Many people who’ve heard a thing or two about Bitcoin or blockchain ask us for resources to dive a bit deeper into it. There are many excellent articles on a wide range of blockchain related topics. We’ve made a selection for people who want to get up to speed with the basics in this field.
Even though this TED talk by Don Tapscott is almost 3 years old, it’s still one of the best introductions on blockchain technology. Don explains briefly what a blockchain is and mentions five ways in which blockchain technology might transform society.
Blockchain technology explained in simple words, without getting too technical.
Smart contracts are the main feature that distinguishes an application platform like Ethereum from a currency like Bitcoin. This article explains in a non-technical way the concept of a smart contract is and gives some examples.
We all know apps on our smartphones. But what are decentralized apps, or dApps? dApps are applications that use smart contracts on a blockchain combined with a user interface that normal consumers or business users can (easily) interact with. This article explains the advantages of dApps over current apps and gives some examples.
The current surge in investments in blockchain projects is driven by the thesis that decentralized systems are in many cases better than current central authority based systems. Chris Dixon explains why his VC firm Andreessen Horowitz now invests heavily in decentralized platforms.
The invention of the Internet enabled business models that were hard to imagine earlier. Similarly, a decentralized, blockchain based internet will enable new business models. The decentralized nature of these new business models often requires investors to invest in tokens instead of equity. What gives such tokens value? While still uncertain which token models will end up dominant, this article gives an overview of some of the possibilities.
One of the most relevant distinctions in types of blockchain is private vs. public. This article explains the difference in laymen’s terms and gives an overview of the pros and cons of both.
(Our opinion on the value of both types of blockchain from an investor point of view can be found here)
Good long-read about why a small allocation in Bitcoin is an effective hedge against financial crisis, which is a scenario for which an increasing amount of economists flag signals lately. Basic knowledge of economics and financial systems is nice to have for this article.
Blockchain is probably the solution that enables the Internet of Things (IoT) to finally take off. It will improve reliability, security and speed of communication between all devices, as well as make sure user data remains private. This is why manufacturers of IoT devices like Samsung and IBM are already designing their future products for blockchain.
Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence are two of the hottest technology trends right now. Even though blockchain technology is not yet ready to facilitate machine learning (we think it will be in 3-5 years), this article explores how blockchain will accelerate the development of artificial intelligence.
This article is part of our investment thesis. It gives an overview of the industries that are likely to be disrupted by blockchain, and explains Maven11’s vision on which of those industries make most sense to invest in currently.