Whether you’re just beginning in the world of cryptocurrency or are an experienced investor, there is always something and someone to learn from in this space. With blockchain technology makings its way into mainstream markets, like supply chain and social media, the importance of this used in coexistence with cryptocurrency is at an all-time high. However, as crypto struggles to find a way into the daily lives of consumers, unable to be used on common purchases like groceries or to invest through online stock trading brokerages, a greater understanding of the workings of the digital currency might be the key to this adoption.
Below, we’re detailing the top 4 books for better understanding blockchain, cryptocurrency, and how they can affect your everyday life.
1. Digital Gold by Nathaniel Popper
Nathaniel Popper is a journalist from Maryland that writes on finance and technology for the New York Times out in San Francisco. He graduated from Harvard in 2002 and, while in New York, wrote on banks like Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan Chase. His move to California is when he began to write a majority of his articles on technology.
His first, and only, book Digital Gold placed as a finalist for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award in 2015. The book details the rise of Bitcoin from the beginning and examines the different types of people that lunge for the cryptocurrency in the early stages. He covers the history of bitcoin, the decentralization it provides users, and the evolution of its adoption through people like the Winklevoss twins.
2. Blockchain Revolution by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott
Don Tapscott and his son Alex co-authored their book Blockchain Revolution together in 2016. Don is the Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute and also an Adjunct Professor at INSEAD. Alex is a world-renowned writer, investor, speaker, and advisor that focuses on blockchain technology and cryptocurrency in terms of society, business and government.
Their co-authored book goes takes an in-depth look at blockchain technology, which allows peer-to-peer transactions to be protected through security measures that centralized authority cannot give. They examine the future of the technology, arguing that it will make its way into the fields of finance, business, healthcare, education, government, and more.
3. The Internet of Money by Andreas Antonopoulos
Andreas Antonopoulos, a Greek-British bitcoin enthusiast, and advocate, attended University College London where he earned a degree in Computer Science and Data Communications and Distributed Systems. He has worked as a business consultant, written over 200 articles which are recognized and syndicated across the world, and researched computer security as a partner at Nemertes Research.
His book, The Internet of Money, examines the inner workings of bitcoin in terms of why it is able to work how it does. He also brings in a reflective tone, looking at the role of money throughout history and how bitcoin could change our future expectations of this. The book is comprised of a series of essays and focuses on the functionality of bitcoin in terms of societal adaptation.
4. Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond by Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar
Chris Burniske cofounded Placeholder, which is a firm that specializes in crypto assets located in New York. He also led ARK Investment Management to be the first public fund manager to invest into bitcoin. His evaluation of the crypto asset world has been featured on many large media outlets, including the New York Times and Forbes. Jack Tatar, an angel investor, and crypto asset advisor, was one of the first professionals in finance to earn a certification from the Digital Currency Council. He also co-authored What’s the Deal with Bitcoins, which is one of the first books on bitcoin.
Burniske and Tatar’s book, Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide, examines the new asset class from the perspective of two experienced financial professionals. With over 800 crypto assets arising after initial success with bitcoin, Burniske and Tatar advise readers on working in the blockchain world, how to invest in the new types of assets, and how to do so to secure a safe future financially.
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