The blockchain represents a way to transfer value, securely and with no central authority involved. It is arguably the most important technological innovation of the past two decades. Blockchain technology is poised to disrupt the world in a way that we haven’t seen since the introduction of the world wide web.
It’s important to understand this technology because its impact on society is likely to be very significant, across several industries. In this course we’re going to cover relevant historical events, what a blockchain is, who the players are, and why this is so important.
By the end of the course you will be familiar with the following:
- Relevant terminology
- Reasons why the blockchain matters
- The technology design underpinnings
- Implementation considerations
Patrick is the founder and CEO of Blockchain Consulting Group in San Francisco. He works with startups developing blockchain infrastructure and applications as they go-to-market. Previously, he was President of Ambisafe and Orderbook.io, a blockchain software development business and decentralized exchange. He also cofounded an Ethereum derivatives trading platform that used fiat-backed stablecoins to settle trades.
StartCryptocurrencies and Blockchain Variations (3:49)
StartOpen Blockchains (2:49)
StartClosed Blockchains (4:40)
StartBlockchain Anonymity and Transparency (6:09)
StartNetwork Design (6:41)
StartControl of Value (6:20)
StartBuilding the Distributed Ledger (4:52)
StartGlobal Context (3:01)
StartRecap: What is the Blockchain? (1:11)