Bitcoin – Where Do I Start?

Bitcoin can be simple or incredibly complex, depending on how far down the rabbit hole you want to go. The main goal of this website is to direct you to great information and great Bitcoin content creators, and in doing so, help you avoid poor practice and scammers.

Regardless of whether you are an avid reader, love a good podcast, are technically minded, want to know all the stats or just want to shit-post on Bitcoin Twitter I’ll try to point you in the right direction.

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TWITTERYOUTUBEHISTORYNEWSLETTERS

Books

BookTitleAuthor
Inventing Bitcoin - Yan PritzkerInventing Bitcoin: The Technology Behind
The First Truly Scarce and Decentralized Money

or get the FREE digital copy from Swan.
Yan
Pritzker
The Internet of Money - Andreas AntonopoulosThe Internet of Money:
Talks by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
Andreas
Antonopoulos
The Internet of Money - Volume 2 - Andreas AntonopoulosThe Internet of Money Volume Two:
A Collection of Talks
Andreas
Antonopoulos
Layered Money - Nik BhatiaLayered Money: From Gold and Dollars to Bitcoin and Central Bank Digital CurrenciesNik Bhatia
Why Buy Bitcoin - Andy EdstromWhy Buy Bitcoin:
Investing Today in the Money of Tomorrow
Andy
Edstrom
21 Lessons - Gigi21 Lessons: What Iโ€™ve Learned
from Falling Down the Bitcoin Rabbit Hole
Gigi
Bitcoin & Black America - Isaiah JacksonBitcoin and Black AmericaIsaiah
Jackson
The Price of Tomorrow - Jeff BoothThe Price of Tomorrow:
Why Deflation is the Key to an Abundant Future
Jeff
Booth
Programming Bitcoin - Jimmy SongProgramming Bitcoin:
Learn How to Program Bitcoin from Scratch
Jimmy
Song
Bitcoin - Sovereignty Through MathematicsBitcoin:
Sovereignty Through Mathematics
Knut
Svanholm
Bitcoin - Independence ReimaginedBitcoin:
Independence Reimagined
Knut
Svanholm
Human Action - Ludwig von MisesHuman ActionLudwig von Mises
Choose Life - Daniel PrinceChoose Life: The Tools, Tricks, and Hacks of Long-Term Family Travellers, Worldschoolers and Digital NomadsDaniel Prince
This Book Will Save You Time - Misir MahmudovThis Book Will Save You TimeMisir
Mahmudov
The Bitcoin Standard - Saifedean AmmousThe Bitcoin Standard:
The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking
Saifedean
Ammous
Bank to the Future - Simon DixonBank to the Future:
Protect Your Future Before Governments Go Bust
Simon
Dixon
Bitcoin Whitepaper
Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System
Satoshi Nakamoto
Bitcoin Money - A Tale of Bitville Bitcoin Money:
A Tale of Bitville Discovering Good Money
Michael
Caras
Goodnight BitcoinGoodnight BitcoinScott & Mallory Sibley
Bitcoin for KiddosBitcoin for Kiddos – The Story of BitcoinChris & Frieda Bobay

Podcasts

For me, this is where the real gold happens. Podcasts have transformed the way I consume media, and can allow you to exponentially increase your knowledge at the same time as going for a walk, washing the dishes or even – for some people – while they earn a living. Here’s a few of the best, with links to those involved. Please support them with a like or a share when you value what they’re doing. It goes a long way to driving hyperbitcoinisation, which is a good thing for all Bitcoiners.

PodcastTitlePodcaster
2-Bit Idiots2-Bit Idiots Podcast2-Bit Idiots
StackingHats & BitcoinBrendo
TFTCTales from the Crypt:
A Bitcoin Podcast
Marty Bent & Matt Odell
Swan SignalSwan Signal:
A Bitcoin Podcast
Brady Swenson
Citizen BitcoinCitizen Bitcoin PodcastBrady Swenson
Bitcoin Rapid FireBitcoin Rapid-FireJohn Vallis
Stephan Livera PodcastStephan Livera PodcastStephan Livera
We Study BillionairesWe Study Billionaires:
The Investors Podcast
Preston Pysh & Stig Brodersen
Bitcoin Echo ChamberBitcoin Echo ChamberHeavily Armed Clown
Bitcoin AudibleBitcoin AudibleGuy Swann
What Bitcoin DidWhat Bitcoin DidPeter McCormack
Lightning JunkiesLightning Junkiesthechaz
Once BittenOnce BITten!Daniel Prince
Orange Pill PodcastOrange Pill PodcastMax Keiser & Stacy Herbert

Stats

To look at the entire Bitcoin economy at a glance, check out Clark Moody Bitcoin. It’s got everything from the latest price, current hash rate, Lightning Network capacity, transaction fees etc. Click each item for a basic explanation. Also, shoot Clark a follow on Twitter.

Hot on Clark’s heels is Bitbo. A real-time Bitcoin dashboard that allows anyone to monitor on-chain data, view live price action, and track key economic indicators – all for free. Marc Chouinard and Christopher Gimmer are the brains behind this one. Multi fiat currency conversions are now available (this was a great addition).

Once you level-up on your Bitcoin knowledge, check out Mempool. Brought to you by softsimon and wiz, The mempool open-source project is a high quality explorer and visualization website for the entire Bitcoin ecosystem, without distractions like altcoins, advertising, or third-party trackers.

Once you can understand all the graphs at Digitalik, you will be granted Wizard status on Bitcoin Twitter, and you will have secured your family’s future for generations. Thanks to digitalikNet.

Last but not least is Priced In Bitcoin. It denominates various assets in Bitcoin, including precious metals such as Gold and Silver, public companies such as Apple and Tesla, ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) and Corporate Bond ETFs. Priced In Bitcoin will clearly show you just how well Bitcoin has performed against all other assets over the last 5 years, and demonstrates the asymmetric opportunity that Bitcoin offers you.

Articles

I find the mainstream media boring. Everyone has an agenda, whether that be a newspapers political leaning or a TV stations reliance on their advertisers. I try where possible to read articles by independent journalists, writers and bloggers. Although all will have their own personal biases, they are opinions pieces, and I’m happy to hear the opinions of others and come to my own conclusions. You should too, or in Bitcoin speak, Don’t Trust, Verify!

Here’s a few articles to get you started. If you find others that interest you or challenge your thinking, please feel free to share them with me.

ArticleWriter
The Bullish Case for BitcoinVijay Boyapati
Bitcoin and the Tyranny of Time ScarcityRobert Breedlove
Do Not Buy BitcoinAleksandar Svetski
Hyperbitcoinization: Winner Takes All
(or how Bitcoin gets to $100,000,000)
ObiWan Kenobit
Bitcoin as a StartupHass McCook
A World Without BitcoinAlex Gladstein
Ten Million Bitcoiners: The Intransigent MinorityCory Klippsten
The Time Value of BitcoinNik Bhatia
Why Your Annoying Friend Wonโ€™t Stop
Ranting About Bitcoin
Phil Geiger
Bitcoin is The Mycelium of MoneyBrandon Quittem
A most peaceful revolutionNic Carter
Bitcoin Obsoletes All Other MoneyParker Lewis

Twitter

Rather than give you a long list of the Bitcoin Twitter ‘famous’, the easiest thing for you is to view the accounts I’m following. This is a carefully curated list – I add and delete regularly – at the first sign of shitcoinery.

Twitter is just a tool. You should use it to find more important places. Perhaps it’s what led you here, but don’t take it too seriously. For now, it’s where most Bitcoin conversations start.

YouTube

The Keiser Report

Not purely Bitcoin only, but Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert have been putting out an alternative perspective on the scandals behind global financial headlines for more than 10 years. They’ve been consistent in their support for Bitcoin and are more bullish today than ever.

The Saylor Series

The Saylor Series by Robert Breedlove, is probably the most important piece of content you can watch to understand the ‘Why Bitcoin?’ question. Michael Saylor is the founder and CEO of MicroStrategy – the first publicly listed company to put themselves on the Bitcoin Standard. From first principles, he explains why it’s no longer a choice but a necessity.

Swan Signal

From the team behind the creators of Swan Bitcoin and Give Bitcoin, comes Swan Signal. A weekly discussion between prominent Bitcoiners – also available as a podcast – but sometimes it’s nice to see the whites of their eyes, to judge for yourself what is true.

BTC Sessions

The BTC Sessions channel combines some light-hearted takes on current news in the Bitcoin ecosystem, with step-by-step walkthrough guides of wallets, apps and hardware you may not fully understand yet.

This Machine Greens

You’ve probably heard that Bitcoin is bad for the environment. This Machine Greens, is a documentary by Jamie King and Enrique Posner that explores Bitcoin’s complex and nuanced relationship with energy.

Simply Bitcoin

Daily show, available on YouTube or as a podcast, where @BITVOLT7 and @Coinicarus keep us updated on all things Bitcoin.

History

WTF Happened in 1971? This is the question posed by Richard James in Hard Money. In just over half an hour, you’ll get a high level understanding of why President Nixon removing the gold standard was the beginning of the end of fiat currencies.

For a deeper understanding, do some research into the Bretton Woods system of monetary management established in 1944.

I’d also recommend watching The Hidden Secrets of Money series by Mike Maloney. While gold is the original hard money, Bitcoin has additional properties that make it a better store of value. That doesn’t mean that we have nothing to learn from gold, or that it is going away. What we are witnessing today is the birth of the Bitcoin Standard.

Newsletters

Last but not least, if you’re sitting in an office and trying to look busy, you could subscribe to one of these newsletters. That way you could not only look like a grafter, but you could sound more intelligent when you speak ๐Ÿ˜‰

TitleContent By
Marty’s BentMarty Bent
6102 Bitcoin6102
Citadel 21hodlonaut & bitcoinkatia
WORDS Bitcoin JournalWORDS
Danny’s E-mail ListDanny Diekroeger
Teach Me Bitcoin, Sonteachin_bitcoin

That should keep you going for a while ๐Ÿ˜‰