Blockchain Essentials

Dive into Blockchain's Real World Applications Case studies, market growth, and current state of blockchain technology

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A continuation of our popular Blockchain 101 course, Blockchain Essentials will not only reinforce many of the fundamental ideas of blockchain but also dive into its real world applications. This course is great for those that are interested in switching or about to start their careers at a blockchain or Bitcoin company. We will cover case studies, market growth, and current state of blockchain technology.

  • E-money / bcash - Satoshi's whitepaper
  • What is Bitcoin + Blockchain?
  • Cryptography
  • Storage of value
  • Private key vs. public key
  • Wallets
  • Best practices
  • Pegging info & data - Smart contracts & Ethereum
Defining Qualities of a Blockchain
  • Public v permissioned
    • POW, POS, etc.
    • Proof of work - BTC / what miners do?
  • Validating transactions
  • Alternative blockchains
  • Application concepts

How it Is Changing Business

  • Existing products, builds & services - Case studies
  • Remittances (financial & personal)
  • Private or open ledger? Bitcoin or blockchain? Or both?
  • Financial use cases
  • Other professional use cases
Protected Blockchains Capabilities In Business
  • Ethereum Enterprise
  • Hyperledger Fabric / Tools
  • R3 Corda
  • B3i
  • Global regulatory considerations

ETH & Smart Contracts

  • Fundamentals
    • Why smart contracts are deemed important?
  • Differences to BTC
  • ICO & history
  • Ideas & use cases
  • The DAO and issues AKA learning curves
  • Building a smart contract
    • "Hello, world" case
    • Solidity
    • Dev’ing / specing / network / consensus
    • Audit + bounties
Cryptocurrency market
  • Exchanges
  • Coins vs cap & their main functions (alts)
  • Challenges within exchanges & pairings
  • Protocols - what makes them different?
  • Store coins on an exchange?
  • Growth in the market
Initial Coin Offerings AKA ICO’s or Token Sales
  • What is an ICO
  • Why are they used
  • State of ICOs
  • Regulatory environment

Your Instructor

Brett Monahan
Brett Monahan

Brett Monahan’s career in cryptocurrency started in 2013 when he bought his first Bitcoin while researching alternative electronic currencies. Shortly after, he began trading Bitcoin daily & became Head of Operations for BTCjam where he oversaw the Bitcoin peer to peer lending marketplace. His early work includes pioneering the early cryptocurrency AML / KYC systems/standards, algorithmic fraud detection systems, wallet & transaction tracing, and the creation of an algorithmic social media based credit scoring.

After leaving BTCjam he went on to consult & work for a variety of cryptocurrency based startups. He has advised a variety of clients including exchanges, hedge funds, family offices & enterprise companies.

Brett is currently Founder & CEO of Lemonaid Labs, a cryptocurrency Do-Tank.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

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