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Best Blockchain Articles

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.

 

THE BLOCKCHAIN REVOLUTION

Even though this TED talk by Don Tapscott is almost 5 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.

 

HOW DOES THE BLOCKCHAIN WORK?

Blockchain technology explained in simple words, without getting too technical.

 

SMART CONTRACTS

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.

 

THE FUTURE OF FINANCE – DeFi

One of the most exciting verticals enabled by blockchain technology is decentralized finance. We wrote an in depth primer on this part of our industry, providing an overview of what it entails, what data points are interesting to track adoption and what pieces are missing. We also provided a deep dive into a few novel products enabled by DeFi.

 

DECENTRALIZED APPLICATIONS

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.

 

WHY DECENTRALIZATION MATTERS

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.

 

HOW THE ARRIVAL OF WEB 3.0 IS TRANSFORMING TRADITIONAL BUSINESS MODELS

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 and transform previous business models. This article takes a look at some of the possibilities.

 

HOW BLOCKCHAIN CAN WREST THE INTERNET FROM CORPORATIONS

This article looks it how web 3.0 can fix some of the issues the current internet faces. Where a shift from corporate trust to community owned, open-source protocols takes place. The quote “transforming the internet’s governing principle from “don’t be evil” back to “can’t be evil.” emphasizes our view on web 3.0.

 

PUBLIC VS PRIVATE BLOCKCHAIN IN A NUTSHELL

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)

 

PAUL TUDOR JONES ON BITCOIN

A brief interview in which legendary macro investor Paul Tudor Jones presents his thesis for investing in Bitcoin and why he thinks it will be a good investment for the coming decade.

 

BITCOIN FOR FINANCIAL SAFETY

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 AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS

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

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.

 

A TOP DOWN VIEW ON INVESTING IN BLOCKCHAIN

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.