History and Introduction to Blockchain

  1. The Bitcoin WhitepaperThe whitepaper by Satoshi Nakamoto that started it all.
  2. The Ethereum WhitepaperThe whitepaper that introduced smart contracts on a blockchain utilizing a Turing complete scripting language.
  3. "Digital Gold" by Nathaniel PopperA New York Times technology and business reporter charts the dramatic rise of Bitcoin and the fascinating personalities who are striving to create a new global money for the Internet age.
  4. Tim Ferriss' "Nick Szabo" InterviewTim interviews polymath Nick Szabo and investor Naval Ravikant on Bitcoin, blockchain, and beyond. He provides a great list of further reading.
  5. "What is Blockchain Technology? A Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners" by BlockgeeksA breakdown of what blockchain and distributed ledger technology is.
  6. "Money, Banking and Central Banks" Course by Khan AcademyFinance is arguably the first industry most impacted by blockchain technology. Because of this, it's important to have a basic understanding of legacy banking and monetary systems in the United States (and beyond).
  7. "A Brief History of Cryptocurrency Drama" by TechcrunchThere have been a lot of exciting events that have taken place since Satoshi published the bitcoin whitepaper in 2008. Techcrunch put together this timeline to help you sort through the milestones.
  8. The Kin WhitepaperAn interesting example of an existing business, Kik Interactive, adopting blockchain technology and launching a token.