As I’ve been educating estate planning attorneys, trustees, financial advisors, and other non-tech professionals on the essence of blockchain technology, the role of cryptocurrency, and the important issues concerning succession planning, tax reduction, and asset protection of cryptoassets, I’m frequently asked for a list of nontechnical resources folks should consider as they seek to learn more. In that spirit I have compiled a short list of resources that have helped me in my learning. I have no affiliation with any of these providers and am not compensated in any way by them. I just find them to be useful and I think you might also.
The original Bitcoin white paper: Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System, by Satoshi Nakamoto. This is the single document that got bitcoin started.
Joint Economic Committee Report (excerpt containing findings regarding cryptocurrency in Congressional report)
- Digital Gold, by Nathaniel Popper. This book provides a look into the bitcoin movement from its earliest days through its broader global adoption.
- The Bitcoin Standard, by Saifedean Ammous. An examination of U.S. and global monetary policy from its divergence from the gold standard and the possible role of bitcoin.
- The Internet of Money, by Andreas Antonopoulos. Transcripts of presentations by one of the most articulate advocates of bitcoin.
- Cryptoasset Inheritance Planning, by Pamela Morgan, Esq. A consumer’s guide to creating a succession plan.
Videos & Documentaries (all available for free online):
- TED Talk: How the blockchain is changing money and business (Don Tapscott) (This may be the single best explanation of blockchain technology and its disruptive power.)
- TED Talk: The future of money (Neha Narula)
- Bitcoin: Beyond the Bubble.
- The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin.
- What Blockchain Means (Caitlyn Long at the Mises Institute)
- Introduction to Bitcoin, by Andreas Antonopoulos
- Banking on Bitcoin
- The Bitcoin Phenomenon (SQ1 TV)
Other useful web resources:
- Medium (Content aggregator tailored to the user. Easily track blockchain, AI, VR, cryptocurrency, or other leading-edge tech topics)
- The Brooklyn Project
There are countless others you’ll find along the way. Many are excellent, many more may not be. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list by any means, but I have personally found these to be good resources for perspective on the blockchain tech industry and the emerging cryptocurrency economy.