Blockchain: 11 ways to get smarter

Blockchain: 11 ways to get smarter

Want to keep learning about blockchain? Experts share their favorite blockchain resources, from books to podcasts

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January 09, 2019
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Blockchain – The New Technology of Trust, by Goldman Sachs

Recommended by Nikao Yang, COO at Lucidity

This web resource from financial giant Goldman Sachs offers a slick crash course in blockchain for beginners, including what it is, how it works, and more. Yang’s own company, part of a growing number of startups working on blockchain’s potentially significant applications in the digital advertising industry, also offers a Blockchain 101 primer.

Chain Letter, by MIT Technology Review

Recommended by Pierkarska

For regular updates on the blockchain universe, Pierkarska of Hyperledger recommends this free biweekly newsletter from MIT Technology Review.

Is Blockchain Hype, Revolutionary, or Both? What We Need to Know, by Sarah Oh and Scott Wallsten

Recommended by Featherston

This paper from The Technology Policy Institute asks a series of no-nonsense questions intended to separate fact from fiction. (A quick hint to the answer to the title question: It’s both, though the paper takes a much deeper dive on why and how that’s the case.)

The Blockchain Issue, by MIT Technology Review

Recommended by Featherston

As one barometer of the buzz around blockchain, MIT Technology Review devoted an entire issue last year to the subject, covering a wide range of topics, from its potential use cases to security and more. It even includes a blockchain-themed sci-fi story (really).

Blockchain courses

Pierkarska from Hyperledger also recommends these two online courses from edX, which runs on the open source Open edX platform. Both courses cost $99 if you want to get a certificate at the end, but if you don’t need that certificate, you can study for free.

Blockchain: Understanding Its Uses and Implications

by The Linux Foundation

A good “101” class for getting up to speed. Course description: “Understand exactly what a blockchain is, its impact and potential for change around the world, and analyze use cases in technology, business, and enterprise products and institutions.”

Blockchain for Business - An Introduction to Hyperledger Technologies

by The Linux Foundation

A practical class for getting started with developing blockchain applications on the open source Hyperledger platform. Course description: “A primer to blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Learn how to start building blockchain applications with Hyperledger frameworks.”

[ Read also: How to tell when moving to blockchain is a bad idea. ]


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