy is on a
mission to provide a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
Within the larger Finance and Capital Markets section, and then within
the Money, Banking and Central Banks subsection, they currently offer a
new 8-part Bitcoin series taught by Zulfikar Ramzan,
a world-leading expert in computer security and cryptography. Receiving
his Ph.D. in computer science from MIT, Ramzan is currently the Chief
Scientist at Sourcefire. Also, the interactive discussion below each
lecture is particularly good.
Bitcoin Press Center
– Launched by Andreas Antonopoulos as a sensible reaction to the bitter
infighting regarding potential press contacts within the community,
this resource supports multiple languages and time zones as well as
targeted searches of individuals that have expressed a willingness to be
available for media interviews. Billing itself as the global media
center for Bitcoin and the best way to find a specific Bitcoin expert,
the site accepts new nominations for Bitcoin experts with the only
criteria being accuracy of their stated credentials and confirmation
that they want to be listed.
Let’s Talk Bitcoin
– This all-Bitcoin podcast is brand new on the scene and produced by
Adam Levine, who has developed a loyal listener following in a short
amount of time. Providing current news, topical interviews, and studied
analysis, Adam is joined by Let’s Talk Bitcoin co-hosts
Stephanie Murphy and Andreas Antonopoulos. The program started with an
overly-ambitious daily schedule and is now available on Tuesdays and
Thursdays, which hopefully will prevent burnout. Listeners can also send
in questions and comments.
Expertly produced and always knowledgeable, this important program is
well on its way to becoming the de facto podcast for all things
Bitcoin. My only complaint is that the audio hosting has jumped around a
lot and it’s not always easy to find the segment that I’m looking for.
Despite that, Let’s Talk Bitcoin is required listening and vitamins for your Bitcoin brain.