Blockchain Reading List

  1. The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology, William MougayarInvestor and entrepreneur William Mougayar's book describing a future influenced by fundamental shifts enabled by blockchain technology.
  2. "CryptoEconomics 101" by Nick TomainoNick was an early employee at Coinbase and founder of 1confirmation fund. Here he introduces the concepts behind CryptoEconomics.
  3. Vitalik Buterin's "Visions, Part 1: The Value of Blockchain Technology"Vitalik Buterin is the co-founder of Ethereum and a leader in the cryptocurrecy space. He writes extensively on issues in the space.
  4. "Enabling Blockchain Innovations with Pegged Sidechains" by Adam BackAdam Back, cryptographer and inventor of hashcash, along with several others created this whitepaper to introduce the concept of pegged sidechains.
  5. "The Blockchain Economy: A beginner’s guide to institutional cryptoeconomics"Chris Berg, Sinclair Davidson and Jason Potts provide a useful overview of ledgers and their larger role, and the importance of cryptographically secure distributed ledgers.
  6. IBM and the Hyperledger ProjectIBM is leveraging technology from the Hyperledger project, which is an open source effort created by the Linux Foundation to advance blockchain technology. IBM's efforts suggest some of the diverse ways blockchain technology is being employed by established industries.
  7. "Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble"Steven Johnson's broad take on the larger systemic potential of blockchain technologies where open protocols and egalitarian ideals offer a range of long-term potentials that have virtually no relationship with some of the excesses of the world of ICOs.
  8. "Why Decentralization Matters"Chris Dixon's argument for the importance and potential of decentralized networks. He argues the level-playing field of open source systems promises a fertile platform the innovation and the creation of new structures in a manner similar to that of the first internet era.
  9. What are zk-SNARKs?Jay Graber's overview of zk-SNARKs, a novel form of zero-knowledge cryptography upon which privacy-centric protocols such as Zcash have been built.
  10. Explanation of DAICOsby Vitalik Buterin
  11. Making sense of Ethereum’s Layer 2 scaling solutions: state channels, Plasma, and Truebitby Josh Stark
  12. The Fundamentals of Discount TokensAlix Felix's explanation of the ideas behind and unique impacts of an underemployed token model, the discount token.